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Bucks Open Studios, throughout Buckinghamshire, starts Sat 7 June
The jewel in the Bucks artistic calendar, this thoroughly egalitarian event draws together over 500 artists throughout the county in so many different mediums to work in front of and sell direct to the public. Keep an eye out for the bright yellow signs in villages and towns – you can just walk in for free and enjoy a couple of minutes up to a couple of hours seeing something new. I love it (can you tell?!).
Orchard View Farm, Princes Risborough, Open Farm Sunday 8 June
The award-winning pig farm close to Princes Risborough, has successfully diversified to offer a farm shop and cafe over recent months and now they are trying something new again. On Sunday they’ll be doing guided farm tours, sheep shearing demonstrations, spinning demonstrations (with a wheel & wool not on a bike), butchery and sausage making demonstrations, face painting, forklift basketball (!) along with a BBQ, cafe, farm shop and licensed bar. Worth a gander if you’re in the area.
www.orchardviewfarm.co.uk 10am – 4pm.
Petersham Nurseries 10th Anniversary, Richmond, 5-8 June
Petersham Nurseries is an idyllic escape nestling the edges of London, and if you happen to be that way over the next few days it’s worth dropping in on its 10th birthday celebrations. On the 7-8th, the gorgeous gardens of Petersham House will be open for a very special picnic featuring a cast of characters from the Petersham Playhouse while kids can make seedbombs in a workshop at the Nurseries on Saturday morning. There are gardening themed events, plus the start of the Nurseries’ supper club season, as well as a spectacular 10th Anniversary Summer Party which will include dinner at Petersham Nurseries Café as well as music, theatre and dancing. Sounds dreamy.
Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AG. petershamnurseries.com
Reading the Word: The first complete English Bible, The Bodliean Library, Oxford, until 29 June
Yeah yeah, I know – it sounds a bit esoteric and dry and fusty and dusty and maybe you’re not religious, or maybe you are but not that religion… But there’s no denying this is an incredible piece of history and art and social science all rolled into one and it’s closing its cover in 3 week’s time. Go check it out in central Oxford while you can. And while we’re at it, your starter for 10: who wrote it? Not the Bible, even I know that.
West Side Story, Milton Keynes Theatre, until 14 June
I’ve seen this production twice now and loved it both times. If you can make it to the theatre before it closes on Saturday, go for it – it’s a really superior production. See my review here and buy tickets from £17.90 here.
Scooby Doo, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Fri 5 – Sun 8 June
Am I only the person who used to fancy the blond bloke off the original Scooby Doo cartoon? Anyway, that’s by the by. Scooby is coming to AWT for four days and at £22.50 a ticket you can expect it to be pretty good. Good family entertainment if you’re wondeirng what to do with your kids this weekend and 90 minutes long – enough time for Scooby snack and a little snooze!
Gifford’s Circus, Blenheim Palace, 12 – 16 June
Doesn’t a year go quickly these days? The highlight in the Muddy calendar returns with a new show The Thunders, already wowing audiences in the Cotswolds and now coming across to Woodstock and then Stadhampton the following week. Book your tickets early for these incredibly intimate, funny, stylish circus performances – you’ll be so glad you see it.
Fun Day at Horeswyse, Long Crendon, Sun 8 June
I’m a massive fan of Horsewyse, a charity in mid Bucks that has several very unusual strings to its bow – it’s the UK centre for polocrosse, it teaches kids how to ride horses rather than be led around a bored horse by a bored adult, and also does important work with disabled people and those with learning difficulties. They’re having a Fun Day this Sunday where you can see demonstrations such as Polocrosse chukkas, Patrick our voice controlled horse (yes really) and drill riding to music. Plus there’s clear round jumping, gymkhana games and pony rides along with stalls, a bouncy castle, bucking broncho, all day BBQ and bar.
Ben Grosvenor and Endellion String Quartet, The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Friday 13 June
Ooh Benjamin Grosvenor is gooooood. And the Sheldonian Theatre is beautiful. And the Endellion String Quartet are admired. And together they’re going to make sweet music with Brahm’s Piano Quintet. If you enjoy classical music from the mid-19th century masters (Mendellsohn and Schubert are also on the roster) book your ticket early as it’s bound to sell out.
Skylight, Wyndham’s Theatre, from 6 June
Stephen Daldry directing a David Hare play starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy… Well hello! I think we may have just found the hot new ticket in town. Nighy plays successful restauranteur Tom, who reappears in Kyra’s life (played by Mulligan) one evening after the death of his wife. The pair have not seen each other since an affair three years before and the complexities of their clashing values and messy past bubble to the surface as they attempt to rekindle their romance. A West End debut for Mulligan, and another reason to visit the West End if you’re already managed to get tickets for Wolf Hall and The Book of Mormon.