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Bruce Munro light installation, The Coach House, Waddesdon, opens 27 March

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Two pieces of light art, Blue Moon on a Platter and Angel of Light by Bruce Munro were showcased over Christmas at Waddesdon and now the Coach House Gallery will host another of the Wiltshire-based artist’s extraordinary installations.

Cantus Arcticus was inspired by both the Northern Lights and a piece of music by the Finnish composer Einohujani Rautavaara (b.1928), which was itself inspired by the landscape and bird song of the Arctic tundra. Munro’s installation is composed of 15 abstract bird forms rendered in curtains of glowing fibre optic, with light cascading from above each piece, casting soft pools that change colour in response to Rautavaara’s music which will be playing in the space. Trippy!

Celia Birtwell designs launch at Uniqlo, Thursday 21 Mar

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Now this is a collaboration worth checking out. Textile designer Birtwell, most famous for her work in the Sixties and Seventies with then-husband Ossie Clark, has reworked her archive prints into a range of gorgeous pyjama pants, culottes, T-shirts and leggings. They launch today at the Oxford St store but are available online here. Love em.

World Pooh Sticks Championships, Little Wittenham, Sunday 24 Mar

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Choose your sticks, watch the current… and DROP! This sounds like fantastic fun, with or without kids. You need to register as a team on the website prior to the day, but if you’re just planning to do it as individuals you can just turn up on the day and do battle. The venue is Little Wittenham Bridge, a shortway downstream from Day’s Lock on the River Thames, with Little Wittenham on one side and Dorchester-on-Thames on the other side. If that’s not enough, Lambing Weekend is also happening on the same day at the Earth Trust in Little Wittenham £6 (family ticket, £13). Your kids may faint from happiness.

£2 per entry. £12 for a family. 


Tiger Territory, new London Zoo enclosure opening, Friday 22 March

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Five times the size of the previous tiger enclosure at London Zoo, this massive £3.6 million redevelopment carefully replicates the foliage and geography of the island of Sumatra, will allow viewers to come face to face with the zoo’s Sumatran tigers through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. For the first time there will be trees for the tigers to scale, high feeding poles, indoor dens, a pool to hang out in. No word on the cocktail list yet but I’m sure the Zoo bartenders are working on it. They’re hoping the tigers will feel like breeding in their new holiday home, but don’t worry kids, they’ll retire to their condo for that. 


Oxford Philomusica chamber music, North Wall, Oxford, Sunday 24 Mar

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I love this idea. A relaxed chamber music recital (with tea and biccies in the interval – hurray!) from soloists of the Oxford Philomusica. The programme offers up Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, K. 136, Beethoven’s String Quartet in C minor, Op.18 No. 4 and Ravel’s String Quartet in F major. Classical music can seem remote to some, so this mid afternoon concert in this lovely inclusive venue sounds just the ticket. Tickets £10-20. Buy them here.


RCA Secret Exhibition sale, Sat 23 March

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If you thought you could never afford anything by David Bailey, Julian Opie and Paula Rego, here’s your chance. RCA Secret is an annual exhibition and sale of original postcard-sized artworks by internationally acclaimed artists plus up-and coming graduates from the Royal College of Art and this year it’s bigger than ever with 2700 postcards and 1034 artists involved. You can view the postcards here – they all cost £45. The only catch? You won’t know if yours is by a famous artist until you buy it. You have to register to buy and go along to the sale in person at the Royal College of Art (no getting your international agent to hang on the phone – it’s the weekend after all).

 Royal College of Art, Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road,, SW11 4AS. Tel: 0207 5904186.

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