The Muddy Guide 8 – 14 May 2014
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Looking for something fun to do this week? That’s it, peel yourself carefully off the sofa, hide the remote control, and out you go!
Fashion from the Movies: Dance Extravaganza!, Eden Centre, High Wycombe, Sat 11 – Sun 12 May
If thought of going shopping with your kids or husband this weekend is filling you with horror, this will cheer you up. The Eden Centre in Wycombe is showcasing its fashion collections from the likes of House of Fraser, Monsoon, Dotty P etc by erecting an outdoor catwalk, and using pro dancers to wear the collections while they recreate iconic dances from the likes of Saturday Night Fever, Step Up and Dirty Dancing. Fun, no?! With 10 shows each day between 11am – 4pm outside Starbucks you’ll no doubt be able to gain some fashion inspiration from one of their energetic shows either before, during or after your lifesaver caffeine fix
Oxfordshire Art Weeks, North Oxfordshire, 10 – 18 May
The oldest open art exhibition in the UK enters its second week, and this time moves up to North Oxfordshire. Tiny studios and larger collectives open their doors to the public, with art for sale, demonstrations to hand and the opportunity to chat to close to 500 artists.
Old Thatch Gardens reopen, Bourne end, Weds 14 May
Hurray! This award-winning garden is only open for a few months each year is charming on all sorts of levels, not least because it was once owned by Enid Blyton, along with the gorgeous thatched cottage where you can take tea and cake. They make a bit of a song and dance about not bringing children ‘who want to let off steam’ but as long as they’re not treating the hedgerows like a moshpit and taking penalties with the roseheads I daresay all will be well. See my review here for more info.
Please note: it’s only open Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays, 2-5.30pm. Entrance : £4 for adults, £2.50 for children between 5 and 13 (children under 5 free).
Spring Foray, Sir Charles Napier restaurant, Nr Chinnor, Weds 14 May
This Michelin-starred restaurant sits in a gorgeous position in the Chilterns, the perfect spot to forage for wild garlic and herbs in the beech woods with expert advice from Peter Creed. The head chef Chris will demonstrate how to cook the bounty, and then you’re free to scoff it.
£50, 9.30-12.30pm. www.sircharlesnapier.co.uk
Broughton Castle has reopened, Broughton, Sun 11 May
One of my favourite castles in the local area, Broughton Castle is actually a fortified manor house, with a picture perfect moat and idyllic grounds. It’s only open on Wednesday and Sundays between 2pm to 5pm so they don’t make it easy for you to visit, but if you have a spare few hours on the weekend, go along and enjoy its gentle charm. For more info, check out my review here.
Artists & Makers Fair, Ivinghoe Sat 10 – Sun 11 May
This respected art and craft fairs goes to the pretty village of Ivinghoe for the first time for a two day event. Loads of creative gorgeousness at sensible prices in the Old School and Town Hall buildings (above) on the high st.