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The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Old Schools Quadrangle, Oxford, ends Sun 31 July

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Your last weekend to see the collaboration between Oxford Playhouse Bodleian Library and Globe Theatre On Tour in the gorgeous outdoor setting of the Old Schools Quadrangle. Elopements, betrayals and forest-dwelling outlaws, songs, romance and chaos, the Globesters promise to hurl Shakespeare’s comedy into the 21st century. Sounds awesome.

 Henley pop up cinema, 28 – 30 July

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Regal Picturehouse’s pop-up pops up at the riverside location of Mill Meadows from today until Sunday. Screenings starts at dark so you’re literally watching under the stars but you’re encouraged to come early and bring your own picnic though please note that booze is only allowed if bought on site at the bar so no sneaking in your special brew under your jumper. Back to the Future, Star Wars and Footloose are your cinematic choices.

The Pavilion, Meadows Road, Henley-on-Thames

Cogges Beer and Cider Festival Fri 29 & Sat 30

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A two day festival at the lovely Cogges Manor Farm in Witney if beer and cider is your thing. This fest is now into its fifth year and promises over  30+ beers and ciders, pimm’s bar, music, food stalls, games and all that malarkey from 6.30pm to 11.30pm, all in aid of the Cogge’s Heritage Trust.

Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney

Oxford Piano Festival and Summer Academy, Sat 30 July – Sun 7 Aug

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A brilliant opportunity to listen to international pianists performing and holding masterclasses at The Sheldonian, University Church, Jaqueline du Pre building, and other beautiful venues around Oxford as part of the Oxford Piano Festival. Oxford Philomusica also play in these world-class concerts.

Macbeth AND A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1-13 August

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And now for something different. Yes yes more Shakespeare but touring company BMH perform one hour versions of Shakespeare’s plays, merciful for those like me whose attention invariably dips after the first 60 mins. BMH have performed at RSC’s Dell theatre for the past 8 years, but now they’re bringing both Macbeth and A MidSummer’s Night’s Dream to Oxford, performing each one hour play on the same night, with the same cast. Sounds fun, no? If you still need persuading, the kind souls are loaning waterproof ponchos free of charge.

River Stage Weekend starts, Fri 28 July – 29 August

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Loving the sound of this. Free weekend summer festival that started just yesterday and goes right through til the end of the summer, River Stage outside the National Theatre is taken over throughout a weekened by the likes of Latitude Festibal, Rambert and Mayfest  offering an eclectic combination of theatre, guest DJs, live music in the afternoon and late evening, family fun, dance. Sounds brilliant.

Wild Wednesday- Neverland Adventures, Cliveden, Weds 3 Aug

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A sweet-sounding drop in session for little kids, based on Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie who was allegedly a was a regular guest at Cliveden. Kids can come in fancy dress, find the ticking clock, head to the Storybook Play Den and will be able to make their own wooden memento. A drop in session for kids 4-11 years and £2 per child.

Cliveden House & Pavilion Spa, Clivedon Road, Taplow, Berks,


Knights & Castles – Fun Days, Hughenden, Thurs 28  – Fri 29 July


Disraeli’s elegant former home comes alive in these Fun Days, where kids can come and make their own shield with their chosen coat of arms, then dress up as a Knight or Princess to play and explore Hughenden’s very own castle.

Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe, Bucks,


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