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The Muddy Guide to going out 14 – 20 June

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New places to try!

Oh glory be if I haven’t just tripped over some lovely new nuggets of info to line your cerebrum with. For starters, how about a new roof terrace bar in central Oxford, so spangly and sparkly it only opened on Thursday night? Say hello and make mine a Bloody Mary to The Varsity Club on the High St in Oxford. The views around Oxford are stupendous and you can also pop in during the day for coffee, croissants and other nibbles. And did I mention it’s next to Whistles and opposite Reiss?!


Also cooking up some good publicity is The Modern Baker (see what I did there? Oh I’m good) a rather natty organic bakery in Summertown, Oxford, that opened recently after the sad demise of the lovely Pasitos kids shoe shop. I popped in today to have a quick gander and can report back that it’s retro-cool with Sixties inspired tiling that looks like wallpaper and clean lines that I love *sigh*. Food is supposed to be good too, according to my sources.


And finally, squeal with delight that the fabulous Three Pigeons bar/restaurant,(above), nestled amongst the antiquities at LASSCO Three Pigeons in Milton Common (J6 of the M40 in case you don’t know it) has extended its dinner service – now you can eat there from Wednesday through to Saturday so that’s my weekends sorted for the next two months. Here’s a review I wrote when they took over in January, but I’ll be back to revisit in the next week or so.

On Form sculpture exhibition, Asthall Manor, Burford, until 8 July


Just opened last week, this sculpture exhibition is something special, the only exhibition in the UK dedicated exclusively to stone sculpture with 30 sculptors showing 204 works  in Asthall Manor’s exquisite gardens, its elegant ballroom, and in St Nicholas Church next door. Masses for adults and kids to do, in a lovely Cotswold setting. We likey.

Wednesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 6pm, £7.50, concessions £6.00, under 12s free. Multiple entry £15.


English National Ballet dance workshop, Markova House SE7, 21 June

A great chance for budding dancers to learn from the best, with this energetic 1.5 hour workshop for 7-14 year olds (split by age) at the ENB basecamp, inspired by ENB’s current in-the-round production of Romeo & Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall until 22 June. £12 per session – great value don’t you think?

Book tickets

Good Food Oxford Food Fair, Bonn Sq, Oxford,  Sat 14 June

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Ra-ra-ra for this new local and sustainable food fair, that aims to showcase the best of sustainable food in Oxford, with market and info stalls, samples, cooking demonstrations, music and a whole lot of superkeen foodies scoffing in the name of sustainability. If you’re in Oxford, why not drop by?

10-5pm, Bonn Sq, Oxford. Free.

Father’s Day at The Eden Centre, High Wycombe, Sat 14 June

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What more do you want to celebrate Father’s Day? I mean, it’s Optimus bleedin Prime in truck and robot form! And Bumblebee’s there too. Plus there’s keepy uppy, face painting and temporary tattoos for kids, and even a craft workshop where your other half can park the kids if she hasn’t got around to buying something for you ‘from the children’. Plus competitions including a family ticket to the Roald Dahl museum, and two Huggable Hero bear toys from the Build a Bear Workshop. Kids need to come to the centre dressed up as their favourite superhero, and make sure it’s half a duo to give dads the, um, encouragement they need to don the lycra too.


Blenheim Palace Flower Show   20-22 June


It’s not quite Chelsea but it’s not far off… This three day flower show packs quite a reputation these days, and features more than 150 floral and garden exhibitions in the stonking surrounds of Blenheim Palace. You can pay just to see the flower show but you’re bonkers (in my, um, humble opinion) if you don’t take the chance to spend a day in the only non-royal palace in the UK while you’re at it.

Tickets for flower show only: £12.50 adult, £6.50 kids, £33 family.
For flower show, palace and gardens: £21.50 adult, £11.80 kids, £57 family.

Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s Birthday Parade, 14 June


Happy birthday, Queenie. This is of course her second birthday of the year (the first being on 21 April), chosen on 14 June by 18th century meteorologists who decided this particular day was more likely to have good weather. A perfect day to see if you can make the guardsmen laugh and guess how many royals will be wheeled out for the day. Time Out, which knows about such things, claims you can line up along the Mall or from the edge of St James’s Park for free, but you need to arrive well before events begin at 10am to be far enough forward to get a good view. It’s all done and dusted by 1pm with a flyover to watch your timings if you’re venturing into the Big Smoke.

Horse Guards Parade, Horse Guards Rd, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX.


JdP Cushion Concert Series: Patsy Wood Family Prom, Oxford, Sun 15 Junefamily-prom-2014-small


I’m a big fan of getting kids involved in music and if you’re the same you’ll love this annual family prom from the Cushion Concert peeps. Mr Mark (no I’m not kidding, it says it here), founder of the JdP Cushion Concerts and in real life Mark Hooper virtuoso pianist on the sly, returns to lead the concert, joined by other musicians from the JdP Education Programme, plus puppeteer Emma Boor and her creations from ”The Grow Show’. The theme this year is parks and gardens, with the instruments bringing the idea to life. Should be great

£6 promenade / £8 gallery per person (£20 family ticket includes 4 promenade tickets). Up to 10 years. Bring your own cushions, or buy seats in the balcony or downstairs. 11am to 12 noon.

 Additional research: Georgina Ellison

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