The Muddy Guide to Going Out: 12-19 July
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Art in Action, Waterperry Gardens, 19-22 July
I think this art fest is going to be brilliant. Around 400 artists, teachers, musicians and performers are descending upon the gorgeous Waterperry Gardens to demonstrate (and in some cases sell) their art. A good place to start is the Best of the Best exhibition which offers a cross-section of the entire show with more than 150 artists and 44 tents showing the single piece of work they consider their best. Click here for the latest list of what’s on.
Family ticket £30 (2 adults, 2 children 9-17). Adults £15, Child (9-17) £5. Under 9s free.
Vale Harvest, XT Brewery, Long Crendon, 14 July
A quick nudge to remind any foodies to head along to the official launch of the wonderful Vale Harvest, a new collective in Ayesbury Vale whose aim is to help consumers connect with local producers, whether buying direct from a supplier or from a local retailer. Expect tastings, talks and demonstrations and, of course, lashings of local beer.
Click here for the latest info.
10am-3pm, XT Brewery, Notley Farm, Long Crendon HP18 9ER. Tel: 01844 208 310.
Hamlet, Globe Theatre on Tour, Bodleian Library, Oxford, until 26 July
The Old Schools Quad at the Bodleian is the stunning setting for Shakespeare’s tragedy, with the stage designed in Elizabethan style (ie like a garden picnic – a couple of tarpaulins and some sticks!). Apparently the Globe Theatre know a thing or two about the bard and The Independent has described its performance as, ‘a wonderfully engrossing touring production’. So whether your a theatre afficionado, or would just like to inflict some intellectual suffering on your children in the name of GCSEs, here’s your chance.
In conjunction with the Oxford Playhouse. Tickets £18. There are matinee as well as evening performances. For a full list, click here.
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, on general release from 13 July (2D or 3D)
The plot, you say? Who cares? All you need to know is that you can sit in semi-consciousness in the dark, with a tub of popcorn and an enormous vat of coke nestled in your lap, while your children stay in their seats for 2 hours without so much as a squeak in your direction. Worth every penny.
Antiques Roadshow, Stowe Landscape Gardens, 19 July
Dust off your family heirlooms, retrieve your old stamp collection, rummage in your great-aunty’s drawers while she’s making you a cup of tea. Yes indeedy, the Antiques Roadshow is pulling up at the jaw-droppingly lovely Stowe Landscape Gardens, hosted by Fiona Bruce. Entry is free, but in case you don’t feel like making the pilgrimage to Stowe with a whopping great sofa or painting, you can email pics across to email@example.com. If the experts like the look of the item, they may look in advance and organise its transportation to the venue.
9.30am – 4.30pm. Stowe, Buckingham, Bucks MK18 5EH
Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion, V&A Museum, London. Until 29 July
Paul Smith, Matthew Williamson, Gavin Turk, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jess Flood-Paddock, Matt Collishaw and other huge names in fashion and the art world combine their talents in this multi-media mash up, as part of the Olympic year cultural celebrations. Paul Smith and Charming Baker’s collaboration is suitably irreverent, Matthew Williamson and Matt Collishaw create something beautiful, and Hussein Chalayan and Gavin Turk make, um, an audio track. A damned good one though, I’m sure.
V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. www.vam.ac.uk