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Wallingford Food Festival, Saturday 26th May, Wallingford
The second Wallingford Food Festival makes its foody credentials clear from the off – it’s being opened by Gary Jones, executive head chef from Le Manoir. Held at the Bridge Villa Camping & Caravan Park (it’s probably nicer than it sounds!), attractions include all the usuals – cooking demonstrations, producer sales, plus added extras such as the Aston Martin’s Owners Club shining their cars for your pleasure, and a local sculptor exhibiting. Perfect sunny Saturday stuff.
Sky Local Ride, Sunday 27th May 2012, 10.00am, Bucks Railway Centre, Quainton
Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes are two of the areas targeted by Sky Local Ride, the little sister to Sky City rides and a national campaign to get our wobbly bums back on our bikes. You can go out in groups with local ‘leaders’, go as a family, with women only or solo if you prefer – there are route maps, cycle clubs, news and support all on the useful website.
There are loads of rides available, but on Sunday, there’s a 17.6 mile brisk ride from Bucks Railway Centre criss crossing Winslow and pretty North Bucks villages with a tea break at Claydon House. A National Trust cake *sigh*. It almost makes the saddle soreness bearable. www.goskyride.com/aylesbury www.goskyride.com/miltonkeynes
Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale, Sunday 27th May, 12-6pm, Brick Lane
This event was a massive success last year – snakes of people in the queue by all accounts – so get there early if you’re planning to go. Tracy Emin, Sir Peter Blake and Polly Morgan will be amongst the artists offering limited edition and one off creations from the boots of classic and vintage cars at this bonkers event. As well as art, expect live music, on-the-bonnet snail racing (I’m not kidding) and a hangbag disco, where you can be in with the chance of getting your hands on designer goodies while grooving to 1970s classics.
Simon Astell live, Sunday 27th May, New Theatre Oxford
Is the ex-T4 presenter and Grandma’s House writer/actor a whipsmart comic or a self-obsessed navel-gazer? Which side of the fence you land on will dictate whether you buy up tickets for the only Oxford gig on his ‘Numb’ tour. Personally I like the man! Book tickets here.
Short Stories Aloud, 29th May, 7.30pm the Old Fire Station, Oxford
Inspire your children to read more than BeastQuest or go to rediscover the muse for your own incomplete novel (yes, readers, I too have one). The basic premise is that you go to the lovely arts venue The Old Fire Station in central Oxford to hear short stories read aloud by professional actors, followed by discussion with the authors. May’s show -‘Things are not as they seem’ – involves tales and discussion brought to you by authors Rebecca Makkai, Caroline Smailes and Guardian journalist Ben Johncock. If you need any further incentive, there’s cake too.
Tickets £5 in advance from We Got Tickets. Twitter @StoriesAloud
Sun May 27Brick Lane Yard, Brick Lane (entry on the corner of Buxton St & Brick Lane), E1 6QN