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What’s brilliant in Bucks/Oxon this week… have fun!

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Henley Regatta, Henly, 27 June – 1 July

Boat shoes, bouffant fringes and Pimms at the ready – it can only be the Henley Regatta! One of the best known regattas in the world, it’s right our doorstep, with 200 races over one of the prettiest stretches of the Thames. You can’t book online now, but call 01491 572153 as there is still some availability.

The Tringe Festival, Tring, Hertfordshire, 1-21 July

So close to Buckinghamshire it’s within heckling distance, the Tringe Comedy Festival returns for its third year with a fantastic line up of comedians fine-tuning their Edinburgh shows in the intimate Court Theatre. Russell Kane, Sean Hughes, Jo Caulfield (pictured, who I lurrve), Late Night Gimp Fight (who I don’t know but wish I did), Jenny Eclair and a host of others are all performing, plus there are fab kids shows including Horrible Histories, Horrible Science, Pinnocchio and Swamp Juice. For a full list of performers and events click here.

The Amazing Spider Man, on general release 3 July

If you can get over the uncomfortable vision of young Spiderman Andrew Garfield looking like tennis player Andy Murray (watch the trailer here, it’s uncanny), this will be a brilliant night’s entertainment. Book up early play the cool card with your kids, or if you don’t have any bratlets to accomodate, luxuriate in the vats of popcorn all to yourself. Game, Set and Match, Spidey!

Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Waterperry Gardens, Nr Wheatley, 4 July

The stunning surrounds of Waterperry Gardens are well-fitted to the darkly magical Grimm’s Fairy Tales, brought to life by the acclaimed theatre company Pantaloons. Expect popular theatrical traditions from commedia dell’arte and clowning to stand-up comedy and mime for a fascinating performance. It’s suitable for families though as you’d expect, not for very small children who will be SCARED WITLESS! The show will run about 2 hours including an interval and gates open an hour before the show for picnics. There are no seats provided so unless you want to look like you’ve had a little ‘accident’ at half time, make sure your picnic blanket is waterproof.
£13.50 adults, £8.50 children.

Gifford’s Circus, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire, 28 June – 9 July

I mentioned Gifford’s Circus a few weeks ago as a must-book, so if you haven’t got around to it now’s the time to do it – the show reaches Stadhampton tomorrow (28 June). The organisers describe the show ethos as ‘a miniature village green circus, packed, rowdy, glamorous – birds and horses and motorbikes bursting from a fluttering white tent – a show for rural families, farmers and filmstars’ which sounds totally fabulous. There are between two to three shows a day, at £21 for adults, £14 for kids, and under 3s on laps free and this year’s show is directed by Cal Mccrystal straight from masterminding the One Man Two Govnors in the West End, so expect brilliance. Box office 0845 4597469.
28 June – 9 July.

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