What’s on this week? The Muddy Guide 4-10 Sept
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Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 10 – 14 Sept
An early heads up on The Globe Theatre on Tour which reaches the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre early next week, with the Shakespeare comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s codpieces and corsets all the way in this Renaissance-dress production (which I like) and should be fab.
Page Turner Singles Evening, The Story Museum, Oxford, 5 Sept
Are you single, a literature-lover, and want to meet someone like-minded? Off you go then to the second Page Turners Single Evening at Oxford’s The Story Museum between 6.30-8.30pm (£12 per person), where you bring your favourite book as a conversation starter. Try to resist the temptation to talk up American Psycho or 50 Shades until your second date!
Outdoor cinema-tastic, various
Waddesdon Manor is holding a Summer Nights film festival this weekend (5-6 Sept), with Some Like It Hot tomorrow (Fri) and Skyfall on Saturday. Gates open at 6.30pm with the films starting at 8pm. You can buy drinkies there, and even better, Ricos Pizza Shack will be firing up its authentic wood burning pizza oven. Tickets £12.
Meanwhile, if you’re planning on heading to Kew this weekend (Sunday is the last day for its Plantasia festival), the croquet lawn in front of Kew Palace plays host to the annual open air cinema Kew The Movies from 4-6 Sept. Again gates open at 6.30pm for an 8pm start, with admission a winceish £16.50 per ticket, but then *sigh* Benefit cosmetics will be on site with free make up masterclasses and giveaways, so I guess that might swing it. Films include Romeo and Juliet, Gravity and Top Gun.
Festival of Food and Wine Raceday, Ascot, 6 Sept
Whether you like the gee gees or just the fun stuff that goes along with it, you’ll have all bases covered at this Festival of Food and wine raceday at Ascot. There’s a seven race-card, live cooking demo from housewives’ favourite celeb chef James Martin, a Great Ascot Bake Off, and loads of food and wine stalls. Admission starts from £20, with under 18s free.
The Perch Inn Beer & Cider Festival, Binsey Ln, Oxford, 6 – 7 Sept
You may remember I mentioned The Perch Inn a few days back, so if you fancy going for a walk in Port Meadow and ending up here this weekend, you’ll stumble into the pub’s beer and cider festival, your chance to get hammered on over 30 real ales and ciders from local and London brewers while eating a hog roast and listening to live music.
Pitt Fest Need/Make/Use Day, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, 6 Sept
I’m liking the sound of this. A celebration of human ingenuity and creativity using the Museum’s collections, Need/Make/Use is a really hands-on family-friendly day with a Family Crafts Village, a Workshop Zone (carve a recorder from a carrot (!); find out historical instrument; make cord with a bushcraft expert), a Food Corner with some of Oxford’s best street food like Secret Pizza Society and Pukeko Coffee, and there’s music from the likes of Brazilian carnival band Sol Samba. Afterwards, have a wander next door to the river in the University Parks or go down to Jericho for a pub lunch.
Last weekend for ‘Summer Funtime with Mr Toad’, River and Rowing Museum, Henley, ends 7 Sept
The two youngest Muddies (5 & 7) loved this interractive play area at The River & Rowing Museum (above), and I reckon even my 11 year old would have spent a happy hour playing oversized Connect 4, making ‘river’ music and flinging hoops at the wall. The museum to is on one of the prettiest stretches of river in Henley too, so combine a visit with a play in the park next door, a boating trip or a mosey into the town itself.
£16.90. Buy tickets
David Mitchell, Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad St, Oxford, 10 Sept
I’m a bit of a DM fan, so am pretty excited about catching him talk in Oxford about his new novel The Bone Clocks. Tickets cost £6, and the self-deprecated witticisms will commence at 7pm
Rock Bottom, Marlow Bottom, 6 Sept
A last local hurrah of a music festival, Rock Bottom includes headliners The Beat, a whole load of others I’ve never heard of (but it’s not my strong suit, admittedly!), and there’s the usual street food and drink offerings. Doors open at 12 noon for 12.30pm start finishing at 9.30pm.
£50 family ticket (2 adults/3 kids); £20 adults; £7.50 kids; under 5s free.
Oxford Arts Markets, Broad St, Oxford, Sat 6 Sept
I haven’t been to this market before, but with its remit to showcase high quality, handmade, original and affordable work by local artists (including Becky Morgan’s jewellery above), it sounds like a fun addition to a shopping trip into the city. Broad Street couldn’t be more central either.