WHAT’S ON: The Muddy Guide 2 – 11 March 2015
An extra big Muddy Guide this week as I somehow ran out of time last week to deliver my little missive of joy. Have fun and as ever please let me know what you try and what you think of it!
Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Aylesbury Waterside, until Sat 7 March
Described by the Independent on Sunday as, ‘one of the most exquisite plays of the 20th century’, Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning Arcadia reaches Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from today for a week long stint. See it for yourself or wait for my review if you’re more cautious – I’m seeing it tonight so will let you know asap.
Beer Festival, The Three Pigeons pub at LASSCO, Milton Common, Fri 6 – Sun 8 March
Muddy gents, welcome to your ‘man creche’! This weekend sees the first ever beer festival at the lovely Three Pigeons pub which nestles amongst LASSCO’s architectural salvage. Expect Real ale, live music and free entry with Malt, Ramsbury, and North Cotswold Breweries all confirmed, with the beer pouring from Friday at 11am and lasting until 8pm on the Sunday. And before you ask, make your own bloody way home!
Coast to Coast, Bohun Gallery, Henley, ends 7 March
I’m really into art at the mo, and loved the look of this exhibition from Bohun Gallery featuring the work of famous British Modernist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham from the 1940s onwards focusing on her observation of the sea and coastlines in her native Scotland. Open Tues to Sat 10 – 5pm (closed weekday lunchtimes). Last week of the exhibition so catch it if you can.
Science in your world, Oxfordshire Science Festival, Sat 7 March 2015
A family event offering some great hands-on science at the launch event for the Oxfordshire Science Festival 2015. Ka-boom!
10am – 4pm, Bonn Square, Oxford, OX1 1LQ
Bitten Street, monthly street food fair, Oxford Castle Quarter, Sat 7 March
The first of a now monthly offering from Oxford’s only street fair team, a testament to Bitten Street‘s success since launching the concept last year. Loads of brilliant street traders including Secret Pizza Society, Shredded Meat Company, Ross and Ross Food, Barefoot Kitchen, Box Seventy Seven and Toro Poco. They suggest you arrive hungry, but I don’t suppose you will be for long.
1st Saturday Monthly, 11.30am – 3.30pm.
Bridal Events at Bicester Village and Waddesdon Manor, from Fri 6 March
Wedding fever this weekend, with a bridal event at Bicester Village running from Fri 6 to Sun 29 March. Discounted designers (we’re talking Oscar de la Renta, Chloé, Valentino and Temperley London) showcase top-notch bridal gowns and there’ll be wedding experts on hand to help part you from your money as painlessly as possible. Once you’ve found the dress, you just need the perfect venue and Waddesdon Manor rather handily has its Wedding Open Day at The Dairy and the Five Arrows Hotel on Sun 8 March (11am- 3pm). The lakeside venue is frankly stunning, and you can chat to local suppliers about your wedding plans. Ding dong!
Dancin’ Oxford, Dance Festival 2015, Oxford Venues, now until Mon 9 March
The annual Dancin Oxford event is back with a full programme of world-class dance popping, locking, tap, contemporary and general bendiness until Mon 9 March. Check out the website for the full line up.
Thomas the Tank Engine, Didcot Railway Centre, Sat 7 to Sun 8 March
My oldest child was a total Thomas nut, so we went to dozens of these damn events! This weekend Thomas and his very unPC Fat Controller rock up at Didcot Railway Centre, offering unlimited rides all day and kids’ entertainment including circus workshops and hourly Thomas story readings. Book online.
Oxford Fashion Week (plus Anna Wintour at Oxford Union!) ’til Fri 6 March
Oxford Fashion Week feels like it’s on the grow – why else would Anna Wintour decide to talk tomorrow night at The Oxford Union as part of the week’s fash attack? It’s a full week of fashion shows, debates and special events, so if you just can’t be bothered to hang out in the LFW front row with Cara, Kate and all those borrrrrring supermodels, keep it local and be home for Midssomer Murders as a bonus.
Ruby’s Vintage & Retro Fair, Guildhall, Abingdon, Sat 7 March
Love your vintage? The Abingdon Guildhall hosts this cool vintage fashion fair with clothes, retro furniture, hairstyling, music and cake. Yeah, they had me at cake too.
10am-4pm. Entry £1.00, U16s free.
Last Chance to Catch – Love is Enough, Modern Art, Oxford until Sun 8 March
Modern Art Oxford, Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP. Tel: 01865 722733.
Oxford Comedy Round-up, from Fri 6 March
No shortage of comedy stuff this coming week but to save you trawling through the options, here’s my pick of some of the best of the bunch. There’s Simon Amstell’s show To Be Free at The Oxford Playhouse this Sat 7 March. Pub Landlord Al Murray brings his show One Man, One Guvnor to Oxford’s New Theatre on Mon 9 March. And on Weds 11 March, Josie Long brings her show Cara Josephine to Oxford’s North Wall. Take your pick – or see all three!