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WHAT’S ON: The Muddy Guide 30 Jan – 5 Feb 2015

In the mood to hit the tiles? Well say no more, here are my curated tips to the best things going on in Oxfordshire, Bucks and beyond this week. Have fun peeps!

Keeping up Appearances, The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, until 12 April


This exhibition has just opened at The Oxfordshire Museum and focuses on how the changing role of women impacted on their clothing through the two world wars (we need to thank the bicycle, it was instrumental in lifting hemlines!).  This is a little powerhouse of a museum in Woodstock, so worth a look – pop in for an hour before moving onto the more grandeur delights of Blenheim. There’s a natty new hotel, The Crown, just opened in Woodstock too if you want to make a night of it.

Otiz Cannelloni: History of Magic – Abridged!, Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, Sun 1 Feb 2015


I like the sound of this. It’s a family magic show described as ‘bewitching by The Guardian’ that guides you through magic’s chequered story with plenty of tricks along the way. ‘Genuine information punctuated by delightful nonsense’ is how it’s being marketed. I’m sold, are you?

2pm. Tickets £8, £6  (concessions), £24 (family ticket). Ages 5+

Live Friday, The Ashmolean Museum Friday 30 Jan

Live Friday

I mentioned this last week so this is just a quick reminder that Live Friday is on tomorrow night. Inspired by the current William Blake exhibition and his revolutionary text The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’, there are free performances, workshops, talks, live music and general creative things going on, all for free and after hours from 7 -10.30pm, giving you the chance to experience the Museum and see the collections after hours. The William Blake: Apprentice & Master exhibition will be open late (last entry 9pm), and the Rooftop Dining Room and Crypt Café will be open all evening. Worth going.

Free entry. More info

Top Hat behind the scenes tour, New Theatre, Sat 31 Jan


If you’re planning to see the West End transfer of the musical Top Hat, this might appeal. It’s a morning tour, 90 minutes of it, where you get to go up onto the stage and behind it, ogle the costumes and props and get a feel for what it’s like to be *jazz hands* A PERFORMER!!!! No trying to sneak a dress out with you though – they cost about £6,000 each…

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, Oxford Town Hall, Sat 31 Jan


Love your vintage? Lou Lou’s is the largest vintage fair in the UK, bowling its way through 42 cities, and this weekend it’s Oxford’s turn. Get ready to rummage.


Hello, goodbye and on the move!


Last chance to see the V&A Museum’s Disobedient Objects exhibition, which ends Sat 1 Feb and focuses on the powerful role of objects in movements for social change – defaced curency, textiles bearing witness to political murders, Suffragette teapots. Stirring stuff. Hello and welcome to none other than Mr Marco Pierre White (oooooh!), who’s opening up a Marco’s New York Italian in Oxford on 12 Feb, and newly opened The Adventurer Bar in HollyBush Row (pictured, near Park End St, Oxford). And finally congrats to Cowley Road’s near-iconic Atomic Burger, now looking fabulously twice the size in a new venue two doors down from its old home. BTW if you know of any new stuff cropping up, the Muddy ears are waggling in anticipation – get in touch!
Magna Carta and Parliament at Westminster Hall, Thurs 5 – Fri 20 Feb, 2015


A brilliant opportunity to see the four surviving original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta at Westminster Hall in the House of Lords, to celebrate the tome’s 800th anniversary. Of course, ahem, we all know that the Magna Carta established the principle of the rule of law, so it’d  be criminal not to make the effort. (See what I did there? Journalism at its best!)

Michael Morpurgo reads War Horse, Sheldonian Theatre, Fri 30 Jan

War Horse

Blackwell’s bring a musically accompanied Michael-Morpurgo reading of War Horse at The Sheldonian so it’s a big deal.  Morpurgo is joined by acclaimed musicians John Tams and Barry Coope, who accompany his reading with the music composed by Tams for the National’s theatrical production. Take a cushion for your bum though, those wooden seats in the Sheldonian are a killer.

7pm – 8.30pm. Tickets £15 via Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford

Purple Cactus Comedy Club, The Beacon, Wantage, 6 Feb 2015


You can’t really go wrong with a comedy night – even the bad acts give you something to laugh about. Anyway, here’s a brand new comedy night at The Beacon, Wantage’s revamped Town Hall. Expect two acts, one MC one free drink and 90 minutes of comedy, headlined by Simon Clayton, described by Time Out a ‘very skilful stand-up’.

Tickets: £10, including a drink. Click here to buy tickets.

Baking mash-up, Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden Sun 1 Feb


A whipple-scrumptious session with Victoria Glass, food writer in residence and creator of sneezecake, chownies and freckles cakes. For £3 kids 5+ can come up with their own disgusting cake ideas, and Victoria will help them make it. Er, thanks!

£3 plus museum entrance. 12.30pm and 2.30pm. 

 Harry Potter Book Night, The Story Museum, Thurs 5 Feb


An early nudge for this as you may need to forward plan. If your child can’t get enough of quidditch, lightning scars and nerdy glasses (sorry Harry), this is the night to take them to. Kids are invited to come dressed as their favourite character, learn Quidditch tactics and practise their skills and enter the Harry Potter Book Slam, dude!





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