What’s on: The Muddy Guide Thurs 20 – Weds 26 Aug
Wondering what to do in the week to come? Fear not, help is at hand!
Twelfth Night, West Wycombe Park, Saturday 22 Aug
Begads, more Shakespeare! The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present the Bard’s best-loved romantic comedy in the lovely 18th century Palladian surroundings of West Wycombe Park. Bring low back seating, a rug, picnic and, um, your Lett’s notes.
West Wycombe Park House, Bucks, nationaltrust.org
Oxford Wine Festival, Sat 22 – Sun 22 Aug
Oh hello! The Oxford Wine Festival really doesn’t require much of a sell in Muddy land (*pop*, there goes another cork). But if you insist! How do hundreds of award-winning and rare wines from over 20 countries on show at The Oxford Union grab you? Eat a banana and down some milk before you go and don’t you dare use a spitoon.
The Oxford Union, Frewin Court, Oxford, oxfordwinefestival.org
One of the children’s books I loved to read to my children (there weren’t many, admittedly). Anyway, Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of Room on the Broom, based on the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler arrives at the Oxford Playhouse next week. Olivier Award-nominated, it has promises songs, laughs and scary entertainment for kids and parents. If you check it out before me, let me know what you think.
Beaumont Street, Oxford, oxfordplayhouse.com
Little Explorers, Earth Trust, Tues 25 Aug
The Earth Trust is a fab charity that’s slowly buying up swathes of land in Oxfordshire and protecting them, and putting on sweet events for kids and families while they’re at it. This one is a sensory buggy walk for babies and toddlers, stopping to smell, touch, taste, listen and look. (And probably change a few nappies).
Earth Trust Centre, Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxon, earthtrust.org.uk
Epic Egypt, River & Rowing Museum, Oxon, until 20 Sept
Epic Egypt, like so much at the River and Rowing, is really hands-on so the kids can get involved in all the interactive stuff as they decode the Rosetta Stone mysteries, write their own name in hieroglyphs and dress up like an Egyptian Mummy. Real life mummies can chill out in the supercool Quince Tree cafe afterwards.
River & Rowing Musuem, www.rrm.co.uk
Jam Theatre Summer Workshops for Kids, Marlow, Mon 24 – Fri 28 Aug
Jazz hands at the read, it’s a Showtime Two Day Kids’ Workshop are running on Mon 24 to Tues 25 Aug and again on Thurs 27 – Fri 28 Aug with the brilliant Jam Theatre. It promises small casts and performances for all, and pride in what your child achieves. I don’t doubt it, these guys are fab For kids aged 6 -12 yrs. There are also Shadow Puppetry Workshops – shorter, two-hour workshops running on Weds 26 Aug working with design, storylines and creating original shadow puppets for 8-14 year olds.
Jam Theatre, West Street, Marlow, jamtheatre.co.uk
Richard III Medieval Weekend, Sudeley Castle, Sat 22 – Sun 23 Aug
The stunning Sudeley Castle is a great alternative to the big’uns like Warwick and Highclere. This weekend Sudeley is transported back in time to the age of Richard III – so expect medieval ‘living history’ with craftsmen and women at work cooking, jewellery-making, and manuscript illumination, plus musicians, dancing, archers, knights and men-at-arms, a storyteller and even Richard III on horseback. Blimey.
Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucs, sudeleycastle.co.uk
The Chenies Velo Classique, Chiltern Hills, Mon 31 Aug
Head up on the most elegant cycling event in Bucks, because you have to enter online by 25 Aug! The Chenies Velo Classique takes place in and around the magnificent Chenies Manor, with a choice of routes available for all levels of riders (including the option to ride “Strada Bianca” chalk roads!). Expect fully supported sportives, VIP hospitality, complimentary glass of champers for all finishers. velo market and stalls, food, wine, and access to visit the manor house grounds for Cream teas.
Chenies Manor, Bucks, chilterncyclingfestival.com