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What’s on this week? The Muddy Guide 16 – 22 October

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Last weekend for Jane’s Teas, Kirtington, 18 – 19 October

Janes Teas collage 1
If you didn’t make it over summer, now is the time to wrap up warm and make the homage down to the most amazing tea rooms in the county. Check out my review here, and do make it if you can – I’m certain you’ll love it.


The Perfect Murder, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 20-25 Oct

Ever wondered what happened to William the Footman from Downtown Abbey? Ah, well, I can help you there. He decided it wasn’t much fun being dead, stepped in a time machine, and has now been delivered to Aylesbury to star in an adaptation The Perfect Murder, the best-selling book by crime author Peter James. He’s joined by Robert Daws (The Royal), Dawn Steele (Wild at Heart, Monarch of the Glen) to tell the story of the murderously intentioned Victor Smiley his wife Joan and the young Detective Roy Grace starting to investigate his very first homicide case. Taxing, no. But a light theatrical comedy-thriller on a wet October night may just hit the right note for you.

Tickets £11.90 – £30.90. Matinees on Thursday and Saturday.

New new new!

Natural History Mercantile Corner SM[19]
Lots of bits and bobs to tell you about. There’s an interesting sounding pop-up shop from those design coolies Natural History Mercantile that started up just a week back in 3 King Edward Street (OX1 4HS), pictured, nestling in the same street as Sweaty Betty, and there’s Jericho Trader coffee and cake to boot. The Quince Tree has a swanky new chef, Carl Jackman, who ran the catering for the Royal Albert Hall (ooooooooh!)  and an Autumn menu that launched just two days ago, so that’s definitely worth a visit. A brand new Gourmet Kitchen Burger has appeared next to the Odeon in Aylesbury – oh come on, my children nearly wet themselves with excitement about that one! – and there’s a quirky, fun-looking new shop in Buckingham worth a gander called Secret Messages Emporium (think vintage gifts and handcrafts, no website yet that I can find). There are more things in the back of my brain that I can’t seem to dredge out right now but I’ll put them on later today when I remember them! (And btw, if you know a new shop opening that looks cool do let me know).

Thame Arts & Literature Festival, 15 – 19 Oct

Into the fifth year of the Thame Art & Literature Festival, and still a winning mix of local, national and slightly off beat events.  Generally it’s a very well attended festival, and some events are already sold out (though I’m working on a way to sneak into Thame Leisure Centre to listen to Michael Morpurgo on Saturday, shhhhhhhh) so take a look a the schedule here and get in there fast.

Freaky Fortnight, Mead Open Farm, Leighton Buzzard, 18 – 31 October

Slightly off piste, but worth the mention if only to stand back in awe at the early hop on the Halloween ghost train. Mead Farm’s Freaky Fornight promises 8 ghoulish family attractions including live pirate storytelling,  trick or treat tractor rides, haunted castles and all that witchy business from this weekend!

Abingdon Contemporary Crafts for Christmas Show, Medieval Abbey, Abingdon 16 -19 Oct; 23 -26 Oct 

Christmas is a-coming (OMG, where has this year flippin gone?) so if you want to get the whole shopping biz out the way before we hit November like my mother somehow manages to do year after year, Abingdon Contemporary Crafts for Christmas Show at the Medieval Abbey Buildings is the place for you. There are two four day shows (Thurs 16 – Sun 19; Thurs 23 – Sun 26) selling jewellery, leather work, ceramics, interior designs, pottery, woodwork, aromatic soaps.

Open 10am -5pm daily, (Sun. 4.30pm);

Othello, Oxford Playhouse, 21 – 25 Oct 

Frantic Assembly, ‘the most innovative and progressive company around’ according to The Times, comes to Oxford, fusing a taut adaptation of the classic Othello text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography. Sounds exciting, but, you might want to think wice before taking your mum. Aged 14+.

Spandau Ballet touring, 3 -19 March 2015

My lovely editorial intern Jennie is a mere 21, and has absolutely no idea who or what Spandau Ballet is. I know!!! I feel verrrrry old all of a sudden *sigh*. Meh, sod it, I’m going to go to the concert anyway, if only to throw my support pants at Tony Hadley.  Pre-sale tickets are on release now, with general tickets released on 22 Oct. Come on zimmer girls, let’s do it!

Tracey Emin: The Last Great Adventure is You, White Cube Bermondsey, ends 16 Nov 

Tracey Emin at her show The Last Great Adventure Is You.
I have mixed feelings about Tracey Emin. In the right light she seems inspiring, brave and uncompromising; in others narcissistic and slightly fraudulent. She presents  The Last Great Adventure is You, a major new exhibition at White Cube Bermondsey, and her first at the London gallery in five years, with works from bronze sculptures to canvases, so there’s a new chance to make a decision one of the most colourful and controversail of the YBAs of the Nineties.


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