What’s on this week: The Muddy Guide 8 – 14 Jan 2015
I know I know, it’s wet and cold, you’re not drinking anything other than curly kale smoothies and your liver is still in recovery after Christmas. It’d be more fun to fast-forward to February when the wheels have come off the health wagon and you’ve face-planted into a lemon meringue.
Anyway, in the unlikely event that you’re firing on all cylinders this month and feel like stepping out, here’s some inspiration for the week to come. Have fun!
Duke’s wine bar open, Princes Risborough
These guys have some bottle opening on New Year’s Eve, given how quiet January can be. I am yet to Duke’s Wine Bar myself so can’t personally vouch for it but the pics look promising and I’m chuffed that Princes Risborough, which has struggled bravely with terrible parking restrictions and footfall problems in recent years, now has a perky little wine bar of its own. It’s currently open in the evenings (no kitchen action yet though) with an official launch on 19 Jan. Worth a stab if you’re looking for new kicks.
19 Duke Street, Princes Risborough. Tel: 01844 274060. dukeswinebar.co.uk
The Stoke Park gym, newly revamped!
If your body is a temple (um, sorrrrrt of) but you haven’t sussed out your new gym membership, just hold onto your horses till you’ve read this. The gym at 5 star Stoke Park, near Gerrard’s Cross has just had a £500,000 revamp. Yes, you’ve read that right. Half a million pounds, pumped into a gorgeous gym that already had a hot yoga room, brilliant spa and just about every piece of fitness equipment on the planet! Now it also has state-of-the-art Star Trac equipment, latest Boditrax technology and The Running Unlimited immersive pod which sounds horrifically space-age and probably does incredible things for your body. Completed just before Christmas, the gym is only a few days older than your New Year’s Resolutions (No 1 – exercise more!), and it’s not a bonkers-expensive as you might think either. Go forth and dip those triceps.
Try a Bodleian Library Tour, Oxford
I haven’t been into the Bodleian Library since I was a very lazy undergraduate, when I spent way too much time giggling, flicking pieces of paper at my friends and trying to catch the eye of hunky students (and failing, thanks for asking). The Bod conducts daily tours, and highlights include its Divinity School (pictured), built in 1488, Duke Humphrey’s medieval library, and the 17th century Convocation House, where Parliament was held in the Civil War. I mention it now because just before Christmas the Bod received Charles I’s traveling library. (Hey you, yes, you in front of your computer – wake up!) and it reminded me to remind you about the tour.
It’s been brilliantly described as a 17th century version of a Kindle with 59 small volumes with gold-tooled bindings covering just about everything that a wealthy educated gentleman would want to read on his travels. I’m not sure these will be on show, I just thought you’d be interested! I’m going to go on a tour in a couple of weeks so I’ll report back then if you want to wait for the official verdict.
Tours daily, £7 with no concessions. 11+ only. Website
Mr Pineapple Studios comes to Aylesbury, Sun 11 Jan
No not Louis Walsh (though wouldn’t that be fun?) but Derek Hartley, Pineapple Dance tutor, professional dancer, teacher and performer and leader of this ballroom/Latin dance workshop, who is hotfooting it up from London’s bright lights towards Aylesbury’s more modest charms. The event is being hosted by the brilliant Kaso Studios, who were runner up in the fitness category of the Muddy Awards last year. The Ballroom at Blackpool Tower is no match for, um, Berryfields Primary School, so spray on the fake tan and practise your rictus grin ready for your moment in the spotlight.
Price: £15 per head/class or £25 per couple. Beginners welcome. Berryfields Church of England Primary School, John Fitzjohn Avenue, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18 0FG. kasostudios.co.uk
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, London, opens Mon 12 Jan
I haven’t been into London for ages, but this little nugget be just the nudge I need. Tamsin Greig stars in the musical version of Pedro Almodóvar’s classic Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown? and it has all the credentials of a total winner. The Broadway show was nominated for a Tony, and the previews now it’s come to the Playhouse Theatre in London have had the critics cheering. I’m a bit of a Tamsin fan too so it’s win, win!
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, opens Mon 12 Jan, tickets from £24.50.