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KopHill Climb, Chilterns, 20-21 September
This event is getting bigger and more extravagant every year. Now in year 7 of its revival, you can expect to see 300 cars and 100 bikes storming the hill, 250 historic cars and bikes on display, music, food, kids carousels and face painting, and all that jazz. Looks like fun.
£10 adults, £5 half-day grandstand, 12 & Under free, free parking, dogs allowed on short leads. Spectator Gates open at 9.00. Runs up Kop Hill from 9.45 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.15. kophillclimb.org.uk
Northleach Farmer’s Feast, The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach, Sat 20 Sept
I reviewed The Wheatsheaf Inn earlier this week, so you’ll already know that it’s well worth the visit, and even better if it coincides with the Northleach Farmer’s Feast. Proceeds are for charity, so you can scoff with a clear conscience.
Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Waddesdon Manor, Sat 20 Sept
I’m yet to visit The Reading Room at Waddesdon’s Windmill Hill archive (it’s on the list!) but from the pics it looks really cool, and a great spot from which to enjoy the launch of the Oxford Chamber Music Festival. Priya Mitchell, the founder/artistic director of the festival takes the violin with guests in a programme containing Mozart’s Duo in G Major for Violin and Viola, Beethoven’s String Trio No.1, op.9, and Schubert’s String Trio in Bb, D471.
£18, 7.30pm start.
Waterside Family Theatre Club, ‘Act 1’ and ‘Act 2’, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 20 Sept
A new initiative from the AWT, a free (free!!) Waterside Family Theatre club running every other Saturday in term time, ‘Act 1’ for toddlers to 6 year olds between 9.30-10.30, then 7-12 year olds from 11am-12pm, both with parents/guardians. The early session will include storytelling and a chance to discover the world of theatre with puppetry, costume design prop making and restrained use of jazz hands, while the older group will learn about props, lighting, sound, film and performance. A great idea but with limited spaces, so email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Downtown Abbey, Sunday nights
I had a bit of a facial lambchop crush on The Suspicions of Mr Witcher on ITV and have been slightly put out that the series looks finished in favour of the return of Downtown Abbey. But then, Lady Mary does look like she’s about to put it about a bit which could be fun. And the trailer also suggests there could be a bit of action for that deliciously nasty butler too. Yeah alright, *sigh*, put the kettle on.
Last cult screening weekend, Malmaison, Oxford, Sat 20 – Sun 21 Sept
The last weekend of Cult Screenings in Oxford, with some super-classics – Gladiator on Saturday (fond memories of a time when Russell Crowe was vaguely fanciable, though I have a great story about him in a purple velour top and black leather trousers in New Zealand that I’ll have to share with you one day), and my all-time favourite The Princess Bride. Grab a cocktail, a blanket, a deckchair and enjoy.
Marlow food festival, Compleat Angler, Marlow, Sun 21 Sept
Muddy fave and former interviewee Adam Simmonds (formerly of Danesfield House) is the prodigal chef returning for Marlow Food Fesitval, now in its sixth year. The whole shebang is free, with over 30 stalls, demonstrations and general foodiness. Marlow is gorgeous on any day and this is just another reason for a detour.
Loves Labours Lost, RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon, from 23 September
Been up to the RSC recently? It’s worth keeping quite an eye on – Matilda, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies all started up in Stratford. I like the look of this new production of Love’s Labours Lost, directed by Christopher Luscombe who directed The Madness of George III and Spamalot in the West End. Combine with a boutique hotel (try the Church St Townhouse) and tick all your special-night-out boxes.
Blenheim Literary Festival, Woodstock, 25 – 28 September
This is becoming a monster festival, with Boris Johnson, Ben Okri, Julien Fellowes, Jonathan Miller… and so it goes on. If you love literature with architecture attached, helllooooooo, you’re in the right place.