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What’s on this week? 9-16 Oct 2014

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Plenty to shake your tail feather with in the week to come. Have fun peeps!

Abingdon Christmas Show, 16-17 Oct

Oh hell, here we go. Christmas is a-comin, and The Abingdon Christmas Show, now in its 43rd year and in the Medieval Abbey buildings, is your first stop for early present-buying. Worth going to if you want to get it all out of the way before November to make way for all that wild partying.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, ends 11 Oct

I went to see this the other day and really enjoyed it (check out my review here). There are two days left if you fancy seeing Nigel Havers and his incredibly buoyant hair in  full flow.


Also worth a punt if you have teenage kids is The Paper Birds (above), beat-boxing theatre at The North Wall theatre in Oxford. Starring UK beat-boxing champion Grace Savage, the show takes a musical look at the influences on young people today from mothers to other kids at school. Looks a bit scary, I grant you, but The Guardian call Savage ‘mesmerising’ so worth checking out if you feel like pushing that little rectangle piece of paper, and I bet your kids will love it.

Catch em while you can…


It’s nearly time to get out the hankies and weep our goodbyes. The stunning Lod mosaic exhibition at Waddesdon Manor is well worth a visit before it closes on 2 Nov, as is the Tutenkhamun exhibiton at The Ashmolean Museum (ends 2 Nov). And for kids, the Cliveden slide (open daily between 11am – 3.30pm) will be dismantled until next summer.

Apple Weekends, throughout Oct

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Those goddam apples keep on coming. If you’re wondering what to do with yours, there are apple weekends popping up everywhere this month. Cogges Manor Farm has an apple tasting and apple pressing day on 26 October where you can bring your own apples and a bottle for pressing and toffee apple making (11am-4pm); there are good local pressers like Pasture Farm in Longwick and Chiltern Ridge in Chesham. If you just want to squeeze the apple theme (see what I did there?), Waterperry Gardens have an Apple Weekend from tomorrow (10-12 Oct) with free orchard tours, apple tastings, and a craft fair in the glasshouse. Or next weekend Hughendon Manor have apple bobbing, crafts, tasting and all the usual stuff you’d expect on the theme.

The Late Works, Rembrandt, National Gallery, London, 15 Oct – 18 Jan

Fab opportunity to see Rembrandt’s famous late masterpieces, rare drawings and prints, examining the themes that preoccupied Rembrandt as he grew older: self-scrutiny, experimentation, light, and observation of everyday life. An absolute shoe-in if you’re in London for a day.

Wedding Fair, The Five Arrows Hotel and The Dairy, Waddesdon, Sun 12 Oct


Tis the season to get down on one knee and hand over the cheque book. Worth checking out the wedding fair at the stunning Dairy (above) and The Five Arrows in Waddesdon with the ceremony room open all day and wedding specialists and suppliers on hand to offer advice (11am-3pm, free admission). Alternatively (or as well!) there’s a wedding fair at Sulgrave Manor on 12 Oct (below, 11am – 3pm). For wedding rings, you can take advantage of Biagio’s Autumn Wedding Rings event in Bicester/Thame running until 18 Oct, where wedding rings ordered at the event will receive a golden ticket entitling you from 10-50% off your rings. Ding dong!


Biagio’s Autumn Wedding Rings event runs from today until 18 Oct, where wedding rings ordered at the event will receive a golden ticket entitling you from 10-50% off your rings. – See more at:


Oxford Lieder Festival 2014, The Ashmolean, 10 Oct -1 Nov

Tra-la-la! This years Oxford Lieder Festival celebrates The Schubert Project, ‘bringing Schubert’s Vienna to Oxford’ in a feast of music, art, food & drink and more. If that all sounds a bit OTT, go lite with the Viennese Coffee morning on Sun 12 Oct between 10-11.30am, where you can enjoy a slice of Sachertorte (oh come now, it’s, um an Austrian chocolate dessert – it says here!) with a cup of coffee and listen to music and readings inspired by Schubert.

Additional reporting: Jennie Rothwell







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