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What’s On: Thurs 10 – Weds 16 Dec 2015

Oxford Christmas Market, until Sun 20 Dec

broad st xmas market

This pretty chalet market bang in the Broad St, one of my favourite Oxford streets, is worth the detour if you’re in central Oxford. Loads of indie traders offering handmade gifts, plus live music every day from local brass bands, school choirs, jazz and my favourite next Tuesday between 6-7pm, Caroline the Musical Saw Lady. The mind boggles.

 oxfordchristmasmarket.co.uk

Claydon Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert, Claydon House, Sat 12 Dec

claydon

This sounds rather lovely if you’re into your classical music. You can the Claydon Chamber Orchestra for a festive concert in the Saloon of the Nationa Trust-owned Claydon House between 5-7pm on Saturday, with mince pies and mulled cider served at the interval. Close by is Buckingham and its restaurants plus The Old Thatched Inn in Adstock that I reviewed recently so you have some good options pre- or post concert.

Claydon House, Middle Claydon, nr Buckingham, nationaltrust.org.uk

Dear Father Christmas, Oxford Playhouse, Thurs 10 Dec –  3 Jan

father

A sweet show at The Oxford Playhouse that again started yesterday. Everything is going wrong for Father Christmas with presents muddled up, letters gone astray and the North Pole Polar Bear missing, and in this interactive show, the kids in the audience can help to save Chritmas with stories, songs and activities. Also you can download a letter on the website for kids to fill in and post in the Oxford Playhouse Foyer which is sweeeeeet.

Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont St, oxfordplayhouse.com

Tudor Feast, Sulgrave Manor, Sat 12 Dec

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On the Oxfordshire/Northants border near Banbury, Sulgrave Manor is a Tudor manor house that shouts about its George Washington associations – his ancestors both built and lived here. The Manor throws its annual Tudor feast tomorrow, so if you fancy it you’ll get a warming glass of hippocras (Tudor Mulled wine), a tour of the Manor, and a Tudor style 3 course dinner. If you’re feeling very brave you can dress up in your doublet and codpiece, or damask gown, I know you’ve been waiting for excuse to get it out like, forever.

£35.00 pp Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road, Sulgrave, Nr. Banbury, Oxfordshire, sulgravemanor.co.uk

Last Chance to see –  Lawrence Weiner:  Within a Realm of Distance, Blenheim, until 20 Dec

 lawrence

Last chance to see American artist and one of the founding figures of conceptual art Lawrence WINER at Blenheim Palace. His exhibition Within a Realm of Distance showcases the his works spanning the last 50 years plus new, site-specific works, created especially for the Palace. The clash of the modern and the UNESCO heritage of Blenhein Palace works so well – remember the Ai Wei Wei exhibition? – so if you love architecture and art you’ll be in heaven.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, blenheimpalace.com

Recycled Christmas, Botanic Gardens Oxford

recycled

Loving the sound of this one. Tomorrow morning at the gorgeous Botanic Gardens in central Oxford there’s a lovely opportunity to take your kids and make some Christmas decorations using natural materials. I’m imagining a lot of pinecones, acorns and holly!  Free with entry into the gardens – which is £4.95 for adults and the children go free. Then it’s just a wander down Rose Lane next door to the gardens to take you down to the river.

10.30-12.30, £4.95 for adults with kids free. The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, Rose Lane, Oxford, botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk

Children’s Gingerbread Workshop, Beverley Glock Cookery School, Sat 12 Dec

gingerbread

Sweeeeeeet! Park your kids off to the Beverley Glock Cookery School tomorrow for a gingerbread-based workshop. Suitable from 7+, it runs from 10.30-3.30 in Princes Risborough, long enough for you to tank it down to John Lewis, or sit in a cafe and shop online without the crowds.

beverleyglock.com

Edward Lear, Travel and Nonsense, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, now til 10 Jan

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The River & Rowing Museum in Henley is really upping its game for adults as well as children, and has been introducing cool art exhibitions into its programme. This exhibition of Edward Lear’s work includes his extraordinary sketches of landscapes and nature to the nonsense drawings and verses for which he so well known. The exhibition is coming from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, home of the largest and most comprehensive collection of Lear’s work in the UK, with important loans from private collections, which are rarely on public display. Worth a look before it goes.

River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, rrm.co.uk

Claydon Chamber Orchestra Christmas Concert, Claydon House, Sat 12 Dec

claydon

This sounds rather lovely if you’re into your classical music. You can the Claydon Chamber Orchestra for a festive concert in the Saloon of the Nationa Trust-owned Claydon House between 5-7pm on Saturday, with mince pies and mulled cider served at the interval. Close by is Buckingham and its restaurants plus The Old Thatched Inn in Adstock that I reviewed recently so you have some good options pre- or post concert.

Claydon House, Middle Claydon, nr Buckingham, nationaltrust.org.uk

Alice at Christmas, Mill Arts Centre,  Tues 8 Dec til 2 Jan

alice creation theatre

Just started at the Mill Arts Centre in Banbury and sounding groovy is Creation Theatre’s adaptation of Alice In Wonderland called, er,  Alice (well, no need to reinvent the wheel here). Music, puppetry, acrobatics are all promised from one of Oxford’s most innovative theatre companies.

 The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, creationtheatre.co.uk

 

 

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