What’s On: The Muddy Guide 16 – 22 April, 2015
Plenty on this week if you’re in the mood to get out and about. Have fun peeps! x
Family Activity Weekend, Longridge, Sat 18 – Sun 19 April
Whoopee! The good weather has persuaded Longridge Activity camp (now part of Alf Villages) to open its doors for its first family weekend of the year a little earlier than intended. It’s £29 for the whole weekend, with one night’s camping (bring your own tents) and two days of activities. I went on a family activity day last year and it was brilliant, so if you’re in the mood for a bit of adventure in spitting distance of Marlow, well, you’ve just found it.
Vertigo, The Ultimate Picture Palace, Sunday 19 April
Dismissed when first released, Vertigo is now acclaimed as one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s finest films, and is now officially polled top of the BFI’s Best Films list. It’s showing on Sunday afternoon at my favourite Oxford cinema (also Monday if you can be a slacker at 6.30pm!) so if the weather turns a bit grim over the weekend you know where to go.
Jane’s Enchanted Tea Garden, Kirtlington, nr Bicester. Sat 18 & Sun 19 April
I’ve raved about the bucolic amazingness of this secret riverside cafe before (read my review if you’re in any doubt) and if you haven’t visited yet, take your chance while the weather is kind. It’s only open on the first and third Saturday and Sunday (from 12 noon – 5.30 pm) each month, and it’s a quirky, eccentric, utterly brilliant gem.
Cotswold Arts & Antique Dealers Fair, Blenheim Palace, Thurs 16-Sun 19 April
Back for the fourth year, this event has gathered a bit of a following amongst collectors, art consultants, interior designers and the punters in the know. If it’s not quite your cup of char, you can bet your bottom dollar your mum will love it!
1940s Boutique at Bletchley Park, Sat 18 April 9.30-4pm
A day of retro style heaven at Bletchley Park, with demos from professional make up artists and practical sessions so recreate Forties hair and makeup. No word on whether Benedict Cumberbatch is making an appearance in his silk suspenders but we live in hope.
9.30 – 4pm. See website for more info and tickets.
Bellowhead, New Theatre Oxford, Sat 18 April
Britain’s most successful traditional folk act, Bellowhead is the 11-piece band whose fusion of folk, funk, rock, world, jazz, music hall and classical music has filled halls for the last ten years. There are a couple of tickets left (none in the stalls, you’d be lucky!) if you’re quick on the draw. Also on Saturday, The Shires – country music’s new homegrown heartthrobs – are playing O2 Oxford.
Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia at Oxford Playhouse, now until Sat 18 April
If you saw my recent review of Arcadia (I reviewed it here when it played at Aylesbury Waterside recently), you may recall that my advice, in a nutshell, is to have a bit of a swot up before you go. Thus armed, it should be a cracking good night out!
Arcadia, Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW. Tel – 01865 305305
ChipLitFest, Thurs 23 – Sun 26 April
The Chipping Norton Literary Festival doesn’t kick off for another week, but there’s a brilliant line-up of author-talks (think Richard Madeley, David Baddiel, Shelia Hancock, Helen Lederer…) and some great events so take a look here and get in early and book your tickets.
TimePlays, Hampton Court, until 31 August