WHAT’S ON : THURS 25 JUN – WEDS 1 JULY
Another chocca week of fun. Out you go!
Salvo Fair, Fawley Hill, Henley, Sat 27 – Sun 28 June
Europe’s largest salvage fair is now in its fourteenth year and is coming for the first time to Fawley Hill in Henley. Expect antiques, salvage, reclaimed materials and upcycled treasures, including the original cast iron gothic balustrade from London’s Westminster Bridge courtesy of Muddy faves LASSCO – around 70 yards will be laid out so you can, ahem, see how it will look somewhere on your vast estate!
The Producers, New Theatre, Oxford, Mon 29 June – Sat 5 July
I feel like the only person who hasn’t seen this show, but my time is coming – I’m off to see it next week. The smash hit Broadway musical based on Mel Brooks’ Oscar-winning film arrives at the New Theatre starring Jason Manford (who I have a funny story about – ask me sometime!) and comedian Ross Noble. Interesting casting that will either fly or flop – I’ll let you know on Tuesday.
MCS Art Festival, Oxford, 20 June to 5 July
The last week of this fantastic festival in a programme that covers music, drama, art, literature, workshops and speaker events. On Saturday there’s Medieval Day at Oxford Castle (above), with events like archery and falconry, wood carving and stone masonry, Robin Hood storytelling and tours of the Oxford Castle running all day. But there’s loads else besides, so check out the schedule here.
Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata and an evening of new ballets, New English Ballet Theatre, Wycombe Swan, 9 July
Ballet lovers ahoy! Following their successful third season in the West End, New English Ballet Theatre presents a programme of ballets from the UK’s top choreographic talents including Dutch National Ballet’s Daniela Cardim Fonteyne, and the Royal Ballet’s Valentino Zucchetti, The evening concludes with a newly commissioned work by rising star Andrew McNicol, based on Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata.
Van Morrison and Gregory Porter Double Bill at Blenheim, Oxon, Thurs 25 June
Taking place in the Great Court at Blenheim as part of their ‘Nocturne’ event tonight, how about this double bill featuring Van the Man and supercool jazz vocalist Gregory Porter (above)? Tickets are so expensive it’ll probably be filled with toe-tappers your dad’s age, but the music will be great. Book a pre-concert Carluccio’s picnic or take out a second mortgage and eat in the Long Hall.
Blenheim Palace Great Court, www.nocturnelive.com
Giffords Circus: Moon Songs, Oxford Parks, Fri 26 June – Mon 6 July
The fabulous Gifford’s makes it into Oxford, and if you’re yet to see this quirky, inventive, funny village-green circus, now’s your moment. A Muddy Stilettos dead cert for guaranteed enjoyment, you can also dine in the 60-cover travelling restaurant, and buy Moon Songs posters, mugs (at £20!!!) and bags from the shop. I’m going this weekend but friends who’ve already been say it’s the best show in years, directed once again by Cal McCrystal, the physical comedy expert whose credits include Paddington Bear and One Man Two Guvnors.
Oxford University Parks, www.giffordscircus.com
Aliens Love Underpants, Wycombe Swan, Bucks, Mon 29 – Tues 30 June
Love the sound of this for little ones. The best-selling kids book is brought to the stage for the first time and promises stunning effects, original music and a whole load of underpants. For families with kids 2+
Wycombe Swan, www.wycombeswan.co.uk
Little Welly Obstacle Course, Henley, Sat 11 – Sun 12 July
The Muddy bratlets are sooooo doing this, it sounds masses of fun. An early heads up on the Little Welly Goes Wild obstacle course between Henley and Marlow, a 3km course designed specifically for kids, with foam, mud, ditches, tyre mountains, rope swings, cargo net crawls and more fun than they can shake a stick at. Tickets are £13 for kids and £2.50 for adults.
Roaming Beds, Hayward Gallery, London, now until Tues 30 June
Visitors are invited to book a night in artist Carsten Höller’s Two Roaming Beds (Grey), a pair of robotic beds that roam Hayward Gallery while their guests sleep. Random and probably lots of fun.
Hayward Gallery, London, www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Bremner & Bird, Rectory Lane Garden, Milton Keynes, Bucks, Fri 26 June
Into the third week of funsies at jazz dame Cleo Laine’s garden, with entertainment this time from comedians John Bird and Rory Bremner, plus music from the James Pearson Trio. Bring your picnic and enjoy.
Old Rectory Garden, MK, www.stables.org.
Woburn Abbey Garden Show, Beds, Sat 27 – Sun 28 June
Feeling green-fingered? Set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey, this Garden Show sounds like it pitches itself perfectly for both novices (like, ahem, moi) and more expert gardeners. Top nurseries are here to sell you their plants and accessories, there are talks, demonstrations, live music and food stalls.
Woburn Abbey, www.woburnabbey.co.uk