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Your social life sorted: 5 brilliant things to do this week

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English Wine Week, various locations, 2nd-10 June

The last few years have seen English wines sneaking onto wine menus and into off-licences. They’re not particularly cheap, but they’re now recognised by critics as properly good, with British bubbles giving Champagne a run for its money in taste tests (did you hear that, Frenchies across La Manche?!). Now you can test them for yourselves as vineyards all over England open their doors for the English Wine Week. Manor Fields Vineyard (Weedon, Bucks), Bothy Vineyard (Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire) and Stanlake Park Wine Estate (Twyford, Reading) are just some of the local vineyards offering tours and tastings. The hangover comes free.

London World Naked Bike Ride, Hyde Park Corner, 9 June, 3pm

Not sure this counts as a family event – it may scar young minds for life – but if you’re planning to spend day in Hyde Park on Saturday you’ll also be copping an eyeful of this! More than 1,000 people are expected to strip off for this liberating nine-mile cycle past London’s landmarks, an annual protest against oil dependency and the culture of cars, as well as a celebration of the human body. Goosepimple-tastic.

Bucks Open Studios, various locations, 9-24 June

Jewellery designer Ben Boswell, from Winslow

If you’re an artist, art buyer, or frankly the type who likes to poke their nose around someone else’s house (I’ll put my hand up to that one), you’ll love the return of Bucks Open Studios. Now in its 26th year, this year is the biggest yet, with over  500 artists and makers, from sculptors to jewellers, mixed media to fine artists exhibiting in over 150 different venues across Buckinghamshire. Hell, if you can’t find the picture you want, at least you may get some ideas for how to redecorate your kitchen.

Marlow Town Regatta and Festival, Marlow, 9-10 June

Fancy seeing a whole load of beefcakes sweating it out on the river? It’s possible, of course, that not as superficial as moi, in which case you might also enjoy the music, stalls, food and waterside drinking, and of course, the womens rowing too.  The picnic pitches and allocated parking are booked up now, but you can take your chance with parking on the day or find another ingenious way to get there (whisper it… sneaky hotel parking…????!!). If you stay for Sunday, it’s the Dragon Boat race, one of the largest dragon boat festivals in the country with over 30 teams participating, but if you can’t make the festival this time round don’t grind your teeth too much – the elite Marlow Regatta at Dorney Lake is on next weekend.

Frock n Roll, Pegasus Theatre (Oxford), 10 June, 12-5pm

I presume it’ll be more fun than this three are making out…

Muddy Stilettos loves to champion independent shops, so ‘rock on’ to Frock n Roll‘s first fashion event, which aims to bring together Oxford’s bijoux boutiques under one roof. You an expect clothes sales, clothes swapping, hair styling, beauty, makeovers, photography, fashion workshops, dancing and a whole lot of hyperventilating from fashion-frisky women. I can’t say that I know many of the shops, so I can’t vouch for the quality, but if browsing for frocks is your kind of pastime I think you’ve sorted your Sunday.

£3 entry for adults, £2 students, kids free. Goody bags for the first 50 through the door. Frock n Roll, Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE.

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4 comments on “Your social life sorted: 5 brilliant things to do this week”

  • Jojo June 6, 2012

    Thank you for featuring the Frock ‘N’ Roll! I am the organiser of the event, so glad it has made the blogging world. Will you be coming? x

    • Muddy Stilettos June 6, 2012

      You’re welcome. I’m hoping to, it’s a bit of a mad weekend. I’d be really grateful if you can sign up to the blog (it’s free) and spread the word if you’re not already registered. Hope the event goes well, great idea. x

  • Nicky Richardson June 29, 2012

    We went for a tour of the vineyard at Weedon. Very knowledgable couple and bought some decent rose too. Lovely that English wine is beginning to make its mark.

    • Muddy Stilettos June 29, 2012

      That sounds great. I just passed Weedon today on my way back from a reccie in Winslow, so I may do that myself. Thanks for the tip. x


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