MON 12 - SUN 18 FEB 2018
Whaam! Pop art at Dantzig Gallery, Woodstock, until Sun 25 Feb 2018
Not often you get to see original screenprints and lithographs by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Blake and other superstar pop artists in rural Oxfordshire, but whaddya know, they’ve popped up in the sedate surroundings of Woodstock! Dantzig is a commercial gallery but even if you don’t have a spare mill or two knocking around to hang a can of Campbell’s tomato soup in your lounge, you’ll have the pleasure of looking at them in intimate surroundings for free.Prodigy collaborator K-Guy and Peter Stark, and Tahos Frederic Camilleri, whose Million Dollar Baby offers a striking retake on Warhol’s classic 1960s Marilyn Monroe portraits.
Winnie-The-Pooh: Exploring A Classic, V&A Museum, until Sun 25 Feb
You loved the Balenciaga exhibition. We all adored the Bowie one. Now take the kids to see Winnie-The-Pooh – a show that invites you into the world created by AA Milne and EH Shepard, in which a tubby teddy and his friends stumble over life lessons. It’s multi sensory and playful exhibition that adds to the magic of this timeless classic. vam.ac.uk
Cilla – The Musical, New Theatre Oxford, 13 -17 Feb
Adapted from the hit television series by Bafta Award winner Jeff Pope, Cilla – The Musical documents the spectacular rise of one of Britains best-loved entertainers. Featuring the ultimate soundtrack of the sixties, including ‘Anyone Who Had a Hear’t, ‘Alfie’, ‘Something Tells Me’, ‘Twist and Shout’ by the Beatles, ‘California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and The Papas’ and many more. atgtickets.com
Didcot Steam Weekend, Sat 17 – Sun 18 Feb
Too cold to walk? Too stircrazy to stay inside? Head to Didcot and get steamy (no not like that, the kids are around) with unlimited rides in the 1930s railway carriages. Toot toot! Head to the stylish cafe at the Cornerstone Arts Centre afterwards for a coff and cake. £11 per person, £8 kids, £32 family.
Fern Brady, The Bullingdon Oxford, Fri 16 Feb, 7.30pm
Former comedy reviewer Fern Brady first tried stand-up after the magazine she worked for suggested she write an article where she ‘faked it’ as a comedian – she enjoyed it so much that one year on, she embarked on it as a career. This rising star is one to catch now as she has already sold out two runs at the Fringe and appeared on 8 out of 10 Cats, Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central and The One Show. Book tickets
Tighten Up, Clayton’s Marlow, 17 Feb, 8pm- 2am
Clayton’s continues to hipster up Marlow with events like this free night of northern soul, motown, rare groove and modern soul. Vinyl only kids, none of this digital rubbish, so get down with the cool dads! Event page.
StoryStock, Battersea Power Station, Mon 12 – Wed 14 Feb
StoryStock is travelling circus bowling up at Circus West Village, one of the first developments in the new Battersea Power Station quarter. It’s an all-singing kids bookfest, with workshops including one inspired by Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile, an interactive storytelling session based on Lauren Child’s Charlie and Lola and Dr Seuss’s ‘The Cat in the Hat, yoga with the Gruffalo and visiting authors. storystock.co.uk
Reptile Roadshow, The Roald Dahl Museum, Bucks, Thurs 15 Feb
There’s loads going on at The Roald Dahl Museum this week, from poetry workshops to parties to arts and crafts to mask-making to – my favourite – a reptile roadshow. It’ll be totally BFG*, guys! (*bloody flipping great). NB Great Missenden itself is a gorgeous village, should you have time for a stroll while you’re there. roalddahl.com
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, various cinemas, Weds 7 & 14 Feb
The latest and best films touring around the UK courtesy of the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. If you missed it at the New Theatre Oxford last week, it’s also rocking up on Weds 14 Feb at The Wycombe Swan with 5 short films. My favourites? Edge, featuring 90 year old iceskating wundergran Yvonne Dowlen; and Stump, a documentary that follows fearless rock climber Maureen Beck, born missing a lower arm and climbing with her ‘stump’. Amazing stuff.
Nigel Price & The Spin Duo, Spin Jazz, Thurs 15 Feb
Having played on more than 50 albums including Van Morrison’s Keep Me Singing’ and with a best British Jazz Award under his belt, Nigel Price is one of the best guitarists around today. A regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Nigel is heading to the Wheatsheaf Pub, Oxford, on Thursday to lead The Spin Trio. Gigs start around 9pm so you’ve plenty of time to check out the new restaurants at Westgate – try Pizza Pilgrims and Cinnamon Kitchen for size. spinjazz.net
Sunday coffee concerts at Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 18 Feb
It’s chamber music a go-go on Sundays in the oldest purpose built music room in Europe. The Carducci string Quartet play Haydn and Bartok on 4 and 25 Feb, the North Oxfordshire-based Adderbury Ensemble perform Ravel, Saint-Saens and Mozart on 11 Feb and the Maxwell String Quartet give Haydn and Tchaikovsky a good going over on 18 Feb. Bravo! coffeeconcerts.com
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Milton Keynes Theatre, MK, Tues 13 Feb – Sat 17 Feb
Whoo hoo, it’s finally in our hood! To celebrate his 30th year, Matthew Bourne is touring his Cinderella. The story is transposed to London during the Blitz, rebooting it as a wartime romance between our heroine and an RAF pilot. The reviews have been of the rave variety, with Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets winning Olivier Awards. Go!
Imagining the Divine – Art and the Rise of World Religions, Ashmolean, Oxford, until 18 Feb 2018
*Warning*! You’ve probably seen this exhibition on Muddy for a while but now is the time to act as it’s due to close on 18 Feb. It’s the first exhibition to look at the art of the five world religions as they spread across continents in the first millennium AD. Brand new research from a major project between The Ashmolean Museum, the British Museum and Oxford Uni, with amazing objects created when the iconography of each of the major religions was still being developed… ashmolean.org
Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, London, 10 Feb – 11 March
Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please. kew.org
Barbara Hepworth: Finding Form, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, 9 Feb – 3 June
I love Barbara Hepworth’s work – if you’re ever in St Ives, be sure to visit her gorgeous house/studio, with its striking sculptures dotted all around the pretty garden. So I’m very excited about this – and what a coup for Henley’s little museum. This retrospective covers the sculptor’s work from the 1930s to the 1960s, borrowing pieces from the Tate and National Portrait Gallery. A must-see. rrm.co.uk
Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, Weds 7 Feb – Sun 18 Feb
12 days of jam-packed half-term fun in this brilliant annual festival by kids for kids. Aimed at 0-12 year olds, there’s a mind-boggling array of activities and events, including a whole clutch of free possibilities in The Clore Ballroom, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, dance-theatre Tidy Up, Fun DMC, Bedtime stories, plus debut authors comedian Harry Hill and Radio One’s Greg James.
Snowdrop Time, Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre, OX, Thurs 1 Feb – Weds 28 Feb
It’s snowdrop time! Choose a dry day (there must be one coming soon, surely?) and wander through drifts of snowdrops, aconites, crocuses and hellebores in the arboretum. Batsford are predicting this as the time to see the snowdrops, but advise calling first on 01386 701441 in case the weather has put the snowdrops in a grump and they’re late flowering.