FRI 16 - SUN 18 FEB 2018
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
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.
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!
LAST CHANCE TO SEE 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.