Mon 9 - Sun 15 Sept
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEK…. (or at least it was until it got nicked from Blenheim Palace on Sat 14 Sept!)
EXHIBITION: Maurizio Cattelan, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 12 Sept – 27 Oct
Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan is taking residence at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock. You may want to book a three-minute slot to see his piece ‘America’ – an 18-carat gold toilet, which will be hidden inside the palace. Over 100,000 people queued at New York’s Guggenheim to see it in 2016 (12 Sept – 27 Oct). Just don’t, erm, get caught short.
THEATRE: Rocky Horror Show, Wycombe Swan, Wycombe, 9 – 14 Sept
Pelvic-thrusts at the ready for the Time Warp! Strictly professional Joanne Clifton stars in Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock’n’roll fandango, Rocky Horror Show, at Wycombe Swan. My question is – who’s that guy in the leopard budgie smugglers on the right? He deserves his own show.
THEATRE: Skylight, Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton, 11 – 21 Sept
Over in Chippy at the charming Chipping Norton Theatre, you can see Skylight, a gritty drama set over the course of a single night that touches on themes of complex love, passion, infidelity and anger.
SCREENING: Fleabag, various locations, 12 Sept
If you didn’t snaffle tickets for Phoebe Waller Bridge’s brilliantly dark comedy Fleabag on the West End, you’re in luck as it’s being screened to cinemas across Bucks an Oxon. Find your nearest venue here (we’re mainlining the MK Gallery’s Sky Room).
EXHIBITION: Shooting for TIME, West Ox Arts Gallery, Bampton, West Oxfordshire, until 5 Oct
The West Oxfordshire gallery will be showing 60 photographs taken by Peter Jordan. This will be his first retrospective exhibition of the award-winning Newsweek and TIME photojournalist’s work from the 70s and 80s and will feature some of his most iconic snaps that hit the news. peterjordan.format.com
SUPPER CLUB: Mark Hix, The Orangery, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 12 Sept
Blenheim is leaving it to the professionals for September’s supper club, starting with a three course harvest menu designed by veteran chef, restauranteur and food writer Mark Hix, complete with sparkling wine reception.
CULTURE: Taking The Stage – Women in Performing Arts, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 12 – 14 Sept
This three day mini fest features a collection of talks and performances that celebrate women in the theatre industry. Highlights include a new play by the first famed director at the National Theatre, ‘scratch’ pieces from emerging local talent, comic sketches and more.
SUPPER CLUB: The Secret Supper Society, Bicester, Oxon, 13, 21, 27, 28 Sept
Shhhhh! These top secret supper clubs are held in a pretty farmhouse in north Oxfordshire, with each date promising a completely new, surprise six course menu inspired by the season. It’s BYOB, plus tea, coffee and homemade chocolates are included in the cash only price of £49pp. thesecretsuppersociety.com
HERITAGE: Heritage Days Out, various locations, 13 – 22 Sept
Now in its 25th year, Heritage Days Out is a cultural fest of events, tours and open days of the best of the National Trust’s gems across the country. Find a full list of what’s on in Bucks and Oxon here.
EVENT: Craft Fair, Millets Farm, nr Abingdon, 13 – 15 Sept
Ready to get crafty? The autumn craft fair returns to Millets with 30 exhibitors selling arts, crafts, jewellery, homewares and gifts. milletsfarmcentre.com
SCREENING: Luna Cinema, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 13 – 15 Sept
Pop-up cinema giants Luna Cinema are risking the September weather (fingers crossed for sun) for three screenings against the backdrop Waddesdon Manor, A Star is Born, Mammia Mia: Here We Go Again and last year’s biggest hitter Bohemian Rhapsody on consecutive days. Bring a picnic if you can be bothered (erm, probably not) or grab a bite from food stalls on site. nationaltrust.org.uk
SUPPER CLUB: Durban Spice, Wheatley, Oxon, 13, 14, 20 Sept
Muddy checked out Durban Spice not so long ago and it was a big thumbs up from us. Supper clubs are hosted in owner and foodie enthusiast Shabs’ modern home, down a quiet road in Wheatley, Oxfordshire, and offer an unusual five course menu of South African dishes jam packed with flavour and, of course, a little bit of spice! The full menu is revealed on the night. Suggested price of £37pp, BYOB. durbanspice.co.uk
EXHIBITION: An Earthly Paradise: William Morris, Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 14 Sept – 10 Nov
Muddy caught this exhibit when it showed at the River and Rowing Museum over in Henley and found it surprisingly good for children, definitely worth a visit on a rainy weekend. Check the review here for a sneak peek.
EAT: MK Food Fest, The Pavilion, Milton Keynes, 14 Sept
Calling all gluttons! MK Food Fest is a free event showcasing the best local produce in Milton Keynes, with street food, farmer’s market, artisan food stalls, cooking demos, music and more.
EXHIBITION: Reincarnated Rubbish, Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, 14 Sept – 2 Nov
Bucks County Museum’s new exhibit is promising to be a load of rubbish – yes, really! Artist Val Hunt only uses recycled materials to create her sculptures which are themed on endangered and extinct creatures from exotic birds and dinosaurs to this interesting, erm, shrimp? buckscountymuseum.org
THEATRE: Don Quixote, Covered Market, Oxford, until 28 Sept
I’m loving the idea of Creation Theatre’s production of Don Quixote – super-edgy locale in Oxford’s Covered Market (above) and an updated plot-line where Sam (Sancho Panza) and Dom (Don Quixote) decide to kit out an ancient motor home and head of on a road trip on the A40 from Oxford. As you do.
EVENT: Waterside Festival, Waterside canal basin, Aylesbury, 14 Sept
Lots going on by the canal in Aylesbury for the Waterside Festival, including a floating market selling gifts, homewares, jewellery and more, street food, canal trips, stage shows and you can even have a go at water sports like paddle boarding and kayaking. watersidefestival.org
Rolling over from last month you can see the Ashmolean’s current display, Last Supper in Pompeii, with 400+ exhibits from the ancient Roman site buried by the enormous eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD (until 12 Jan). Or, if you’ve got the kids in tow, check out First Animals, an interesting exploration of the first life on earth at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (until 24 Feb) and the brilliant Bears! exhibit in Henley at the River & Rowing Museum (another Muddy review right here).
JAZZ: Soho Live Jazz Week, various Soho venues, London, 11 – 14 Sept
Venues across Soho, including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Piano Bar and Soho Theatre, are clubbing together this week for London’s first Soho Live Jazz Week. Over 200 artists will play across 45 ticketed shows with the music fest ending with a Live Jazz Jam – a free six hour street party on Carlisle Street.
NEW EXHIBITION: William Blake, Tate Britain, London, 11 Sept – 2 Feb 2020
Poet, painter and printmaker William Blake has created some of the most iconic images in British art. This new exhibition, the largest of Blake’s work for almost 20 years, will feature over 300 original works, as well as an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. Other pieces will be digitally recreated on an enormous scale. tate.org.uk
EXHIBITION: Anthony Caro, Cliveden House, Berks, until 10 Nov
If you’re heading over the Berks border, this sculpture trail at National Trust site Cliveden is well worth a peek. Around the Grade I listed grounds you’ll find 16 of the iconic ’60s sculptural artist’s famous steel structures. nationaltrust.org.uk
This is MAJOR. Alongside mega-hits by Tracey Emin, Hockney, Banksy and Damien Hirst, this Chris Levine portrait of Her Maj will be on display at Fresh:Art Fair at Ascot Racecourse. Some of the best galleries (Muddy Award-winning ones among them) in the UK and Ireland, will bring more than 6,000 pieces, priced from £500 to £5,000, including the likes of the Carina Haslam gallery in Great Missenden, Kingfisher Art in Woodstock and Burford’s Wren Fine Art (20 – 22 Sept). Check out 10 artists to keep an eye out for here.
MUSICAL: Madagascar The Musical, Aylesbury Waterside, Aylesbury, 19 – 22 Sept
Alex the lion (played by X Factor winner Matt Terry), Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and a troupe of pesky penguins explode onto the Aylesbury Waterside’s stage in Madagascar The Musical next month, a guaranteed hit with kids (and adults for that matter) who like to move it move it (sorry). Tickets here.
CULTURE: Bill Bryson, New Theatre Oxford, Sat 12 Oct
Best know for his quirky travel books, Bill Bryson is heading out on a mini-tour to celebrate the publication of his new book The Body; A Guide for Occupants, out 3 Oct. There are only two dates booked (the other is Manchester) so do give it a whirl. Plus you might actually learn something, how about that? Tickets here.
CULTURE: Henley Literary Festival – featuring Muddy Stilettos Book Club Live, Phyllis Court, Henley, Sat 5 Oct
It’s back, baby! We’re returning to Henley Lit Fest (28 Sept – 6 Oct) this year with lashings of wine, plenty of pizzazz and a panel of brilliant authors: actor, Celebrity Master Chef winner and Meant to Be author Lisa Faulkner, former deputy editor of ELLE and How to be a Gentlewoman author Lotte Jeffs, and Five Steps to Happy debut novelist Ella Dove. More info here. Get your tickets pronto, last year was a sell out. henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk