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Curzon Cinema, Westgate

Finally, it opens on Friday 1 Dec! A few weeks delay has made me even more desperate to sit in one of the 5 screens (or maybe just make my way around them all)  – first up is Mountain, a collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom with Willem Dafoe narrating. It’s a juxtaposition of image and music, exploring the powerful force that mountains hold over the imagination. There’s also a Q&A with the film’s co-writer Robert Macfarlane.


The Swan restaurant at Tetsworth reopens

Bravo to Antoine, the plucky restauranteur behind this brilliant French restaurant, attached to The Swan antiques centre. A terrible fire ravaged the building but they are reopening on Friday 1 Dec because ‘we could not let you down for Christmas’. Go support them if you can, the food is amazing.


The Black Horse reimagined, Thame

A promising new gastro pub opens its doors in the centre of Thame imminently. The Black Horse’s official opening date is 18 December but they’ve started taking restaurant bookings. When I say ‘new’, the 16th century inn that was formerly renowned for its dodgy disco on a Friday night is under new ownership, Raymond Blanc’s White Brasserie Company no less. The new gaffers promise British pub classics and French brasserie favourites in chic surroundings. And unlike Ray’s nearby Le Manoir, the bill won’t come with a side-order of heart palpitations.


A secret rave in Tring (seriously)

Calling all semi-retired ravers! Get those glowsticks out of storage and get thee to the Secret Rave near Tring this Saturday night, organized by Housemouse. It’s a private party of sorts so email for guest list and deets ( Check out the trailer here for a little taster. They’re asking for a donation of £33 per person, with coaches leaving from three locations in Tring at 7.45pm. You’ll be whisked to a secret, nearby location (don’t worry it’s not a field and there are decent bogs) to dance the night away to Balearic beats. Well, until 12.30am when the first coach returns to Tring- who can keep going until 6am these days?

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