Pumpkin patches and spinning wheels - no, not a fairytale, but the hottest gossip in Bucks and Oxon! Check out what's happening this week.
Entertain the troops
Think the new rule of six is going to ruin your fun? Think again, as the 36-metre-tall Willen Observation Wheel (WOW MK) just opened just this week and each of the 24 gondolas take a max of six people. It takes 10 minutes to do a full rotation and the views, as you’d expect, are incredible. Book in advance here – £5 for individuals and £20 for families.
We know, we know. Summer has barely backed out of the door but time and tide waits for no (wo)man and we are now steaming into pumpkin season. The Patch MK is up and at ‘em with double the amount of pumpkins and various other seasonal treats for the minis this October, such as a giant spider’s web and bale mountain. Erm… do you think mums can play too? Pre-book here.
Arts and culture
Bookworms, rejoice! Henley Literary Festival is just around the corner (26 September to 4 October), and although they’re having to take their events online this year (for obvious reasons), the line-up is still as hot as ever. Recently announced was Russell Brand, of all people, reading childhood fave The Tiger Who Came To Tea as part of the free children’s and schools program. Book your tickets here.
Speaking of literature online, Thame Arts and Literature Festival are going DigiTAL (we see what you did there) for 2020 – their events are now exclusively online and taking place from 15 to 18 October. The Box Office is now open here – we’ll be tuning in to style expert and Muddy contributor Kerry Potter’s talk, The Truth about Fashion, on Thursday 15 October, plus she’ll also be interviewing brilliant local author Clover Stroud on Saturday 17 October.
Marlow Library has spent the summer being refurbished and now the race is on to decorate the interior. Artist Kirsty Harris has been commissioned to create an installation and as part of the project, she is currently asking Marlow residents to share the books that have shaped their lives. Share yours using #marlowstories on social but hurry, the deadline for entry is today!
Mmmm… pizza. Said Homer Simpson, many, many times. But if you feel the same, The Green Dragon in Flaunden on the Bucks/Herts border has just opened after a massive refurb and installation of a wood-fired pizzeria. The menu looks seriously tempting and with gorgeous manicured gardens sat atop the Chiltern hills, what better way to enjoy the last of the sun?
Oxford’s Parsonage Grill is getting ready to reopen on 1 October and the team is one step ahead of the Covid game by creating a heated and covered outdoor dining room. Yes, you can tentatively start filling in your diary again. Book here.
If you’re not abreast with The Project PT, you probably should be. They’re two personal trainers, Ajaye and Alexa, who put all their profits back into working with young people in Oxford and using fitness as a way to bridge social inequalities. And they’re teaming up with craft brewery and community space Tap Social once again to host a yoga and brunch event on 26 September. Good for your mind, body and soul. Get booking.
New beauty opening
What were you doing age 19? I was going out with a wrong ‘un and drinking too many alcopops. But Witney teenager Emily Clarke has decided to be slightly more productive and open her own beauty salon Glamour & Glow in Wesley Walk. Offering hair, beauty and nail treatments, cut down your Covid exposure by doing it all in one fell swoop.
Can’t remember the last time you had a Wimpy Burger? No, us neither. But good news all round as it appears the iconic burger chain is back in… High Wycombe. The site on White Hart Street is currently being decked out with a vague opening date being cited as some time in October. Bender in a Bun for me, please!