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MON 28 AUG - SUN 3 SEP 2017

Live Music, Lassco at The Three Pigeons, Milton Common, every Thurs & Fri night

black and white hand on guitar strings close up

A cool, quirky venue for live music – the Milton Common architectural salvage yard-cum-café/bar/restaurant has launched two new weekly music nights. Thursdays are jazz (niiiiiice. Sorry, couldn’t resist), curated by Alyn Shipton, writer, BBC broadcaster and jazz guru. He’ll be roping in luminaries such as award-winning saxophonist Alan Barnes and renowned bassist/composer Alec Dankworth. Then Fridays belong to The Mellow Fellows – who I’m guessing don’t play death metal. They’re two session players and longtime Oxon music scenesters, Kevin Barrett and Robert Markham. Both nights start at 7.30pm and booking is advised.

Lassco, The Three Pigeons, London Rd, Milton Common, Oxon,


Tuckers’ Feast Family Food Festival, Cogges Manor Farm, Mon 28 Aug

stone wall hall flagstone floor sunflowers

Cogges are throwing a massive family feasting fun day on Bank Holiday Monday to celebrate ‘Tuckers’ Feast’  – a trad Witney feast that was held in honour of the master weavers of local blanket factories. As well as lots of tasty food stalls, there’ll be cookery demos, a chance to get involved in the manor house kitchen with local food heroes, live music, a summer bar and heaps of stuff to keep the kids entertained.

Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney,


Stick Man, Wycombe Swan, Sat 2 – Sun 3 Sep

Stick Man is one of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s sweetest, most touching children’s books about a twig who goes for a jog and gets separated from his family  – that bit where you think he might be used as kindling, waah! The unlucky wooden one arrives at the Wycombe Swan this month with Scamp Theatre’s adaptation. We’re promised a trio of top actors, puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. God, I hope he gets back to the family tree, otherwise there’ll be tears (mine). Suitable for ages 3+.


Chilli Festival, Sat 2 & Sun 3 Sep, Waddesdon Manor, Bucks

Spice up your life with this festival held in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor. There are 65 local exhibitors who promise to give your tastebuds a workout, with chilli sauces, jams, beer and chocolate. If it all gets too much, you can cool your tongue at the frozen yogurt stand. Not to worry if your kids haven’t yet reached a level of spice sophistication, just settle them down at the crafts table or the face-painting. From 10am-5pm,

Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Bucks,


Henley Handmade Fair, Stonor Park, Fri 25 – Mon 28 Aug

close up multicoloured pain splatter china bowl

Arts and crafts, handmade jewellery, hand-finished furniture and glassware and everything in between at the Henley Handmade Fair that rocks up at the lovely Stonor Park this weekend. The ticket includes entry to Wonder Woods, a falcon show from The Hawking Centre, terrier racing and chocolate workshops. As it happens your local superblog has 10 lots of two tickets to give away, so if you fancy a freebie head over to our Facebook page with a friendly follow and a reason why you’d like the tickets and they could be winging their way to you!

Stonor Park, Henley on Thames,


Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem, River & Rowing Museum Henley, until 24 Sept

Bounce over  to Henley for the River and Rowing Museum’s latest kid-friendly attraction – Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem. This exhibition includes original artworks, first editions and early Peter Rabbit merchandise. You can can even help Mrs Tiggywinkle hang up the laundry or visit Mrs Rabbit’s burrow! Dress up (probably best to save your bunny girl outfit for another day), help in Mr MacGregor’s Garden and listen to stories.


Rotherfield Greys village fete, Sun 3 September 

Your classic family-fun village fete, complete with tombola, splat-the-rat, cakes and a pop-up pub. Except Rotherfield Greys, near Henley-on-Thames, take this tradition to a whole new level of fancy – it’s held in the gorgeous gardens of National Trust property Greys Court. There’s a Beauty & The Beast costume theme (which one I’ll go as depends on how long I have to get ready that morning) and the fun starts at 12pm.

Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames,


Dinosaur World, Banbury Museum, now – 9 Sept

two t-rex's roaring in prehistoric landscape

This is a summer hols saviour if you have little ones who love dinosaurs. At Banbury Museum they can create their own dinosaur lands, creature, masks and fossil collages and even a hatching dino baby. It’s on Saturdays and every day during the Oxon school holidays, with two daily sessions: 10:30am – 12:30pm or 2pm – 4pm.


Parallel London, Sun 3 Sep

Parallel London is a fully accessible fun run and free family festival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Featuring nine inclusive zones, you can expect; performances from comedy sister act ‘The Mandeville Sisters’; Burlexercise, music-making and mindfulness workshops; a Pongathon, 3ft high skate ramp, as well as various food and drink stalls.


Tractor Ted, Stonor Park , Sun 3 Sep

bouncy castle green tractor ted

If your nippers’ two favourite things in the world are Tractor Ted and bouncy castles then 3 Sep sure is their lucky day. A giant Tractor Ted bouncy castle will be popping up at Stonor Park, Bucks, ideal for letting off some end-of-the-summer-hols steam. Suitable for under 7s, the activities also include getting up close with animals at the mobile farm, a Tractor Ted driving test and a bout of welly wanging. Which always sounds a bit rude to us but we’re sure it’s good wholesome family fun.

Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon,


Days out with Thomas, Bucks Railway Centre, Sat 2 – Sun 3 Sep

If you have nippers who are obsessed with trains, this day out will blow their tiny minds. A steam train with the Thomas livery chugs gently back and forth all day long, you get to meet the Fat Controller (and he is indeed pleasingly portly) plus there’s all sorts of face painting, kids’ shows, mini train rides and ample space to picnic. If you’ve got older children in tow it’s worth knowing you can also have a snoop around the permanent museum exhibition, where you can hang out in retro tube carriages.

Bucks Railway Centre, Quainton,


Foodies Festival, South Park, Oxford,  Fri 1- Sun 3 Sep

Impeccably-lipsticked Bake Off winner Candice Brown is the star attraction at central Oxford’s South Park food festival this weekend, alongside Le Manoir’s Michelin-starred chef Gary Jones and Saturday Kitchen host Matt Tebbutt. You can roam the temptations of Street Food Avenue, or perhaps the Drinks Theatre tickles your fancy (it sure tickles ours). Reckless macho types (*cough, Mr Muddy*) may like to test their endurance in the chilli-eating-competition.

South Park, Oxford,



Giacometti, Tate Modern, ends Sun 10 Sep (LAST CHANCE TO SEE)

Giacometti sculture thin deformed woman

No, that’s not me after spending too long frying on a sun-lounger on holiday, it’s the iconic work of Alberto Giacometti. It’s now or never to catch the UK’s first major retrospective of the sculptor’s work in 20 years, at the Tate Modern. It includes rarely seen plasters and drawings and showcases the full evolution of Giacometti’s career across five decades and is very much worth jumping on a train to the Smoke for.


Raphael: The Drawings, Ashmolean, Oxford, ends Sun 3 Sep

The Ashmolean’s captivating summer show brings together 120 stunning works from international collections spanning the brief but brilliant career of Raphael, who was only 37 when he died. The museum’s own unrivalled Raphaels are joined by superb works from the Albertina and loans from other international collections including the Louvre and the Uffizi and Liz II. Chop chop though, it finishes this weekend.

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