MON 5 - SUN 11 JUNE 2017
Bucks Open Studios, Countywide, Sat 10 – Sun 25 June
500 artists and makers in 200 working studios, galleries and other venues across Buckinghamshire this month. Loads of brilliant artists – Muddy loves silver designer Anna Baldwin and ceramicist Audrey Hammett but there are literally hundreds of awesomely talented designers on our doorsteps so look out for the bright yellow signs.
Raphael, The Drawings, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1 June – 3 Sept
The Ashmolean’s captivating summer show, Raphael, brings together 120 stunning works from international collections spanning the brief but brilliant career of Raphael, only 37 when he died. The Ashmolean’s unrivalled Raphaels are joined by superb works from the Albertina and loans from other international collections including the Louvre, the Uffizi and Liz II. Drawings include the exquisite Head of a Muse, which broke records when auctioned at Christies in 2009, as well as the sublime Heads and Hands of two Apostles, considered to be the finest drawing Raphael ever made.
Kraftwerk, Oxford New Theatre, Tues 6 June
The revolutionary German genius of Kraftwerk, the iconic 70s band that pioneered synth and computerised rhythms, come to Oxford’s New Theatre on Tuesday. Apparently their concerts are really brilliant, very theatrical and inventive, so this is your chance to see the granddaddies of electro, tech and hiphop whilst playing air synth to The Model.
This ballet has had rave reviews and it’s guaranteed to be an emotional one. Set in a WW2 holocaust camp, two young boys become friends on opposite sides of the barbed wire fence, one prisoner, one officer’s son. The brilliant Northern Ballet present this heart breaking story through dance for the first time, but given the themes they advise taking secondary school kids and upwards.
Grayson Perry Exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, from Thurs 8 June
This summer Grayson Perry, one of the most astute commentators on contemporary society and culture, will present a major exhibition of new work. The works will touch on many themes including popularity and art, masculinity and the current cultural landscape.
Garsington Opera Season Starts, Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch, 1 June – 4 July
Tra-la-laaaaaa! The much-anticipated Garsington Opera season has just started in the stunning grounds of the Wormsley estate in Stokenchurch. Grounds are open from 3.30pm on each performance day so get there early to have a snoop around the Walled Garden, Deer Park or afternoon tea overlooking the beautiful Wormsley Cricket Pitch. Two operas to choose from, Handel’s Semele (running until 4 July) or the crowd-pleaser comedy Le Nozze de Figaro by Mozart which opens on 2 June running until 16 July.
Love Marlow Festival 2017, Thurs 2 – 17 Sat June
Marlow is definitely the Buckinghamshire town du jour, with seemingly endless cool openings, posh boutiques, and festivals on the go. Its LOVE Marlow Festival is really popular locally, with over 60 community activities and promotions including music, sport, workshops and kids’ events. Worth checking out whether you’re nearby or going that way for a day trip.
Midsummer Tudor Fair, Sulgrave Manor, Sun 11 June
It’s Tudortastic at Sulgrave Manor this weekend with the manor transformed 16th century style. Open air performances, knights jousting, re-enactment stalls, birds of prey, archery, children’s activities, beer & cider tents and all that malarkey, with the price including a tour of the house.
Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road, Sulgrave, Nr. Banbury, Oxon, sulgravemanor.org.uk
Northern Ballet: Goldilocks & the Three Bears, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Sat 10 June
With sell-out performances of Ugly Duckling and Tortoise & the Hare, Northern Ballet’s child-friendly productions are massively popular. The latest production, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, comes to the Waterside this weekend with its lovely mix of life ballet, music and theatre at a manageable 40 minutes.
Heath Quartet, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, Oxford, Sat 10 June
The multi-award winning Heath Quartet come to the JdP to perform two innovative works – Haydn’s Op. 33 No. 1 and Beethoven’s first ‘Razumovsky’ quartet alongside Mendelssohn’s moving late F minor Quartet. Beautiful location too.
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hildas College, Cowley Pl, Oxford, jdp.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk
Jericho Street Fair, Oxford, Sat 10 June
If you’re going to go to a local fete, it might as well be a chi-chi one. Trendy Jericho in Oxford will be packed from 12 noon with live music, kids entertainment, street food and, er, sumo wrestling. 12pm – 8pm.
Giffords Circus- Any Port in a Storm, Blenheim Palace, Thurs 8 – Mon 12 June
This year the inimitable Giffords Circus is recreating a 17th-century Spanish court and putting on a candle-lit international gymnastic show with dancing horses, a live band and everyone’s favourite clown Tweedy. It’s having great reviews – no surprises there – so it’s well worth your wonga.
World Naked Bike Ride, London, Sat 10 June
Get your padded seat out and make sure you’ve waxed and buffed – it’s the World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday! Cyclists, rollerbladers, rollerskaters, skate boarders all welcome. Just leave your inhibitions and possibly your integrity at home.
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, Thurs 8 June
Two months ago, Royal Ascot unveiled a new artwork, a globe that tells the story of the summer’s most regal event (no not the Muddy Awards Winner’s Party, but thanks for thinking of me). The globe has been touring ever since, and it’s now sitting jauntily in the Great Hall at Cliveden House until Friday. If you visit before then you’ll also be able to have an Ascot-themed afternoon tea plus eye up fashion designs from Vivien Sheriff and Gieves & Hawkes.
Nellie & Dove has made a real impression since it launched in Spring, and there’s a seemingly endless list of brilliant designers visiting to do talks and demonstrations with customers. On Friday between 6-8pm designer Florence Bridge will rock up with her signature pink hair, showing her design book and demonstrating how she creates her beautiful paintings which are then digitally printed on to silk, before being made up to her designs. All her production is UK based and she’s very cool and fun, so it should be a great night.
Nellie and Dove, Deddington, Banbury, nellieanddove.com
Open air cinema, The Swan at Streatley, Thur 8 June
A stunning riverside location, Top Gun on the big screen, and gourmet street food and cocktails on ta – yeah go on, sign me up. The Swan at Streatley is hosting its first ever open cinema event. Literally giddy with excitement. Take me to bed or lose me forever! (hang on, I’m just going to have a burger first, I’ve seen the Wandering Feast catering van).
Creation Theatre: The Faerie Thorn, Blackwell’s, Oxford, Tues 6 – Weds 7 June
For two nights only Creation Theatre presents Big Telly Theatre’s production of The Faerie Thorn in The Norrington Room in Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford. Based on the book The Faerie Thorn and Other Stories by Jane Talbot, The Faerie Thorn recreates Talbot’s dark, imaginative and bewitching tales as contemporary, physical theatre, incorporating masks, movement and illusion. Sounds fab.