MON 12 - SUN 18 JUNE 2017
Waddesdon Feast, Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury, Sat 17 & Sun 18 June
West Wycombe Park Opens for Summer, now until 31 August
Utterly theatrical and fabulous stately home, West Wycombe Park is one of Muddy’s favourite local National Trust properties. Only open to the public for a few months a year, the doors are now open! Catch it while you can.
Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, Wycombe Swan, Tues 13 – Sat 17 June
Another dazzling production from enfant terrible of the ballet world, Matthew Bourne. This brilliant adaption of the 1948 Powell and Pressburger film is in High Wycombe all week as part of a national tour.
Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary St, High Wycombe, wycombeswan.co.uk
Giffords Circus – Any Port in a Storm, Oxford University Parks, Thurs 15 – Mon 26 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.
An immersive interactive exhibition on tour from Science Projects of London, whose work is featured in major science centres around the world. Visitors can experiment with odd musical instruments such as the light lyre with its light beams instead of strings and the theremin played by moving your hands close to two aerials. Sounds fun for kids, who can also find out how their vocal cords work, watch their voice on a computer screen and try to work out sound illusions.
Oxfordshire Science Festival 2017, Fri 16 – Weds 21 June
Hear like an insect, build a star or watch a contagious cabaret at the Oxfordshire Science Festival. The hands-on Explorazone will open in the evening on Saturday 17 June for adults only, so grown-ups can play at being a paramedic, a plasma physicist or prevent a Polio pandemic (I don’t know about you, but that’s always been on my bucket list) and kids can get enthused about everything from solar plasmas to insect’s knees.
Nocturne Live, Summer Concerts, Blenheim Palace, Thurs 15 – Sun 18 June
Garsington Opera- Pelléas et Mélisande,Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch, Fri 16 & Sun 18 June
Debussy’s only opera, Pelléas et Mélisande opens this week at Garsington. 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.
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.
Oxford Green Week, Sat 17 – Sun 25 June
A fortnight of nature-related activities for all ages, organised by local Wildlife Trust, including stand-up comedy, orchid and butterfly walks, and, er, puppetry. There are pop green events all over the city including pond dipping, bat safaris, and mammal detective groups (yes, it’s a thing). One to do with the kids.
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.
Last but not least..
Kids go Free to London Theatres, tickets on sale Tues 13 June
Grab them quickly! Every year, Kids Week offers loads of completely FREEEEE tickets to top London theatre shows. Parents can also purchase up to two extra children’s tickets at half price. Set your alarms – booking opens at 10 am.