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MON 12 - SUN 18 JUNE 2017

Waddesdon Feast, Waddesdon Manor, nr Aylesbury, Sat 17 & Sun 18 June

Nosh up! The Waddesdon Manor Feast Weekend promises a  celebration of food, drink and performance in prime position at the front of the Manor. There’s a huge decorated outdoor dining table running the length of the North Avenue for picnics or trying the  70 handpicked artisan stalls, but the bit that really lifts it from just another foodie event is the performances – everything from jazz, the smallest theatre in the world, moving art installations, and loads for kids.A deffo for the weekend.
Father’s Day – Sun 18 June (in case you forget!)
Free entry for dads at Batsford Arboretum – on production of a valid child of course; at Bucks Railway Centre up to 60 historic vehicles will be on display, plus unlimited free steam train rides and the miniature ride-on steam trains (£1 per person); at Bletchley Park, there’s a traditional Father’s Day Barbecue with Forties’ Swing Band, The Bevin Boys. Swing Dance MK will also be on hand to demonstrate some 1940s dance moves for those you too tired to lock n pop.

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,

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.

Good Vibrations: The Science of Sound, Banbury Museum, Fri 16 June – 2 Sept

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

The Great Court at Blenheim Palace turns into a 7000 arena in mid-June with Nocturne, an all day music affair – either just rock up with your ticket to hear the music or book the added VIP dining in the State Rooms if you’re feeling superflash. You may not be shocked and saddened to hear that Stormzy and Sean Paul haven’t made it onto the artist list, but fear not – Max Richter (June 16), Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter & Corinne Bailey Rae (June 17) and The Jacksons & Kool and the Gang (June 18) are stepping in to save the day.

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.

Superhero Family Fun Day, Beale Park, Sun 18 June
Holy Batman! Wear your big pants with pride, swing your capes over your shoulders and prepare for an action packed Superhero Family Fun Day at Beale Park. It’s Father’s Day too, so show the old man how much you love him by entering him into the 5km fun run and meet him at the finish line with a pint. Then simply load the kids up with candy floss and let them blow the sugar rush on the bouncy castle and funfair. Entry: £5 adults, £2 kids  and free entry for under 12s. All registered runners will enter free of charge.

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.

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