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What’s On in Bucks & Oxon this week?

Looking for fun? Then you'll be needing my curated guide to the best local events near you from science fests and comedy to boutique cinema and exhibitions.

EVENT:  IF Oxford Science & Ideas Festival, online, 1 Oct – 17 Nov 

The city’s annual science and tech fest is taking everything online this year with loads of digital events across the month including virtual tours of Oxford’s museums, activities for kids, talks and at-home pub quizzes.

EXHIBITION: Mariana Castillo Deball: Between making and knowing something, Modern Art Oxford, 2 Oct – 3 Jan 2012 

Rejoice! Oxford’s coolest gallery is reopening its doors this month and with a brand new exhibition to explore. Through a collage-like installation featuring pottery, photography and textiles, Mexican-born artist Mariana Castillo Deball works to uncover stories and individuals often hidden in traditional museum displays. In particular, the exhibition delves into objects and archives held in Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum and the Smithsonian Museum National Collections in Washington D.C. Booking essential. 

COMEDY: Jericho Comedy, various locations, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Oct

With Covid restrictions in place for at least six months, it can be hard to see the funny side of life – luckily, Jericho Comedy are on hand with a series of live events to get us all laughing through lockdown #2. Find the full line up here. 

FILM: Boutique Cinema, Clayton’s Marlow, 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct 

Pass the popcorn – but only to someone in your social bubble! Clayton’s is transforming its bar area into a boutique cinema with a brilliant roster of films including Oscar-winning Parasite, the fantastic Little Women starring Saoirse Ronan and Oxford schools alumni Emma Watson and Florence Pugh, Joker and Ford vs Ferrari – a great call for petrol heads and fans of Christian Bale and Matt Damon (that’ll be all of us then). 

EXHIBITION: Contemplation: Snow into Water, The North Wall, North Oxford, until 10 Oct 

Inspired by the slower pace of lockdown life, this exhibition from artists Chloe Fremantle (painting), and Cassandra Wall (textiles), explores the calming effect of nature on the mind through beautiful patterns. There will also be two after-hours showings with wine and a bite-size talk from curator Jenny Blyth on 3 & 10 Oct (bookings must be with members of your household). 

WORKSHOP: Digital Photography: Exploring the Autumn Garden, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 10 Oct 

The once-vibrant green leaves of summer are turning to beautiful reds, rusts and golds so it’s the ideal time to get outside and snap a few photos. Don’t know where to start? This one-day course, led by a tutor, will teach you how to create interesting compositions and work all those as-yet-undiscovered buttons and dials on your camera. 

EXHIBITION: MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, until 1 Nov

MK Gallery reopened its doors on 11 September and will be extending its pre-lockdown exhibition MK Calling. The show features work from over 130 contemporary artists, both established and up-and-coming, with one third of the pieces produced by local talent.

EXHIBITION: Nick Knight: Roses from my Garden, Waddesdon Manor, until 25 Oct 

Isn’t this just beautiful? The image was taken by legendary fashion (Jil Sander) and celebrity (The Queen, Lady Gaga) photographer Nick Knight. He’s coming up roses with an exhibition at Waddesdon Manor, which features manipulated photographs of roses inspired by the work of 16th- and 17th-century still life painters like Jan Brueghel the Elder and Jan van Huysum. Read our interview with Nick here.

EXHIBITION: Young Rembrandt, Ashmolean museum, Oxford, until 1 Nov 

I’ve missed our brilliant museums, haven’t you? The Ashmolean has opened its doors once again to show it’s major exhibition Young Rembrandt, a chronological journey through the artist’s early career beginning in his native Leiden with paintings, prints and drawings and ending in Amsterdam when his career rocketed to stardom. You’ll get to see 34 paintings by Rembrandt, along with a further 90 drawings and prints including the newly discovered Let the Little Children Come to Me, which is making its public debut at the exhibition.

EXHIBITION: Never Alone, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, until 2 Feb 2021

Did you know there are now more devices connected to the internet than there are people on the planet? This exhibition in Hut 12 investigates the stories behind the rapidly expanding ‘Internet of Things’ and invites visitors to think about the choices they make while connected to the internet.


EXHIBITION: Among The Trees, The Hayward Gallery, Southbank, until 31 Oct 

From Colombian rainforests and remote Japanese islands to olive orchards in Israel and a 9,550-year-old spruce in Sweden, this mixed media exhibition explores trees relationship to humans, featuring work from 37 international artists. You’re right on the Southbank so plenty of foodie options to head to after your culture fix.

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