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FRI 9 - SUN 11 JUNE 2017

The best things to do with your spare time in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and beyond this weekend.

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.


Northern Ballet’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Aylesbury Waterside, Fri 9 – Sat 10 June

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.


StarBQ, Green Dragon Eco Farm, Sat 10 June
Green Dragon Eco Farm is one of those places that kids just seem to love, with its open countryside, Pets Corner, animal barn, go-carting, soft play, nature trail and colossal trampoline. If you’re tearing your hair out for somewhere to amuse the kids on Sat 10 June they’re holding a hands-on ‘Outer Space’ family science day with talks, demos, costumes, crafts and a BBQ using meats and produce from the Farm with entry included as part of the usual farm admission.


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.

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.


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,


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,


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.


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.


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