FRI 30 MAR - MON 2 APRIL 2018
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Picasso Baby, South Moreton Boxing And Fitness Club, Didcot, until Sun 8 April 2018
Er, what?!! Just started this week is Picasso Baby, a unique exhibition of the etchings, linocuts and lithographs of Picasso that, having been displayed at the Dantzig gallery, have moved to a boxing club near Didcot. Delivers a killer punch in random brilliance and a great alternative to schlepping into Tate Modern to see the current Picasso retrospective. dantzig.uk
Check out the Worthies at Stowe Landscape Gardens, Stowe, Buckingham, until 31 Mar
You can actually see the Temple of British Worthies all year – this whopping stone carving ain’t moving! – but until the end of March, as part of a celebration of 100 years of female voting, Stowe is looking to create an installation as a response to this 1735 sculpture that boasted 16 busts of notable characters, but only one of whom – Elizabeth I – was female. If you head up to Stowe in the next week you can nominate new female representations to a brand new installation that will feature a new set of 16 British Worthies – 15 female and one man! Then you can spend the rest of your day away from gender politics enjoying these stunning gardens.
Broughton Castle Opens, Banbury, Sun 1 April
The beautiful Broughton Castle, a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury that’s belonged to the Fiennes family since 1447 opens again from 1 April. It found fame in the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and is one of my favourite local castles – small enough to get around without boring young children, and there’s a lovely garden for them to bomb about in. Other heritage buildings I really rate in the area that maybe don’t get the headlines of the big beast venues are Chastleton House in North Oxfordshire (stunning), Greys Court near Henley, Claydon House near Buckingham and Upton House on the Bucks/Northants border.
Broughton Castle is open on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Sun 1 April- 30 Sept from 2-5pm.
Birdsong, Theatre Royal Windsor, Mon 26 – Sat 31 Mar
Just over the border into Windsor, Berks, this stage version of Sebastian Faulks’s novel about the Great War is the hottest ticket in town. Note to self: Not. To. Be. Missed. This is the fourth and final tour of Rachel Wagstaff’s adaptation and coincides with the centenary of Armistice in 1918. theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
Michelangelo, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 6 Mar – 2 Apr
Last few days to explore a remarkable group of drawings by Michelangelo, recently returned from New York where they were a central feature of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Don’t miss your chance. ashmolean.org
Easter Egg Hunts galore, from Fri 30 Mar
Every venue across Bucks & Oxon is going chocolate crazy but my top tips include… The Easter Trail (30 Mar – 1 April) at Stonor House (pictured), zipping around the stunning 850 year old gardens and into the Wonder Woods (£7 per egg); Oxford Castle‘s chocolate workshops (30 Mar – 1 April) where kids can ice and decorate their own Easter egg. Highclere Castle‘s Easter Egg trail (Sun 1 April), through ‘Downton’s’ exquisite gardens and woodland in aid of the NSPCC; Blenheim Palace‘s ‘oversized Easter Egg Hunt throughout the park and pleasure gardens, with 8ft giant decorated eggs to find (not sure of the catch, it sounds well easy!) with bouncy castle, trampolines, victorian fairground and all that jazz on too; and Waddesdon Manor‘s Easter Egg Hunt, starting and finishing at the North Front – just a great excuse to enjoy the grounds.
Easter Sunday joust, Sudeley Castle, Sun 1 April
The Cavalry of Heroes return to Sudeley Castle along with King Henry VIII and the ladies of his court for this annual event. Expect falconry flight displays (11am, 2pm) along with the jousting (11.30am, 2.30pm) and some serious chain-mailage. Alternatively head up to Warwick Castle as they celebrate the 950th anniversary of William the Conqueror’s motte and bailey castle on the site with the usual fun silliness of the The Mighty Trebuchet, Flight of the Eagles and The Bowman Show.
A big day out with Peter Rabbit™, Kew Gardens, from Fri 30 Mar – Sun 15 April
The start of a new trail based on Peter Rabbit and other famous Beatrix Potter characters. More permanent pleasures include the tree top walk, the 17 metre tall Hive sensory experience, a 14,000 tree arboretum and the Palm House.
OxPHWOARd: The Showtunes Show, The Bullingdon Club, Oxford, Fri 30 Mar
Fancy something a bit different? Camp sensation Ginger Tart is hosting a showtunes-themed drag and burlesque show up the Cowley Road at the Bullingdon. Bring your jazz hands, sequins and a GSOH.