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Take shelter! 5 brilliant indoor events this weekend

Storm Eunice may be blowing a gale outside but there’s plenty of fun to be had indoors across Bucks & Oxon this weekend from powerful theatre to under-the-radar gigs.

SEE EXTRAORDINARY THEATRE

Head over to the Old Fire Station in Oxford this Sat (19 Feb) to catch Here’s What She Said to Me, a three-woman play about the shifting fortunes of a Nigerian family down the decades. Produced by Utopia Theatre, a theatre company that explores Africa’s rich theatrical heritage, the show uses music, poetry, and movement to convey multitudes despite simple staging, and follows a wide cast of tangible characters played only by the same three actors. In short, it’s not your average night at the theatre, and not one to be missed. Tickets are £13.

BEAT THE BLUES

Go on, admit it: you don’t take nearly enough advantage of the live music on offer in our fair neighbourhood. Now’s your chance to change that. This Sat (19 Feb) is Blues Night at the Limelight Theatre, Queens Park Art Centre, in Aylesbury — an evening of amazing live music to beat back winter boredom. British Blues rock powerhouse Catfish will be performing, and the band’s slew of accolades (5 nominations in the British Blues Awards; a UK Blues Award as Blues Act of the Year; winner of Blues Album of the Year 2017; three European tours completed) all but guarantees a good time. Tickets are £12.50.

GET CRAZY

Bars with activities are all the rage these days, and perfect for dreary winter weekends. Head inside to swing some clubs and drink some cocktails at one of our local crazy golf courses: Mr Mulligans in Milton Keynes is suitable for the whole family (but boasts a delightful bar, crucially!), while Junkyard Golf Club in Westgate, Oxford (pictured) is 18+ only after 6pm and all day on Saturdays. The cocktails at Junkyard are very fun: big and bright — our pick is the Disco Frisco. If you hop the border over into Berks, Spinners in Reading is a triple threat of bowling, crazy golf, and interactive darts, plus pizza and cocktails. The vibe is all mood lighting and plush sofas… whether swanky date or a night out with the girls, we are there.

LISTEN CLOSELY

There’s a really cool audio-visual experience happening at the MK Gallery this Sat (19 Feb), and odds are you won’t have done anything like it before. Drawing inspiration from club nights, The Space Between is an event of sweeping lights and music: it promises the thrumming connection of clubbing without the terrible drinks and 4am finish. (Music, as it were, to our ears). Tickets are £16.50.

GET WORD-PERFECT

Ever been to one of the events at Blackwell’s bookshop in Oxford? There’s often some really cool stuff available. This Sat (19 Feb) you can see Susie Dent and Greg Jenner in conversation about their latest books, Word Perfect and Ask a Historian. You’ll know Susie Dent as the lexicographer and star of Countdown‘s Dictionary Corner, as well as from her hit podcast Something Rhymes with Purple, while Greg Jenner is a public historian, known for his Radio 4 series You’re Dead to Me. Their conversation is free to attend!

Need more ideas? Check out what else is on near you this month.

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