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What’s on this week in Bucks & Oxon

Mon 14 - Sun 20 Sept: Ready to dive into the week? There's opera, cinema, rowing, supercars, Rembrandt, walks and more in my curated guide.

MUSIC: Fidelio in Concert, Garsington Opera,  Wormsley Estate, Bucks, 14, 16, 18 & 20 Sept 

The bucolic Wormsley Estate is back in action once again with a series of performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio, last performed by Garsington Opera to great critical acclaim at the Philharmonie in Paris in 2016. With themes of oppression, isolation and hope, it’s perfect for the times. 

CINEMA: Luna Cinema, Waddesdon Manor, Bucks, 14 Sept

The ever-popular Luna Cinema returns to Waddesdon Manor with four great films on a big screen situated on the North Lawns. This time around you can watch the the dark, multi-award winner The Joker.

WALK: Sunrise Walk, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 20 Sept 

Always wanted to see the sun rise over Blenheim’s impressive Baroque facade? Of course you have and here’s your chance. For its 20th anniversary, children’s charity SeeSaw is leading an exclusive early morning walk around the grounds. You can take you pick from a shorter 1.5 mile circular around the Queen Pool, or a longer 4.6 mile ramble along the park perimeter. You’ll need to be present and correct by 6.15am though so set that alarm clock!

EXHIBITION: Tools for Life, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, until 15 March 

Johanna Unzueta, Nocturnal (detail), 2020. Johanna Unzueta: Tools for Life, installation view at Modern Art Oxford, 2020. Photo by Ben Westoby

Modern Art Oxford will be opening its bright and airy galleries, showing Tools for Life, the first solo show from Chilean artist Johanna Unzueta that combines art, clothing, a large-scale felt installation and a short film for a multi-faceted look at function and form.

KIDS: Swish, Cornerstone Arts online, 20 Sept 

This should keep the little people entertained for an hour. Featuring puppetry, Makaton (a form of sign language) and gentle audience interaction, Swish is a playful multi-sensory exploration of life underwater and the positive ways we can reduce plastic in the ocean.

CARS: Stonor Breakfast Club, Stonor Park, 20 Sept

Vroooom! Head to Stonor Park on the morning of 20 September for bacon rolls and an eclectic collection of motors, from supercars and sportscars to GTs.

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

I’ve missed our brilliant museums, haven’t you? The Ashmolean has opened it’s 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: MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 11 Sept – 1 Nov

MK Gallery reopens 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.

BOATS: Rowing boat hire, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, until 30 Sept 

Fancy a laze about on the water? There are 14 boats available to hire at Blenheim to sail across river with idyllic views over the palace and grounds. Boats can hold a family of five or four adults. 

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.


FESTIVAL: London Design Festival, various locations, 12 – 20 Sept

Now in its 18th year, this cool festival features commissions and installations across the city, including The Hothouse, located in the newly coined International Quarter (Stratford). The glasshouse installation provides a controlled habitat for cultivating plants that would not ordinarily grow within the UK’s climate. 

EXHIBITION: Aubrey Beardsley, Tate Britain, until 20 Sept 

Aubrey Beardsley

Here’s the last call to see this awesome retrospective exhibition of Aubrey Beardsley’s work, from his early medievalist and mythological subjects to his bold illustrations covering themes of sex, death and humour. 

EXHIBITION: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, London, until 14 Feb

From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages. 

EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs, Imperial War Museum, London, until 24 May 2021

Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.   

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