The Muddy Guide to Going Out: 26 July – 1 Aug
26th Jul 2012
Eden Food Fair, Eden Centre, High Wycombe, Sat 28 July
Loved the Big British Bake Off? Then head down to the the fourth Eden Food Fair and watch cake queen Mary Berry judging the first ever ’Great Big Bucks Bake Off’ (See what they did there? Clever.). The Eden Centre is promising a real festival feel to this, their 4th food festival, including ‘live cookery theatre’ (otherwise known as demonstrations), sushi-making workshops for kids, a petting farm, a folk band and a local-produce farmers market. Plus with Zara, H&M, and Whistles (in House of Fraser) on hand, I think it’s safe to say you’ll find something worthwhile to do in the area…
11am-5pm, Eden Centre, High Wycombe. Mary Berry will be available to sign copies of her latest book.
Riverside Music Festival, Charlbury, Sat 8-Sun 29 July
If the weather holds, this music festival in the pretty North Oxfordshire village of Charlbury could be a goer. Don’t be confused by the June date in the poster - the original event was cancelled due to bad weather and has been rescheduled for this weekend. Unusually for a festival these days, it’s free. Whoopee! This should probably manage your expectations for the bands playing, Ed Sheeran, Elbow and Jessie J unfortunately not available, but these local festivals have a charm of their own. Charlbury is happily situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, with Woodstock, Chipping Norton and Burford as near neighbours, so it’s easy to dip into the festival for a few hours and potter around this beautiful part of the county for the rest of the day.
Bounce on Stonehenge, various locations, London, until 12 Aug
Want to commit ‘Sacrilege’? You’ve no doubt seen this brilliantly bonkers work by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Diller in the press, but now the lifesize inflatable replica of Stonehenge is touring the UK. What better way to introduce your kids to a spot of Neolithic history? Sacrilege has popping up around London over the next two weeks, and you can experience it in Paddington Recreation Ground, Westminster (Jul 28); Cheam Park, Sutton (Jul 29); Ravenscourt Park (Jul 31); Hampstead Heath (Aug 1); Clapham Common (Aug 2); Burgess Park (Aug 4); Barra Hall Park, Hillingdon (Aug 5); East Ham Central Park (Aug 7); Crystal Palace (Aug 9); Alexandra Palace (Aug 10); Christchurch Green, Redbridge (Aug 11) and The Waterworks Nature Reserve at Lee Valley Park, Enfield (Aug 12). Hampstead Heath will be a particularly lovely venue – head up to Kenwood to the cafe for lunch or afternoon tea after your kids are all bounced out, or walk into Hampstead itself if you’re not too sweaty and uncouth for NW3.
42nd St Summer Workshops, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
This workshop isn’t happening until 2-9 August, but you’ll want some time to organise yourself and your kids if it appeals. Whether your children are stars (or is that brats?!) in the making or have no experience of theatre at all, this is a brilliant opportunity to get involved in a musical theatre project based on 42nd Street, which comes to the Aylesbury Waterside in Novemeber. A professional choreographer and vocal coach will be going out and about in the local community – in Wendover on 2-3 August for ages 12-16; Buckingham on 6-7 Aug for ages 8-11 and Haddenham on 8-9 August, again for 8-11 year olds. Then all groups will come together at the Waterside on 10 August to share thier work. Sounds fantastic, and the three day project only costs £50 – hell, that’s cheaper than a childminder!
10am-4pm each day. Places must be pre-booked, and can be booked on 0844 871 7607 or the box office in person.
John Lill piano recital, Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford, Sun 29 July
One of the most brilliant and respected pianists in the world, John Lill opens the 2012 Piano Festival in Oxford with the last of Haydn’s piano sonatas along with three key, accessible piano works from the 19th century greats – Brahms, Schumann and Liszt. I saw Lill play when I was a teenager and still remember it vividly – he’s just amazing. The stunning setting of Christchurch Cathedral is the icing on the cake. If you or yours play the piano, Lill is also performing a masterclass on Monday 9.30a.m-12.45pm, with observer tickets £9 available from the Oxford Playhouse, or the Oxford Philomusica on 01865 980980.
John Lill piano recital, from 8pm. Tickets £20 or £10 (unsighted).