The Muddy Guide: your social week sorted 24-30 August
24th Aug 2012
The Crazy Bear Summer Party, Stadhampton, Sun 26 August
Haven’t organised anything for the bank holiday yet? Ah, then the Crazy Bear’s 19th summer party has your name written all over it. Mix a bit of Boy George (which bit, I wonder?) with Fun Lovin Criminals, a clutch of burlesque girls, an Elvis impersonator, a Thai BBQ and a whole lot of champagne and you’ll live to regret it on Monday!
2pm-midnight. £75 adults (£37.50 children under 12); VIP tickets £125 (£62.50 children under 12). www.crazybeargroup.co.uk/garden-party/2012/details.html
Foodies Festival, South Parks, Oxford Sat 25- Mon 27 August
The first of the foodie posts this week. There are a huge number of food fairs/provenance markets being held in Bucks & Oxon these days (a good thing in my book). This Foodies Festival is a national ‘chain’ of upmarket gastro festivals that also takes in cities such as Bristol, Edinburgh, London and Brighton.
Michelin-starred chef Gary Jones of Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons heads up the Chef’s Theatre, alongside Alex McKay, author of Everybody, Everyday and food writer Xanthe Clay. Expect the usual range of street food, kid-friendly bits and bobs and a whole lot of scoffing.
Three-day ticket £18 . One-day ticket £10 . VIP ticket price £38. Free entry for children aged 16 accompanied by an adult. Sat – 10am-7pm; Sun – 11am-7pm; Mon – 11am – 7pm. www.foodiesfestival.com
Old Thatch Gardens, Bourne End, until 29 August
I wrote about these lovely gardens a few days back, but wanted to remind you that they close early next week for the winter. The property belonged to Enid Blyton in the late 1920s and 30s, and though the literary association is not overdone, Noddy does pop up in the tea rooms. Well worth a visit for a gentle hour with well-behaved kids or green-fingered parents. See my post here for the full lowdown.
Notting Hill Carnival, Sun 26 – Mon 27 August
Been dreaming about wearing your sequin G-string again? In that case, it’s time to release your buttocks from their elasticated shackles, rediscover your inner carnival queen and head for W11 over the weekend. The Notting Hill Carnival needs no bigging-up – it’s a big sweaty noisy celebration of life – with Carnival Bands taking to the roads from around 9am on both the days, and the Carnival parade completing its procession by 7pm. Sunday is Children’s day so a bit more chilled out, and Monday is the more out-there Adults Day. Shake your tail feather babycakes!
Brill Food Fair – Sat 25 August/Wycombe Harvest – Mon 27 August
I’ve got indigestion just writing about all this food. Brill is a picturesque hill-top village in mid Bucks, with a famous windmill and a well-regarded beer festival. This is its inaugural Food Fair to complement the beer festival (no, that doesn’t just mean there’ll be chicken tikka masala and Pringles) and well worth a visit.
Alternatively Wycombe Harvest is a celebration of food in High Wycombe, set on the town’s High Street - a festival that aspires to educate and tantalise food lovers with produce grown within a 30 mile radius. If the website is anything to go by, it looks like a well-organised and fun day. Free parking for the day in all the Wycombe District Council car parks too, if you worry about such things.
Brill Food Fair, 12-4pm www.brillbeerfestival.co.uk/2012-food-fair ; Wycombe Harvest, from 10am. www.wycombe-harvest.co.uk/
Uffington White Horse Show, Sun 26 – Mon 27 Aug
About as far removed as the Notting Hill Carnival as it’s possible to get – you decide if that’s a good or bad thing! – this traditional country fair offers a menagerie of furry pleasures. I should put my hand up here and say that, being a city girl at heart, there’s only so many cows and vintage tractors I can stomach with good humour, but this one offers quite a few off-beat activities including ferret racing, stunt carriage driving display, have-a-go clay pigeon shooting, egg throwing (I’m not kidding – this is all true!), plus the clincher – the Red Arrows dropping by to say hi at 11am on Monday. Chocs away chaps.