FRI 5 – SUN 7 JUL
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEKEND
COMEDY: Sam Avery – The Learner Parent, South Street Arts Reading, Fri 5 Jul
Parenthood is a crafty beast. You think you’ve nailed it, then the game changes and you’re back to being rubbish again. Stand-up comedian and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies and Peppa Pig episodes he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of parenthood.
OUTDOORS: How To Be Brave, Wasing Estate Aldermaston, Fri 5 Jul
The theatre company’s called Dirty Protest (cue childish sniggers), and their latest play How To Be Brave, starring Laura Dalgleish (Call The Midwife) is being performed in the extraordinary Wasing Woodland in Aldermaston, before transferring to Edinburgh Fringe. This new touching and hilarious play is about learning to be brave when your world is falling apart. Tickets: £50 inc the performance, food and three drinks or £25 for the show only.
THEATRE: The Anastasia File, Theatre Royal Windsor, now – Sat 13 Jul
It’s a Windsor Theatre Royal exclusive! If you’re a sucker for a Russian accent, book in to see The Anastasia File – a psychological thriller that questions whether a woman found in a canal and placed in a mental asylum is, in fact, the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, and heir to the Romanov fortune. Using just four actors – Jenny Seagrove, Andrew Lancel, Richard Winsor and Rose Thomson – playing 30 parts between them, in a play loaded with tension. Half time double vodka, essential.
EVENT: Royal Henley Regatta, Henley On Thames, now – Sun 7 Jul
The biggie this month is Henley Royal Regatta, Henley– straw boaters on, eyes on the lunch box (sarnies or Lycra bulges… they’re not mutually exclusive) and watch the rowing brawn from the riverbank. There’s over 200 races to watch the smoking–hot rowers and enjoy your Champagne picnic.
EVENT: Friday night pop up bar, Douai Pavillion Woolhampton, throughout July
Picture the scene: balmy summer evenings, unspoilt countryside, kids happily playing games without the need for you to referee the perpetual bickering, while you enjoy a blissful Friday night sundowner. This utopia is a reality at the Summer Pop Up Bar at Douai Pavillion in Woolhampton. Running every Friday night from 6pm, it’s a great place for the whole family to let off steam. Winner!
COMEDY: Brewery Comedy, Windsor & Eton Brewery Windsor, Sat 6 Jul
Comedy + beer – what could possibly go wrong? Head to the factory floor of Windsor & Eton Brewery for a unique night of laughs and heckling as four up and coming circuit comics take to the stage. Sean Sellers, Chris Norton Walker, Sarah Iles and Harjeet Cheema will be bringing the craft comedy, the brewery’s got the craft beers, you just need to bring the laughs.
EVENT: Qipco King George’s Day, Ascot Racecourse, Sat 27 Jul
Worship at the feet of Dermot O’Leary! TV’s Mr Safe Hands, author, DJ and all round top bloke, I’d happily sink a few jars with him as name drops his way thorough the alphabet. He’ll be cranking up the choons at Ascot after party at the prestigious Qipco King George race day. Definitely the dish of the day.
COMEDY: Jimmy Carr, Wycombe Swan, Thurs 4 Jul
Jimmy Carr brings his boundary-pushing comedy to Wycombe Swan with his brand new show Terribly Funny which is promising to throw PC jokes out the window… you’ve been warned.
FESTIVAL: Cornbury Music Festival, The Great Tew Park, Oxon, Fri 5 – Sun 7 Jul
Didn’t make it to Glasto? No worries, there’s still Cornbury Music Festival, The Beach Boys and The Specials head the bill at this civilised festival that prides itself on being quintessentially English- think country fair with a rock’n’roll twist. Jovial Geordies The Hairy Bikers provide the food.
FESTIVAL: Summer Fest, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Sat 6 – Sun 7 Jul
Over in Aylesbury, at Waddesdon Manor, there’s the National Trust site’s first Summer Fest. A relaunch of the popular summer Feast event, there’ll be street performers, food, music, shopping village in the Aviary Glade and bunting for miles. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s on.
OPERA: Garsington Opera Season, Wormsley Estate, until 26 Jul
More opera this month from Garsington Opera– lovely setting, sunny weather (hopefully) and warbling of the highest form. There are loads of the performances on the bill this week including the first performance of The Turn of the Screw this season (1, 4, 7 Jul), Don Giovanni (3, 6 Jul) and Fantasio (5 Jul).
EVENT: Sun Day Sessions, Clayton’s Marlow, Marlow, Sun 7 Jul
Party at Clayton’s Marlow! Native Feasts are popping up on the outdoor terrace with a Bajan BBQ of Jerk chicken, salt beef curry and more, cooked by Michelin starred chef Chris Godfrey. There’ll also be DJs and a rum shack serving cocktails, punch and frozen Daiquiris (I’ll take two please) and limbo. How low can you go? Tickets here.