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Sat 3 – Sun 4 June 2017

Freefest, Hampstead Norreys, Sat 3 – Sun 4 June

It doesn’t get more Muddy than a small village putting on a 3-day festival of entertainment and art to ruffle the feathers of the old guard. Hampstead Norreys in West Berkshire is hosting its 3rd FreeFest – a free (clue’s in the name) arts festival with over 40 events at 5 venues. Highlights include: Our Radio Play Four Weddings And A Funeral? and the graffiti art, 10am-12pm, and the stand-up comedy, 12.30pm-3pm on Sat 3 June.


Bernar Venet Sculptures, Cliveden National Trust, until mid October

The Cliveden iconic statues are almost as famous as the estate’s reputation for wild parties. Lord Astor was a big collector, so I think he’d approve of the current exhibition of Bernar Venet’s modern sculptures. It’s the first time the French artist’s work has been seen outdoors in the UK since 1976.

Reginald D Hunter, The Concert Hall Reading, Sat 3 June

If you haven’t come across Reginald D Hunter, where have you been? A regular on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, he is laugh-until-you cry funny, achingly cool and a real go-for-broke comedian. Like all funnymen, he loves to ruffle feathers with his honest jibes and is known for dropping the ‘N’ bomb… a lot. Go and see the great man from Georgia . Tickets £25.


 Festival of Food & Folk 2017, South Hill Park Bracknell, Sat 3 – Sun 4 June 

Festival season is about to swing into action. Any excuse to squeeze into your Daisy Dukes and stagger around with a cider. South Hill Park is hosting a family-friendly Food and Folk Festival this weekend and –it’s totally freee to enter. So there’s no excuse not to go and sample the international street food, kids entertainment and chilled atmosphere in the beautiful grounds of South Hill Park. Sunshine’s been order, but I’d slap on the fake tan and your waterproofs just in case.


Alice In Wonderland, South Hill Park Bracknell, Sun 4 June

Disappear down a rabbit hole for Alice In The Wonderland. Basing his ballet on Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, Ballet Theatre UK’s Artistic Director Christopher Moore has created a piece, brimming with wit, humour and charm. It’s a familiar tale in which the White Rabbit takes Alice on a bonkers journey to meet the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, a studious caterpillar and the mischievous Tweedledum and Tweedledee. A trippy classic for all ages. Tickets: adults £20; kids £13.


Giffords Circus, Any Port in a Storm, touring now until 24 Sept

This year the inimitable Giffords Circus is recreating a 17th-century Spanish court and putting on a candle-lit international gymnastic show with dancing horses, a live band and everyone’s favourite clown Tweedy. It’s moved from its Gloucestershire home into Oxfordshire for the next month – currently nestled in Kingham, it then heads off to Stonor Park and central Oxford before hitting the big bucks in London.


Love Marlow Festival 2017, until Sat 17 June

Marlow is definitely the Buckinghamshire town du jour, with seemingly endless cool openings, posh boutiques, and festivals on the go. Its LOVE Marlow Festival is really popular locally, with over 60 community activities and promotions including music, sport, workshops and kids’ events. Worth checking out whether you’re nearby or going that way for a day trip.

LAST CHANCE TO CATCH: Colourscape, Waddesdon Manor, Sat 4 June

Back for the fourth year and with a brand new structure created to exactly fit the Aviary Lawn at Waddesdon, Colourscape brings its labyrinth of 56 interlinked chambers, where you can where you can explore intense light, colour and space. Each day there will be different music and dance performances – expect Hurdy-Gurdy (I’m not joking!), panpipes, dance, music from Norway and on the final day a theatre-piece with dance and acoustic costumes.

10.30am-4.30pm, music plays from 11am-3.30pm.


Clangers, Bagpuss and co, River and Rowing Museum, Henley,  until Sun 4 June

Bravo to the River & Rowing Museum in Henley for its inventive exhibitions programme. This one hits adults right between the eyes, a behind-the-scenes peak at some of the all-time classics of kids’ TV – learn to speak Clanger and have a go animating characters like Bagpuss and Noggin the Nog. Your children will look at you with awe that you actually watched this stuff on telly when there were just two channels


War of the Roses, Live at Warwick Castle, until Sun 4 June

Pledge your allegiance in an epic battle for the English Throne! Yup, it’s time for the reenactment brigade, with stunt riders, jousting and special effects. There’s also a castle that’s quite interesting, apparently.


The Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes, South Bank, London, runs to Sept 2017

This contemporary art exhibition by LEGO® artist Nathan Sawaya uses nearly 2m bricks to create large-scale sculptures of the most enduring Super Heroes and Super Villains: from Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, to The Joker and Harley Quinn. You’re on the South Bank so plenty to do afterwards too, once you’ve got over the fact that a grown man does this kind of thing for a living!


The Best of Barmy Britain, Hampton Court Palace, until Sat 3 June
A one-hour production of Horrible Histories live on stage at Hampton Court Palace – not a bad theatre space!  Boudicea, Dick Turpin, Henry VIII, Victoria and pretty much everything in between is tackled by the HH team. 100 per cent Kiddie satisfaction right here.

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