ENJOY THE STAGE & SCREEN
Quick! Don’t miss the Moscow City Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, performing on 11 Jan at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. A genre-defining classic and a knockout Russian ballet troupe with full orchestra: this is sure to be an evening to remember.
Or, if you’re after a laugh, catch Jericho Comedy’s Oxfordshire Mind Comedy Gala at The Oxford Playhouse, featuring Rosie Jones, Angela Barnes, and Esther Manito among others, on 15 Jan. Sure to tickle a funny bone or two, and all for a good cause!
Then, try a Coffee Concert at Holywell Music Room, Oxford. They run every Sunday morning at 11.15am: this week (16 Jan) the performance is by the Carducci Quartet, an internationally renowned Anglo-Irish string quartet. (Psst: it takes place in the oldest concert hall in Europe. Pretty neat!)
Why not treat yourself to a luxe screen filming this week? Our pick is Licorice Pizza (above) at the Curzon cinema, Oxford, a critically-acclaimed coming-of-age comedy-drama, starring Alana Haim (from HAIM, the band!). Another guaranteed good time is gratuitous historical romp The King’s Man, a prequel to the Kingsman films, on at the MK Gallery from 14-18 Jan. Also on at the MK Gallery from 14-18 Jan is The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, about an eccentric artist, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and the fabulous Claire Foy (who so recently nailed it in A Very British Scandal).
TAKE IN THE ART
Time to get your art fix! Waddesdon Manor has a great winter pick-me-up on until 27 Feb in the form of its exhibition Illumination: Works by Leo Villareal. An American light artist, Leo Villareal has recently completed the longest public art commission in the world by lighting the nine central London bridges across the Thames. This exhibit celebrates his project, and displays other great works by him.
Over at Blenheim Palace, there’s a new exhibition (created in partnership with the Zuleika Gallery) on Weavescapes, running until 31 March. This presents several different series of woven artworks by Oxford-based artist Julia Engelhardt, and explores the painterly and sculptural qualities of yarns and fibres.
If you’re trying to shoehorn more culture into your reluctant children (guilty!), then the family tour of the Anish Kapoor: Painting exhibition at the Modern Art Oxford, happening this Saturday (15 Jan), is the one for you .
Or, see the new SIT and PLAY art exhibition at The Discover Bucks Museum in Aylesbury, opening this Saturday (15 Jan). With 12 chair-like sculptures made out of recycled plastic, this explores what can be made from waste, and acts as both an exhibit and a play experience.
And if you haven’t had a chance yet, don’t miss the exhibitions closing this week. Over in Henley, it’s the last week of Skyscape: The limitless art of the sky at the River & Rowing Museum, on until 16 Jan, which focuses on aerial landscapes and the sky throughout 500 years of art.
Also ending 16 Jan is the Oxford Natural History Museum’s ‘Meat The Future’ exhibit, which presents cutting edge research on the environmental and health impacts of eating meat. Very relevant to Veganuary!
Spotted any of the first snowdrops yet? Celebrate the best of these bright harbingers of spring at Eythrope’s private parkland, near Waddesdon Manor, when you sign up for the Manor’s Spectacular Snowdrops experience. This rather refined day out also includes afternoon tea and entry to the Winter Light trail, and has dates this week on 13 and 14 Jan.
White dress in your future? You’ll want to head over to the stunning wedding venue and hotel Horwood House near Milton Keynes, which is holding a Winter Wedding Showcase on 16 Jan. Running from 11am-3pm, this allows you to tour the hotel’s ceremony and reception suites, as well as experience the property as it is dressed for the perfect wedding.
And if you need more wedding inspo, the Muddy-award-winning Tythe Barn Launton will be holding a Wedding Showcase on 29-30 Jan. Mark your calendars now, and register your interest here.