Thursday 31 January 2019
In its second year, the Chilterns Arts Festival runs from 9th to the 16th of February, when churches, stately homes and outdoor spaces across the region will be transformed into stunning concert and arts venues. For the romantics amongst you, why not treat your loved one to tickets for Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte (roughly translated as 'School for Lovers') at Pipers Corner School in Great Kingsmill on Saturday 16th February? Alternatively for music lovers seeking a different mood, have a look at Stile Antico taking place on Friday 15th February; an evening in which you'll travel back in time to Queen Elisabeth's era and hear some of the finest English music that resonates with a court steeped in foreign spies, disgraced favourites and plotting noblemen. Hear how music was used to gain favour with the Queen by courtiers and diplomats. For full details of events and prices, follow the link to the Chilterns Arts Festival.
If a romantic walk is more your thing, why not plan a visit to Hughenden Manor? Spring is on the horizon and little horticultural jewels beginning to emerge: hand in hand, enjoy primroses dotting the driveway, pansies brightening up the formal gardens and wildflowers sweeping through the woodlands. But perhaps your idea of a fun walk is more aligned to your best friend, 'Pooch'? If so Brakspear have a number of walking routes available that each incorporate one of their pubs - and several, including the Bull & Butcher in Turville, allow 'Pooch' inside too - so you can both warm up with your favourite tipple after a bracing hike.
Local brewer and pub operator Brakspear are also supporting and operating a new walking tour of Henley which highlights the town's rich brewing heritage. The 75-minute tour, led by a Blue Badge guide, takes walkers to key brewing sites and iconic pubs around the town. The Henley Brewing Heritage Tour will run on the last Sunday of every month, starting on 27th January. The tour costs £10 per person, including a pint of Brakspear ale for a limited time. Places must be booked in advance by calling 07770 933117.
William Morris's work is on display at the Henley Rowing Museum throughout February. His designs are described as an 'Earthly Paradise', reflecting how the influence of the Thames and its tributaries flowed through his life and work. This exhibition illustrates the rich and little-known story of William Morris’ deep connections to the Thames. So whether you're likely to be captivated by how Henley's beautiful river influenced Morris or fascinated by the nuts and bolts of his production process, this exhibition is bound to please.
Finally for those who are inclined to jilt the very idea of a romantic Valentine's Day, why not try a night out at a vintage cinema - with a difference? Organised by Vintage Cinema, The Silence of the Lambs is the feature at The Mad Squirrel for February 14th!