FRI 2 FEB - SUN 4 FEB
Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, until 4 Feb
You’ll have decent elbow room to see Hogwarts in the Snow post-Christmas if you’re still in the mood to indulge your children (er, NO). Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room is dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors can touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, wbstudiotour.co.uk
It’s always exciting to see the first signs of growth and the snowdrops area one of the first on the scene after cold January. The woodland and Moggerhanger has been transformed with a carpet of snowdrops. There’s a trail for the littl’uns, a woodland playground and the Garden Rooms Cafe which is open every day. A chance to get the woollies on and get outside.
Moggerhanger Park, Park Road, Moggerhanger, Bedford, MK44 3RW, facebook.com
Hip hop karoake, Terrace Bar, Tate Modern, Fri 2 – Sat 3 Feb
I feel cool just writing this. How about an evening of hip hop at Tate Modern’s Terrace Bar? Join DJ Rob Pursey and the Hip Hop Karaoke team as they lead the party, with craft beer from Brooklyn Brewery and old school gems from the 80s, 90s and 00s so you can still feel you know where it’s at. Add your stick on tooth diamond and remember not to talk about property prices.
Julius Caesar: First Encounters, RSC, Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Fri 2 Feb – Sat 3 Feb
Great idea this. A new version of Julius Caesar for 8 -13 year olds. Part of the RSC’s First Encounters with Shakespeare series, these engaging adaptations are 90 minutes long, use Shakespeare’s original language and ask audiences to participate in the story. Beats Lett’s Notes any day (come on admit it, you used them too!).
Shappi Khorsandi: Misstress & Missfi, The Stables, Milton Keynes, Fri 2 Feb
An interesting premise for Shappi Khorsandi‘s stand up gig at The Stables on Friday. She presents England’s unsung heroine and Nelson’s mistress, Emma Hamilton the scullery maid who finally made it to become Lady Hamilton. Not sure how far Khorsandi is planning to stray from the subject, I imagine it’s a clever framework from which to improv, but in a sea of stand up comics, it piques the curiosity (and she totally rocks that hat).
Special Occassion Day, Anne Furbank, Sat 3 Feb
Have you started planning your social calendar for the year? Weddings, Cheltenham, Ascot or Wimbledon darling? If you need inspiration as to what to wear then this event could help sort your wardrobe crisis out. Darcie Mae Millinery will also be offering a helping hand with some of her bespoke designs and ready to help you choose, or create, the perfect headpiece to complete your outfit. Planning on making a day of it then book lunch or coffee at The George Hotel next door.
Anne Furbank, 41 High Street, Buckden, St Neots, PE19 5WZ, annefurbank.co.uk
Daughters, Wives and Sisters, Museum of Natural History, from 8 Jan – 5 March 2018
Inspire your daughters and teach your sons a thing or two! Info on this exhibition is a bit sketchy but I’m liking the principle. This exhibition at Oxford’s Museum of Natural History is all about celebrating the scientific achievements of women in early natural history. Free to enter, and if all the #thisgirlcan feminism gets too much for you, you can go and stare at the dinosaurs for a while. ox.ac.uk
A Christmas Carol, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, now – Feb 4 2018
Bah humbug! The RSC’s eagerly-awaited stage adaptation by David Edgar of Charles Dickens’ seasonal classic starring the excellent Poldark, Sherlock and Quadrophenia actor Phil Davis as Scrooge. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, who brought The Wind in the Willows to the London Palladium earlier this year, starring Rufus Hound as Toad. Review here.