129th Annual Blakesley Show

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Blakesley & District Agricultural Society has been in existence for well over 100 years and is held on the first Saturday in August every year. This year the 129th Annual Blakesley Show will take place on Saturday 3rd August 2013.

The Show is a traditional rural show with around 65 showing classes for cattle and sheep, 70 horse classes including private driving and a small section for roots and corn exhibits. The Show is well supported by Trade Exhibitors and attracts around 3,500 people every year.

The show is open from 8:30am to 6:00pm and features the following attractions...

Onsite parking is free.
Entry costs £10 for adults, £5 for 8-16yrs and free for under 8yrs.

This year´s show includes qualifiers for SUPREME BSPS OLYMPIA, HERITAGE M&M SEMI FINAL and BSPA RIHS 2014



Stunning photographic exhibition on display at the Stratford Butterfly Farm

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Stratford Butterfly Farm Photographic Exhibition
Visitors to the Stratford Butterfly Farm will be able to see a stunning photographic display by well-known wildlife photographer Peter Farmer of Survivalphotos. The montage of breath-taking photographs features close-up images of the butterfly’s life cycle and will be on display in the caterpillar room throughout the summer holidays.
Admission to the exhibition is free however normal admission charges apply.

Peter has held numerous gallery exhibitions and sells his work nationally and internationally. In addition to printed images, Peter also offers a range of greetings cards and bespoke calendars.  Peter’s overriding objective is to achieve an image that helps the observer’s eye move through the picture before it settles on the ultimate subject.

Peter stated “The world of tropical butterflies has become a fascinating project, capturing not only the charm of the adult insect, but also the beauty across the breeding cycle: from the sculptured shapes of the eggs, the colours and form of their larvae, to the creative engineering of the pupae, as inside the miracle of the final stage of metamorphosis changes the larva into the butterfly”.

Emma Bartholomew, Marketing Manager at the Stratford Butterfly Farm stated “We are delighted to have a selection of Peter’s photographs on display throughout the summer. The images are spectacular and I’m sure all our visitors will enjoy seeing the results of Peter’s work”.

Another great reason to visit the Butterfly Farm is that it has recently been awarded the prestigious 2013 ‘Certificate of Excellence’ award by TripAdvisor for the second year running and ‘highly commended’ for its show stand at the BBC Gardeners World Live Show at the NEC in Birmingham!

For more information please visit the official website at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk or telephone on 01789 299288.

The Oxford Art Fair

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Oxford Art Fair at The Fishes 4Oxford Art Fair at The Fishes 7The Oxford Art Fair returns to The Fishes at North Hinksey for an inspiring day out

The Fishes at North Hinksey is once again playing host to the Oxford Air Fair this month, which is set to transform the pub’s one acre garden into the city’s largest outdoor contemporary art gallery when it takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July.

As well a unique opportunity to browse for art, the event brings two great days of music and family entertainment to Oxford, for everyone to enjoy this summer.

Now in its second year and going from strength to strength, the Oxford Art Fair sees some of the country’s most innovative up and coming artists to the city, who will be showcasing a wide range of contemporary work. Artists from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London and from as far away as Cornwall and Lancashire will showcase paintings, photography, multimedia and urban art, alongside sculpture and limited editions, all stunningly displayed in the beautiful surroundings of The Fishes’ garden.

“We were really so spurred on by the success of last year’s art fair, our first here in the city, that we decided to go all out to make this year’s even bigger and better,” says Joelle Dinnage, organiser of the event. “This year, we’ve got more than 50 emerging UK artists showcasing hundreds of original artworks in the glorious surroundings of The Fishes’ garden, adding up to an inspiring yet really relaxed space to enjoy contemporary art.

“You don’t need to be an art expert to enjoy the event, either - there’s something for everyone, whatever their taste and it’s a very informal affair, too,” she continues. “People can simply wander round the outdoor gallery completely at their own pace, drink in hand if the mood takes them. They can meet the artists, get to know how they work and learn the concepts behind each piece.

“If they see something they like, they can buy direct from the artist. It’s the ideal way to get a feel for a particular piece, and find something to fill a space on a wall at home or some sculpture to adorn a garden. They can even have a piece of art specially commissioned for them! What better place to do that in, than the naturally lovely setting of one of the county’s finest pubs?” she says.

In addition to the impressive line-up of artists displaying and selling their art, there will be live music and entertainment, with children’s activities as well as garden games including pétanque, at the pub. The Fishes will also be serving tasty picnics to enjoy in the garden and there will be an outside bar to keep the drinks perfectly chilled.

“We’re delighted to welcome back the Oxford Art Fair to the pub and to making the event one that visitors of all ages can enjoy, says The Fishes’ manager Owain Llwyd Jones. “Joelle has been instrumental in bringing together a really amazing art experience and we’re just pleased we can be an outlet for it. That said, we have got together an exciting weekend of entertainment including some great live acoustic acts, things to keep the kids amused and of course plenty of good things to eat and drink, so make sure you come and enjoy the fantastic art while you have a fantastic day out.”

Entry to the Oxford Art Fair is free for all. The two day event takes place from 11am to 7pm on Saturday 27th July and from 11am to 5pm Sunday 28th July. The Fishes bar will be open until 11pm. For more information, please go to www.theoxfordartfair.com

The Fishes is at North Hinksey, Oxford, OX2 0NA.
Tel: 01865 249 796.
Web: www.fishesoxford.co.uk


Bicester's Crows and Sofas

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Sofa Wallpaper Context 2Bicester is set to gain new street art when Pioneer Square is opened on 10 July.

Take a look upwards and you'll be able to see a gathering of crows alighting on stainless steel arches around the development - including one bird set on stealing the "N" from Crown Walk.
Or if you get weary, how about resting your feet on a couple of Chesterfield sofas - made from bricks.
Artist Rodney Harris and the team of Phil Bews and Diane Gorvin have provided the inspired works.
Bristol-based Rodney Harris is most known for brick sculpture. The commission in Bicester is one of his largest to date. The 75 metre carved and painted "wallpaper" wall and two hand carved brick sofas took a year to create.
He won the commission with an innovative technique he developed to apply a permanent wallpaper pattern along the full length of the wall on Manorsfield Road together with the brick sofas. These artworks are near the bus stops to greet anyone arriving in or leaving Bicester by bus.
Philip Bews and Diane Gorvin have collaborated in the creation of over a hundred public art commissions. They created four crows out of bronze or glass and placed them at viewpoints around the development, each representing an association with Bicester:

• a crow carries a gilded N – a play on the word "crown"
• a crow taking off from its perch displays circular RAF insignia on each wing, signifying the town's association with the air force
• two kissing birds are covered in a lace pattern showing the association with lace making.

Cherwell District Council's leader, Cllr Barry Wood, said: "Public art is meant to be a talking point, but remember that in the future there will be much less to see because developer contributions for public art are now being diverted to help support the police."

The new street art has been funded by Sainsbury’s to create visual interest around Pioneer Square as a new community asset for the future.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: "It is always nice to see something unexpected when you go somewhere new for the first time. The new public art in Pioneer Square is certainly different and creates visual interest."

Brasenose Arms - Charity Beer Festival

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brase noseA beer festival being held in aid of Warwickshire Air Ambulance is being held on 6th - 8th September at the Brasenose Arms, Cropredy.  Hook Norton Brewery, Nobby's Brewery, Warwickshire Brewery Company, Long Itchington and many others are donating beer in support of this event. There will be live music entertainment on Saturday 7th.
It has been organised by Sam Hoggis, in support of the lifesaving teams of the Warwickshire Air Ambulance Service. Three years ago Sam was air lifted from a car crash on the Southam Road near Mollington.
"If I hadn't been airlifted by these great people I might not be around today", said Sam "This is my way of showing gratitude".