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Top five things to do this weekend
1. THE Kop Hill Climb is back this weekend for its fourth year after it was revived. The event last year attracted 12,000 people and raised £40,000 for charities in the area. This year there will be an array of veteran, vintage and classic cars and motorcycles ranging from 1904 to 1973 and some present day supercars. But the focus is not just on the cars there will be flay past by a spitfire from Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on the Saturday at about 1.15pm. There will also be the return of the fantastic "Haurel and Lardy", who will recreate the legendary double act, a live stage programme of bands, interviews, an auction and a children’s area including The Jungle Bus, bouncy castle and a food and drink area. During the weekend spectators will be able to travel from Kop Hill to Chinnor by vintage bus and ride on a train at Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway before a return trip. For more details go to www.kophillclimb.info .
2. THERE are free food and chef demonstrations at the Marlow Food Festival at the Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel this Sunday between 11am and 4pm. Four of the top chefs from the area will be demonstrating their culinary skills at this year’s free entry festival. Demos start at 12pm when 18 year old Luke Thomas, Britain’s youngest head chef from the Sanctum on the Green, takes the stage. He will be followed at 1pm by Clive Dixon, chef patron from the White Oak in Cookham, Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi, who own and run an Italian cookery school and two restaurants, will take over at 2pm demonstrating Mediterranean style dishes, while the Compleat Angler’s new head chef, Neal Dove takes the final session of the day at 3pm. There will be lots of food and drinks stalls. For more information call 07912 696658 or visit www.flyingpigsmarketing.co.uk; directions to the Macdonald Compleat Angler can be found on www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/CompleatAngler.
3 . FANS of Fireman Sam should head to Aylesbury on Saturday between 10am and 4pm. The Aylesbury Fire Station in Stocklake has an open day for visitors to watch on duty crews complete drills and displays. There will be fundraising stalls, raffle, tombola, BBQ, cakes and soak a firefighter. Sign up to a free home safety check. All money raised will go towards the firefighters charity. Please note there is no parking at the station. Call Jennifer Fleming on 01296 744647 for details or go to http://www.bucksfire.gov.uk
4 . CIRQUE du Ciel’s: ShangHi comes to the Wycombe Swan on Saturday at 6.30pm. The Beijing Acrobatic troupe are currently touring the UK for the third time before embarking to Europe. It is set in China’s most modern and vibrant city and centres around a teenage girl (Yan Yang) who, amidst the traffic noise of a Shanghai night, starts to fantasise about her dreams of becoming a circus performer. Two mysterious spirit-like figures (representing the Sun and Moon) introduce her to a frenzy of acrobatic activity, which comes to life with the opening of a magical box. Tickets are £18.50- £22.50. Call 01494 512000or go to www.wycombeswan.co.uk.
5. THE Gerrards Cross Flower Festival is this weekend. All Saints' Church in Oval Way hosts the festival tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am - 5pm, on Sunday from 12 noon - 5pm and on Monday from 11am - 5pm. To add to this there will be some musical entertainment with a special organ and harp concert on Saturday at 7.30pm, featuring the harpist Rosanna Ralton and organist Adam Mathias. Tickets for the concert cost £10 and are available from Paddy Hague on 01753 883384.
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