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Lara Roberts at Obsidian Art Gallery

Lara Roberts at Obsidian Art Gallery

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Children's Activities

Mike Teavee trail
For all ages: hunt for Mike Teavee’s sunglasses around the museum to find out fantabulous facts. Free for museum visitors. 01494 892192.
22 until 24 August, 11am, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.

Inflatables session
Inflatable session in Chesham's heated, chemical-free outdoor swimming pool. One of the pool's inflatables will be out for kids to climb, jump and slide on - great for letting off steam in the school holidays. Inflatable sessions run weekly on Wednesday at 4.30pm to 5.30pm and Saturday at 2pm to 3pm. Plus additional sessions in the school holidays: Monday at 3.15pm to 4.15pm and Thursday at 10.30am to 11.30am. 01494 776 975.Tickets: Adult £5.20, kids £2.80, spectator £1.
22 August, 2pm, Chesham Moor Gym & Swim, Moor Road, Chesham.

Girls Football Coaching
Girls football coaching all Saturdays in August. Trained CRB checked coaches providing a great coaching experience for beginners and more experienced players alike. 07956 183262. Tickets: £2 per session - bring a friend for free.
23 August, 9.30am, Four Ashes Playing Fields, Kingshill Road, Terriers.

Bogswizzling cloth bags
For 6+ years: decorate a cloth bag ready to fill with all your chocolate treats, or a miniature Mike Teavee. £3 per participant plus museum entry. Pre-book for workshops as spaces are limited on 01494 892192. 
23 August, 12.30 and 2pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.

Charlie’s hot chocolate mug and coaster
For 6+ years: decorate a mug and coaster to take on a chocolate river cruise, ready to dip in and take a drink. £3.50 per participant plus museum entry. Prebook on 01494 892192.
25 August, 10.30am, 12, 2 and 3.30pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden. 

Open Day
Children over four can ride on a pony; a bouncy castle, face painting, displays and food on site. Tickets free. 
25 August, 11am, Shardeloes Farm Equestrian Centre, Shardeloes Farm, Cherry Lane, Amersham.

In A Flap!
Make a large, animated bird with flapping wings. Children to be accompanied by an adult. 01494 421895. Tickets: £2.50 per child, timed tickets on the day.
26 to 28 August, 10.30, 11.30am, 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm, Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe.

Factory frights
For 5+ years: have fantabulous fun with monoprinting to create your own squiggly story of a naughty child who disappears in Wonka’s factory. Come in old clothes - you could get marvellously messy.
£2 per participant plus museum entry. Book on 01494 892192.
26 August, 11am, 1 and 3pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street.Great Missenden.

Oompa-Loompa trail
For all ages: Follow the Oompa Loompas around the museum and help them finish their rhymes. Free for museum visitors. 01494 892192.
26 until 29 August, 11am, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street.Great Missenden.

RSPB Wildlife Day
Learn how to help insects and do a variety of activities. Donations to the RSPB.  
27 August, drop-in sessions 11am to 3pm,  Stables Courtyard, Waddesdon Manor, Near Aylesbury. 

Crackling chocolate rooms
For 6+ years: use some scrumptious edible materials to recreate your own sweetie-filled room in Wonka’s factory. £3 per participant plus museum entry. Book on 01494 892192.
27 August, 11am, 1 and 3pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.

Behind the Facade: Summer Workshop 
Behind the Facade is back this summer with the big finish for a Performing Arts Workshop. A two day course including a showcase open to the public on August 29 at 3pm. To include many hits including Broadway and West End shows and films. Go to www.behind-the-facade.weebly.com. 07525 741995. Tickets: £35 for the two day workshop.
28 until 29 August, 10am to 3pm, The Little Theatre by the Park, Church Street, Chesham.

Meet the geek
For 11+ years: channel your inner geek with Holly Smale, shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 for her buzzwangling debut: Geek Girl. Holly will read from her new book Geek Girl: Picture Perfect as well as giving you an insight into life as a writer. £3 per person (adults and children) plus museum entry. Prebook on 01494 892192.
28 August, 12.30 and 2pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.

Groups

Friendly discussion group
Turn bad times or sad times into times of opportunity with this discussion group and learn straight forward techniques. Call 0845 2303232.Tickets: free.
22 August, 11am, Beaconsfield Library, Reynolds Road, Beaconsfield.

Weekly Hash (Run)
High Wycombe Hash House Harriers - drinkers with a running problem - meet every Tuesday at a local pub (normally within a 10 mile radius of HW town centre) and go for a run, seeking out a trail that has been previously laid by one of their number. They are (very!) mixed ability and welcome anyone regardless of how fit you are (or aren't). No-one gets left behind, and they all end up back at the pub for a post-run drink. Find out more at www.hwh3.co.uk. Tickets: £1, free the first time.
26 August, 7.45pm, The Prince Albert, Fingest Road, Frieth, Lane End.

Risborough wine club
An informal meet up - no wine knowledge required. Broaden your wine horizons and taste a variety of unusual white, red, sparkling and dessert wines from around the world, with themed tasting, blind tastings and guided tastings. They usually meet the third Monday of every month - this is a one-off shifted date. £9 per session pay as you go, or £15 membership and £5 a session. 07715 044997.
26 August, 8pm, Risborough Community Centre, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough.

Music

The Rock Formation
Five piece band bringing you a range of rock type covers from the likes of The Stones, The Foo Fighters, Dire Straits, Thin Lizzy and many more.
22 August, 9.30pm, The George & Dragon, High Street, Princes Risborough.

Hailey Tuck 
Singer Hailey Tuck performs An American in Paris. Hailey was born in Texas and had a Baptist Military Boarding School education. She developed an obsession with the 1930s jazz era, from the music to the clothes. At the age of 18, Hailey was given a college fund by her parents and she used it to buy a one way ticket to Paris. When she arrived in Paris, Hailey’s taxi driver offered her a free journey if she could sing the whole of Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose in French. She stunned the driver with her rendition and he was true to his word. She began a career singing in underground jazz bars across the city. Tickets are £14 (£12 conc) from 01628 788997 or go to www.nordenfarm.org. 
24 August, 7.30pm, Norden Farm, Maidenhead. 

Probably the Best Comedy Songs in the World Ever, Maybe 
Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden perform a host of comedy songs from over the years. Hear classics from the likes of Stan Freeber, The Pythons, Lonnie Donegan, Richard Digance and Noel Coward, plus a few surprises along the way. Tickets are £14 (£12 conc) from 01628 788997 or go to www.nordenfarm.org.
28 August, 8pm, Norden Farm, Maidenhead. 

Ultimate Elton
Members £5, non members £7.50. 01494 711144.
30 August, 7pm, Holmer Green Royal Britsh Legion, 48, Beech Tree Road, Holmer Green.

Food and drink

Malt The Brewery Tour
Visit Malt The Brewery in Prestwood for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon. Brewery Tours start at 3pm. You'll enjoy a tasting session at the brewery tasting bar followed by a 45 minute tour of the brewing process. Find out how Malt The Brewery make their real ale. Tours finish with a pint of malt ale at the tasting bar. You'll also receive a souvenir pint glass. The experience lasts about 1.5 hours. Tours are on the fourth Saturday of every month. It is open every Friday and Saturday until 6pm to buy real ale direct from the brewery. 01494 865063. Tickets: £10 per person.
23 August, 3pm, Malt The Brewery, Collingshanger Farm, 100 Wycombe Road, Prestwood.

Curry Club
The Tree Hotel at Cadmore End is hosting a curry club to be held on the last Thursday of every month. Including a Q and A with the head chef. 01494 881183. Tickets: £12.95 for two courses and £14.95 for three. 
28 August, 7pm, The Tree Hotel, Cadmore End, High Wycombe.

Fetes and Shows

Piddington Village Show
70th annual village show with horticultural exhibits. Fruit, vegetable, floral, domestic and children;s sections with prizes. Available for viewing and tea from 3pm. Guest of honour Lady Dashwood. Raffle and children's tombola. Auction of produce from 4pm. All proceeds to the Seniors' Christmas dinner. Come and support your local community. 01494 882684. Tickets: £1 including tea and cake.
23 August, 3pm, Piddington Village Hall, King Street, Piddington.

Booker Common Car Boot Sale
8am until 1pm. Set up from 7am. Call 07932 732862. Tickets: cars £8 vans £12.
25 August, 7am, Booker Memorial Hall, Booker Common off Limmer Lane, High Wycombe.

Hazlemere Fete
The 154th Hazlemere Fete will be held on August Bank Holiday Monday. Last year approximately 3,000 people attended. C47 Dakota flypast subject to weather conditions. Dog show, military vehicles, classic cars, Punch and Judy, children's entertainment, fairground, Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, bars and food. For stall and programme bookings call 01494 813000 or email : penn.consult@btinternet.com. Tickets free.
25 August, 12pm, Hazlemere Community Centre, Rose Avenue, Hazlemere.

Hawridge and Cholesbury Churches Fete
There will be a barbecue all afternoon as well as cream teas with the legendary homebaked cakes, and ice creams for all ages. The Dog Temptation Alley returns after its inauguration last year and all well behaved dogs are encouraged to test their willpower as they run to their owner without stopping to enjoy the treats along the way. There will be a display of vintage cars including Jaguars, Rolls Royce, an Alvis and a Mercedes. Popular stalls will include a bouncy castle, toys, books, tombolas, Splat the Rat, plants and produce, plus many more, and the Ellesborough Silver Band will be playing throughout the afternoon. There will be a grand draw with a first prize of £100 cash. The village hall will be serving teas so whatever the weather come and enjoy an afternoon of fun - proceeds will be split between the churches. Tickets: free.
25 August, 1.30pm, Cholesbury Village Hall and Cholesbury Common, Cholesbury Lane, Chesham.

The Little Marlow Village Fete
All the usual stalls, activities and refreshments, including afternoon tea/coffee in the pavilion. This year the music will be provided by Acoustic Jass, a local jazz quartet. All the proceeds from the fete will go towards local good causes as well as to projects and activities which benefit the residents of Little Marlow. 
25 August, 2 to 5pm, Little Marlow Recreation Ground (off Church Road)

Hedgerley Village Family Fun Day
The annual family fun day is set to attract a wide range of visitors this year, with a myriad of events for the whole family to enjoy.  It will feature a First World War Spitfire aerobatic display, car boot sale and fun dog competition amongst other activities. The event is host to a number of fundraising fun activities, including a raffle, tombola and a car boot sale to start the day off.  There is a beer tent, bouncy castle, ice cream stall, tea and cake tent and heaps of entertainment for all the family.
25 August, 12 to 5pm, Hedgerley village green 

Table top sale in aid of Leukaemia CARE
Opposite children's play area. Call 01628 810012 or 07956 454008.
24 August, 9am until 6pm, Higgins Park Marlow 


Walks

Victorian Marlow Walk
A leisurely walk around the historic heart of Marlow with the emphasis on the town in the 19th century. Guided by members of the Marlow Society, the walk will take approximately two hours. No booking required. 01628 482754. Tickets: £2.50 for adults. Children free.
24 August, 2.30pm, Walk starts from Liston Hall, Chapel St, Marlow.

Talks 

Meet an author
Come and meet local author Amanda Hatter at Beaconsfield Library. Find out how she wrote Callum Fox and the Mousehole Ghost. Amanda will read excepts from the book and answer questions from budding authors, children and adults. Books on sale with £1.50 from each sale for charity Help for Heroes Words for Wounded. 08452 303232. Tickets: free.
28 August, 3pm, Beaconsfield Library, Reynolds Road, Beaconsfield.

Theatre

What The Ladybird Heard
Join the woolly sheep, the hairy hog, the fat red hen and the dainty dog in this brand new stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks’ colourful farmyard adventure. With live music, puppetry, plenty of audience participation and lots of laughs. Tickets are £13.90, with a £2.85 booking fee from 0844 8717607 or go to www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury. 
26 August, 2pm, 27 and 28 August, 11am, 2pm, 28 August, 11am, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street. Aylesbury. 

Angelina Ballerina
Everyone’s favourite little star, Angelina Ballerina, pirouettes onto the stage in her sparkling musical packed full of singing and dancing. Angelina and her friends think their dreams have come true when Camembert Academy wins the opportunity to appear in their favourite television programme Dancing With Mice. But when the girls and boys have very different ideas for the show and just can’t seem to agree on anything, it’s up to Angelina as dance captain to ensure that the show goes ahead. Tickets are £12.50, with a £1.50 booking fee from 01494 512000 or go to www.wycombeswan.co.uk.
27 August, 4pm, 28 August 11am, 2 and 4pm, Wycombe Swan, St Mary Street, High Wycombe. 

Theatre at Cliveden
Bring a picnic and some friends to enjoy George’s Marvellous Medicine in the Water Garden. Adult £13, child (three to 16) £10. Book on 0844 2491895. 
28 and 29 August, 2.30 to 4pm, Cliveden, Near Maidenhead

Theatre at Cliveden
Arrive 6pm for picnics.  Performance 7 to 9pm. Adult £16.50, child £10. Book on 0844 2491895.  
30 August: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
6 September: Romeo and Juliet.

Exhibition 

Summer collection - new art exhibition inspired by Coast and Meadow
The Summer Collection features a wonderful collection of art and designer craft inspired by the British coastline, beaches and English summer meadows. With a wide range of mediums and styles by over 50 selected British artists and makers. Free entry. All work is for sale. For more details see www.obsidianart.co.uk or call the gallery on 01296 612150
Until 31 August, 10am to 5pm Mon to Sat and 12 to 4pm Sundays and Bank Holiday, Obsidian Art Gallery, Stoke Mandeville.

On The Radar

Tom Kerridge Book Signing
Tom Kerridge, who owns The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, has become known for his big flavours and beautifully crafted yet accessible food and with more than 100 of his favourite recipes, Best Ever Dishes brings this cooking to the home kitchen. He will be signing copies of his new book, which will be tied in with a BBC2 series this autumn. If you would like to reserve a copy call 01628 662121 or pop into the shop.
6 September, 10 to 11am, Horizons Bookshop, 80, High Street, Burnham.

South Bucks RSPCA ‘Mutt Strut’ Sponsored Dog Walk
You can choose from two circular walks; either a mainly level, 20 minutes 0.6 mile (1km) ramble around the nearby fields and woods or a longer two mile (3km) undulating route taking up to an hour. Bring wellies or stout walking shoes as the routes are likely to be muddy, particularly if it’s been raining and afterwards you can enjoy lunch at the pub where your four-legged friend is also most welcome. To pre-register for the Mutt Strut and obtain sponsorship forms call Helen Fothergill on 07990 677413 or email hfothergill@hotmail.com.
7 September, 12pm, Royal Standard of England, Forty Green, near Beaconsfield, HP9 1XT 

The Archaeology of First World War Trenches - Marlow and Berkhamsted
A talk by David Greenwood and Norman Groves. This talk has been organised by Archaeology in Marlow (AIM) as part of the activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the First World War and complements the program organised by Marlow Remembers WW1. It will examine the archaeology and the impact that the training trenches in Marlow and Berkhamsted had upon the local population. Dave Greenwood will provide the background behind the trenches in Marlow and explain the archaeological investigations that have been undertaken to date. Norman Groves will explain the impact that the stationing of troops had on the Berkhamsted area and the archaeological investigations into the trenches there. The talks will provide an interesting comparison of the visible remains and the impact that First World War had on the two communities. Free parking in the adjacent car park after 7pm. Tickets: £4 members/£5 non-members will be available on the door or in advance from: The Tourist Information Office, Institute Road, Marlow, or Archaeology in Marlow on 01628 481792. www.archaeologyinmarlow.org.uk 
18 September, 8pm, Main Hall, Liston Hall, Chapel Street, Marlow, SL7 1DD

Marlow Food Festival
Michelin starred chef Adam Simmonds from Danesfield House will be headlining the demonstrations in the cookery theatre. Now in its sixth year, the highly popular, free entry festival highlights what is new and exciting in the foodie world as well as offering a chance to experience new tastes and buy delicious products. Other demonstrations will feature pastry chef Stephen Glenister from Stephanie Almeida bespoke cakes, showing how to work with dark chocolate, and the new head chef at Macdonald Compleat Angler’s Riverside Restaurant.  The Blue Beer Company will be offering a chance to sample the Dutch Château Neubourg pilsner, while Spirited Wines will be hosting a whisky tasting. In addition the festival will feature around 30 stalls. For more information visit www.flyingpigsmarketing.co.uk.
21 September, 11am to 4pm, Compleat Angler, Marlow

Blake and Camilla Kerslake
BLAKE are back and better than ever, with a new sound, new songs and their biggest UK tour yet. Re-inspired by the classic trio harmonies of The Three Tenors, The Bee Gees and Boyz-II-Men, the three Brit Award winners will be performing exclusive songs from their fifth studio album, released UK-wide this autumn. Supporting will be soprano Camilla Kerslake, performing her own spellbinding songs and joining the boys for some breathtaking duets. Tickets £18 to £20, £18, with a £1.50 booking fee. Call 01494 512000 or go to www.wycombeswan.co.uk. 
23 September, 7.30pm, Wycombe Swan, St Mary Street, High Wycombe. 

John Newton - Amazing Grace
Churches Together in Marlow are hosting a performance by Saltmine Theatre Company. This is a powerfully moving story of slavery, freedom and the remarkable power of love and grace to transform a life. After his dramatic conversion John Newton, who had been captain of a slave ship, became an enthusiastic participant in the movement for the abolition of slavery, and a writer of the famous Olney hymns. Tickets £10 (£8 for students) are available by email from tony.threlfall@live.co.uk or tel. 01628 471610.
26 September, 7.30pm, The Shelley Theatre, Court Garden Leisure Centre, Marlow.

 

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