Top five things to do this weekend in south Bucks

Mary Berry

Mary Berry

First published in Freetime latest Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

1. MARY Berry will open The Beaconsfield Country Fayre at 11am on Bank Holiday Monday. The event in Windsor End will run until 4pm. The Stretcher Race is the main event of the day where teams of four carry a fifth all dressed in fancy dress around a gruelling course of eight pubs where the teams stop for a half. There is also a children’s race where teams of four carry a teddy bear, or suitable fluffy toy, along a shorter course in Windsor End stopping for soft drinks. Other attractions this year include a giant inflatable slide, climbing wall, a fire eater, numerous craft and food stalls, the great balloon race, classic cars, children's entertainment, all accompanied by live music provided by the Phoenix Jazz Band. Each year the fayre also provides free stalls to charities and local community groups.

2. WYCOMBE artist and caricaturist James Lythe will come face to face with himself at the Annual Exhibition of the West Wycombe Art Group this weekend. He is the featured artist of this popular annual local exhibition, where there is plenty of different genres of art on offer to view and buy. It runs today from 10am to 5pm and Saturday to Monday from 10am to 6pm at West Wycombe Village Hall. 

3. VISIT Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Peter on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday for an exciting, unforgettable glimpse into the past as medieval re-enactors bring the past to life with a thrilling display of medieval firepower. The widespread use of gunpowder was one of the most innovative developments in medieval Europe.  By the 14th century, even an unskilled gunner could kill a heavily armoured knight, changing the balance of power on the battlefield forever.  At first, however, gunpowder was so ineffective that it was mostly used to scare the enemy soldiers and only later was it widely used as an effective way to kill. The day will include an opportunity to meet the gunners and see their encampment, learn about medieval gunpowder and the development of firearms, and watch spectacular displays of medieval firepower.  Go to www.coam.org.uk.

4. CLAYTON'S Marlow brings you Bar-Bados- their annual all day Bank Holiday Sunday party and Caribbean barbecue. With a live steel band and DJs playing the finest in Reggae, Calypso and S-O-U-L, their rum punch (served in carved out pineapples) flowing from their Mount Gay Rum Shack, and a Caribbean barbecue firing (with jerk chicken and rice n’ peas), the daytime will have a tropical feel to it. Then, as the evening draws in, the party gets going with. Free entry before 9pm; £5 after. Over 21s after 7pm. Starts on Sunday at 1pm.

5. DO you have a budding scientist in your family? Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? Why not join The Great Big Science Fair at Castlefield Community Centre? You can look at the stars in their planetarium, dig dinosaur bones in their desert or put humpty together again in their doctor's surgery. You'll be sure to find something to keep your entertained. The science in this fair is at primary school level. 07731579943. Tickets: £3. It runs tomorrow from 12pm at the Castlefield Community Centre, Rutland Avenue, Castlefield.
                

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