Just the ticket: What's on this week

Abi Powell. Photo by Marcus Dick.

Abi Powell. Photo by Marcus Dick.

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

Children's activities

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.
29 August, 11am, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.

Wondercrump Wonka bars
For 6+ years: get messy with biscuits and sweeties to invent a new chocolate bar that would impress Willy Wonka himself. Then learn about Roald Dahl’s whizzpopping wordplay to give your chocolatey treat a whipplescrumptious name. £2.50 per participant plus museum entry. They recommend pre-booking for workshops as spaces are limited. You can do this by calling 01494 892192 up until 4.30pm on the day before you visit.
29 August, 10.30am and 12pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83, High Street, Great Missenden.

Orange Silver Sausage with James Carter
For 5+ years: Come and meet wild poet and biscuit-oholic, James Carter for a madcap and mouth-watering hour of funky foodie poems, served up with some wild guitar music - and then get a chance to bake your very own poetic concoction (well, write a foodie poem). £4 per person (adults and children) plus museum entry. Prebook for workshops on 01494 892192
29 August, 1.30 and 3pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.

Orange Silver Sausage with James Carter
For all ages: hunt for golden tickets throughout the Museum to discover facts about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Free for museum visitors. 01494 892192.
30 to 31 August, 11am, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.

Meet the Roman Surgeon
Explore the weird and wonderful treatments used by the Romans.
30 and 31 August, from 10am, Stables Courtyard, Waddesdon Manor, Near Aylesbury. 

Muggled mirror paintings
For 4+ years: make some crackling characters using this marvellous mirrored painting technique. Will you make a wacky Willy Wonka, or a bright purple Violet Beauregarde? £1 per participant plus museum entry.
Pre-booking on 01494 892192. 
2 September, 11am, 1 and 3pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.

Bogswizzling bookmarks
For 4+ years: Beat the back-to-school blues and make a bedazzling bookmark in the shape of your favourite Roald Dahl character. £1 per participant plus museum entry. Pre-book on 01494 892192.
3 September, 11am, 1 and 3pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.

Exhibitions 

Commercial Square Studios Pop Up Shop
Eleven artists will be exhibiting work for sale in Marlow town over a six week period. Special preview evening on Thursday, August 28 from 6 to 8 pm with wine and refreshments. Call 07766 711979. Tickets: free.
29 August until 4 October, 9.30am, Commercial Square Studios Pop Up Shop, 27 Spittal Street, Marlow.

Amersham Photographic Society Exhibition
There is a display of more than 200 prints covering almost every conceivable style of photography featuring work ranging from newcomers to international award winners and also a rolling display of digital images, all showcasing the quality and breadth of photography within the club. For the first time, diverse aspects of the society’s programme will be on display over three exhibition spaces at an exciting new venue. 
Entrance is free. 01923 334375. 
29 until 31 August, 10am, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, Amersham.

Coffee morning

Coffee Morning
Coffee and a chat. All welcome. Call 0845 2303232. Tickets: free.
29 August, 10.30am, Beaconsfield Library, Reynolds Road, Beaconsfield.

Meet up groups

Mingle and Chat: Are Meetup Groups Really Necessary?
Have nothing better to do tonight? Why not spend it with fellow Revellers relaxing, chatting, and having a good time instead of keeping the TV company? This is just an excuse to share the company of others, while making new friends. However, there is always a specific topic that they can use to put the world to rights. This month's question concerns the idea of social meetup groups. Some thoughts to ponder before we meet:
Are meetups really useful or necessary? Are they creating their own need? Should members be restricted to joining a maximum number of groups? What do you like about meetups the most? What irritates you about them? If meetups weren't there, what would you like to see in their place? Tickets: £5 annual membership. wmevellers@gmail.com.
29 August, 8pm, The George & Dragon, The Causeway, Marlow.

New Members Greeting
Single, new in town, or not doing anything tonight? Join the FabOver50s Singles meetup group, and enjoy a relaxing evening out interacting with other new members, meeting some friendly faces, or even find a new date, while having a drink. A welcome get together for new members to hang out for a while, and introduce themselves, and to make new friends, with the opportunity to find a companion or partner. Better than keeping the TV company. Register on the website: http://www.meetup.com/Fun-Fab-Over-50-Singles/ Tickets £10 annual membership.
30 August, 8.30pm, The George & Dragon, 85 The Causeway.Marlow.
30 August, 8.30pm, The Three Horseshoes, Wycombe Road.Marlow.

Let's Meetup for a Scenic Walk
How about a brisk, energetic walk by the beautiful, scenic Marlow river on a Sunday morning, but not too early? In fact, just enough time to be back for lunch or drinks at the nearest pub. This gives the best of both worlds: a bout of useful refreshing exercise, and in relaxed congenial company. They meet at the gates of Higginson Park (parking available at Court Gardens centre parking) and walk as far as 45 minutes will take us, and return. Probably about six miles altogether. Tickets: £5 annual membership. wmrevellers@gmail.com.
31 August, 11.30am, Higginson Park, Pound Lane, Marlow.

Music

Rock and roll club 
Rock and roll night with band, The Sundowners and DJs Wildcat Pete and DJ Jivin George. There will be a bar, great dance floor, ample parking. All welcome. 07721 842142. Tickets: £10.
29 August, 8pm, Loudwater Royal British Legion, Queensmead Road, Loudwater.

Hambleden Concert
The Tzigane Piano Trio (Elizabeth Marcus - piano, Gillian Findlay - violin, Jennie Brown - cello) play Haydn, Dvorak, Mozart, Weber.  Tickets £12.50, under 18s free, from 01491 571588, Hambleden Stores, or at the door.
30 August, 7.30pm, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Hambleden.

The Studio Session
The Studio Session sees a host of local musicians perform acoustic and unplugged sets in Norden Farm’s Studio Theatre. This is a great opportunity for musicians to perform a stripped-back set to a friendly audience of music lovers. It is a chance to discover new music and enjoy the talent from in and around Maidenhead. 17 year-old singer-songwriter Abi Powell has been gigging for two years. She’ll be playing her own original tracks, with a few choice covers thrown in to get the crowd going. Trio Keeping Company have been performing together for two years. Their pop and folk inspired acoustic music features ukulele, guitar, percussion and vocals. 16 year-old Katie Rutherford is influenced by artists including Carrie Underwood, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. She’ll be performing a mix of her own songs and covers. Bootlegger’s Son bring a laid-back country, folk and blues sound and a taste of the Deep South, with soulful vocals and slide guitar. There’s acoustic indie-rock from Beth Atkinson, who has been playing guitar since she was ten, and is influenced by The Beatles, Arctic Monkeys and Oasis. Louise Petit has an arsenal of infectious melodies and soul-bearing lyrics, wrapped up into folk-pop loveliness. She’ll be joined by Russ Sargeant on double bass and Tim Heymerdinger on percussion.  Tickets are £8 (£6 conc). Go to www.nordernfarm.org or call 01628 788997.
30 August, 8pm, Norden Farm, Maidenhead. 

Quiz

Quiz Night
Friendly quiz night. Open to all. Prize for winning team. No professionals. 01494 528616. Tickets: £2 to enter quiz. Free entry to club.
29 August, 8.30pm, Royal British Legion, Queensmead Road, Loudwater.

Ultimate Elton
Elton John tribute act. Members of the club £5, non members £7.50. Limited tickets. Go to www.holmergreenbritishlegion.co.uk/whatson.html. 01494 711144. 
30 August, 7pm, Holmer Green Royal British Legion, 48, Beech Tree Road, Holmer Green.

Sales

Marlow Community Market
TTM's community hub for local produce and services. Held on the last Saturday of the month. Your chance to buy or browse local food, craft and services. We present a huge range of high quality and reasonably priced goods, all under one roof. Call 07790 611680.
30 August, 9.30am to 1pm, Liston Hall, Chapel Street, Marlow.

Giant jumble sale 
Mountains of new and nearly new clothes, household goods, bric a brac, books, DVDs, CDs, toys, greetings cards, plants, garden items, strange things - and much more. Takings will help save dogs' lives and find them good new homes. If wet the sale might be postponed till the following Saturday. These sales are usually held on the last Saturday of every month. 01494 482695.
30 August, 10am, Stokenchurch Dog Rescue, Oxford Road, (near big BT tower). Stokenchurch, High Wycombe.


Fundraising 

Citizens Advice Bureau's 75th anniversary
The CAB is a charity which helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers. They will be fundraising in Sainsbury's to celebrate 75 years of this work they have done for the community.
30 to 31 August, 10am, Sainsbury's Beaconsfield, Maxwell Road, Beaconsfield.

Charity Car Wash
Face painting, cake stand, ice cream van and many more to ensure a fun filled day for all the family with all donations going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. 01494 537080. Tickets: Donations to great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.
30 August, 11am to 6pm, Premier Inn High Wycombe, Thanstead Farm, London Road.

Shows 

High Wycombe Dahlia Society Flower Show
01494 711608. Tickets: free entry.
30 August, 2pm, Christ the Servant King, Sycamore Road, Cressex.

Groups 

Amersham Art Group - New programme
The Amersham Art Group announce their new programme, which starts with Gordon King, a renowned local artist, doing a demonstration. Open to all, non members welcome.   Following that they have various indoor workshops and demonstrations, some led by progressional artists. Non members £4, members free, raffle tickets available too. For more information, go to www.amersham-art-group.org.uk/ or email amershamartgroup@gmail.com.
2 September, 7.30pm, The Lounge, Amersham Community Centre, Amersham.  

Festival

Beer Festival, barbecue and disco
Beer festival and barbecue with popular disco Rewind. All welcome. 01494 461838.
31 August, 2.30pm, High Wycombe Judo Centre, Barry Close, High Wycombe.

Exercise 

Simply Walks
New walk starting from Beaconsfield Library - refreshments on return. 08452 303232. Tickets: free.lib-bea@buckscc.gov.uk.
4 September until 4 December, 10.15am, Beaconsfield Library, Reynolds Road, Beaconsfield.

Early Autumn Walk  
Concluding its series of seasonal walks, participants of the Early Autumn Walk at Turn End Garden will enjoy a leisurely stroll through the garden in the company of Jackie Hunt, Turn End’s gardener.  Exploring what the garden has to offer in Early Autumn, Jackie will be highlighting aspects of the garden that are of special seasonal interest and explaining what she does to maintain the garden in Autumn.  Clothing and footwear suitable for all weather conditions is recommended. £8 tickets. Spaces are limited, so you are advised to book early.  Reservations in advance: Email: turnendtrustevents@gmail.com or telephone 07591 018601.
5 September, 10.30 to 11.30am, The Turn, Middle Turn, Turn End, Haddenham

Live screenings

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Live from Stratford upon Avon with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Valentine and Proteus are best friends, until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke’s daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart, Julia, at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals’ affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation. Simon Godwin makes his RSC début to direct Shakespeare’s exuberant romantic comedy. Simon is Associate Director of the Royal Court. His production of Strange Interlude recently played to critical acclaim at the National Theatre. This is the first time in 45 years The Two Gentlemen of Verona has been performed in full production on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage.
3 September, 7pm at the following venues. 
The Elgiva, Chesham.  Tickets: £15, with a £1.25 booking fee by card or cheque. Box Office: 01494 582900. On line: www.elgiva.com. 
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Tickets £16.50 with a £2.85 booking fee from 0844 8717607. 
Empire Cinemas, Cressex, High Wycombe. Tickets are £15 with a 0.30 booking fee from www.empirecinemas.co.uk. 
Cineworld, High Wycombe. Tickets are £15.50 with a 0.50 booking fee from www.cineworld.co.uk. 

Medea
National Theatre Live! Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason (the Golden Fleece), she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
4 September, 7pm, at the following venues. 
The Elgiva, Chesham. Tickets: £15, with a £1.25 booking fee by card or cheque. Box Office: 01494 582900.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury. Tickets £15.40 and a £2.85 booking fee from 0844 8717607. 
Empire Cinemas, Cressex, High Wycombe. Tickets are £15 with a 0.30 booking fee from www.empirecinemas.co.uk. 
Cineworld, High Wycombe. Tickets are £15.50 with a 0.50 booking fee from www.cineworld.co.uk. 

Comedy 

Comedy night at The Assembly Rooms
Headlining is Matt Price. Opening the evening is Neil McFarlane. For middle acts they have the wonderfully sharp Ben Briggs, the amazing Jay Cowle and our compere for the evening Archie Maddocks. Further information can be found at www.theassemblyroom.co.uk/comedy.html or by calling 01628474718 or emailing: caroline@theassemblyroom.co.uk. Tickets are £5 standard, £15 for comedy and food (Please arrive from 7pm for food).
2 September, 7pm, The Assembly Rooms, Marlow. 

Workshops 

Creative Paper Making Workshop with Jean Mould Hart 
Turn End Charitable Trust is continuing its art and creativity workshops with the introduction of a Creative Paper Making Workshop this September.  Participants will experience the art of papermaking and be introduced to the exciting potential of making their own paper.  From a variety of fibres, including plants from Turn End garden, a portfolio of beautiful sheets will be achieved, from plain and delicate, decorative, embossed and textured. Suitable for the beginner and the experienced. £45 to take part. Spaces are limited, so you are advised to book early.  Reservations in advance: Email: turnendtrustevents@gmail.com or telephone 07591 018601.
1 September, 10am to 4pm, or 2 September 10am to 4pm, The Turn, Middle Turn, Turn End, Haddenham


Miscellaneous


850 years of history at Stonor
One of England’s oldest privately-owned manor houses is giving a special welcome to National Trust members in the next few weeks.  Stonor Park, near Henley-on-Thames, is offering 2 for 1 entry to National Trust members who visit during August and September.  The offer is part of a wider joint promotion across London and the South East between the Trust and the Historic Houses Association (HHA), which represents privately-owned historic houses. Stonor has been owned by the same family for over 850 years.  Stonor is open on the afternoons of Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays in September.  To find out more, visit www.stonor.com.

 

On The Radar

Dulux Decorator Centres in Aylesbury and High Wycombe are helping to support the professionalism of painters and decorators by hosting a dedicated programme of activity at its stores. From September to November, the stores will be providing advice on a range of specialist topics to help decorators expand their skills and knowledge of new products and technology, and build their reputations for quality craftsmanship in the local area.For further information, contact your local Dulux Decorator Centre or visit www.duluxdecoratorcentre.co.uk/instore/index to find your nearest store.
Throughout September and November.

Classic Afternoon Tea
With special guest TV presenter and food writer Thane Prince, who will be talking about her new book Perfect Preserves, her 30 years in the food industry and her experience as a judge on the BBC's The Big Allotment Challenge television series. The tea will include homemade fruit scones served with strawberry preserve and clotted cream and the chef's cake of the day. Tickets are available priced £20- book on 01628 662121.
9 September, 3pm, Grovefield House Hotel. 


Roald Dahl Day Celebrations
A jam-packed day of special events and activities as a double celebration for Roald Dahl's birthday and for 50 Whipple-Scrumptious years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Discover fantabulous facts about Charlie and his creator at one of the Writing Hut Talks or Archive Tours, create a Wondercrump Wonka Bar, take a Museum Tour or a guided Village Trail with an Oompa-Loompa, or perhaps with Willy Wonka himself. Be mesmerised by some marvellous magic, buzzwangling balloon modelling and swishwiffling storytelling. Visit dressed as a Roald Dahl character and be in with the chance of a prize, or let the museum's face painter transform you when you get there.Café Twit will be serving delumptious lunches, cakes and treats, and the museum shop will be open for books, gifts and pocket money toys.  Admission to the Museum: adults £6.60, children £4.40, concessions £4.40, families £21. Book online at www.roalddahl.com/museum/tickets or call 01494 892192. 
13 September, 11am to 5pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden.

Old MacDonald Had A Farm
Old MacDonald’s animals have gone missing. Can you help a friendly scientist and his amazing time machine get them back for him? Presented by the team behind There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly and written especially for parents to enjoy with their children, this fun filled farmyard tale brings to life all the best loved characters from the original nursery rhyme along with a magical medley of games, giggles and sing along songs including Heads, Shoulders Knees and Toes, She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain and of course Old MacDonald Had A Farm. Tickets are £ 9.50 for adults and £8.50 for children. Call 01494 582900 or go to www.elgiva.com. 
14 September, 2.30pm, The Elgiva, Chesham. 

That'll Be The Day
Back by popular demand, prepare for a party as rock and roll variety show That’ll Be The Day, returns with its new show. This year’s new production features a fresh line up of classic gold hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s, plus more comedy. Tickets are £22.50 to £24.50 from 01494 512000 or go to www.wycombeswan.co.uk. 
30 September, 7.30pm, Wycombe Swan, St Mary Street, High Wycombe. 

Piaf: Love Conquers All by Roger Peace Overview
The scene is set as we take our places - a tiny room, red roses, an accordion on a chair, a framed photograph and a telephone. A red bereted keyboard player looks up at us sadly and we are instantly transported to 1930s Paris. Enter right Edith Piaf all in black, a single rose tucked behind one ear, and the room is filled with energy and anticipation as she sits and takes up the accordion. What follows is a tremendous journey of highs and lows as we are taken through the loves and sorrows of her life. Tickets are £14.30 with a £2.85 booking fee from www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury or call 0844 8717607.
27 September, 8pm, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury. 

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