Top five things to do this weekend in south Bucks

Gravity Grand Prix last year

Gravity Grand Prix last year

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1. THE Cookham Dean Gravity Grand Prix is back once again. Watch hand made cars zoom down the hill to see who can be named the champion. This is a great day of family fun with lots of fun to be had and brilliant pubs in the area to enjoy some refreshment. It starts from the junction of Church Road and Spring Lane to the finish at Uncle Tom's cabin. It starts at 1.30pm on Sunday and raises money for The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. Go to www.cookham.com.

2. JOIN in for a special event in the High Wycombe Museum in Priory Avenue and gardens to commemorate the start of the First World War. Visit the recruitment stand and learn some drill with historical interpreters. Explore the grounds with a periscope. Meet members of the Western Front Association and view a display of personal artefacts and documents, including trench art. Discover more in the Museum's First World War Wycombe exhibition and experience wartime songs and entertainment from The LuLaLas. 01494 421895. Tickets: free. It takes place tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am to 4pm. 

3. HAVE a ride on a miniature train with The High Wycombe Model Engineering Club. It holds its public running days on its raised track which is situated on the far side of the Holmer Green Sports Association Grounds adjacent to the tennis courts. The trains are pulled by steam or electric locos around a picturesque dumbbell shaped track. They also have a tea tent which provides coffee, tea and soft drinks as well as an assortment of home made cakes, buns and biscuits. As an alternative there is plenty of room to bring your own picnic and even a small gazebo. 01494 438761. Tickets: 50p/child, £1/adult. It starts on Sunday from 11am. 

4. THE historic buildings at the Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Peter will be inhabited by re-enactors recreating life in 19th-century England.  From soldiers and a gamekeeper with his hawk to a candle-maker, toll-house keeper and other costumed characters, there’ll be plenty to interest the whole family and falconry displays, military drill and a Radical protest will help bring this fascinating period of history to life. Chiltern Open Air Museum’s collection of rescued historic buildings from the 19th century include Haddenham Croft Cottage, a working forge from Garston, a tin chapel from Henton and vicarage room from Thame, a furniture factory from High Wycombe and several reconstructed farm buildings. Go to www.coam.org.uk or call 01494 871117. It takes place on Saturday and Sunday. 

5. SOUTH Bucks Hospice are fundraising to build a state of the art community hospice for the local area. As part of the fundraising efforts the community is invited to the open gardens event at the current hospice in Amersham Road, High Wycombe. While enjoying a cream tea and a glass of fizz you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and admire the blooming plants, flowers, listen to talks from our landscaper and there will also be a chance for guests to find out more about our new build project and see the updated hospice plans. It is open on Sunday from 1 to 4pm. 

 

 

 

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