Art and Commemoration
A selection of art produced by schools within the High Wycombe area on the theme of commemoration to mark the start of the Commemorations for the Great War. Come along and join the High Wycombe Branch and see what the branch do in the area. Call 07843 773198 for more details.
1 August until 6 September, 10am, Royal British Legion High Wycombe Branch, Unit 71 Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe.
Elevator window pictures
For 6+ years: paint a framed picture showing a bird’s eye view from Willy Wonka’s glass elevator. £2 per participant plus museum entry. 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.
1 August, 10.30am, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.
Marshmallows for Martians
For 4+ years: come and meet Roald Dahl Funny Prize-nominated authors Adam and Charlotte Guillain performing their latest picture book, Marshmallows For Martians illustrated by the award-winning Lee Wildish. There’ll be strange noises, weird alien characters, mask-making and most definitely marshmallows. £3 per person (adults and children) plus museum entry. 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.
1 August, 12.30 and 2pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.
Inflatable Swim Sessions
Fun inflatable sessions at the heated outdoor pool. Mondays - 3.15 to 4.15pm; Wednesdays - 4.30 to 5.30pm; Thursdays 10.30 to 11.30am; Saturdays - 2 to 3pm. Sessions revert back to Wednesday and Saturdays only after the holidays. 01494 776975. Tickets: Adults £5.20, Juniors £2.80, Under fives free.
1 August until 4 September, Chesham Moor Gym & Swim, Moor Road.Chesham.
Violet Beauregarde trail
For all ages: hunt for blueberries around the museum to find the mystery word. Can you spot Violet Beauregarde? Free for museum visitors. Call 01494 892192.
2 August until 10 August, 11am, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.
Violet Beauregarde bulging biscuits
For 6+ years: listen to some storytelling from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and make a buckswashling iced biscuit that looks just like Violet Beauregarde after she’s tried Willy Wonka’s chewing-gum meal.
£2 per participant plus museum entry. Prebook by calling 01494 892192 up until 4.30pm on the day before you visit. Tickets: £2 per participant plus museum entry.
2 August, 12.30 and 2pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81 to 83 High Street, Great Missenden.
For all ages: Meet Emma from the RSPB to find out about the wildlife around Buckinghamshire that inspired Roald Dahl’s books, including those mischievous squirrels in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Free with museum entry. 01494 892192.
3 August, 11am, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.
Stagecoach Summer Workshops
Come and join in the fun with Stagecoach High Wycombe, Henley and Marlow's summer holiday workshops. They run Early Toes workshops for children aged four to six, where they can learn to sing, dance and act with our professional teachers. For six to 18-year-olds, students will learn a musical in a week, in singing, dance and drama lessons with our specialist teachers, all while making new friends. Book your place on 01494 533203.
4 until 8 August, 10am, The Wycombe High School, Marlow Hill, High Wycombe.
Popstars academy summer camps
Dance Crazy and Dance and Sing workshops for ages six to 11, 10am to 4pm. Book on 01753 650090.
4 until 15 August, 10am, Girl Guiding Hall, Malthouse Square, Beaconsfield.
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
5 August, 10.30am and 12pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.
Bug Eyed Beast Hand Puppets
Create your own amazing hand puppet with moving mouth. Children to be accompanied by an adult. Call 01494 421895. Tickets: £2.50 per child, timed tickets on the day.
5 until 7 August, 10.30, 11.30am, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30pm, Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe.
Wild Wednesdays - Stables Courtyard
Activities linked to the National Trust’s 50 Things campaign. £2 per child. Go to www.waddesdon.org.uk or phone: 01296 653 226.
6, 13 and 20 August, drop-in sessions 11am to 3pm, Waddesdon Manor, Near Aylesbury.
Be Our Guest, The Manor
Children only. No adults allowed. Suitable for children eight to 12. £5 per child. Be a guest of Baron Ferdinand and discover what life was like at a 19th century house party. Booking essential, phone 01296 653226.
6, 13, 20 and 27 August, 10.45am to 12pm, Waddesdon Manor, Near Aylesbury.
Zoolab Animal Handling Workshops
£5 per child, suitable for children 5+ and must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential, phone 01296 653226.
8 August, 10.30am, 12, 2 and 3.30pm, Waddesdon Manor, Near Aylesbury.
Sales and markets
DVD and CD summer sale
Sale of ex-library stock dvds and cds at bargain prices. Call 0845 2303232 for more details.
2 to 30 August, 9.30am, Beaconsfield Library, Reynolds Road, Beaconsfield.
The Marlow Antiques and Vintage Fayre
You’ll find all kinds of antique and vintage items at this fayre held on the first Saturday of every month in Liston Hall. It’s a great place to visit if you're looking for something a bit different from the usual High Street fare. An array of refreshments will also be available.
2 August, 9am to 4pm, Liston Hall, Chapel Street, Marlow SL7 1DD
Table Top Sale
Coffee and cakes, plants, jewellery, bric a brac, books, music, clothes and plenty of items. Charity event to raise funds for an Aids Orphanage.
2 August, 10am, St Dunstans Church Hall, Cores End Road, off Wakeman Street Car Park, Bourne End.
Monks Risborough Horticultural Show
A horticultural show with all the fun of a village fete. Fruit, flowers and vegetables, plus Ellesborough Silver Band, ferret racing, face painting, tea tent, Alsation dog display team and many different stalls. Call 01844 344318.
2 August, 1.30pm, Peters Lane, Monks Risborough.
Hazeldene Farm Fun Dog Show
Bring along your canine friends and enter them in our fun dog show. Or just come along and watch. Registration from 11am to 12pm. There is also a craft and food market from 11am to 4pm, children's activities,
farm tours, farm grill, vintage tea room and farm shop. Free for under 16s. Over 16 £1.
3 August, 11am, Hazeldene Farm, Asheridge Road, Chesham.
Richard and Edna are opening their garden to raise money for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust. Price includes tea and a cake. There is also a raffle and book stall. Tickets: £2 adults and £1 children.
2 August, 1.30pm, Richard & Edna's garden, 50, Highwood Ave, High Wycombe.
NGS - Gardens Open For Charity
The gardens at Danesfield were completed in 1901 by Robert Hudson, the Sunlight Soap magnate. Contains outstanding examples of pulhamite in both formal gardens and the waterfall areas. Tickets: £4.
5 August and 7 August, 10am, Danesfield House Hotel, Henley Road, Marlow.
A family barn dance with barbecue and licensed bar. Call 01844 346159. Tickets: adults £12.50 children £5.
2 August, 7pm, Monks Risborough Show Marquee, Monks Risborough.
Salsa Dance Classes
Fun and effective Salsa classes, structured to make you learn quickly, no partner or dance experience required. Come alone or with a group of friends. No need to book. Lessons: 7 to 8pm Beginners/ Improvers / Intermediate / Advanced. Freestyle dancing all night until 11.30pm. Classes: £8 (£6 Club Only) 07831 715 368.
2 August July until 26 October, 7pm, The Royal British Legion Loudwater, Queensmead Road, Loudwater.
FitSteps with Shari
FitSteps is a dance fitness class that uses simple Ballroom and Latin steps to create a fun aerobic workout. Designed by Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite of Strictly Come Dancing. No partner needed. No dance experience required. Wear comfortable workout clothes and trainers. Call 07701 067330. Tickets: £6 per class - pay as you go.
4 August, 9.30am, Marlow Sea Cadets, Wethered Road, Marlow.
5 August, 7.30pm, All Saints Church Hall, The Causeway, Marlow.
Ben Thompson Definitive Tribute to Elvis
Multi award winning Elvis Tribute artist Ben Thompson performs his definitive tribute Elvis show at Long Crendon Village Hall, winner of Europe's tribute to Elvis competition and top five world finalist Ben sings the king's hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Tickets are strictly limited so book early on 07732 789370.
2 August, 7pm, Long Crendon Village hall, High Street, Long Crendon, Thame.
Caribbean Night is the theme with music from XCS/Soca Band. Tickets include food and doors open from 7pm until midnight. Call 01628 486659 for more details. Tickets: members £10 non members £12 including food.
2 August, 7pm, Royal British Legion Marlow Club, Station Approach, Marlow.
1940s WWII Blitz Party
Commemorating 70 year anniversary of WWII. Step back in time and dance to special guests The Three Belles, at this WWII Dance. Tickets £15 and include fish and chips supper. All profits to Help for Heroes. Outside marquee, licensed bar. Dress code: 1940s civilian and WWII Allies only. For tickets call Sue on 07875 017247 or contact the landlord, Mark at The Golden Cross Public House on 01494 565974.
2 August, 7.30pm, The Golden Cross Public House, Wycombe Road, High Wycombe.
Drinks at club prices. Call ahead for peace of mind- 01628 520257. Tickets: A small fee on the door.
2 August, 8pm, The Royal British Legion, Common Road, Flackwell Heath.
An Evening With West End Star Tiffany Graves
Meet the world class singer Tiffany Graves, previously seen in West End productions such as Chicago and We Will Rock You. The night with include famous musical numbers performed by Tiffany and accompanied by pianist Tom Wakeley, as well as stories from the road and an insight to the life of cabaret. £12.50 a ticket. For more information and to buy tickets online: www.missendenabbey.co.uk or call 01494 866811.
3 August, 6.30pm, Missenden Abbey, London Road, Great Missenden.
Jazz at the Farm
Trumpeter Matt Holland will be headlining A Summer Special at August’s Jazz at the Farm evening. Over the last two decades Matt’s career has taken him all over the globe. He has toured the world with Van Morrison and performed with Burt Bacharach, Steve Winwood and Roy Ayers. He has also performed on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing and ITV1’s Dancing on Ice and The X Factor Final. Tickets are £14, (£12 conc), £11 Supporters (£5 under 16s). Call 01628 788997 or go to www.nordenfarm.org.
8 August, 8pm, Norden Farm, Maidenhead.
April in Paris
Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann star in this UK tour of John Godber’s bittersweet comedy. Al and Bet’s relationship is on the rocks. He recently lost his job, while she works in a shoe shop and can only dream of a better life. But things are about to change... When Bet wins a romantic night in Paris, the city of love, Al wonders who she’ll take with her. Resigned to taking her husband, Paris actually reignites their relationship as never before, but the reality of returning home looms. Tickets are £10 to £29.50 with a £2.85 booking fee from 0844 871 7607 or online at www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury.
5 to 9 August, 7.30pm, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury.
Dreamboats and Miniskirts
A new musical is set to showcase the greatest hit songs of the 60s. This is the sequel to the sellout Dreamboats and Petticoats and receives its world premiere on August 6 at Theatre Royal Windsor. It’s 1963, and the world is changing. Bobby and Laura’s single Dreamboats and Petticoats is only half a hit. Norman and Sue have settled down to non-marital bliss - and a baby. And Ray and Donna seem blissfully happy. Tickets are £12.50 to £28.50 from 01753 853888 or go to www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk.
6 to 16 August, 8pm and matinees, Windsor Theatre Royal, Windsor.
Marlow Comedy Night
Headlining is Yianni Agisilaou, a headliner all around the world with a mind as sharp as a ginsu blade. Opening the evening is Iszi Lawrence, a BBC Comedy semi finalist who has supported the likes of Stewart Lee, Sarah Millican and Rufus Hound. For middle acts Anthony Miller and Aideen McQueen take to the stage. Further information can be found at:
http://www.theassemblyroom.co.uk/comedy.html or call 01628 474718. Tickets are £5 standard, £15 for comedy and food.
5 August, 8pm, The Assembly Room, Marlow.
Marlow and District Wine Circle
Professional pianist, Ian Simmons, will be accompanying the social group as they commemorate the anniversary of the First World War, with songs from that era together with some poems. Marlow Wine Club’s tribute to the Fallen of WWI. The evening will not be melancholy, but an uplifting one finishing with Land of Hope and Glory. If you would like to come and experience what the club is like then come at around 7.30pm to settle yourself and to meet others. Do remember to bring along your wine glass and a bottle of your favourite wine or beer, plus water.
5 August, 8 to 10pm, Liston Hall, Liston Road, Marlow, SL7 1DD
Summer Wedding Fair
Magnolia Park Golf and Country Club will host its summer wedding fair, which will highlight the opening of a hotel in autumn. A variety of suppliers providing information, ideas and inspirations to help piece together the perfect wedding day will be there. In addition, visitors can enjoy complimentary canapés, a hog roast and drinks served on the patio, accompanied by live jazz music. Golf buggy tours of the grounds will also be available. Full information at www.magnoliapark.co.uk.
10 August, 11am to 3pm, Magnolia Park, Arncott Road, Boarstall, Bucks. HP18 9XX
Cricket match in aid of Sue Ryder
The match will consist of 30 overs between the King’s Head Cricket Club and Neale Hatch XI and will be followed by a barbecue and raffle. For further details contact Neale on 07767 700106.
10 August, 2pm, At the cricket ground opposite the King’s Head pub, Little Marlow.
On The Radar
The Ninth Ley Hill Music & Beer Festival
This is the ninth year The Swan and The Crown pubs in Ley Hill (near Chesham) have joined forces to hold a three-day music and beer festival.
A variety of bands play outside between the two pubs on each of the three days. The music will start at 2 pm on all three days and go on until 7.30pm. In addition, on August 24 the music will carry on inside both pubs from 8pm. Over the three days there will be a variety of musical styles including pop, rock, blues and Latin with music from the 60s up to the present day. There will more than 60 real ales and ciders on offer at both pubs, a pig roast and barbecue.
23 to 25 August, The Swan & The Crown, Ley Hill.
The Beaconsfield Country Fayre
It will be opened by celebrity cook, Mary Berry. The Stretcher Race is the main event of the day where teams of four carry a fifth all dressed in fancy dress around a course of eight pubs! 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.
25 August, 11am to 4pm, Windsor End, Beaconsfield.
Gravity Grand Prix
Enjoy the spectacle of the Cookham Dean Gravity Grand Prix. 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 brilliant pubs in the area to enjoy some refreshment. It raises money for The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. Go to www.cookham.com
31 August, 1.30pm, Junction of Church Road and Spring Lane, Cookham Dean.
J.B. Priestley's Dangerous Corner
To let sleeping dogs lie or not, that is the question. All seems well at the Caplan’s independent publishing house until a can of worms is unceremoniously ripped open at Robert and Freda Caplan’s dinner party. A chance remark plunges the guests into a re-examination of the mysterious events surrounding the recent death of young Martin Caplan and skeletons come crashing out of the closet in more ways than one. Life will never be the same again… or will it? Star casting to be announced. Tickets from £12.50 to £28.50 from www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk or call 01753 853888.
2 to 13 September, 8pm and matinees, Windsor Theatre Royal, Windsor.
The Chalfont St Giles Show
On The Edge Action Stunt show will perform, as will Inch Perfect Trials and Close Encounters Kites. There will be The Sheep Show and The Falconry Centre. This year's theme is flight and people can jump in a balloon for a view of the grounds. Refreshments are for sale, as well as a huge beer tent. There are under-cover exhibition and competition marquees and both indoor and outdoor traders stalls. Tickets are £4 for adults and £3 for children in advance. Under fives go free. Go to www.csgshow.org for full details.
6 September, from 11am, Stone Meadow, Chalfont St Giles.
Push Your Boundaries
Ever fancied embarking on an adventure of a lifetime? Go to Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa’s highest peak- for seven days of trekking along the Limosho route. Not for the faint-hearted- summit day involves 13 to 16 hours of trekking. Limited spaces are available for 23 to 31 August September 11 to 19. For an adventure with less intensity, there are treks to the Annapurna Region in Central Nepal (9 to 22 November). And there is also a trek to Everest Base Camp, before crossing the Cho La Pass into the Gokyo region from November 23 to December 14. For details go to http://fitwaysadventures.co.uk/