Easter Holiday events
Cadbury Easter Egg Trails at National Trust properties.
Once again Cadbury and the National Trust are joining forces to bring chocolate-flavoured egg-citement to the Easter holiday at a beautiful place near you. This year the theme is "discovery", so children are invited to become a Cadbury Eggsplorers as they follow a trail to win themselves a chocolate egghead prize. Each trail is unique to its location so young Eggsplorers will be finding out about each special place as they take part in the trails. Nearby are Ashridge Estate (18 to 21 April); Coombe Hill (18 to 21 April); Cliveden (18 to 21 April); Hughenden Manor (5 to 22 April) and Waddesdon Manor (18 to 21 April). Find out more at www.eastereggtrail.com
5 to 22 April, Various time and properties.
Pedal to Paddle at Chesham Moor Swimming Pool
Get on your bike and cycle to the Chesham Moor Swimming Pool over the Easter weekend from 5 to 21 April, and get a half price swim voucher that can be redeemed against your next swim. The perfect excuse for some fun and active family time. This scheme is part of Buckinghamshire County Council’s Pedal to Paddle initiative.
5 April until 21 April, Chesham Moor Gym & Swim, Moor Road, Chesham.
Wildlife on the Move - see more from the train.
A unique opportunity to see, listen and learn about local wildlife from experienced Chilterns Conservation Board volunteer guides onboard the heritage diesel train. The route follows the escarpment of the Chiltern Hills with lovely views gradually opening out to Whiteleaf Cross in the distance - see Red Kites, perhaps local deer, and much more. Trains depart Chinnor station at 10.30am, 12, 1.30 and 3pm. These trips are ideal for families and you can make unlimited trips on the same day: something unique to see on every trip. No advance booking required - simply turn up, purchase your tickets and enjoy the journey. Free car parking, cafe and a souvenir shop at Chinnor station. See www.chinnorrailway.co.uk for details. Call 01844 353535.
5 April, 10.30am, Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, Station Road, Chinnor.
Discover Dahl's archives.
For 10+ years: A behind-the-scenes look at our archive store which houses Roald Dahl's manuscripts and letters, with Collections manager and archivist, Rachel White. Free for museum visitors. Call 01494 892192.
5 April, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.
Tennis open day.
Come and enjoy free coaching. Test your skills on a speed machine or just have a game. Find out about our facilities and other activities and special offers on membership. Coaching is for all ages:
2 to 2.40pm for four to 10 year olds; 2.40 to 3.10pm for 10 to 17 year olds and 3.10 to 4pm for adults. Come and play or experience the speed machine. Call 01494 718457. Tickets free.
5 April, 2pm, Widmer End Tennis Club, Grange Road, Widmer End.
Sunday Service - relaxing on the Steam Train.
Just your very own relaxing and indulgent Sunday - meandering along on the heritage railway on your doorstep. The route follows the escarpment of the Chiltern Hills with lovely views gradually opening out to Whiteleaf Cross in the distance - see Red Kites, perhaps deer, and other wildlife. Trains depart Chinnor station at 11am, 12.15pm (diesel train), 1.30, 3 and 4.30pm. No advance booking required - simply turn up, purchase your tickets and enjoy the journey. Fares: Adults £11, Seniors 60+yrs £10, children 3-15yrs £6, families one adult and two children £20 / two adults and two childre £28. See www.chinnorrailway.co.uk for details.
6 April, 11am, Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, Station Road, Chinnor.
Events at The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden:
Hello Your Majester.
For all ages: join in the colouring activity to celebrate English Tourism week. Create a postcard showing the historic moment when the BFG meets the Queen as she pops her head out of her Buckingham Palace window. 6 April, 11am.
For 6+ year olds: create your own diddly daffodil or twitch-tickling tissue paper tulip to celebrate spring. £2 per participant, in addition to museum entry. 8 April 2014.10:30am,
Revolting Rhymes with James Carter
For 5+ years: come for a chuckle with poet and wild guitarist James Carter. Hear such mischievous poems as 'How to turn your teacher purple' and 'is your teacher an alien?' and write your very own revolting rhyme. £3 each in addition to musuem entry. 8 April, 12:30 and 2pm.
Buzzwangling Egg Boxes.
For 6+ years: decorate a buzzwangling box in which to hide your precious Easter eggs. £2 per participant in addition to Museum entry. 9 April, 10.30am.
Mark Lowery talks pants.
For 9+ years: we are delighted to welcome back Mark Lowery, shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 for his buzzwangling book, Pants are Everything. Expect lots of laughter and irreverent silliness - and find out how to tell good stories, too. £3 extra. 9 April, 12:30 and 2.30pm.
For 6+ years: decorate a ceramic mug with Mrs Twit's latest tricks and take it home to fill with delumptious or disgusterous drinks. £3 per participant, in addition to Museum entry. 10 April, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Call 01494 892192 for more details.
Bledlow Ridge Tennis Club Open Day.
Not played tennis since you left school? Looking for a team to play competitive league tennis? Or just need to improve your fitness or have a knock-up in friendly surroundings? Then try out the newly re-surfaced courts and join in the fun and games at Bledlow Ridge Tennis Club’s free open day. Players and non players of all standards and ages are welcome and there will be fun competitions for all the family held throughout the day. How fast is your serve? Test it out against our speed serve gun. Free coaching for juniors. There will be a BBQ and other refreshments available. Free racquet loan is available for rusty returners who don’t have their own. Call 01494 481739 for more details.
6 April, 11am, Bledlow Ridge Tennis Club, Chinnor Road, Bledlow Ridge.
Stagecoach Easter Workshops!
This three day workshop will allow children to create a show called Movie Medley. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to come along and learn how to sing, dance and act, all while making new friends. Call 01494 533203 for more details.
8 to 10 April, 10am, Marlow Church of England Primary School, Sandygate Road, Marlow.
The The Producers
Performed by the Chesham Musical Theatre. With a ridiculous and often farcical character list, including ‘Bavarian Peasants’, ‘Tapping Brown-Shirts’, ‘Showgirls’ ‘Storm Trooper’ and a troupe of dancing grannies (complete with zimmer frames) - it is bound to be a blast. Call 01494 582900 or go to www.elgiva.com.
9 to 12 April, The Elgiva, Chesham.
The Elgiva Easter Project
The Elgiva’s annual Easter drama workshops always prove very popular, where children from the ages 8 to 18 spend a week, singing, dancing and acting and putting together a final evening performance to showcase everything they have worked so hard on during the week. The performance takes place at 7pm on 17 April and tickets cost £4. Not only do the children learn from professional West End actors and choreographer (Lee Bright and Irene Moss) in the safe surroundings of a professional theatre but as important it’s about having fun, meeting new friends and learning to work as a team. Fee: £110 per child (£100 for siblings). From 01494 582900 or go to www.elgiva.com.
13 to 17 April, 10am to 4pm, The Elgiva, Chesham.
A Springtime Festival
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts presents the festival for children and families. Lots of fun and creative things to do this Easter holiday. All activities last 1 hour and are less than £4 per person. Some of the activities are especially for families - they actively encourage mums, dads, guardians and extended family to take part. Children are not supervised between activities. Call 01628 788997 or go to www.nordenfarm.org.
18 to 19 April, Norden Farm, Maidenhead.
Walking Works business launch
Healthy walking expert and entrepreneur, Sarah Liveing (53) from Gerrards Cross, is launching a new initiative Walking Works as part of a drive to get businesses to encourage their employees to walk and get fit which has been designed to benefit both the employers and employees. The launch event is open to all local and regional businesses who want to prioritise the health and wellness of their employees through regular walking and good health. The event will comprise a presentation about the benefits of walking for businesses, networking opportunities and delicious and healthy canapés will be served. There will also be a raffle for the charity JDRF. Call 07785 541841 for more details. Tickets: free.
4 April, 12pm, The Crowne Plaza Marlow, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow.
Fairs and sales
Planning ahead fair
Our planning ahead fair will give you a chance to ask the questions you may have about all aspects of death and dying. Come and find out about different types of funeral services, finding the right celebrant, or sources of support through bereavement. There will be guidance about the legal aspects of making a will, arranging legacies, and end of life care. Thinking ahead and making plans for that final goodbye won’t make the event happen any sooner. But it will help to make sure friends and families are not left in the dark when the day eventually comes. Call 01494 872158 for more details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 to 5 April, 2pm, GreenAcres Chiltern Woodland Burial Park, Potkiln Lane, Jordans, Beaconsfield.
Spring jumble sale
The Penn and Tylers Green Scouts is holding their Spring Jumble Sale. Why not come along and find yourself a bargain. There is always a load of good quality jumble on sale.
5 April, 1pm, Tylers Green Village Hall.
Grand Tabletop Sale.
Lots of new items. Browse; plants, clothes, books, music, films, coffee and home-made cakes. All welcome- come and grab a bargain. Call 01494 562080 for more details.
5 April, 10am, St Dunstan's Church Hall, Wakeman Road Car Park, Off Cores End Road, Bourne End.
Scout Jumble Sale.
The Penn and Tylers Green Scouts are holding their spring jumble sale. Why not come along and bag a bargain. We always have loads of good quality jumble for sale.
5 April, 1pm, Tylers Green Village Hall, Church Road, Tylers Green.
RSPCA South Bucks Grand Jumble Sale.
Clothes, toys, books, bric a brac, linen, shoes, handbags. There is something for everyone. Come along and join in this worthwhile fundraising event to help animals in your area. Refreshments and home made cakes
Admission 50p. Call 01494 722627.
5 April, 2pm, St Georges Scout Hut, White Lion Road, Little Chalfont.
Around the world in 80 minutes
An evening of music, old and new, from around the globe with the Galliard Band and guests. The Galliard Band is made up of up to a dozen experienced recorder players who play a range of recorders, from Contrabass to Sopranino. They have played at churches, lunch clubs and charity events in Herts, Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire. Recorders are not just instruments for primary school children. Go to www.thegalliardband.co.uk. Tickets: £6 adults; £3 concessions or £15 per family (two adults and any children) to include light refreshments available from: Liz Thorpe (01844 351565), Jane Honeyball (01844 351096). All profits to Chinnor Methodist church's Building Fund.
4 April, 7pm, Chinnor Methodist Church, behind 62 Station Road, Chinnor, Princes Risborough.
Coinciding with the the 2014 release of the new album Here She Comes and the publication of Hazel's acclaimed autobiography Breaking Glass Barefoot award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor is back.
Expect a soulful introspective dip into Hazel's stunning portfolio, the old, the new and stories from along the way. Tickets £15 from www.arts4every1.com or £17.50 on the door.
5 April, 7.30 pm, Arts4Every1, Desborough Road, High Wycombe.
Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir and the Wooburn Singers
Get the Summer of Sound for Scannappeal, simultaneously underway in Amersham and Wycombe respectively. For further details or to request the Summer of Sound leaflet, please visit www.scannappeal.org.uk/events, or call 01494 734 161.
The Bisham Concert Band
There will be music from film and TV. Tickets are £10 from Terrie Perry 07946 589508, to include light refreshments and there will be a raffle and a quiz. Go to www.bishamconcertband.org.uk.
5 April, 7.30pm, Community Centre, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough.
Marlow Town Band Charity Concert.
The Marlow Town Band present a 'Famous Classics' charity concert in partnership with The Maidenhead Salvation Army Songsters in aid of Alzheimers Dementia Support. Call 07950 690775 for more details. Tickets: £8.
5 April, 7.30pm, The Shelley Theatre, Court Garden Leisure Complex, Pound Lane, Marlow.
Addicted to the 80s - Missenden Abbey live tribute night.
Love 80s music? Time warp to our tribute night featuring the live four piece band 'Addicted to 80s' bringing you all those classic hits from the neon decade. Two live sets - fancy dress optional - 80s themed food available. Call 01494 866811. Tickets: £12.50 in advance - £15 on the door.
5 April, 7.30pm, Missenden Abbey, Missenden Abbey, London Road, Great Missenden.
Come and join Bourne End Twinning Association for a 60s disco. Tickets at £13 include supper and licensed bar will be available. Phone 01628 520065 for tickets.
5 April, 7.30pm, Flackwell Heath Community Centre, Straight Bit, Flackwell Heath.
‘Springtime Celebration’ - Bucks Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert.
Join the Bucks Symphonic Wind Ensemble for an evening of wonderful music to celebrate springtime. Under the baton of Duncan Stubbs, the concert will feature a varied programme of wind band favourites, including works by Philip Sparke, Nigel Hess and Martin Ellerby among others. Tickets can be bought in advance from High Wycombe Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 01494 421892) or ordered by phone and then picked up on the door. Alternatively you can buy tickets on the night if still available. Tickets: adults £12, concessions £10, under 12s £5.
5 April, 7.30pm, JK Theatre, Godstowe School, Shrubbery Road, High Wycombe.
A Special Saturday Night of Live Music with Johnny Wheeler
Plenty of free parking and a great selection of drinks at reasonable prices. Johnny offers a real mixture of styles and tempos to suit every taste. Call 01895 836328 for more details. Tickets: free admission.
5 April, 8pmDenham Garden Village Lounge Bar, Denham Green Lane, Denham.
The Jim Barton Big Band.
A star studded big band is coming to Marlow Jazz Club. This swinging 16 piece, London based, Jim Barton Band includes many top names, and will have the added bonus of vocalist Paul Wood. A very special event - do not miss it. Call 01628 486571 for more details. Tickets: £8.
8 April, 8.30pm, Marlow Jazz Club at the Royal British Legion, Station Approach, Marlow.
Discover Your Creative Talent.
This day of discovering your creative self is based on the work of Julia Cameron and can be useful as either a stand alone experience or alongside 'The Artist's Way' 12 week course. The day will be spent working to uncover the thoughts and beliefs that are preventing your creative flow. This can benefit anyone who wants more creativity in their life. Ranging from existing artists who feel they are holding themselves back or experiencing artists/writers block; to those who long to express some creativity but believe that this is something other people do, and that they just don't have what it takes. It can also help you to be more creative in your decision making. Essentially, it is for anyone who feels they are not expressing their full potential. Call 07787 242442 for more details.
5 April, 9.30am, Lane End Conference Centre, Church Road.Lane End.
Free networking event .
The next expert speaker is Ceri-Jane Hackling of award winning Cerub PR, who will be telling you how to impress the press and gain more column inches for your business. The right publicity can help you raise your profile and give your company kudos and credibility. Attendees will learn how to promote their products and services effectively through press releases, find out how to pitch to their target media and how to take advantage of press opportunities. Book by emailing email@example.com.
8 April, 6pm, Chiltern Hills Academy, Chartridge Lane, Chesham.
Being a Lazy Gardener.
The Marlow and District Horticultural Society is hosting a talk by Chris Banbury on how to be a lazy gardener. Sometimes we all wish gardening could be this way. Everyone is welcome. Call 01628 486206 for more details. Tickets: £2 non members, £1 members.
8 April, 8pm, Liston Hall, Liston Road, Marlow.
Ian Waller looks at the role of the Army Postal Services in World War I, and also talks about official wartime photography and the involvement in the war of volunteer corps, including the Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs), who provided field nursing services. Non-members welcome; a small donation is appreciated.
8 April, 7.15 for 7.45pm, Buckinghamshire Family History Society, Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX
TVT&D Finance and Accountancy Information Day.
Are you keen to make a difference to your career and get ahead of the rest? Individuals and businesses are invited to find out more about Thames Valley Training & Development's career-enhancing range of courses and qualifications at a special Finance & Accountancy Information Day. Call 01494 603060 to find out more and make an appointment. Tickets: free.
10 April, 3pm, The Gateway, Bucks New University, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe.
Spring Talk: Dressing the 18th-Century Woman
Enjoying the Great British Sewing Bee? Love all things 18th-century and fashionable? Originally training as a modern dress maker and pattern cutter, speaker Ian Chipperfield takes you on a romp through fashionable Georgian attire. Ian loves 18th-century clothing and has spent years working through museum collections creating replica gowns using traditional techniques. Situated in a thoroughly 18th-century room, the fabulous State Music Room at Stowe, you will be taken back in time and enjoy a fascinating evening delving underneath petticoats to find out what was going on under all those layers. Drinks on arrival in the Georgian Marble Saloon. Tickets: £15, include wine and canapés on arrival. Pre-booking is essential. Go to www.stowehouse.org
13 April, 7.30pm, Stowe House.
A simple Lent Lunch. Open to everyone with proceeds of donations going to Iain Rennie Hospice at Home. Call 01494 437791. Tickets: donations welcomed for Iain Rennie Hospice at Home.
5 April, 12pm, Downley Methodist Church Hall, Moor Lane, Downley.
Equestrian Car boot Sale for The British Horse Society.
The British Horse Society Equestrian Car Boot Sale. Sellers 11am; buyers from 12 until 4pm. Pitches £6 per car. Sell or buy all types of equestrian tack, clothes, rugs etc. Light refreshments available. Call 07770 776932 for more details.
6 April, 11am, M.A.R.E.S, High Street.Amersham.
A Coffee Morning
In aid of Stokenchurch Community Bus. There will be refreshments, Easter treats, bring and buy, home-made cakes, books, bric-a-brac, nearly new clothes and a raffle.
7 April, 10 to 11.45am, Longburrow Hall, Park Lane, Stokenchurch.
Charity Fashion Show.
Proceeds to be split between the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Florence Nightingale Hospice. Clothes supplied by The Edinburgh Woollen Mill. Various stalls, including jewellery, handbags, cakes, books etc and a grand raffle. Tickets include a glass of wine and nibbles. Refreshments prepared by The Windmill WI. Call 01844345452. Tickets: £5.
9 April, 7pm, Lacey Green Millennium Hall, Main Road, Lacey Green.
Pilates class, all levels welcome. Call to book on 07713632367. Tickets: £ 8 per class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
9 April (every Wednesday) 6.30 and 7.30pm, Sands Village Hall, Lane End Road, High Wycombe.
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. Anyone regardless of how fit you are (or aren't). 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 email@example.com.
8 April, 7.45pm, The Yew Tree, Frieth.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Theatre Royal Windsor are thrilled to welcome back Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead Theatre Company with their amateur production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational musical. Inspired by the political and personal struggles between Judas and Jesus, this spectacular musical follows the last week of Jesus' life, beginning with the preparations for his arrival in Jerusalem and ending with his crucifixion. Featuring numerous catchy tunes in many different styles, from the upbeat Everything’s Alright and Hosanna, Mary Magdalene’s soulful love song I Don’t Know How To Love Him, the comedy number King Herod’s Song to the renowned title song Superstar this emotional and stirring musical continues to move audiences forty years on.
8 to 12 April, 7.30pm with Thurs and Sat matinees at 2.30pm, Windsor Theatre Royal.
High Wycombe Scout & Guide Gang Show.
Gang shows have a rich history, from their London show beginnings in 1932 under the direction of Ralph Reader to shows of today which combine new and original material, popular music and dance with old Gang Show traditions. This gang consists of 100+ local members of the Scout and Guide Associations who produce, manage and perform the entire show. Each year they support a local charity and this year it is The Group With No Name- an adult social group for young adults with autism/aspergers who are part of South Bucks National Autistic Society. Call 0844 4435727. Tickets: Wed to Sat matinee £8/£6; Sat evening £9. .
9 until 12 April, 7.30pm, Lancaster Arts Centre, Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe.
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
A magical adventure through Narnia. Tickets: £10 adults/ £5 concessions.
10 until 12 April, 7pm, Princes Risborough School, Merton Road, Princes Risborough.
On the radar
Last of the Duty Free.
Last of the Duty Free reunites Keith Barron, Gwen Taylor and Neil Stacy to play-out the next hilarious installment in a series which regularly pulled in TV audiences of over twelve million viewers. When working class David and Amy met upper-middle class Robert and Linda whilst holidaying at the San Remo in Spain, their differences were immediately apparent. But, opposites were proven to attract, and a most unlikely romance developed, with hilarious consequences. And now they are back: David more lustful, Amy more cynical, Robert more dangerous, Linda more romantic than ever. For more details go to www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk or call 01753 853 888.
15 to 26 April , 8pm, and Thu at 2.30pm and Sat at 4.45pm, Windsor Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor.
Hansel and Gretel
The show stars Margi Clarke as the Wicked Stepmother. Liverpool actress Margi has had a long career in TV and film, but is probably best known for her role as Tyrone Dobbs’ hard-up mum Jackie in Coronation Street. The show also stars JezO as Hansel. JezO has been on CBBC shows like The Slammer and appeared at the Kenton Theatre recently with his father in the magician double act show WOW! This Show is Magic Jessica Hathaway (Milkshake Tour) and Tom Beard (RH Good news, BBC3) will also join Margi Clarke and JezO on stage to play Gretel and the wandering and wondering Minstrel. A fun and light-hearted family show, based on the classic nineteenth century Brothers Grimm fairytale, Hansel and Gretel. For tickets go to www.kentontheatre.co.uk or call 01491 575698.
17 April, 11am and 2.30pm, The Kenton Theatre, Henley.
Sir Simon Rattle & Sol Gabetta.
Picturehouse Entertainment presents the Easter Festival 2014 (Osterfestspiele 2014) with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle (Conductor) and Star Guest Sol Gabetta (Cello). For many years it was considered standard to maintain a low profile within the classical music scene. The emphatic composers who constantly allowed their emotions to erupt had a very difficult time. However, this has changed over the years, and Edward Elgar’s warm and melodically charged Cello Concerto - long considered to be behind the times - once again sounds modern and fresh. Sol Gabetta recently released a highly praised recording of the work and on Easter Sunday 2014 the cellist will make her début with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Programme includes György Ligeti; Richard Wagner; Edward Elgar and Igor Stravinsky. Tickets are £15 from 01494 582900 or go to www.elgiva.com.
20 April, 5pm, The Elgiva, Chesham
Wycombe Arts Festival.
Focused in and around High Wycombe and Marlow in the South of Buckinghamshire within the Chiltern Hills, the festival offers a wide range of the arts, both amateur and professional. Their aim is to embrace and engage all members of the community. Go to www.wycombeartsfestival.org for more details.
26 April to 1 June, Various times and locations around south Bucks.
The pianist’s award winning interpretations of French impressionist and Russian romantic piano music have been much acclaimed throughout the European press. He has appeared in all the major halls in London and Paris and has given over two hundred broadcast recitals on BBC Radio 3. The programme includes Chopin 2 Nocturnes Op.55; SchumannFantasie Op.17; Debussy Estampes; Faure Ballade Op. 19 and Liszt Fantasy and Fugue on the name BACH. Tickets are £15 (£13 concessions) from 01628 788997 or go to www.nordenfarm.org.
27 April, 7.30pm, Norden Farm, Maidenhead.
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake
Matthew Bourne's powerful and original interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Tickets £25 to £40 from 01494 512000 or go to www.wycombeswan.co.uk.
13 to 17 May, 7.30pm, with Thu and Sat matinee at 2.30pm, Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe