The Carpenters Story

The award-winning Carpenters Story celebrates the music of one of the most successful pop duos in history, Richard and Karen Carpenter. Featuring the international star Claire Furley, state of the art video projection and lavish arrangements from eight live musicians.

Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE, Friday, May 6, 7.30pm. Details: 01494 512 000

DJ Jim Sharp

With DJ sets known to weave seamlessly through his back catalogue of funk, soul & hip-hop DJ Jim Sharp will showcase both his vast music knowledge and turntable skills, which have led to him DJing alongside the likes of DJ Format, Yoda & Mr Thing and supporting acts like George Clinton, Pharoahe Monch, & Marley Marl.

Clayton’s Marlow, Oxford Road, Marlow, SL7 2NL, Friday, May 6, 9pm t 2am. Details: 01628 488404

Sonata or Fantasy?

Husband and wife Colin and Mayumi are both professional performing musicians. They have joined forces for an evening of piano duets and two piano repertoire pieces. They will be performing a programme bookended by Schubert. They close the concert with Wanderer Fantasy, a perennial classic. The concert will also feature Prokofiev’s Sonata in A Major, the first of his three War Sonatas and Beethoven’s famous Moonlight Sonata.

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF, Friday, May 6, 7.30pm. Details: 01628 788997

Pop-up Cinema

As part of the Wycombe Arts Festival two films will be screen at a pop-up cinema showing Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG) and Fargo (18). The event is run by a film graduate from the University of Southampton and has brought his passion for cinema back to his home town of High Wycombe.

Enterprise HQ Pop-up Shop, Church Street, High Wycombe, Saturday, May 7, Fantastic Mr. Fox at 1.30pm and Fargo at 7.30pm. Details: 07738 456 577

Tummy Beast Chocolate Bars

Children aged four and above can decorate a chocolate bar with glumptious goodies to feed your very own Tummy Beast – from Roald Dahl’s Dirty Beasts.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, HP16 0AL, Saturday, May 7, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm. Details: 01494 892 192

Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir

This promises to be a male voice extravaganza with performances by amazing young musicians from the Thames Valley who have achieved distinction at the Orpheus’s own annual Festival of Young Musicians.

Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE, Saturday, May 7, 7.30pm. Details: 01494 512 000

Stories from Unusual Places

For children aged seven and above, The South Bucks Children’s Book groups present tall tales from strange places, with author and illustrator James Mayhew.

St John Ambulance Centre, Harlow Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6AA, Saturday, May 7, 2pm to 4pm. Details: 01494 440849

From the Jam and Nine Below Zero

While most bands tour for set periods at a time, From the Jam tend to do it all year round and so they are very good at what they do. Nine Below Zero have their roots in a blues band launched at the height of punk. They have played with The Who and The Kinks.

Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UG, Sunday, May 8, 7.30pm. Details: 0844 871 7615

Awesome Animal Trail

Children of all ages can follow the museum’s trail to track down the animals that appear throughout Roald Dahl’s life and stories. They are warned to watch out for the buckwashling beasts Roald Dahl met in Africa, including the croc and the lion, making his inspiration for Dirty Beasts.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden, HP16 0AL, Sunday, May 8, 11am to 5pm. Details: 01494 892 192

Introduction to Mindfulness

A day-long introduction to mindfulness and a chance to step out of the ‘doing mode’ and to explore just ‘being’ for a few hours. The day combines information about mindfulness and practices.

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF, Sunday, May 8, 10am. Details: 01628 788997

Fairest Isle

A programme of works by English composers, performed by the Keats Quartet, featuring Howells and Bax, whose music is under-performed, particularly their instrumental chamber works, despite standing shoulder to shoulder with England’s finest composers. These pieces are complimented by the premiere of a jazz-based trio commissioned by award-winning British composer Robert Busiakiewicz and Britten’s dazzling and quirky Divertimenti.

Trinity United Reformed Church, London Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BJ, Sunday, May 8, 7.30pm. Details: 01628 48359

A Private View

An opportunity exclusive to the Wycombe Arts Festival: enjoy an intimate, private after-hours tour of the historic Hughenden Manor House, previously the home of Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. With cream tea to start the evening.

Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe HP14 4LA, Tuesday, May 10, 5pm. Details: 01628 48359

Drawing in Colour

A class led by Joe Hall which will enable you to develop your skills with demonstrations on a range of techniques and experiment with different types of pencils provided by the tutor. It is suitable for all abilities but you must bring all other materials.

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF, Tuesday, May 10, 10am. Details: 01628 788997

Howard Alden

Winner of countless polls and awards, and widely acknowledged as the world’s leading jazz guitarist, Howard Alden makes a short British tour during May and will stop off at Marlow Jazz Club. Born in 1958, and a prolific recording artist on both Arbors and Concord labels, Howard has appeared on more records than any other living jazzman, over 200 at the last count, both under his own name and with other bands. Howard is touring with top saxophonist Ollie Wilby, Simon Woolf on bass, and Denis Smith on drums.

The Royal British Legion, Station Approach, Marlow, Tuesday, May 10, 8.30pm. Details: 01628 486 571

Jackie the Musical

Millions of girls were accompanied by this magazine in the 70s and 80s, and the musical takes you back to a time with no mobile phones, no apps, no texting, no emails and no Twitter, when angst ridden teenage girls waited with bated breath by the letterbox for their weekly issue of Jackie Magazine.

Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE, Tuesday, May 10 until Saturday, May 14. Details: 01494 512 000

Ruskin Shorts

An evening of new films by current students from the Ruskin School of Fine Art. Selected by Gil Leung of Ruskin School of Art, Ben Roberts of Modern Art Oxford and Anjalika Sagar from The Otolith Group. All proceeds go towards supporting the 2016 Ruskin Degree show.

Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP, Wednesday, May 11, 7pm to 9pm. Details: 01865 722733

Exploring the Islamic Faith

A lecture by Dr Ahmed Achtar from Heythrop College in London, exploring what do we really know about Islam when the conflicting messages today are confusing but the original message is known to have emphasised peace and toleration.

Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP, Thursday, May 12, 6pm. Details: 01296 331441

An Evening of Burlesque

Stars from around the world come together on one stage, having been seen from Milan to Minsk, Zurich to St Petersburg, Dresden to Helsinki. Enjoy couture costumes, a red-hot score and cutting-edge variety.

Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UG, Thursday, May 12, 7.30pm. Details: 0844 871 7615

NT Live: A View from the Bridge

Mark Strong stars in Arthur Miller’s dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But they discover that freedom comes at a price. An encore screening of the Young Vic’s sell-out production.

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF, Thursday, May 12, 7pm. Details: 01628 788997

Don’t Leave Me Now

Presented by the Rennie Grove Hospice, this work by Brian Daniels is designed to generate discussion during Dying Matters Week. Inspired by two real-life stories the play approaches early onset dementia from two divergent families. There is no charge for attendance but you are asked to book in advance.

The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 5QY, Thursday, May 12, 6pm. Details: