Much Ado about Nothing
Open Air theatre in glorious parkland with the audience under cover. Chiltern Shakespeare Company will be bringing this classic Shakespeare comedy to life in a mid-Victorian setting. The play is best known for the verbal sparring between Beatrix and Benedict as they battle to get the upper hand. Neither will admit that they are suited to each other, and they both swear that they will never marry. Friends conspire to bring them together - and all ends happily. Chiltern Shakespeare is a well-established amateur company which has been entertaining audiences for over 30 years. Grounds open 2 hours before each performance for those wishing to picnic and there is a fully licensed refreshment marquee. Ample free parking. BSL signed performances on Friday 16 June at 8pm and on Saturday 17 June at 2pm. Surplus funds from this year's production will be donated to South Bucks riding for the Disables Association. Call 01494 573559 or email for information. Tickets £14.
14 June until 24 June, 8pm, Hall Barn, Windsor End, Beaconsfield.

The Sons of Pitches
The Sons of Pitches will be hitting the road again in 2017 with a brand-new specially themed touring show. It will have a unique, never-before seen flavour all of its own. Following on from the incredible successes of their two 2016 tours, where they wowed over 40,000 very satisfied fans, they will be bringing their 'SOPTV Show' in what will be their biggest ever UK tour. So settle down in front of SOPTV and enjoy what should be a great evening's viewing. Come celebrate the world of TV in an A Cappella adventure from terrestrial to digital, from tacky to wacky, in full HD. Expect performances of your favourite TV Themes, sketches about panel shows, quiz shows and talent competitions, and more… all using the human voice. What will Midé cook up on our Masterchef beatbox edition? Will Joe Novelli receive four 10s for his Strictly Come Dancing performance? Tickets: £31.50, email
20 June, 7:30pm, Wycombe Swan, St Mary Street, High Wycombe.

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play presents the last days of Willy Loman, a disillusioned salesman. By a tragic series of soul-searching revelations of the past life he has lived with his wife, his sons and his business associates, we discover how he has failed to win success and happiness. The play is often on schools reading lists so there are attractive prices for students. Call 07543 560478 or email for information. Tickets: £6 - £12.
21 June until 24 June, 8pm, The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring.

Time Steps
Pupils of Chesham’s very own Maggie Monk School of Dancing, showcase their wonderful singing and dancing talents in this time-travelling adventure that will take you all the way back to the age of the dinosaurs. Not your standard dance school show; this one is sure to entertain the whole family. Maggie Monk School of Dancing has been running in Chesham for over 30 years and this show features all of its pupils… aged 3 to 83. All proceeds will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Tickets: £15.
22 June until 24 June, 6:45pm, Elgiva Theatre, St Mary's Way, Chesham.


Tring Chamber Music 2017 - Beethoven Weekend
Beethoven wrote nine of his ten violin sonatas within a period of only five years at a point when his genius was in a process of rapid development. Close examination of these magnificent works can reveal a striking picture of this evolutionary process. He was at the height of his physical powers. ‘I have a feeling that my youth is just beginning…’ he wrote. Bit by bit his defiant middle-period style emerges as the onset of deafness drives him into the realms of his own mind. In these sonatas he announces himself as an innovator straining against the confines of classical tradition. This concert, the first of three, includes the famous Spring Sonata, one of the most popular works of its genre. To experience this growth throughout these wonderful pieces we will present them chronologically. Call 01442 822732 or email for information. Tickets: £16, £14 concessions, under 18's free.
17 June, 7:30am, Hastoe Village Hall, Church Lane, Hastoe, Tring.

Memorial Concert for Ken Foot
The Misbourne Symphony Orchestra, Viv McLean (piano), conductor - Richard Jacklin. Skempton: Lento, Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor Op.18, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op.36. Tickets - adults £12, concessions £10, students/children £5, available by calling 01494 784479, at the door, from The Record Shop, Amersham and Perfect Pitch, Chesham or from
17 June, 7:30pm, The Amersham School, Stanley Hill, Amersham.

Ridgeway Country
Live band, Ridgeway Country, will be performing, plus DJ Jivin’ George. This is a pre-band night before the classic car and bike show that is being held on Sunday. Food van will be serving food in the car park. Entry is £10, email or call 07721842142.
17 June, 7:30am, Hedsor Club, Hedsor Road, Bourne End.

Charity Summer Concert
Local Vocals are a choir of mums based in Tyler's Green. This coming Saturday they will be performing two charity concerts in aid of 2 charities, both of which are important to the village, Charlie's Footsteps and Mind. Come along for an afternoon of songs for all age groups and enjoy some tea and cake. Tickets can be purchased from JJ's Delicatessen and Joe Gleeson's Butchers. Tickets: £6 adults/£4 under 16's, including tea and cake.
17 June, 1:30pm, Tyler's Green Middle School, Cock Lane, Tylers Green.

Wooburn Singers 50th Anniversary Concert
Wooburn Singers are celebrating 50 years since they were founded by the late Richard Hickox. They will be performing a lovely mix of music from their concerts over the last five decades, ranging from Handel and Bach to Vaughan Williams and Parry to Whitacre and Lauridsen. Any previous members who would like to sing in a couple of items can email the event organiser. Join them afterwards for a glass of bubbly, plus cake and conversation. Call 01628 482093 or email for more information. Tickets £20, free for under 18s.
17 June, 7pm, All Saints Church, The Causeway, Marlow.

Jordans Music Club Summer Festival
The Jordans Music Club Summer Festival returns for its 74th season on Sunday 4t June with four concerts presenting performances of classical music by artists of international calibre. Angela Hewitt, particularly renowned for her interpretations of Bach, gives the first concert featuring music by Bach and Beethoven. This is followed on Sunday 18th June by Nicholas Daniel (oboe) with the Britten Oboe Quartet playing an imaginative selection of music for oboe and strings. Tasmin Little, virtuoso violinist, accompanied by Martin Roscoe (piano) appear on Sunday 2nd July in a recital including pieces by Brahms, Schubert, Ravel and Beethoven. The last concert in the series features the Endellion String Quartet, one of the finest string quartets playing today, with works by Haydn, Mozart, Webern and Brahms. Visit or call 01923 282943 for information. Tickets: £20. Students half-price.
Until 16 July, 7:30pm, Jubilee Hall, School Lane, Seer Green, Beaconsfield.

Nicholas Daniel and the Britten Oboe Quartet
Nicholas Daniel and the Britten Oboe Quartet bring an imaginative programme of works for oboe, cor anglais and strings to the second concert in the Jordans Music Club Summer Festival 2017. They feature music by E.J. Moeran, Francaix and Lennox Berkeley as well as Schubert's String Trio in Bb, D 581 and two pieces by Mozart , the Adagio for cor anglais and strings, K580a, and the Oboe Quartet in F, K370/368b. Nicholas Daniel founded the Britten Oboe Quartet with colleagues and co-principals, Jacqueline Shave (violin), Clare Finnimore (viola) and Caroline Dearnley (cello), from the award-winning Britten Sinfonia. Their aim is to give audiences a musical experience of the highest quality, playing compositions from the standard classical repertoire as well as exploring lesser-known works. Tickets: £20, email
18 June, 7:30pm, Jubilee Hall, School Lane, Seer Green, Beaconsfield.

Exhibitions and meetings

Bucks Open Studios
An exciting exhibition of work by The George & Dragon Painters - Linda Travers Smith, Keith Francis, Julia Johnson, Pauline James and Polly Priestley. Situated in centre of West Wycombe Village with plenty of parking in the hotel car park. Opening times: 11am - 6pm weekdays and Sundays, Saturdays - 11am - 9pm, Friday 16 June - open from 2pm - 9pm. Call 01296 435723. Free entry.
16 June until 25 June, 11am, The George & Dragon Hotel, High Street, West Wycombe.

Bucks Open Studios - Art in the Square
A group of artists working in ceramics are opening up their studio as part of Bucks Open Studios 2017. There will be wheel thrown pottery demos and sculptors at work every weekend from 10 - 25 June. In addition there will be a wide variety ceramic artwork on display and for sale. 
Please pop by to see what life as an artist is like in the land of pottery and sculpture. Free entry.
Until 25 June, 11am, Art in The Square, Ceramic Workshop, Commercial Square, Leigh Street, High Wycombe.

Maxwell Cowlin – Bucks Open Studios
As part of Bucks Open Studios, Maxwell Cowlin will again be exhibiting his pottery and sculptures at his studio in Marlow from 17 to 25 June. His work will be displayed in the house, garden and studio. See work in progress, demonstrations and possibly have a go. All are welcome and admission is free. For more details, visit
17 June to 25 June, 11am to 5pm weekends and 1pm to 5pm weekdays, 66 Seymour Park Road, Marlow.

Investigating Legal Records for Family History
A talk in which Dr Nick Barratt will cover areas where our ancestors might have fallen foul of the law, with an overview of the legal mechanisms that generated records and how you would go about searching for a court case. Buckinghamshire Family History Society welcomes non-members to its Aylesbury talks (a small donation is appreciated). Free help available - their Names Database (over five million entries) and libraries are available for consultation at most Aylesbury meetings.
17 June, 2pm, Southcourt Community Centre, Prebendal Avenue, Aylesbury.

MASKS (Make a Special Kid Smile) Awareness Exhibition
A collection of framed artwork that would Make a Special Kid Smile produced by schools, groups and organisations in Bucks. Aiming to inform and open up the discussion of special needs within mainstream schools and the wider community, to help breakdown prejudice. We aim to inform the next generation who will be the next employers, decision makers and leaders. Call 01296 585969 for information. Free entry.
19 June, 9:30am, The Gateway Centre, Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury.

Chilterns Jaguar Drivers' Club
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be a 'bonnets up'. Visitors and new members welcome - bring your Jaguar car along and join members for the evening. Call 01895 233984 for information.
20 June, 8pm, Wycombe Heights Golf Club, Rayners Avenue, High Wycombe.

History of Pinewood Studios
Join Mike Payne for a fascinating look at the origins and the roller-coaster development of Pinewood Studios over the past 80 years. His talk features many famous faces, some personal memories of the stars and personalities that have worked there and, of course, the films made at Pinewood, from the very first one to the latest blockbusters and everything in between. The past, present and future of one of Buckinghamshire's biggest assets is highlighted with a passion that stems from a lifetime of interest. All welcome. Tickets: £3 pay on the door.
21 June, 2pm, High Wycombe Library, 5 Eden Place, High Wycombe.

Evenings out

Havana Night
A fundraising Havana Night, live music, Cuban style food, raffle, bar and lots of fun. All in aid of Bucks charity SBASCH which raises funds and awareness for adults and children with communication difficulties. SBASCH is supported by Speech and Language Therapists and volunteers and provides equipment and resources, a social calendar and much more. Entry by ticket only. Call 01494 734742 or email for more information. Tickets: Adults £15, Under 16 £8, Family £40.
16 June, 7:30pm, Tylers Green Village Hall, Church Road, Tylers Green.

Murder Mystery Dinner
Missenden Abbey is the perfect place to meet and dine, but there’s something sinister in the air and a murder is about to happen, are you clued up to question, analyse and solve the mystery with fellow diners? Guests meet in the Library from 7pm, with a three-course dinner being served at 8pm. menu includes grilled peach, mozzarella and basil salad, stuffed loin of pork, tomato risotto and chocolate and salted caramel mousse. Cost per person: £40, call 01494 866811 to book your place at this mysterious dinner event.
18 June, 7pm, Missenden Abbey, London Road, Great Missenden.

Days out

Feast 2017
Join Waddesdon for Feast 2017, a spectacular festival of food and performing arts. Enjoy a taste of history over this two-day festival celebrating food, drink and entertainment, all inspired by Baron Ferdinand’s annual garden parties. With over 60 handpicked artisan food and drink stalls from the local area and beyond you will be spoilt for choice. Browse for something to take home with you, from handmade fudge, cheese and bread to artisan drinks or buy food to eat at our dining table. For the grown-ups there is also an opportunity to join us for a relaxed and informal wine tasting from the Rothschild range with experts on hand to guide you. There will be a variety of top international performers to delight and surprise young and old alike. From a non-stop dance-a-thon to a cycling piano, with so much happening you’ll find it hard choosing which one to watch first. Enjoy all of this whilst also taking in the magnificent setting of Waddesdon Manor. Call 01296 820414 or email for tickets.
17 June until 18 June, 10am, Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Aylesbury.

Working Heavy Horse Show
A must for all horse lovers - come along to Chiltern Open Air Museum's annual Heavy Horse Show and enjoy meeting a variety of working horses including Shires, Clydesdales, Comtois and Percheron. Visit the museum's three resident horses, Harvey, Samuel and Joshua. Watch spectacular arena events and parades at 12pm and 3pm and demonstrations of traditional farm work such as hay making, horse logging and cultivation. Standard admission prices apply.
18 June, 10am, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles.

Classic Car and Bike Show
Last year's classic car and bike show was exceptional with the best turn out of classic cars and bikes. If you have a classic car or bike you wish to show, then just turn up. There is no need to book. Camping is permitted from Saturday afternoon until Sunday night if you wish to make a weekend of it. There will be a food van available from Saturday afternoon. Call 07721842142 for information. Entry is free with a classic car, viewing public £4 each. Under 14s free.
18 June, 10am, Hedsor Club, Hedsor Road, Bourne End.

Soapbox Derby
Around 30 karts will be taking part in Aylesbury’s third Soapbox Derby, in an attempt to take home an amazing trophy. Over the past 2 years, they have seen some truly inspired karts race through Whitehill Park, from the fast and furious, sleek and lean karts made for speed, to the bizarre and obscure karts which have been designed, built and decorated purely for the fun of the day. These lean mean, racing machines are powered by sheer courage, the gravity of a hill and the big push that it’s give at the start line. Whitehill Park is the setting for this exciting and thrilling event, held on Father’s Day, and it promises to be a fantastic, free day out for the entire family. Not only do you get to enjoy the day’s races but there is also a host of other activities on offer including music, an 85ft inflatable assault course called The Whopper, young person’s bouncy castle, bungee run, face painting, crafts, games and much more, all for free.
18 June, 11am, Whitehill Park, off Oxford Road, Aylesbury.

Wycombe Marsh open darts tournament
A men’s and women’s singles tournament with cash prizes for winners and runners up. Plenty of parking available. Call 07981822231 for information or email Entry is £5.
18 June, 11am, Wycombe Marsh Legion, 11 Cock Lane, High Wycombe.

Children’s events

Squiffing Speedy Science
Roald Dahl loved all sorts of transport. Explore how different forms of transport move and how far or fast we can make them go in this hands-on family workshop. Cost: £2 per participant. Adults are welcome to pay to make their own. Age: recommended for 4+ years. Under 8s will need to be accompanied by an adult. Call 01494 892192 to book.
18 June, 12pm, 1:30pm and 3pm, The Roald Dahl Museum, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.

Chiddlers’ hour: George's Marvellous Medicine
Thirty minutes of songs, storytelling and adventure and 30 minutes of free play and crafts based on George's Marvellous Medicine. Cost: £3 per child. Price does not include Museum entry which you don't need to buy to enjoy this workshop. Age: for 0 to 3 year olds. Call 01494 892192 to book. If there are any unsold workshop tickets they will be sold on the day on a first come, first served basis at the ticket desk.
20 June, 10am, The Roald Dahl Museum,, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.

Top five things to do

The Red Shoes
A beloved fairytale and Academy Award-winning movie, The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion. Matthew Bourne’s magical adaptation of the classic Powell and Pressburger film is set to a new score arranged by Terry Davies using the mesmerizing music of golden-age Hollywood composer, Bernard Herrmann. An intoxicating drama where life imitates art with fateful consequences; The Red Shoes will dazzle your senses and break your heart. Tickets range from £28.50 to £49.50, available online at or by calling 01494 512 000. 
17 June, Wycombe Swan, St Mary Street, High Wycombe.

One Great Dad
Eden Shopping Centre is planning a giant Scalextric challenge for Dads this Father’s Day Weekend. Dads of all ages will remember the hours spent playing with this iconic racing game as a child. But they’ll never have dreamed they would be competing on a massive 5 metre 8-lane track. Speed, glamour and excitement are brought to life with this custom built circuit. Racer’s lap times will be recorded and those with the best 3 lap times will receive a trophy and prizes from the centre.
17 June, 11am to 4pm, Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe.

Father’s Day Model Train Exhibition
Wycombe and District Model Railway Society will be back at Hughenden with a two day train exhibition of mixed layouts, including an interactive children's layout. Booking not needed but admission charges apply.
17 and 18 June, Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe.

Car Show and Open Day
A J Dunlop in Beaconsfield Old Town will be holding their 7th annual open day in aid of charity this weekend. An array of cars including a Jaguar E Type, Aston Martin and McLaren will also be on show, with live music, a barbecue and games. The open day will raise money for the MS Society.
17 June, 11am to 4pm, A J Dunlop Car Servicing, London End, Beaconsfield.

Squiffing Speedy Science
Roald Dahl loved all sorts of transport. Explore how different forms of transport move and how far or fast we can make them go in this hands-on family workshop. Cost: £2 per participant. Adults are welcome to pay to make their own. Age: recommended for 4+ years. Under 8s will need to be accompanied by an adult. Call 01494 892192 to book.
18 June, 12pm, 1:30pm and 3pm, The Roald Dahl Museum, 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden.