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Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - April 2017

PUBLISHED: 14:48 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:48 27 March 2017

Be dazzled and delighted by this latest version of Lord of the Dance (Photo: Brian Doherty)

Be dazzled and delighted by this latest version of Lord of the Dance (Photo: Brian Doherty)

Brian Doherty

From first class musical entertainment to walks in the beautiful countryside, Easter and April have a lot to offer

Your Away Day

An outing to Blenheim Palace, Woodstock between Thursday, 30 March and Sunday, 2 April is our recommendation, when the sixth annual Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) Fair takes place.

It’s the only antiques fair held at Blenheim Palace, home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, in the beautiful Colonnade, Orangery and Campaign Rooms, overlooking the Italian Gardens. Patron of the Association and Fair – and a CADA member – is Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, sister of the present Duke.

The 2017 theme is The Menagerie, so the focus is on how animals have been portrayed in all forms of art throughout history. This year’s chosen charity is the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

Some 30 dealers will display furniture, pictures, silver, early needlework and antique boxes, sculpture, bronze, clocks and barometers, carpets and textiles, glass, jewellery, English and Oriental ceramics, garden ornaments and statuary, and other decorative items. All works are for sale, with prices ranging from £100 to over £100,000. Download a complimentary invitation at, admitting two to the Fair and Blenheim House grounds.

Book for Penn House Gala Dinner

Rennie Grove Hospice Care has a new event on its fundraising calendar thanks to long-standing supporter, The Right Hon The Countess Howe, hosting a Musical Masquerade Gala Dinner in an opulent marquee at Penn House near Amersham on Saturday, 20 May from 7pm.

The spectacular evening of entertainment features a mix of songs from professional opera, musical theatre and the semi-classical genre with sprinklings of contemporary and jazz music. Alongside a champagne reception and three-course dinner, the evening promises a West End experience with a hint of Venetian mystery.

Guests will be entertained by a well-established quartet with impressive solo singing careers spanning opera, musical theatre, concerts and recording.

Mandy Watsham Dunstall played Carlotta at Her Majesty’s Theatre in The Phantom of the Opera, The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and covered Rapunzel and both Stepsisters in Into the Woods at The Royal Opera House. Maria Kesselman played Christine opposite Michael Crawford in The Phantom of the Opera and has given solo performances at The Albert Hall and The Royal Festival Hall.

Ben Thapa is best known for being the low tenor in the group G4. Lincoln Stone has been principal tenor for Carl Rosa Opera including playing Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore and Nanki-Poo in The Mikado.

All funds raised will go towards Rennie Grove’s unique service providing 24/7 hospice care in patients’ homes. Secure your table of 10 for £850 before 31 March. From 1 April tickets cost £95 each with tables of 10 available at £950.

To book call 01442 820715, email or visit 

Ghost Comes to Aylesbury

Carolyn Maitland will join Bill Kenwright’s production of the timeless story of love, despair and hope, Ghost: The Musical in the part of Molly, alongside Andy Moss as Sam and Sam Ferriday as Carl, at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from Tuesday, 18 to Saturday, 22 April.

Carolyn’s theatre credits include ‘Ellen’ in Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre), ‘Joelle’ in Groundhog Day (Old Vic), ‘Rose’ in From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre) and ‘Kate’ in Kiss Me Kate (Old Vic, West End & Chichester).

Andy is best known for the role of Rhys Ashworth in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks. His credits also include Cutting It, Coronation Street and most recently he appeared as Paul Cuthbert in the long running BBC soap opera Doctors.

Spectacular Show at Milton Keynes

Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games returns to Milton Keynes Theatre from Tuesday, 4 to Sunday, 9 April, hot on the heels of a successful World Tour. The spectacle will feature 40 of the world’s most outstanding young performers directed by Michael Flatley, with new music by composer Gerard Fahy. 

Days Out

• Until 31 May, Cliveden Entertains: Daily Talks, tel: 01628 605069

• Until 2 April, Spring Holiday Trail, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 820414

• 2 April, Afternoon Tea at the Abbey, Missenden Abbey, London Road, Great Missenden, tel: 01296 696133

• 2 and 9 April, Exploring the Pleasure Gardens – A Walk on the Wild Side, West Wycombe Park, tel: 01494 513569

• 3 April, Film Walk, Black Park Country Park, tel: 01753 511060

• 5 April, Spring Walk at Combe Hill, Hughenden, tel: 01494 755573

• 9 April, House & Chapel Tour, Cliveden, tel: 01628 605069

Easter Fun

• 1-17 April, Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Hughenden, tel: 01494 755573 and Cliveden, tel: 01628 605069

• 10-15 April, Easter Trail, Black Park Country Park, Black Park Road, Wexham, tel: 01753 511060

• 14-17 April, Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, tel: 01280 817156, and Claydon, Middle Claydon, tel: 01296 730349

• 14-17 April, A Truly Scrumptious Day Out, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

NGS Open Gardens

• 15 April, Overstroud Cottage, Great Missenden, tel: 01494 862701

• 17 April, Rivendell, Amersham, HP6 5NP

• 17 April, Pitstone Green Farm, Vicarage Road, Pitstone, Nr Tring, tel: 01525 221583

• 23 April, Long Crendon Gardens, Long Credon, HP18 9AN

• 30 April, Nether Winchendon House, Aylesbury, HP18 0DY, tel: 01844 290101

• 30 April, Dinton Village Gardens, Dinton, HP17 8UN


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, tel: 08448 717627

Until 1 April, Thoroughly Modern Millie; April 2, Rays of Rhythm 5 – Masi Da Mission; 3 April, Holy Holy; 4-5 April, Honeycomb Dance

Festival; 7 April, Chas & Dave; 9 April, An Evening with Pam Ayres; 13 April, Omid Djalli; 14 April, A Vision of Elvis; 14 April, Comedy Club; 15 April, You Win Again – Celebrating the Music of The Bee Gees; 18-22 April, Ghost; 24-29 April, Jane Eyre; 30 April, Justin’s Party

St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 640221/748131

8 April, Durufle Requiem, Poulenc Gloria performed by Aylesbury Choral Society

Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 820414

29 April, Music at Windmill Hill: Tring Chamber Music


Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, tel: 01494 512000

1 April, Omid Djalili; 3-7 April, Play in a Week; 3-8 April, Dirty Dancing; 6 April, Hellfire; 9-10 April, Beauty and the Beast; 11 April, Jon Richardson; 12-13 April, Alice in Wonderland; 16 April, Remembering Fred; 20 April, Hellfire; 18-22 April, Shirley Valentine; 21 April, Tropicana Nights; 27 April, Some Guys Have All The Luck; 28 April, The Carpenters’ Story; 28 April, Only Fools and Three Courses The Sequel; 29 April, La Boheme


Milton Keynes Theatre, tel: 08448 717652

Until 1 April, Shirley Valentine; 2 April, Anton & Erin; 3 April, Frankly Sinatra; 4-9 April, Lord of The Dance – Dangerous Games; 10 April, Mr Bloom’s Nursery – Live!; 11 April, Caro Emerald; 12 April, The ELO Experience; 13 April, The Illegal Eagles; 15 April, That’ll Be the Day; 16 April, Yamato Drummers; 17 April, Circus of Horrors; 19-20 April, Northern Ballet: Casanova; 21 April, Northern Ballet: Goldilocks & the Three Bears; 22 April, Northern Ballet: Casanova; 24-29 April, Dirty Dancing

The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 280800

5 April, Andy Parsons; 8 April, The Rat Pack with Anita Harris; 9 April, Georgie Fame; 10 April, Rory Bremner; 11 April Sam Carter; 13 April, The Temperance Seven; 14 April, Lindisfarne; 18 April, An Audience with Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe; 20 April, An Evening with Ian McCulloch; 21-22 April The Dire Straits Experience; 23 April, John Coghlan’s Quo; 27 April, Dillie Keane

The Venue, Walton High, Fyfield Barrow, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 528808

5 April, Music Hall Tavern 2017; 21 April, Milton Keynes City Orchestra


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