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Claydon Estate at Christmas
Visit The Courtyard, Claydon Estate, on Saturday 2 December, from 10am-4pm, to watch demonstrations including wreath-making, silver jewellery making, textile collage, painting and pottery. You could create something unique in clay to take home or print a Christmas card, activities that children will enjoy as well as grownups.
Produce from the Claydon Estate will also be available to purchase such as honey and apple juice. In addition the Phoenix Tea Rooms will be offering hot drinks and a mince pie or two, alongside local food stalls selling seasonal produce. Businesses at Claydon Estate include:
• Horizon Framing - Personal service for all your framing needs with professional advice and in-house workshop as well as a gallery featuring local artists’ work.
• Rhubarb and Roses - Beautiful faux floral Christmas arrangements and handmade baubles for your tree plus gifts for family and friends. Luxury wreaths of foliage, twigs and berries for your home.
• Peter Keegan - Working studio and gallery of professional portrait artist. Latest portraits on display and paintings inspired by beautiful gardens and grounds of Claydon Estate.
• The Courtyard Art Studio - run by Peter Keegan and his wife Kimberley is a bespoke arts venue hosting a wide range of artistic and creative courses, workshops and classes for all abilities.
• Corzo and Wood - A gorgeous collection of high quality, affordable one-off pieces of silver jewellery to be enjoyed everyday not just on special occasions.
• The Courtyard Gallery - Contemporary art gallery showing a wide range of original work from established and emerging artists and makers.
• Lucinda Brown Studio - Ceramics by Lucinda and a great selection of work in multimedia by a talented group of artists.
• Barbara Shaw - Unique textile collage pictures, prints and cards.
Off the Wall Art Fair at Aylesbury
Some 30 local artists are exhibiting at the off the Wall Art Fair which runs until 9 December, open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday at Bucks County museum in Church Street, Aylesbury.
They include Hannah Firmin, a printmaker well known for illustrating the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall Smith. Hannah’s father worked on children’s TV classics such as The Clangers and Bagpuss and she herself studied under Quentin Blake at the Royal College of Art.
Laura Boswell, a printmaker based in Great Horwood, was one of only six artists in the world to be selected in 2009 to attend the Nagasawa Residency in Japan to learn woodblock printing under master carvers and printers. Her prints can be found in national collections including the House of Lords and the National Library of Wales, as well as the large scale mural in Aylesbury town centre.
Chairman of the Friends, Kate Eckett says: “With 30 artists displaying over 100 works of art there is a huge range of paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and jewellery for buyers to choose from.”
Entry is by donation to support Buckinghamshire County Museum Trust. Off The Wall runs alongside other displays at the museum, which is well worth visiting.
Son of a Preacher Man
If you get a chance catch this musical play featuring the greatest hits of Dusty Springfield during its run at Wycombe Swan from 28 November to 2 December. It’s directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood and stars Diana Vickers, Debra Stephenson and Ian Reddington. In this story by Warner Brown three strangers in need of help with their love lives, are drawn to a place where in the past ‘The Preacher Man’ dispensed advice.
That Wicked Sheriff
Boo him as much as you like, this baddie just won’t care as he sets out to make the lives of the lovely residents of Stanton-on-the-Berry miserable. Not only is the dreadful Sheriff of Nottingham allergic to laughter, but he’s demanding Maid Marian marry him… and perhaps worst of all, he’s threatening to roast the town’s favourite pet pig. Disgraceful!
We need that hero Robin Hood and his Merry Men to step in and save the day in a panto full of singing, dancing and sword fights, and that’s just what’s promised at Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes, throughout December.
Splendid Productions have teamed up with panto powerhouse Greenwich Theatre and the performers of Stantonbury Campus for this panto treat.
The Guv’nors’ Are Back
The legendary Barron Knights return to The Stables at Wavendon on 2 December with their show Soundtrack of our Lives. They’re known as ‘The Guv’nors’ by their peers, still performing after 32 world tours including old and new songs, lots of fun and the one they dare not leave out, their version of The William Tell Overture.
Pop in to Grandma’s
Some people just never visit… perhaps they’re too busy. For instance, Grandma Claus has been baking Santa’s favourite cakes for years. This lovely tale for under-10s comes to Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre, three shows on 10 December.
Perfect for the Little Ones
Stick Man’s lovely mix of magical puppetry, songs and live music comes The Stables from Monday, 18 to Sunday, 24 December. Tickets are £14 adults, £12 children, £48 family ticket and £11 for the relaxed performance. Presented by Scamp Theatre and Freckle Productions, it’s a very funny adaption of adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story of what happens to Stick Man when he goes out for a jog.
December Days Out
• Until 17 December: Christmas Shopping Season, Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, tel: 01280 817156
• Until 17 December: The Tythe Barn at Christmas, The Tythe Barn, Manor Farm, Church End, Haddenham, tel: 01844 291539
Stunning, picturesque and beautiful are all words used constantly to describe the villages of Berkshire - and rightfully so. Why not take a visit and enjoy one of the fantastic pubs or restaurants on offer...