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Things to do in Buckinghamshire this April

PUBLISHED: 12:17 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:36 16 April 2018

The smash hit musical Hairspray comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from 9 to 14 April

The smash hit musical Hairspray comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from 9 to 14 April


We round up some of the best events and things to do across Buckinghamshire this month

Discover weekly events and eating out ideas in the links above

Callaghan Comes to Buckingham

Three-time BBC Radio 2 playlisted singer songwriter Callaghan will complete a nationwide tour with an appearance at Buckingham’s Radcliffe Centre on 27 April.

Now based in the US and working on a series of EPs with producer Anthony Resta, whose credits include Duran Duran, Blondie and Elton John, Callaghan says she loves coming home to perform and is looking forwards to appearing at Buckingham for the first time in a tour which also takes in the likes of Liverpool and Glasgow as well as London’s Bush Hall.

Originally from Lincolnshire, Callaghan moved to the USA in 2010 to tour and record with Atlanta based Grammy nominee Shawn Mullins. In 2015, after five years of building her audience across the USA, she returned to the UK with her second album, A History of Now.

Highlights include two appearances at the massive C2C festival and festival appearances at Cornbury, Celtic Connections, SummerTyne Festival, The Secret Garden Party and Cambridge Folk Festival. She’s also played live sessions for BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris and Good Morning Sunday and BBC London’s Gaby Roslin and Robert Elms as well as at local BBC stations across the UK.

Doors open 7pm, music 8pm, tickets £15/20 available from: Graham Wylie - gw@artvps.com, telephone 07798 686 724.

Stripped Back Boden at The Stables

Jon Boden’s critically acclaimed album ‘Afterglow,‘ released last October, attracted considerable attention, including a BBC Radio 2 playlisting for the first single from the album ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight‘. As well as ecstatic audience reactions at live shows.

He performs both solo and with new 11-piece big band, The Remnant Kings but it’s as a solo performer he arrives at The Stables, Wavendon, on Sunday, 22 April. Expect some stripped back versions of tracks from Afterglow and other songs.

As a multi-BBC Folk Award winning artist, Jon Boden has become woven into the fabric of the English folk scene, having established his name first as one half of Spiers & Boden and then for his role as frontman for one of the most successful English folk bands ever, Bellowhead. He is now venturing into a more mainstream sound, although those folk music roots are still there.

Tribute to a Superstar

Fastlove – A Tribute to George Michael comes to Wycombe Swan Theatre on Friday, 27 April for an evening of crowd pleasing anthems. From the Wham classics through the chart-topping success of the Eighties album Faith to the stunning later music, this one has it all.


5k Charity Run

The stunning Wormsley Estate in Stokenchurch, South Bucks, home to the Getty family since 1986, is set to open parts of its private estate on 22 April to host the Ibstone Circle 5k Run, a brand new event offering a challenging off-road 5k starting and finishing on Ibstone Common, in support of Ibstone CE Primary School.


April Events

• 8 April – 20 May, Bluebell Walk,Cliveden, Taplow, tel: 01628 605069

• Until 2 April, Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Boarstall Duck Decoy, Boarstall, Nr Bicester, tel: 01280 817156; Hughenden, High Wycombe, tel: 01494 755573; Ascott, Wing, Nr Leighton Buzzard, tel: 01296 688242; Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, tel: 01280 817156; Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 820414; Claydon, Middle Claydon, Nr Buckingham, tel: 01296 730349; Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, tel: 01628 605069

• 1 April, Open Garden for NGS, Overstroud Cottage, Great Missenden, HP16 9QE, tel: 01494 862701

• 6 April, Early Doors House Guided Tour, Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Nr Aylesbury, tel: 01296 820414

• 7 April, Cheese Makers Market, The Village Green, Penn Road, tel: 07993 319116

• 15 April, Open Garden for NGS, Rivendell, Amersham, HP6 5NP

• 21-22 April, St George and the Dragon, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 22 April, Open Garden for NGS, Orchard House, Amersham, HP7 0LB

• 22 April, Open Garden for NGS, Long Crendon Gardens, Long Crendon, HP18 9AN

• 27 April, Woodland Flower Walk, Chilterns Countryside, Lodge Hill, Butlers Cross, Aylesbury, tel: 01494 755573

• 29 April, Open Garden for NGS, Aston Clinton Gardens, Aylesbury, HP22 5JE


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 0844 8717607

3-6 April, Honeycomb Festival; 6 April, Abba Mania; 8 April, The James Bond Concert Spectacular; 10-14 April, Cilla – The Musical; 11 April, RSC: Macbeth; 12-14 April, The British Theatre Academy presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr.; 17 April, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac; 19 April, Money for Nothing; 20 April, The Sensational 60’s Experience; 20 April, Comedy Club; 21 April, The Illegal Eagles; 26 April, The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes; 27 April, VIVA Neil Diamond; 28 April, Shalamar – Friends 35th Anniversary Tour

Queens Park Arts Centre and Limelight Theatre, tel: 01296 424332

20-21 April, Twelfth Night; 27 April, The Dovetail Trio


Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, tel: 01494 512000

3-7 April, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hydel; 8 April, Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up & Rock; 9 April, Milkshake Live; 10-15 April, Cirque Berserk; 12 April, Hellfire; 21 April, Jersey Boys Dinner Dance; 21 April, Brian Conley – Strictly Come Laughing; 25 April, The Little Mermaid; 27 April, Fast Love – A Tribute to George Michael; 27 April, Tropicana Nights; 28 April, Big Fish Little Fish; 29 April, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: From the New World


Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlbor-ough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

1 April, Russell Watson; 2 April, Russell; 5 April, WNO – Don Giovanni; 6 April, WNO Tosca (audio description); 7 April, WNO – La Forza del destino; 8 April, The Illegal Eagles; 9-14 April, Hairspray; 15 April, Menopause: The Musical; 17-21 April, Northern Ballet - The Little Mermaid; 22 April, Circus of Horrors; 23-28 April, The Play That Goes Wrong; 29 April, The Glenn Miller Orchestra; 30 April, Dan and Phil 2018 World Tour – Interactive Introverts

The Stables, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800

4 April, Limehouse Lizzy; 5 April, Georgie Fame; 6 April, Mark Thomas; 7 April, Stephen Bailey; 12 April, Richard Herring; 13 April, The Amazing Bubble Man; 21 April, Woburn Sands Band; 22 April Jon Boden; 28 April, Tenors Un Limited

Stantonbury Theatre, tel: 01908 324466

1 April, Me and My Bee; 8 April, Giant; 11 April, Notflix; 17-21 April, The Vicar of Dibley; 30 April, A Doll’s House


The Elgiva, tel: 01767 681049

6 April, Forbidden Nights; 7 April, The Wizard of Oz; 8 April, Macbeth; 14 April, Shappi Khorsandi; 18-21 April, Sister Act; 22 April, The Elvis Years; 24 April, Macbeth; 26 April, Adele Songbook; 27 April, Seriously Dead; 28 April, Walk Right Back; 29 April, John the Drum School


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