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Things to do in Buckinghamshire this August

PUBLISHED: 12:17 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:27 30 July 2018

Crafts at Henley (Photo by Brendan O'Sullivan)

Crafts at Henley (Photo by Brendan O'Sullivan)

Brendan O'Sullivan

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

Crafts at Henley

The Henley Country Craft Show, previously Henley Handmade Fair, is returning to the gorgeous grounds of Stonor Park Manor House this August Bank Holiday weekend.

With over 150 stands showcasing the best of handmade craft, visitors can browse through beautiful, bespoke products for the home and garden. It’s a chance to discover bespoke pieces including furniture and glassware along with jewellery, luxury beauty products and leather goods.

As well as browsing the crafts marquees, visitors can take part in demonstrations, child-friendly workshops and relax in the beautiful grounds surrounding the house and gardens at Stonor.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the summer sun while exploring all that the Henley Handmade

Fair has to offer, including outdoor markets, live music from The Haywood Sisters and Crooked Style and a vast range of treats from artisan food and drink suppliers, handpicked for the ultimate summer outdoor dining experience.

With brand new activities, unique crafts, family craft workshops, live music and fresh, local food, the Henley Handmade Fair is a fantastic day out for all the family this August Bank Holiday. Full details of the show including all features, demonstrations, exhibitors and ticket information are available at


Waddesdon Manor’s school holiday events programme

• Wed 1 – Fri 31 Aug, 10am-4pm, Wed-Sun

Join Mimi as they celebrate the Rothschild family heritage with a trail based around the five brothers, known as the Five Arrows. Child £2.

• Magical Birds with Anne Booth - Thurs 9 Aug

Author Anne Booth introduces her new series, Magical Kingdom of Birds, full of enchanted fairies and majestic birds. In the workshop you will create your own magical birds and discover more about the real birds that inspired Anne’s story. Free with grounds admission.

• Photography Summer School - Wed 1 – Fri 3 Aug, 10am-4pm

Sharp Shots Photo Club will teach three days of courses for children aged 9-15. £180, gound admission included.

Outside Fun

• 2-3 August, Great Big Tree Climb, Hughenden, High Wycombe, tel: 01494 755573

• 4-5 August, Rural Life, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 4-5 August, Fenny Stratford Canal Festival, Grand Union Canal Bridge 96, Buckinghamshire, tel: 07912 487224

• 8 August, Classic Car Show, The Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross, tel: 07751 561604

• 18-19 August, Iron Age Life, Chiltern Open Air Musuem, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 27 August, Kooiker Day, Boarstall Duck Decoy, Boarstall, Nr Bicester, tel: 01280 817156

Visits to gardens

• 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 August, Water Garden Walks at the Dairy, Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 820414

• 8 August, Open Garden for NGS, Danesfield House, Marlow, SL7 2EY, tel: 01628 891010

• 24 August, Open Garden for NGS, Iver Environmental Centre, Iver, SL0 0EB

• 26 August, Open Garden for NGS, Nether Winchendon House, Aylesbury, HP18 0DY, tel: 01844 290101

• 27 August, House and Garden Open Day, Turn End, Townside, Haddenham, Aylesbury, HP17 8BG


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 0844 8717607

16-18 August, Whistle Down The Wind; 22 August, Andre Rieu Maastricht Concert 2018 Encore Screening; 22 August, The Story of Guitar Heroes; 25 August, Crooners; 30 August, Jonas Kaufman: Under the Stars, Captured Live; 31 August, Comedy Club

High Wycombe

Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000

9-11 August, Oklahoma!; 13-14 August, Tiddler and other Terrific Tales; 25 August, Islands In The Stream; 28 August, Music Memory Café; 29 August, The Little Mix Show – Black Magic; 30 August, Roy Chubby Brown

West Wycombe Park, Village and Hill, West Wycombe, tel: 01494 513569

15 August, The Tempest

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

1-5 August, Shrek the Musical; 9-11 August, Little Shop of Horrors; 19 August, That’ll Be the Day; 26 August, One Night of Queen

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

24 August, Alistair McGowan: Introductions to Classical Piano; 25 August, Shakatak; 26 August, Chris Farlowe & the Norman Beaker Band; 28 August, Blake: 10th Anniversary Tour; 31 August, Hats Off to Led Zeppelin

Ascott, Wing, Nr Leighton Buzzards, tel: 01296 688242

19 August, Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre

Mursley Road, Swanbourne, MK17 0SH, tel: 01442 890844

26 August, Swanbourne Music Festival

Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, tel: 01908 324466

28 August – 1 September, The Jungle Book


The Elgiva Theatre, St Mary’s Way, tel: 01494 582900

6 August, The Escape Room

St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Latimer, HP5 1UG

31 August – 2 September, Latimer Music Festival


Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, tel: 01628 605069

2 August, Outdoor Theatre: The Midnight Gang by Heartbreak Productions; 8 August, Outdoor Theatre: The Railway Children; 9-10 August, Outdoor Theatre: The Hound of The Baskervilles


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