Things to do in Buckinghamshire this month

PUBLISHED: 12:36 04 December 2017

Photo: Steve Ullathorne

Photo: Steve Ullathorne

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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

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

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

• 1 December – 3 January: An Adventure in Wonderland, Hughenden, tel: 01494 755573

• 1 December: Christmas Centre Pieces, Claydon, Middle Claydon, tel: 01296 730349

• 2 December: Father Christmas, (Christmas Tree Festival 4-9 December), Buckingham Old Gaol, Market Hill, Buckingham, tel: 01280 823020

• 2 December: Watermead Christmas Fair, Watermead Village Hall, Lakeside, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 336575

• 2-3 December: Christmas Tree Festival, decorated trees, market and Santa’s Grotto, St Peter & St Paul Church, Great Missenden, for times

• 3 December: Orienteering Races, Penn Wood, Penn Street Village,

• 5-30 December: Pop Up Christmas Shop, Queen Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 424332

• 8-9 December: Christmas Shopping Event, Hillside, Chesham, tel: 01494 793261

• 10 December: Christmas Fair, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes, tel: 07415 728832

• 10 December: Festive Family Fun, Friars Square and Market Square, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 425678

• 16 December: Utterly Italy, concert by Great Missenden Choral Society, Great Missenden Parish Church, Church Lane, Great Missenden,, tel: 07941 909305

• 16 December: Santa’s Amazing Science Experience, Buckinghamshire County Museum and Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Church Street, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 331441

• 16 December – 20 January: Christmas Toy Box, Buckinghamshire County Museum and Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Church Street, Aylesbury


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 0844 8717607

2 December, Motown’s Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is; 8-31 December, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; 10 December, Grandma Claus; 14 December, NTLive: Young Marx

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

8-30 December, Pinocchio

St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Wendover, tel: 01296 623123

9 December, Wendover Choral Society Christmas Oratorio: JS Bach


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

1-2 December, Son of a Preacher Man; 9-31 December, Jack and the Beanstalk


Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

Until 2 December, Sunset Boulevard; 9 December – 14 January, Cinderella

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

2 December, The Barron Knights; 4 December, Ed Byrne; 7-8 December, The Blues Band; 10 December, Steeleye Span in Concert; 12 December, Meow Meow; 13 December, Go West; 15-16 December, Cleo’s 90th Christmas; 18-24 December, Stick Man

Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, tel: 01908 324466

1-31 December, Robin Hood; 10 December, Wolverton Light Orchestra

Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, tel: 01280 817156

2-3, 9-10, 16-17 December, Carols in the Courtyard

The Venue MK, Walton High, tel: 07765 084193

16 December – 1 January, The Wizard of Oz – The Pantomine!


Amersham Free Church, Woodside Road, tel: 01923 283179

3 December, Sir Christèmas

The Little Theatre By the Park, Church Street, Chesham, tel: 07543 878912

18-30 December, The Adventures of Pinocchio


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