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Things to do in Buckinghamshire this month

PUBLISHED: 12:12 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:21 06 February 2018

Lyn Paul places Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from 13 to 17 February

Lyn Paul places Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from 13 to 17 February


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

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Walk on the very wild side

The 2018 UK and Ireland Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour takes in more than 100 shows this year and arrives at Wycombe’s Swan Theatre on 14 February.

Tour Director Nell Teasdale says: “UK and Irish audiences have a huge passion for adventure, so we’re delighted to be able to share these amazing films and their intrepid characters with wider audiences and even more venues.”

The tour’s films are chosen from hundreds of films entered into the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival, which takes place every year in the Canadian Rockies. Each screening offers a real sense of community, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts who are into all sorts of outdoor pursuits, and there are free prize giveaways at every event too.

It’s part of the wider Banff World Tour, which travels the globe each year, visiting nearly 50 countries and reaching more than 400,000 people worldwide. Programme highlights include The Frozen Road, where Yorkshireman Ben Page embarks on a solo bikepacking journey in the Canadian Arctic.

In Into Twin Galaxies – a Greenland Epic, adventurers Ben Stookesberry, Sarah McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer are on an extreme mission in Greenland, using

kite skis to tow their white-water kayaks 1,000km over the Greenland Ice Cap to reach the northernmost river ever paddled.


Waddesdon treats

This month sees a host of activities and events at Waddesdon, from a romantic dinner for grown ups to fun for children. The Valentine’s Day celebration at the Manor Restaurant includes a glass of Nyetimber and delicious three course dinner. It’s £55 per person and booking is essential.

Superhero Week for children runs from 10 to 18 February and includes a superhero trail, solving the clues to claim a reward and release your inner ninja, £3 per child.

There’s a Comic Book Workshop on 14 February, 10.30am & 1.30pm, when Jamie from the Crazy Comic Club will help youngsters design their own comic strip make X-ray vision glasses. £12 per child, booking advised. The half term week also features a Family Cookery School run by the Waddesdon chefs, creating a delicious calzone for lunch, plus sweet and savoury treats to take home. £25 per person, suitable for 7-11 year olds.


More than just the printed page

Artists have taken old books which were due to be recycled and have transformed them into new works of art for the exhibition Ex Libris: Altered Books at Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury until 24 February.

The 24 artists who have taken part come from different disciplines and in their hands the book becomes a canvas for new ideas. The resulting new work must, however, reflect the original content of the book.

Some have created pieces that are intriguing, others intricate and others delightful. The artists chose books on a variety of subjects including Shakespeare, nature books and scientific books. See Yorick’s skull revealed through carefully folded pages or birds flying from the pages of another.

The exhibition has been organised by the award-winning group Sparksartists, who were formed in 2001 to reduce the isolation of visual artists working locally and to raise awareness of the arts in the local community.


Live at The Stables

Acclaimed singer and bassist Miranda Sykes is returning to her roots with a one-woman show drawing inspiration from the songs and landscape of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. See her at The Stables, Wavendon on 16 February.


• 4 February, The Elizabethan Winter’s Tale, York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford, tel: 07760 298453

• 11 February, Snowdrop Walk, West Wycombe Park, tel: 01494 569049

• 17 February, The 10th Bletchley Seed Swap, Freeman Church Hall, Buckingham Road, tel: 01908 372138

• 17 February, RISEX 2018 Model Railway Exhibition, Community Centre, Wades Park, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough, tel: 01296 415107

• 20 February, Talk: Conserving Wildlife in Milton Keynes, Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Great Missenden, tel: 01296 624511

• 24 February, 10th Springtime Scionwood Swap, Buckingham Garden Centre, Tingewick, MK18 4AE

• 25 February, Antiques & Collectables Fair, Haddenham Village Hall, tel: 07403 951682

• 25 February, Wedding Fair, Taplow House Hotel, Berry Hill, Taplow, tel: 07990 711444


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 0844 8717607

Until 3 February, George’s Marvellous Medicine; 4 February, Allstars Together; 5-10 February, The Play That Goes Wrong; 11 February, Jimmy Carr; 13-17 February, Blood Brothers; 18 February, Erasure: World Be Gone Tour; 19-24 February, The Case of the Frightened Lady; 26 February – 2 March, This is Elvis

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

2 February, Mitch Benn; 3 February, Son Yambu; 10 February, Edgar and The Ravens; 16 February, Storm Warning; 18 February, Otway & Barrett; 23 February, Kelly Oliver


Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, tel: 01494 512000

1-4 February, Awful Auntie; 6-10 February, Crazy For You; 13 February, Sing-a-long-a Beauty and the Beast; 14 February, Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour; 15 February, Tim Vine; 16 February, Brainiac Live; 17 February, Beyond the Barricade; 16-18 February, Sweeney Todd; 24 February, Dirty Dancing Dinner Dance; 20-24 February, The Jungle Book; 25 February, Madama Butterfly; 27 February, Oye Santana


Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

4 February, Die School Reunion; 7 February, Anton and Erin – From Broadway to Hollywood; 8 February, The Magic of The Beatles; 9 February, Beyond the Barricade; 10 February, Sister Act Live Choir; 11/18/25 February, The Murder at Goodbottom Manor; 13-17 February, Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella; 20-24 February, Beautiful The Carole King Musical; 27 February-3 March, Hedda Gabler

The Stables, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800

1 February, The Simon & Garfunkel Story; 6 February, Fairport Convention; 7 February, Sarah Millican; 8 February, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars present The Ronnie Scott’s Soho Songbook; 10 February, Dr Feelgood; 14 February, King for A Day: The Nat King Cole Story; 15-16 February, Roy Orbison & the Travelling Wilburys Tribute Show; 16 February, Miranda Sykes; 17 February, Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I?; 18 February, The South; 20 February, Matt Cardle; 21 February, Peter Donegan featuring the Lonnie Donegan Band; 25 February, Lee Mead: 10 Years – The Anniversary Tour; 27 February, Chris Farlowe & the Norman Beaker Band

Stantonbury Theatre, tel: 01908 324466

7—9 February, Footloose; 15-17 February, Oliver; 18 February, Little Red Riding Hoods Musical Adventure; 19-20 February, Teechers


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