Events and things to do in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire - August 2014

PUBLISHED: 12:13 04 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:49 04 August 2014

See Novelli at Eden Food Fair - The chef will share his secrets at three demonstrations

See Novelli at Eden Food Fair - The chef will share his secrets at three demonstrations


A whole host of August events across the region for you to enjoy

Fun in Beaconsfield

Head to the town on the 25 August Bank Holiday for the Beaconsfield Country Fayre, now in its eighth year and attracting more than 5,000 people.

It’s organised by a committed team from St Mary’s Church, Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, Rotary, Lions and Round Table, raising thousands of pounds for local

charities. Mary Berry will officially launch the fayre in the Old Town at 11am, with the main event being a fancy dress Stretcher Race where dozens of teams take on the challenge of visiting seven pubs. There’s also a short course around Windsor End, with a teddy on the stretcher, for youngsters.

Other attractions include an inflatable slide, climbing wall, a fire eater, craft and food stalls, balloon race, birds of prey display and go-karts, all with live music provided by the Phoenix Jazz Band.


Find your little treasure

The Craft In Focus event at Wellington College, Crowthorne, is always a big attraction for those who enjoy viewing – and perhaps purchasing – work from some 100 contemporary designer makers and artists in the UK.

This year it runs from 29-31 August. There are several makers from the local area including mixed media textile artist Arleen Wild from Cane End; jeweller

Beverly Bartlett from Arborfield; woodturner Eddie Morgan from Windsor, and Words Art from Streatley with their clever life sayings in 3D pictures, prints and books.

Work such as that shown on the right, by Martin Andrews , always catches the eye of visitors.

To enhance the experience there will be live performances at the weekend by Pink Champagne, with the sounds of their saxophone and acoustic guitar duo, Aquillo, in the historic setting of the college’s 400 acres.

Opening times are noon to 6pm on Friday, 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday, admission £4.50, tel 01622 747 325 or visit for more info.


Craft show offers day of treats

The Chilterns Craft & Design Show will see 200 craftspeople at Stonor Park, Henley right through the Bank Holiday weekend of 22 to 25 August.

Buy handmade wares including ornaments, jewellery, glass, ceramics and accessories for home and garden, and enjoy live music, workshops and delicious food

and drink.

Café Eatons Bar will offer foodie treats with coffees, hand-made cakes, afternoon teas and a full bar. Chef Paul Da Costa Greaves will share his mouth watering recipes in live cookery demonstrations. The show also features food & Drink marquees offering cheeses, chutneysand curry sauces, as well as fine wines, chocolates, fudge, nuts and seeds and much more. Stroll in the beautiful gardens where experts will be on hand to share advice and have seasonal plants for sale. Children are entertained too, face painting, bouncy castles and a play area are all on hand. The show runs from 9.30am, closing at 5pm on the Friday and 5.30pm other days. Tickets: adult £7.50 (advance £5.50) senior £6.50 (advance £4.50). Children under 16 free if with a parent, otherwise £3; show and Stonor Park House and gardens combined, adults £11 (advance only). See, tel 01425 277988.


Sixties celebration

Those who loved the nostalgia smash hit show Dreamboats and Petticoats need to book up now for Windsor’s Theatre Royal as the sequel, Dreamboats and Miniskirts, has its world premiere there from 6 to 16 August.

The new show continues the story of Bobby and Laura and their friends as The Beatles start to take the world by storm in 1963. It’s written by the ‘Petticoats’ team of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, and produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield in association with Universal Music. Expect lots of hits, from Twist & Shout to Pretty Woman.



Art to enjoy

Until 31 August, Summer Collection Obsidian Art, Layby Farm, Stoke Mandeville, tel: 01296 612150

Until 2 November, Predator and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod

Until 2 November, Fame and Friendship, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 653226

Until 27 September, The Unfeathered Bird; Until 2 November, World War One, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 331441


August markets

9 August, Bourne End Community; Food and Craft Market, The Jackson Room, Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, tel: 07989 716635

22-25 August, Chilterns Craft and Design Show, Stonor Park, Henley-onThames, tel: 01425 277988

25 August, August Bank Holiday; Fayre, Mowbray Green, Woburn Sands

26 August, Aylesbury Farmers’; Market, Market Square, Aylesbury



Until 6 August, The Dinosaur Show, Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, tel: 01344 354400

Until 7 August, Summer Gnome Hunt, The REME Museum of Technology, Biggs Lane, tel: 01189 763375

Until 31 August, The Maidenhead Beach, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, tel: 01628 788997

2-10 August, Violet Beauregarde Trail, Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden, tel: 01494 892192

3-17 August, Roof-Top Twilight Tours – ‘The Finest View in England’, Stowe House, tel: 01280 817156

3/25 August, Miniature Train Rides, Propect Park, Bath Road, Reading, tel: 07920 833546

6-13 August, Beasts and Butterflies, Hughenden Manor, tel: 01494 755565

6 August, Hurst Horticultural Show, Hurst Village Hall, 23 August, Chapel Row Charity Fayre, The Green, tel: 07917 736073

9-10 August, Waddesdon Estate County Fair, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 653226

9-10 August, Tudor Farming, Chiltern Open Air Museum, tel: 01494 871117

9-10 August, Bekonscot Model Village 85th Anniversary Weekend, Beaconsfield, tel: 01494 672919

9 August, Archaeological Finds Identification, Wycombe Museum, tel: 01494 421895

10 August, Newbury Classic Vehicle Show, Newbury College, tel: 01488 68494

10 August, Steaming & Diesel Day, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, tel: 01296 655720

13 August, The Aviary: Behind the Scenes, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 653226

24-25 August, Swallowfield Show, Show Ground, Spencers Wood

13 August, Classic Car Show, Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre

16-17 August, Medieval Pageantry, Chiltern Open Air Museum, tel: 01494 871117

16-17 August, Roman Weekend, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 653226

17 August,Postman Pat & Jess the Cat, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, tel: 01296 655720

24 August, Victorian Marlow Walk, Liston Hall, Chapel Street, Marlow, tel: 01628 482754

24 August, Beer Festival and BBQ, The Castle, Church Hill, Hurst, tel: 01189 340034

27 August, Family Activity Day, Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, tel: 01635 279279

27 August, RSPB Wildlife Day, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 653226


Performance Highlights


22 August, Starmaker Summer Show

The Hexagon, Queens Walk, tel: 01189 606060


5 August, Stiff Little Fingers

Sub 89, Friar Street, tel: 01189 595395



Until 6 September, Calamity Jane; 11-17 August, The Hunters Grimm

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044


10 August, Glyndebourne – La Traviata; 23 August, Rhythm of the Dance

Corn Exchange, tel: 0845 5218218



6-16 August, Dreamboats and Miniskirts; 10 August, Russell Kane headlines Stand Up By Royal Appointment; 18-23 August, Agatha Christie’s Murder On Air; 19-30 August, Twelve Angry Men

Theatre Royal, tel: 01753 853888


8-9 August, Bitter Revenge; 22 August, A Very Vintage Summer

The Firestation Centre for Arts and Culture, St Leonards Road, tel: 01753 866865



8 August, A Summer Special with Matt Holland; 10-12 August, Glyndebourne Live: La Triviata; 14 and 2 August, A Viennese Celebration

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, tel: 01183 788660



6-9 August, Wuthering Heights; 7-25 August, Treasure Island; 7-25 August, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 August, Bracknell Jazz; 9-10 August,The Last Hope of Pandora; 10 August, Woman’s Life and Love

South Hill Park, tel: 01344 484123



5-9 August, April in Paris; 11-16 August, One Man, Two Guvnors; 26-29 August, What the Ladybird Heard

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, tel: 08448 717627


30 August, Proms in the Park

Vale Park, Aylesbury


9 August, The Pantaloons’ History of Britain; 15 August, The Jungle Book; 16 August, The Tempest; 30 August, Choral Celebration with Buckinghamshire Youth Choir

Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 653226



8-10 August, Grease; 27-28 August, Angelina Ballerina

Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, tel: 01494 512000



8-9 August, Stage Experience presents The Wiz; 10 August, That’ll be the Day; 18-23 August, Rock of Ages; 26-3 August, Top Hat

Milton Keynes Theatre, tel: 08448 717652


21 August, Idlewild Acoustic; 23 August, Hats off to Led Zepplin; 24-25 August, Steve Earle; 28-29 August, Blake; 30 August, The Diamond Decade

The Stables, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800


30 August, Open Air Theatre

Willen Lake, tel: 01908 233600

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