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

PUBLISHED: 15:26 29 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:31 29 September 2014

Historic Hungerford is a great place to visit on the day of the food festival

Historic Hungerford is a great place to visit on the day of the food festival


A selection of events to enjoy across the region this October

Book now for magnificent Swan Lake

Acclaimed performance of much loved ballet will draw dance lovers from far and wide to enjoy a dramatic spectacle to remember.

One of the dance productions of the year, English National Ballet’s acclaimed Swan Lake, is coming to Milton Keynes Theatre. This is a prestigious coup for the theatre as the only other performances outside London are in Liverpool and Manchester.

The much loved Swan Lake is a perfect choice for both aficionados and ballet first-timers. There’s the poignant, enduring love story between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried in a story packed with drama, truly beautiful sets and exquisite dancing and, of course, Tchaikovsky’s music.

This production sees the ballet company’s full orchestra on tour to accompany the dancers, with choreography by Derek Deane after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with additional choreography by Frederick Ashton. Dame Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin founded what was to become English National Ballet back in 1950, and right from the start achieving the highest musical standards has ranked alongside the desire to bring audiences the very best of ballet.

Together with English National Ballet’s Head of Costume, Wizzy Shawyer, and Julian Braunsweg they set out to expand the reach of ballet while providing first

class performances. Recent notable events have included galas at the London Coliseum and Royal Opera House.

Now led by Artistic Director and internationally renowned ballerina Tamara Rojo, the team stretch themselves to the limit, often finding new creative ways to

honour traditional ballet. Their Patron is The Duke of York (previous patrons were the late Princess Margaret and Princess Diana). The Prince is a keen ballet fan and as well as regular attendances at performances and fundraising functions it’s not unknown for him to turn up at rehearsals to chat to both the dancers and backstage experts and staff.


Hungerford serves up the treats

Prepare to face temptation beyond endurance during Hungerford Food Festival on Sunday, 5 October.

With over 50 stalls, sizzling street food and the buzz of live cooking demonstrations, this year’s festival, which runs from 11am to 3.30pm, provides the perfect chance to see and taste an inspiring celebration of local and seasonal fayre.

Local and award-winning food and drink producers will offer a tempting array of fresh produce, local meat and game, pies, beer, cider and wine, rapeseed oil, apple juice, honey, mushrooms, cakes, artisan bread and preserves with many offering free tasters and samples.

Learn top cooking tips from Gert Pienaar, Head Chef of The Walmesley Restaurant, make vegetable sculptures and experience Slow Food’s Taste Adventure. You can also enter your own homemade baked delights, preserves and beverages in the HFF Cookery Competition.

Ilja Harvey of Pudding Pie will demonstrate delicious recipes for Love Food, Hate Waste, a national campaign that West Berkshire Council run in partnership with Veolia. More information, competition details and entry forms can be found at

This year’s festival is sponsored by Doves Farm, Audley Inglewood and Newbury Building Society. Entry only £1 for adults (children free).

High Street stalls include:

• Grass fed Angus Burgers from Parsonage Farm

• Made-to-order Pizza from Nick’s Secret Pizza Society

• Vegetarian Squash Curry & Laksa Noodle Soup from Mrs B’s Home Cooking

• Sausages in spicy sauces from Andi’s Finest

• Seafood Snacks from The Cockleman

Town Hall tastes include:

• John O’Gaunt Pub local micro-brewer Mark Genders with local ales

• Bastable Brothers

• Aston’s Bakery

• Cakes by Cocochoux

• Marlborough Mushrooms

• Marsden’s Fudge

• Saddleback Farm Shop

• Shefford Young Farmers

• Sheepdrove Organic Farm

• Tutts Clump Cider

• Vale and Downland Beekeepers

• Wilton Windmill Flour


Just down the road…

While our towns’ arts centrtes and theatres offer superb entertainment, it’s possible to enjoy some excellent events in the villages. For instance, The Greene Trio of Naomi Watts (cello) James Maltby (clarinet), and Craig Greene (piano) will perform at St Andrew’s Church, Caversham, from 7.30pm on 11 October, tel: 0118 9429984 for ticket details.

Hambleden exhibition

A very enjoyable exhibition and sale of creative textiles, art, ceramics, sculpture and photography by the ‘7 Strands and More’ local artists takes place at Hambleden Village Hall near Henley on 18 and 19 October.

It’s open 11-6pm on the Saturday and 10am-5dm on the Sunday. Admission is free but you might well enjoy the light lunches and sumptuous teas offered by the ladies of Hambleden WI. Hambleden is a beautiful village so we recommend combining your visit with a walk round to appreciate the sights.

Other events include:

9-11 October, The Merchant of Venice, Twyford Players, Loddon Hall, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, tel: 0118 3282825

10-11 October, Reading Between the Lines, Tilehurst Village Hall, Victoria Road, Tilehurst.

19 October, Thatcham Arts Festival, St Mary’s Church, Church Gate, Thatcham

Raising glasses in Bucklebury

This year’s Beerfest starts at noon at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, 4 October. While the local ales and ciders will no doubt get full attention, there’s lotds to do for the whole family, with games and activities for children. A large marquee, live music and an expanded version of the local farmer’s market with trade stands.


Rock with laughter

Jasper Carrot’s Stand Up and Rock show is at the Wycombe Swan on 4 October. Definitely one for those who enjoy some music with a huge helping of laughter as he’s joined by the Bev Bevan Band.


Fun night out

Dreamboats and Miniskirts, the musical sequel to the sell-out Dreamboats and Petticoats, comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from 6 October. Fans can catch up on the story of Bobby and Laura and Norman and Sue.


Steeleye Span at The Stables

The folk rock pioneers come to Wavendon on 14 October, with a mix of classic and new material during a 45th anniversary tour. Maddy Prior – the voice of the band – leads a line-up featuring faces old and new.


Join the GX singers

No auditions are necessary to enjoy a complimentary session with the fun, friendly Gerrards Cross Choir. Just turn up between 8pm and 9.30pm on 1 October at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Priory Road, Chalfont St Peter, SL9 8SB, tel: 01252 714276.


Remember your handkerchiefs

October sees two of our finest female singer songwriters performing in High Wycombe – Beverley Craven and Joan Armatrading.

Beverley is first up, appearing at the Town Hall on 18 October for a concert that is part of a lengthy and highly received tour which has taken her up and down the UK. She’ll also perform at Norden Farm, Maidenhead on 11 October, Stowe School on 29 October and Henley’s Kenton Theatre on 6 December.

The tour has been centred around the release this summer of the BRIT-Award winner’s new album, ‘Change of Heart’. So you can expect to hear some new material alongside timeless classics ‘Promise Me’, ‘Holding On’, ‘Woman To Woman’, ‘Love Scenes’ and many more.

With Beverley you can always expect an intimate concert, whatever the venue, as this warm and open woman shares many of the stories of her life through her music. The lyrics often seem to relate to us listeners, so be prepared for lots of joy, and perhaps the odd tear.

See, and

We might have a few more tears when Joan appears at Wycombe’s Swan Theatre on 30 October as she’s decided to stop big tours after the current one taking in both UK venues and cities around the world. She explains: “I will never retire but this will be the last major tour that I will undertake.

“For the first time these concerts will be me solo on stage playing the guitar and piano and singing. I want these concerts to be a special lively interactive one to one experience. I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience.”

Joan, who is an MBE, has always had a big following in Buckinghamshire. She will perform a mix of old favourites (she shares in the audience’s appreciation of songs such as Love and Affection and Me, Myself, I, as well as newer compositions. So the music list will span her whole life. See


Make the most of the season

It’s as if we all wake up in October… with a feast of events across the county. Whether you want to get outdoors, entertain the family or treat yourself, there’s plenty to choose from – here’s our pick of the highlights.

Try to catch at least one of the events at The Wooburn Festival, a celebration of music and the arts at their finest. The festival opened on 22 September and runs until 18 October with events at venues across the Wooburn area, flackwell Heath and Marlow.

Other events:

• 3 October, Little Missenden Festival, St John The Baptist Church, Little Missenden, Nr Amersham, tel: 01494 958148

• 4 October, Stargazing Night, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 653226

• 5 October, Craft and Vintage Fair, The Olney Centre, High Street, Olney, tel: 07531 475653

• 5/12/19/26 October, Special Afternoon Teas with Live Music from Gary Mullins, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 653226

• 6/13/20/27 October, Boutique Cinema, Clayton’s Marlow, Oxford Road, Marlow, tel: 01628 488404

• 7/14/21/28 October, Tuesday Garden Tours, Cliveden House, Taplow, tel: 01628 605069

• 10 October, Cheddington Food and Drink Fayre, Cheddington Village Hall, Church Lane, Cheddington

• 12 October, Cheese and Wine Tasting with The Fine Cheese Company, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 653226

• 12 October, Family Days Out, Pitstone Green Museum, Vicarage Road, Pitstone, tel: 01582 605464

• 15 October, Quiz Night, Clayton’s Marlow, Oxford Road, Marlow, tel: 01628 488404

• 18 October, An Evening of Rothschild Wine, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 653226

• 18 October, Charter Fair, Buckingham Town Centre, tel: 01280 816426

• 19 October, Twilight Tour: Rise and Fall of Stowe, Stowe House, Buckingham, tel: 01280 818002

• 30 October, Murder Mystery Dinner, Oak Room, Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000


Performance Highlights


2 October, The Songs of Sister Act; 3 October, Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise; 6-11 October, The Importance of Being Earnest; 12 October, Jimmy Carr: Funny Business; 14 October, Jim Davidson; 15 October, The Hollies; 16 October, The Illegal Eagles; 17 October, Ellen Kent’s Rigoletto; 18 October, Ellen Kent’s Madama Butterfly; 20-25 October, The Perfect Murder; 28 October, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; 29 October, The Dreamboys; 30 October, Sensational 60’s Experience 50th Anniversary Tour

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627



3 October, The Echo; 4 October, Vince Dunn Orchestra; 9 October, Sepia Twins Swing Show

Jagz, Station Hill, tel: 01344 878100



3 October, Bracknell Jazz – Geoff Mason; 3 October, Boot – Led Zeppelin; 4 October, Vanquish Entertainment; 4 October, Simon Mayor & Hilary James; 6-10 October, Far Side; 12 October, West Forest Sinfonia Chamber Concert; 12 October, Beauty & The Beast – Ballet Cymru; 18 October, Hal Cruttenden – The Tough Luvvie Tour; 23-26 October, Stepping Out; 31 October, Bracknell Jazz – Martin Shaw

South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123



4 October, Jasper Carrot’s Stand Up and Rock; 7-11 October, Barnum; 12 October, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; 14-15 October, Richard Alston Dance Company; 16 October RAF in Concert; 18 October, Jim Davidson; 22 October, Fascinating Aida; 23 October, The Songs of Sister Act; 25-26 28 October, Marty Wilde’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Party; 29 October, Dave Gorman; 30 October, Joan Armatrading; 31 October, Beyond the Barricade

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


18 October, Beverley Craven; 23-25 October, A Man for All Seasons;

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



1 October, Jane McDonald; 2-5 October, Dinosaur Zoo; 6-11 October, Dreamboats and Miniskirts; 13 October, The Man Jesus; 16 October, An Evening of Burlesque; 17 October, Dancing in the Streets; 21 October – 8 November, Dirty Dancing

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652


4 October, Andy Fairweather Low; 10 October, T’Pau; 12 October, Steve Harley Acoustic Trio; 14 October, Steeleye Span; 16 October, Stephen K Amos: Welcome to my World; 17 October, Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri; 20 October, Blofeld & Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special; 25 October, Woburn Sands Band; 26 October, A Tribute to John Dankworth with Emma Johnson

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



2 October, Crazy for Gershwin; 5 October, Level 42; 8 October, Jim Davidson: No Further Action;

9 October, Aled Jones: Songs of Hope and Inspiration; 11 October, Alan Davies: Little Victories; 12 October, Madam Butterfly; 16 October, Russian State Symphony Orchestra; 17 October, Clannad; 18 October, An Evening with Pam Ayres; 19 October, Bond and Beyond; 23-24 October, Room on The Broom; 28 October-1 November, Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

The Hexagon, Queens Walk, tel: 01189 606060


4 October, Celebrity Organ Recital – 150th Anniversary Concert; 9 October, David O’Doherty; 12 October, Pity of War; 14 October, One Man Lord of the Rings; 
29 October, Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen

Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, tel: 01189 606060


3-4 & 10-11 October, The Sound of Music

Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, tel: 01183 9758880



1 October, Live screening, Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me; 3 October, Sean Hughes – Penguins; 5 October, St John’s Chamber Orchestra; 5 October, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire; 15 October, Doctor Phil Hammond – Games to Play with your Doctor; 17 October, Jo Caulfield Celebration of Anger

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, tel: 01183 788660



Until 11 October, Journey’s End; 13-17 October, Hamlet; 23 October-8 November, But First This

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044


1 October, Live screening, Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me; 1-4 October, Summer Holiday; 7-8 October, The Falcon’s Malteser; 12 October, NT Encore: A Streetcar Named Desire; 14-15 October, Pride & Prejudice; 17 October, The Elvis Years 1954-1977; 19 October, Newbury Star Search Live Final; 23

October, Steeleye Span 45th Anniversary Tour; 26 October, Bolshoi Live: Legends of Love; 24-26 October The Gruffalo

Corn Exchange, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218



7-18 October, The Small Hand; 12 October, Big Girls Don’t Cry; 21-25 October, SWMTC presents Sister Act; 28 October-1 November, Hairspray

Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, Tel: 01753 853888

22-25 October, The Mikado

Farrer Theatre, Eton College, tel: 01344 466173


20 October, Soweto Spiritual Singers

The Firestation, The Old Court, St Leonards Road, tel: 01753 866865

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