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

PUBLISHED: 15:48 28 August 2014 | UPDATED: 15:52 28 August 2014

Stunning European eagle owl in flight

Stunning European eagle owl in flight


A huge selection of events for you to enjoy across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire throughout September

September really is a busy month in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, with a host of events for all the family to enjoy. From fetes and country fairs to railway steaming days, every weekend has a host of choices. We’ve picked three to highlight here, but as you’ll see from the list below, there’s plenty for all ages.

Thousands flock to the annual Chalfont St Giles Show and this year’s event is at Cameron Farm, Narcot Lane, HP8 4DX, on 6 September. Attractions include bike stunt riders, The Sheep Show, birds of prey display and even huge synchronised sports kites with their own ‘ballet’ set to music. Get up high yourself with a tethered balloon ride, or watch it all while enjoying a treat in the tea room marquee, open air barbecue or beer tent. There are numerous stalls to attract your attention.

Advance adult tickets are £4 (£6 on the day), senior citizens and children get in for £3, under fives free. The show opens from 11am, see for more.

Newbury Real Ale Festival is on 13 September, and while a magnificent selection of more than 200 ales, ciders, perries and wine take centre stage, there’s a lot more going on from midday until 11pm.

This is very much an event for all the family at Northcroft Playing Fields. Live music comes courtesy of Newbury’s eight-piece funksters The Groove Thing, while children (and adults) can make the most of face painting.

Local food suppliers will ensure no one goes hungry. These include a hog roast run by Graham and Charlie Plank, of Schofields Farm, Bucklebury. Entry to the festival is £10, which includes a free glass and three drink tokens, bought on the door or in advance. See

On 20 and 21 September head back to Chalfont St Giles where you can meet the Chiltern Open Air Museum’s three heavy horses, Joshua, Samuel and Harvey, and learn about traditional ploughing and harrowing during a day out there.

Tickets range from £9.50 for adults (conc £8.50) to £6 for children, with under-fours going free and family tickets available in various party sizes. See


Excitement builds in Windsor

This year’s Windsor Festival, which runs from 15 to 28 September, offers such a strong line-up that you wonder how the organisers pull off such a series of events. And it’s not just the big names, of which there are plenty, but the depth of the festival with its offerings of everything from delightful – and unusual – walks and talks to top class musical performances.

Martin Denny, Windsor Festival Director, says: “Every year Windsor Festival brings people together through music, literature and the arts. Now in its 45th year, the two week Festival will bring incredible artists from around the world for the enjoyment of our growing audience, from those who live and work here to those who visit Windsor in September.

“This year’s programme will be the most exciting and diverse yet and we hope that you will immerse yourself in this series of enchanting events.”

Most events take place within a stone’s throw of Windsor Castle, or within the castle grounds, by kind permission of Her Majesty the Queen.

Artistes appearing include Seth Lakeman, YolanDa Brown, Tine Thing Helseth, Dame Felicity Lott, Sir Terry Wogan, Sir Michael Parkinson

and Nick Ross in a list which has something for everyone. This year the festival also reflects on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and includes an assortment of literary and musical events as well as walks and exhibitions. For instance, Windsor & Eton Choral Society will perform Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man, commissioned by Britain’s Royal Armouries for the Millennium, and Haydn’s Mass in Time of War at Eton College School Hall on 27 September.

Adding to the variety of the programme, the Festival also includes folk, jazz and chamber music. Double MOBO award winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown will be at the Theatre Royal on 15 September, while folk singer Seth Lakeman will appear there on 19 September. On 22 September the Macdonald Windsor Hotel will be transformed into a jazz café with the chance to try various gins. For those who’d like a quieter experience, how about lunch there with ceramics designer Emma Bridgewater on 19 September?

The Philharmonia Orchestra and Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth will be performing in the prestigious Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle, on

26 September. Dame Felicity Lott with the Orpheus Sinfonia will delight a St George’s Chapel audience on 23 September with operatic works by Schubert, Strauss and Tchaikovsky.

Sir Terry Wogan hosts The High Sheriff’s Gala at the Theatre Royal on Saturday, 20 September. It’s been organised with High Sheriff Christopher Khoo in aid of Berkshire-based charities and as well as talented local artistes from Quintessential Voices, Red Roofs Theatre School, Music Director and arranger Laurie Holloway MBE and soprano Rebecca van den Berg, you can expect some fun with Tim Brooke Taylor and Tom O’Connor.

The next morning of course Sir Terry has to be up and about for his popular Radio 2 Sunday morning show – perhaps he’ll give a mention to the festival treats.

An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson at the Theatre Royal on 16 September is full of stories (and some music courtesy of Laurie Holloway) and is aid of the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, of which he is a founder patron.

See the full programme and booking info at


Showcase for talented local artists

The Autumn Windsor Emporium, a gathering of artists and craftspeople, takes place on Sunday, 21 September at the Harte & Garter Hotel opposite the Castle. The

emporium is also proud to be part of the Windsor Arts Trail and will host an exhibition by final year students from Windsor Boys School and Windsor Girls


Aside from being an alternative and inspirational shopping experience, the Windsor Emporium also offers visitors the opportunity to learn a new skill. This month’s event will see a series of exciting workshops for both adults and children. Busy Buttons Creative Studio will host its pop-up workshops for kids at the Harte & Garter for three to five year-olds and six to 12 year-olds, whilst their parents shop and enjoy afternoon tea or a glass of champagne. Adults will also have the opportunity to join celebrated Windsor floral designer Janni Danielsen of Flower Moment for a workshop.

This growing event was founded by Jackie Couzens four years ago. She had the inspiration after visiting a muddy car boot sale on a cold, wet Sunday with a designer friend who needed somewhere to present her work. Despite humble beginnings in the local church hall, the emporium has outgrown two previous Windsor venues.

Exhibitor highlights for September include photographer Louisa Maxwell, whose inspiring and insightful photography spans life and observation, still life and landscapes. Sophie Bruen’s hand-crafted ceramic bowls, dishes, vases and pendants are inspired by the natural world. Based in the heart of Windsor, Bumbledee offers vintage styling, furniture and eclectic interiors and is also an official stockist of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.

Jenni Pink Costello designs and makes lampwork glass and jewellery. Each piece shows her passion for spots, circles and colour which can be seen through her bold but simple and vibrant designs. Here’s A Sassy Thing is upcycling arm of Sarah Swain’s interior design service, where Sarah breathes new life, colour and

character into tired furniture. Sarah also takes commissions, so urges clients not to throw away that old piece of furniture, give it to her and she’ll transform it for you.

The first 250 visitors to the Windsor Emporium will receive an exclusive canvas tote bag, complete with original autumn motif, by local designer and animator Anja Trampert from Runny Marmalade. Admission is just £1 which includes entry into a prize draw. The Emporium is kindly supported by Hamptons and is proud to

support local charity Vivi’s Venture.

See for more.


Twyford ready for Proms

There will be a wonderful mix of world-class talent and top local performers when Twyford celebrates the Last Night of the Proms in St Mary’s Church on Saturday, 13 September. Organisers Paul and Pam Bromley are delighted that the winners of the recent Twyfest ‘Twyford’s Got Talent’ competition will be among the entertainers. Singers Maya Kearn and Katie Davies and rappers Esa and Blackz will perform during the first half of the show.

Also entertaining what could be a sell-out crowd are theatre group Stage Fright and singing group High Voltage. The evening will be compered by Greg Coveney, who was such a success at the classical concert which brought Twyfest to a close.

“We have more entertainment during the first half of the show than we did last year,” says Paul Bromley. “And for those who want it there will be a posh ploughman’s lunch available during the interval, together with Pimms and beer from Twyford’s Bingham’s Brewery.”

After the break the audience can sit back and enjoy the world-class performers live from the Albert Hall on a big screen. Paul adds: “It was a step into the unknown when we staged this event for the first time last year, but it was hugely successful. This year we hope to raise enough money to provide new energy efficient external lighting at St Mary’s,”

Tickets are available from Brighton’s newsagent in the village or from the office at St Mary’s Church. The price in advance is £7, but if any remain they can be bought for £8 on the night. A ticket for the optional ploughman’s meal will cost £4.


Brewery tours

If you’ve not been on a tour of one of our local breweries, this is a real treat for grown ups who’d like to sample the fine ales at source!

For instance, West Berkshire Brewery at Yattendon have daytime tours on Saturday, 20 September where you can meet the brewers and learn how their beer is made. A 30 minutes guided tour with three free pints and a West Berkshire Brewery Glass to take home is just £12.50 per head. See to pick a time slot and book, tel 01635 202968.

Windsor and Eton Brewery hold evening tours on the first Wednesday of each month – so the next one is 3 September – and you could fit in a bite to eat in the

town for a great night out. The price is £10, book at, tel 01753 854075


Chiltern painters display work

We just have to recommend the Chiltern Painters Autumn Art Exhibition in the beautiful Old Amersham Market Hall in the High Street.

The exhibition runs from Thursday, 25 September (2 to 5pm) through Friday to Sunday 26-28 September (10.30am to and is a chance to see a real mixture of work by the 18 local artists of a group founded back in 1969. Members include both professional and amateur painters producing artwork in watercolour, pastel,

oils and acrylic as well as printmakers and sculptors in clay, bronze and bronze resins.

They are often inspired by the local scenery of course, but the exhibition also features work from further afield and abroad. Admission is free, we suspect you’ll be tempted by the selection of greetings cards on sale for just £1 each.


Food & Drink events

Wycombe Harvest 2014 is held in the town’s High Street on 6 September with chefs, producers and local food champions ready to share their secrets. There’s a town feast to try the dishes, children’s cookery workshops and street food stalls. Those taking part include curry supremo The Urban Rajah, Artisan Valley, Orchard View Farm and Empower to Cook. See

Orchard View Farm at Little Meadle, Aylesbury, specialises in free range products and rare breeds. They have a farm shop and won a bronze medal for their fruit pork pie at The British Pie Awards,

Artisan Valley offers superb produce from the Chilterns, including hampers packed with everything from real ale to honey,


Other food treats:

6 September, Sausages, Ale & Cider Festival, Wingrave Sports & Social Club

6-7 September, Chilli Festival, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 653226

12-13 September, 12th Cock & Bull Beer Festival, York House Centre, Stony Stratford, tel: 01908 563361

13 September, Champagne Lovers’ Dinner, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 653226

18-19 September, Apple Days at Cliveden, Taplow, tel: 01628 605069


Picks of the month

7 September, Craft & Vintage Fair, The Olney Centre, Olney, tel: 07531 475653

13 September, Heritage Open Day, Hughenden Manor, tel: 01494 755565 and Stowe House, tel: 01280 818002/653226

14 September, Halton Village Festival, Halton House, Wendover

14 September, Cliveden’s Car Display, Taplow, tel: 01628 605069

14 September, Tudor Fayre & Charter Day, Aylesbury Market Square

22-27 September, Wooburn Festival –

25 September, Charity Fashion Show, Crowne Plaza Marlow, tel: 01628 496800


Manford at The Stables

Everyone who meets Jason Manford says he’s a very nice man indeed, but he’s also a very funny man and you can see his new show ‘First World Problems’ at The

Stables, Wavendon on 21 September. He’s a master of starting an anecdote that soon has you chuckling and in tears of laughter by the time he reaches the end.

Expect him to invite the audience to share some of their own ‘problems’, but the humour is never cruel, more an enjoyable exchange.

Tickets priced £22.50, see


Dawn French shares her life

The bubbly comedienne, author and actress brings her first ever solo tour to Milton Keynes Theatre on 17 and 18 September and then moves down the road to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on 24 September.

The show is called 30 Million Minutes - because that’s roughly how long she’s been alive - but French still isn’t quite sure what it is: “It’s not a stand-up show. It’s not a play. I guess it is a monologue because it’s just me talking. It’s a slide show to an extent. But not JUST a slide show. It’s not like your awful, most feared auntie who’s just come back from Egypt where you have to sit and watch everything. It’s quite autobiographical, so I show you the people that have made me - so to speak. There’s quite a lot about my mum and dad.” Her grandmothers will also feature – ‘Good Granny’ and ‘Evil Granny’. Although Evil

Granny did actually steal from her, she knew the nickname was a joke. “In fact she coined it - she thought the other one was so good.”

Book at


Blackheart in Aylesbury

Our feature on Queens Arts Centre this month tells you a lot about this superb venue – why not go along to an event at their Limelight Theatre and see for

yourself ? We’re flagging up a performance by multi-instrumentalist duo Blackheart on 5 September. Their song ‘Unlike Water’ was used in a TV commercial for Moben Kitchens and since then they’ve recorded three albums and played across the world. Tickets £12.50 with some concessions, see


Other events:

1-6 September, Children’s Activities, Buckingham Old Goal, Market Hill, Buckingham, tel: 01280 823020

Until 2 September, Summer Circus Spectacular, Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common, Road, Wooburn Common, High Wycombe, tel: 01628 520188

6 September, Cookham Regatta, The Moor, Pound Lane, Cookham,

6 September, County Fete, St Mary’s Churchyard, Village Road, Denham Village, tel: 07826 6580985

6-7 September, Day Out with Thomas, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Nr Aylesbury, tel: 01296 655720

7 September, Country Fair, Hazeldene Farm, Ashridge Road, Chesham, tel: 01494 783501

13 September, The 2014 Henley Show, Henley Showground, Hambledon, tel: 01491 413619

13-14 September, Slough Canal Festival, Bloom Park, Langley, tel: 01753 875194

13 September, Medieval Re-enactment Fair, Missenden Abbey, London Road, Great Missenden, tel: 01494 866811

13 September, Roald Dahl Day, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, High Street, Great Missenden, tel: 01494 892192

14 September, Ufton Court Family Open Day, Ufton Court, Green Lane, Ufton Nervet, tel: 0118 9832099

14 September, Family Day Out, Pitstone Green Museum, Vicarage Road, Pitstone, tel: 01582 605464

14 September, Halton Village Festival, Halton House, Wendover

20 September, Marlow Carnival 2014, Higginson Park, Pound Lane, Marlow, tel: 01628 472558

20-21 September, Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury Showground

20 September, Eton College Community Fair, Eton College, Slough Road, Windsor, tel: 01753 671000

20 September, Spencers Wood Carnival, Spencers Wood Recreation Ground, Clares Green Road, Spencers Wood, tel: 0118 9884882


Performance Highlights


2 September, Lee Mack: Hit the Road Mack; 3 September, RSC Live: Two Gentlemen of Verona; 4 September, NT Live: Medea; 10-14 September, A Midsummer Nights’

Dream; 16 September, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire; 17 September,The Man Jesus; 19 September, The Definitive Rat Pack; 24 September, Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes; 25 September, The Drifters; 26 September, Jackson Live in Concert; 27 September, Piaf, Love Conquers All

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627


5 September, Summer Night Screening – Some Like it Hot; 6 September, Summer Night Screening – Skyfall; 20 September,Oxford Chamber Music Festival

Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 653226



7 September, Ha Ha Hood; 17 September,Dreaming of Kate; 20 September, Jaleo Flamenco; 21 September, Chas & Dave; 23 September, Blake

Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, tel: 01494 512000



2-6 September, Top Hat; 9 September,Beyond the Barricade; 11 September, Jethro; 12 September, The Illegal Eagles; 13 September, Halfway to Paradise: The Billy Fury Story; 14 September, Over the Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story; 15 September, Stones in His Pockets; 16 September, Ha Ha Hood; 17-19 September, Dawn French: 30 Million Minutes; 21 September, Sing-a-long-a-Grease; 22-27 September, The Mousetrap; 28 September, Alan Davies: Little Victories; 29 September, Jackson

Live in Concert

Milton Keynes Theatre, tel: 08448 717652


10-11 September, An Evening with Pam Ayres; 15 September, Nik Kershaw – Me, Myself & I Tour; 15 September Georgie Fame; 16 September, Ruby Wax: New World; 17 September, Pasandena Roof Orchestra: Puttin’ on the Ritz; 20 September, Beverley Craven; Jason Manford – First World Problems; 29 September, Sophie Ellis-Baxter; 30 September, Ian Hunter

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



5 September, The Queen Extravaganza; 6-7 September, Justin Live; 15 September, Lisa Stansfield; 17 September, The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular; 20 September, RPO Test Drive the Classics; 24-27 September, Reading Operatic Society presents Oliver; 28 September,Over The Rainbow – The Eva Cassidy Story; 30 September,The West End Experience

The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Reading, Tel: 01189 606060



3-13 September, J.B. Priestly’s Dangerous Corner; 15 September, YolanDa Brown; 16 September, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson; 17 September, A Night at the Opera: Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti; 18 September, Public Passions with Philip Pullman and the Orchestra of St. Johns; 19 September, Seth Lakeman; 20 September,Bravo Berkshire: The High Sherriff’s Gala Performance hosted by Sir Terry Wogan; 22-27 September, Double Death; 29 September – 4 October, Alan Ayckbourn’s Table Manners

Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, Tel: 01753 853888



12 September, Nik Kershaw – The “Me, Myself and I” Tour

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



21 September, Festival of Folk 2014 – Gilmore & Roberts; Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes; 25-27 September, Not About Heroes

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



Until 6 September, Calamity Jane; 11 September – 11 October, Journey’s End

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044


3 September, RSC Live: The Two Gentlemen of Verona; 4 September, NT Live: Medea; 6-7 September, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash; 10 September, We Say Yeah – Cliff

through the years; 11 September, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick; 11 September, Al Murray The Pub Landlord: One Man, One Guvnor; 17-20 September, Romeo &

Juliet; 25 September, County Roads – A Celebration of John Denver

Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218



11 September, Steve Brookstein; 12 September, Never the Bride

Jagz, Station Hill, Ascot, tel: 01344 878100



6 September, Romeo & Juliet

Cliveden House, Taplow, tel: 0844 2491895



27 September, Windsor & Eton Choral Society

Eton College School Hall, Slough road, Windsor, tel: 01753 743585

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