Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - August 2015
PUBLISHED: 16:44 28 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:44 28 July 2015
A selection of great performances, events and more things to do across Buckinghamshire this month
Get your tickets for the show
Bucks County Show is one of the best one day agricultural shows in the country and takes place at Weedon Park, on the outskirts of Aylesbury, on Thursday, 27 August. This year marks the 148th show, which has grown to become a superb day out for all the family.
The show has something for everyone with its ‘mixed menu’ of competitions, displays and breathtaking events ,whilst aiming to demonstrate traditional Buckinghamshire rural and agricultural activities. So alongside high quality livestock classes you will find such treats as the Bolddog Lings Freestyle Stunt Team, recently seen on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, and the Royal Artillery Band will be making their first visit to our show.
The ever popular Sheep Show returns to provide both humorous and educational entertainment. If you haven’t seen the incredible ‘dancing sheep’, get prepared to be amazed. While all this is happening there will be some serious business going on in the 60 cattle classes and over 30 sheep classes where some of the best livestock in the country can be seen. The Aberdeen Angus Society has nominated the Bucks County Show as one of their shows for the 2015 Aberdeen Angus Show Herd of the Year Competition. The Wiltshire Horn Sheep Society will also be holding their first ‘National Show’ at Weedon Park. There are around 80 equine classes, including qualifiers for the Horse of the Year Show and the Royal International Horse Show.
Head to the Home and Garden marquee to see entries from people demonstrating their skills in cooking, wine making, photography, flower arranging, handicrafts and flower and vegetable growing.
There will also be over 200 trade stands, a shopping marquee, larger food hall, rural craft mMarquee and an entertaining Countryside Area with many demonstrations showing the rural way of life.
For further information or to purchase tickets visit www.buckscountyshow.co.uk or contact the office on 01296 680400.
Some funny business
Jimmy Carr brings his Funny Business tour to Milton Keynes on 11 August. Not one for the easily offended, and as Carr himself says: “This show is not suitable for anyone who hasn’t bought a ticket.” He’s appearing at some 70 venues during the summer to Christmas tour, and arrives in Milton Keynes straight after gigs in Glasgow and Middlesbrough… but don’t expect him to tone it down after those tough audiences.
King Crimson in Aylesbury
Legendary guitarist Robert Fripp has been the mainstay of King Crimson as the band survived by morphing through everything from folk music to heavy metal influences across five decades. That’s him, third from right in the photograph. We’re not surprised to see them playing two nights at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre (31 August and 1 September), firstly because the town has always had an undercurrent of being at the cutting edge of rock music development over the years, even if some of the earliest fans are now getting on a bit (they won’t mind us saying that and probably have memories of King Crimson playing Friars at Aylesbury a mere 46 years ago).
Then we have the fact that King Crimson, who made their live debut playing to half a million people at the Rolling Stones free concert at Hyde Park, London in July 1969 have maintained a big following over the years that is not reliant on radio airplay. If you’re one of these then your tickets are already safely stored, if not prepare to be entertained by the latest very talented line up, playing everything from the early days of the iconic ‘The Court of The Crimson King’ to more modern offerings. It’s a real coup for the Friars team (see www.aylesburyfriars.co.uk) as the Aylesbury dates mark the first two gigs of a European tour. You have to go back to the Eighties for the band’s last proper UK tour. Get tickets at www.atgtickets.com.
A real feast of treats
Eden Shopping Centre’s Street Eats festival of food on 1 August will also feature the 4th annual Big Bucks Bake Off competition when 15 cakes made by local people will be judged. In this year’s competition at the High Wycombe centre the cakes will come under the scrutiny of celebrity foodie Gregg Wallace, who will also be cooking during the day and signing autographs for the crowds.
The food festival sees the streets full of stalls with tempting treats to try. See www.edenshopping.co.uk.
Henry Moore at Waddesdon
Henry Moore’s drawings are testament to his prolific skill as a draughtsman. Although a couple of more familiar large sculptures are included – King and Queen positioned at one end of the Coach House which has been transformed into an inviting gallery space and, a short walk away, Hill Arches by the aviary – it is Moore’s drawings which are highlighted here. On loan from the Henry Moore Foundation, 100 sketches correspond to decades of his life, from a young student artist in Leeds studying the human figure to rarely seen works from his final years. The exhibition runs until October 25. See www.waddesdon.org.uk.
• Until 22 August, Lute, Lyres and Ukuleles; Until 21 August, Lorraine Izon Ceramic Artist - Buckinghamshire County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 331441
• Until 25 October, Jane Wildgoose: Beyond All Price; Baron Ferdinand De Rothchild’s Renaissance Museum: Treasure from the Smoking Room at Waddesdon; The Riches of The Earth; Waddesdon at War; Henry Moore: From Paper to Bronze 100 Drawings King and Queen Hill Arches; Resistance is Fertile; Darning the Land: Sewn; Joana Casconcelos: Candlesticks - Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 653226
• Until 2 September, Nature Detectives Exhibition, Buckinghamshire County Museum and Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Church Street, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 331441
• 1 August, Monks Risborough Horticultural Society Show, Rangers Football Ground, Monks Risborough
• 1-2 August, Meet Sharpe’s Rifles, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newlands Park, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117
• 1-2 August, SportsFest, The Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch, tel: 01283 260068
• 2/5/9/12 August, Steaming Open Days, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Nr Aylesbury, tel: 01296 655450
• 6-9 August, Meet the Vikings, Chiltern Open Air Musuem, Newlands Park, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117
• 6/13/20/27 August, Schools out for the summer! Fun and Games, Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre, Denham Country Park, tel: 01895 833375
• 12 August, Scavenger Boat Race, Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre, Denham Country Park, tel: 01895 833375
• 12 August, Classic Car Show, The Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross, tel: 07790 92853
• 15-16 August, Tudor Farming, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newlands Park, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117
• 16 August, Chilterns Dog Rescue Society Cream Teas on the Common, Cholesbury Village Hall, Cholesbury Common, tel: 01296 623885
• 26 August, Unicorns One Day Knock Out Trophy Final, The Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch, tel: 01283 260068
• 29-31 August, Chili Festival, Frosts Garden Centre, Newport Road, Woburn Sands, tel: 08009 549484
• 30 August, Proms in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 425678
• 31 August, The Compleat Angler Wedding Fair, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, tel: 01235 770078
• 31 August, Beaconsfield Country Fayre, Windsor End, Beaconsfield
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627
13 August, Basil Brush; 26 August, RSC Live Screening – Othello; 31 August – 1 September, King Crimson
Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000
4-8 August, Oklahoma!; 21-23 August, Singin’ in the Rain
Old Town Hall, Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000
2 August, Pongo’s Party
Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652
Until 1 August, Love me Tender; 2 August, That’ll Be the Day; 11 August, Jimmy Carr: Funny Business; 13 August, The Proclaimers; 15-16 August, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom; 18 August – 6 September, Shrek the Musical
The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 280800
21 August, Blake; 21 August, Ten Strings and A Goatskin; 22 August, Hats Off to Led Zeppelin; 27 August, Peter Donegan and the Lonnie Donnegan Band; 28 August, The Strange Doors; 28 August, Sara Beth and Glen Mitchell; 29 August, The Spooky Men’s Chorale; 30 August, Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion