Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - January 2016

PUBLISHED: 16:09 04 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:07 05 January 2016

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra delights audiences

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra delights audiences


A quiet January? Not in Buckinghamshire!

Big band sound comes to Wavendon

With a repertoire taking it from Glenn Miller to Gershwin and the big hits by artists such as Barbra Streisand, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra will get everyone ‘In the Mood’ at The Stables, Wavendon on 29 January. Founded by the late Syd Lawrence back in 1967, the orchestra is renowned for its blend of high octane big band swing and classic dance music.

Today the orchestra is led by Chris Dean and some of today’s finest young jazz musicians have joined the experienced members. There’s a lot of musical history there, but Chris believes it is the sound produced that keeps the fans coming, and adding new followers. He says: “The music is what people want to hear. Information they can get in books, they come to a concert to be entertained, not to hear a lecture.”

So that’s all the information you need, other than to visit for tickets.

Tommy Steele in the Glenn Murray Story

It may be January 2016, but we’re wallowing in nostalgia this month – for all the right reasons. Legendary Tommy Steele leads the cast at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from 19 to 23 January in a show featuring a live 16 piece authentic Glenn Miller orchestra as well as singers, dancers and actors telling the story of the iconic Second World War era bandleader. See

See Joe at Milton Keynes

Some performers have you suddenly counting back the decades, let alone the years, and one of these is undoubtedly Joe Brown, who formed his first band in 1956 Since then Joe, definitely a one-off, has been a TV regular, lauded over the years by the likes of George Harrison, Mark Knopfler and Keith Richards (how does HE keep going?), won a MOJO award and been made an MBE.

Now Joe’s back on the road at the age of 74, with a tour which started in November and has taken him up and down England and across Wales. He’ll be at Milton Keynes Theatre with a four-strong band playing old favourites, rockers and new songs with a twist on 13 January,

Soul Explosion

Now here’s a night not to be missed for soul music fans. How about Jimmy James & the Vagabonds on stage, with Clem Curtis of the Foundations and the lovely Ernestine Pearce, lead singer with The Flirtations?

They’ll be appearing at The Swan Theatre, High Wycombe on Sunday 31, January, see

Get out and enjoy the month

Those skinny little legs could be frozen, but at this time of year the flocks of lapwing at College Lake are most likely to be spotted flying acrobatically above the water. You can join some knowledgeable and friendly experts for a gentle walk around the BBOWT reserve on the morning of 2 January – what a way to get the year started! Camera and binoculars welcome, just remember to dress for the weather. This event is best suited to adults and children over 12, see

Other events

• Until 10 January, Christmas at Stowe, Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, tel: 01280 817156

• Until 31 January, Family Explorers: Winter Tree Detectives, Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, tel: 01280 817156

• 3 January, Better Fun, Chesham Leisure Centre, White Hill, Chesham, tel: 01494 791779

• 9 January, Bourne End Community and Craft Market, Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road, tel: 07989 716635

• 10 January, Winter Wildfowl, Foxcote Reservoir, tel: 01442 826774

• 11 January – 28 February, Stowedrop Season, Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, tel: 01280 817156

• 14, 21 and 28 January, Behind the Scene Tours, Hughenden, tel: 01494 755573

• 20 January, Man’s Best Friend Monthly Dog Walk, Stowe, New Farm Inn, Buckingham, tel: 01280 817156

• 20 January, Face Value: History from Roman Coins, Buckinghamshire County Museum and Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Church Street, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 331441

• 23 January, Family Fun: Sticktacular!, College Lake Nature Reserve, nr Tring, tel: 01442 826774

• 27 January, The Story of Navigation – Jeremy Batch, Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, tel: 01932 248178

• Until 13 February, WI Centenary Exhibition; Until 5 March, Photography! The work of the British Institute of Professional Photography, Buckinghamshire County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 331441


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627

Until 3 January, Dick Whittington; 7 January, ENO the Barber of Seville; 8 January, Big Band Dance Night with Down for the Count; 9 January, Silver Wheels Roller Disco; 14-16 January, Oliver – A Musical by RARE Productions Youth Theatre; 19-23 January, The Glenn Miller Story; 21 January, Aida on Sydney Harbour – Encore Screening; 28 January, NT: Les Liaisons Dangereuses Live Screening


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

Until 3 January, Peter Pan; 9 January, Roy Orbison and the Travelling Wilburys Tribute Show; 16 January, New Jersey Nights; 17 January, The Adult Panto Show: Snow White; 20 January, Russian State Ballet: Nutcracker; 21 January, Russian State Ballet: Snow Maiden; 22 January, Russian State Ballet: Sleeping Beauty; 23 January, Russian State Ballet: Swan Lake; 24 January, HMS Pinafore; 27 January, The Circus of Horrors; 29 January, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue; 30 January, Brendan Cole 2016; 31 January, Soul Explosion


Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

Until 10 January, Aladdin; 13 January, Joe Brown in Concert; 14 January, Vampires Rock: The Ghost Train; 15 January, Abba Mania; 16 January, Beyond the Barricade; 18 January, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue; 20 January, Jethro; 21 January, Paul Carrack in Concert; 22 January, The Chicago Blues Brothers; 26-30 January, Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

The Stables, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800

Until 2 January, Around the World in 80 Days; 9 January, Signed, Sealed, Delivered; 9 January, Adam Wakeman & Damian Wilson; 10 January, Daryl Sherman; 12 January, Brubecks Play Brubeck; 14 January, Alexander Armstrong; 15 January, Larry Miller Fundraising Night; 16 January, Dreaming of Kate, 21 January, Think Floyd; 22 January, Oysters 3; 23 January, Jay Rayner; 23 January, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion; 24 January, Andrew McCormack; 25 January, Patty Griffin; 26-27 January, Ed Byrne; 26 January, Will Robert: 27 January, Kimmie Rhodes; 28 January, John Coghlans’s Quo; 29 January, Syd Lawrence Orchestra; 29 January, Hattie Briggs; 30 January, Martyn Joseph; 30 January, The River Chickens; 31 January, Back to Bacharach

Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 324466

Until 2 January, The Snow Queen; 31 January, Philippa Yeates Theatre School


The Elgiva Theatre, St Mary’s Way, Chesham, tel: 01494 582900

21-24 January, The Magic Toyshop

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