Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - July 2015

PUBLISHED: 12:57 01 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:57 01 July 2015

Arriving at Cliveden. Photo: James E Petts

Arriving at Cliveden. Photo: James E Petts


Our pick of the top Buckinghamshire events taking place this July

Chiltern Arts Fest Live

BBC Big Painting Challenge finalist Amy Goldring will be joining other artists at Chiltern Arts Fest Live 2015 on 11 and 12 July where they will be demonstrating their arts live in at Chiltern Open Air Museum’s historic buildings.

This innovative new arts festival will feature more than 15 artists and makers, many of whom are making their mark on the UK’s arts scene. Visitors can meet the artists, see them working close up, and view or buy recent works. The doors open from 10am to 5pm both days and there are also special artistic activities for children in the ‘Creation Factory’, based in one of the museum’s barns.

Among the artists joining Amy Goldring at the festival will be potter Richard Ballantyne, known nationally for his amazing animal Raku characters, and Buckinghamshire painter Jan Munro, winner of three recent prestigious national awards at the Mall Galleries this summer for her ‘Wicked Watercolour’ technique and Pastel excellence.

Look out for Irina Bradley, master iconographer, who teaches at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. Irina uses 23 ½ carat gold leaf and finest natural earth and mineral pigments, including malachite, lapis, cinnabar, dioptase. Her iconography can be found in churches, places of private worship and collections across the world, including the Serbian Orthodox Church of St Nicholas in West Wycombe, and St Catherine’s Chapel in Cumberland Lodge, a former royal residency in Windsor Great Park.

Other artists include Clive Baxter, an untrained, colour blind artist who has drawn many buildings in the Chilterns and composed views of Berkhamsted and Tring as well as Ashridge. He also draws homes and properties as commissions.

Di Oldfield is an oil and mixed media painter inspired by the beauty and rich textures of mainly the landscape and her travels; Claudia Phipps is a leading architectural glass artist based in the Chilterns; Julie Ann Wrathall paints with encaustic wax, runs workshops in wax techniques and supplies encaustic materials, which are often hard to find in art stores; and Joan Wilcox creates beautiful prints in a range of media and subject matter.

Adult admission for the day is £9.50, with family tickets and concessions available, under fours go free. See for more details.


Tour a historic home

This is a super month to take a closer look at wonderful properties such as Waddesdon Manor near Aylesbury, or Cliveden at Taplow. You might just want to admire the gardens, but there are some special events inside these properties. For instance, on Thursday afternoons you can enjoy guided house tours at Cliveden, pictured, the Italianate mansion now used as a luxury hotel, call 01628 605069. There are also summer garden tours at Cliveden on Tuesdays throughout July. On 14 and 21 July Exclusive Evening Garden Tours and National Trust Suppers are being held. Waddesdon’s ‘Behind the Scenes’ tours are held on the first Friday of each month, so the next one is on 3 July, tel: 01296 653226.


A month of music

The big events on the calendar are Penn Festival from 17 to 19 July and Henley Festival, which runs from 8 to 12 July, both featuring great line-ups guaranteed to draw crowds from far and wide.

Penn’s family-friendly event includes Scouting for Girls, The Feeling, Happy Mondays, Razorlight and The Fratellis over the Friday and Saturday and then concludes with something of a TV show ‘all-stars’ special with Union J, Peter Andre, Rebecca Ferguson, Jack Pack and Only The Young. See

At Henley the headline acts include Lionel Richie, Jessie J, Gypsy Kings and Spandau Ballet, plus there’s a Gershwin spectacular on 10 July. See


More music events

3 July, A Summer Concert, Taplow Court, tel: 01628 628051

4 July, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Claydon House, Middle Claydon, tel: 0844 2491895

9 July, New Mozart Orchestra Bucks New University, High Wycombe,
11 July, Electric Daisy Carnival Milton Keynes Bowl

12 July, Carducci Quartet and Christian-Pierre La Marca, Jordans Music Club Summer Festival, Jubilee Hall, Seer Green, Beaconsfield, tel: 01923 282943

25 July, Twelfth Night performed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 653226


Other events

4 July, St Mary’s Village Carnival, Edlesborough Green

4 July, Roald Dahl Festival 2015, Aylesbury Town Centre, tel: 01296 585031

4-11 July, Scarecrow Trail, All Saints’ Church, Loughton

4-11 July, Buckinghamshire Summer Festival, Parish of St Peter & St Paul, Buckingham Parish Church, tel: 01280 848275

5 July, Aylesbury on Sea, Kingsbury

5 July, The Big Olney Duck and Raft Race Fair

5 July, Wingrave Village Fete, Wingrave Sports and Social Club

5 July, Orchids and Other Beauties Walk, Grangelands and Pulpit Hill, near Princes Risborough, tel: 01865 788300

5/8/12/19/26/29 July, Steaming Open Day, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, tel: 01296 655450

11 July, Open Day, The Claire Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, High Wycombe, tel: 03007 777000

11-12 July, Florence Nightingale Hospice Midnight Walk – GLO4FLO, Aylesbury College, Oxford Road, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 429975

11 July, Fulmer Day Village Fete

17-19 July, Big Camping Weekend, Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, tel: 0844 2491895

18-19 July, Classic Vehicles Show, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

25 July, Wycombe Community Festival, The Rye, High Wycombe

25 July, Buckinghamshire Family History Society Open Day, The Grange School, Wendover

25-26 July, Medieval Pageantry, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

26 July, RSPCA Fun Day and Dog Show, Blackberry Farm Animal Centre, Aylesbury; tel: 0300 1230752



Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627

1 July, ENO Live Screening – Carmen; 3 July, Comedy Club, 5 July, Celebrate 1975-2015; 5 July, ROH Live Screening – Guillaume Tell; 6-11 July, Derren Brown: Miracle; 16 July, NT Live Screening – Everyman; 16 July, An Evening of Dirty Dancing: The Tribute Show; 22 July, RSC Live Screening – The Merchant of Venice



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

2 July, Jackson Live; 9 July, New English Ballet Theatre; 11-12 July, Pat Steel – Diamond Anniversary Show; 13 July, Rhythm of The Dance; 15 July, The Blues Brothers; 17 July, Britpop Reloaded; 18 July, Take That Experience; 23-25 July, The Cat In The Hat; 26 July, Jukebox Heroes



Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

1 July, Colin Fry – The 6ixth Sense Anniversary Tour; 2 July, The Dreamboys; 3 July, Kevin Bridges – A Whole Different Story; 4 July, The Illegal Eagles; 13-18 July, Jesus Christ Superstar; 19 July, One Night of Queen; 20-25 July, And Then There Were None; 27 July – 1 August, Love me Tender

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

4 July, Waterloo: The Best of ABBA Tribute Show; 5 July, Mark Nightingale and Rob Fowler; 5 July, Charlie Wood; 7 July, Stray; 9 July, White Cloud; 10 July, The Fortunes: Past and Present; 10 July, The Hank Wangford 4; 11 July, The Duncan Lamont Songbook; 11 July, Ian Shaw; 11 July, Dutch Swing College Band; 11 July, Andrew Lawrence; 12 July, Rock Experience Concert; 16 July, Alec Dankworth’s Spanish Accents; 17 July, Jackson Live; 17 July, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra; 18 July, Electric & Acoustic Strawbs; 18 July, Aunty Donna; 19 July, Paul Carrack; 24 July, Mick Ralph’s Blues Band

Stantonbury Theatre, tel: 01908 324466

9-11 July, Les Miserables; 19 July, The Sadie O’Boyle School of Dance Summer Showcase

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