Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - July 2016

PUBLISHED: 11:27 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:27 28 June 2016

The Impossible Gentlemen –the jazz super group coming to Henley

The Impossible Gentlemen –the jazz super group coming to Henley


From family entertainment to beautiful gardens to visit, there’s a summer feast to choose from across Buckinghamshire

Weekend of sport and fun

The Take up the Reins campaign’s mechanical horse RoboCob will be rubbing shoulders with sports stars such as Daley Thompson and Beth Tweddle when he encourages visitors to the Wormsley estate’s SportFest event to #GetHorsey on Saturday, 30 and Sunday, 31 July.

It’s one of the attractions of a family sports festival of entertainment in Stokenchurch, which includes coaching by world-class athletes. You can camp out in the beautiful Wormsley estate and enjoy coaching from sporting legends alongside live music and great food. Activities are arranged for all ages, right from the little ones to adults looking for a more relaxed break.

RoboCob is giving everyone the chance to get a feel for life in the saddle, at a walk, trot or canter. Those who have a ride will receive a goody bag with a booklet on getting started and vouchers for a £10 equestrian experience (short lesson or trek) and a free pair of riding gloves when buying their first pair of jodhpurs and boots.

Take up the Reins is promoting the benefits of being around horses – having fun and improving health, fitness and wellbeing, whether in or out of the saddle.

“People have enjoyed a special connection with horses for thousands of years and the Take up the Reins campaign is harnessing this unique relationship to make them accessible to everyone,” said campaign coordinator Tina Hustler. “We want everyone to experience the joy that spending time with horses can bring – whether as a rider or in a less hands-on way.” and

Buckingham’s book feast

The inaugural Buckingham Literary Festival will take place over three days from 1 to 3 July at the Radcliffe Centre in the heart of the town. It will be host to many leading names in television, radio, journalism and the literary world including Louis de Bernieres, the author of Captain Correlli’s Mandolin, Saul David, the accomplished historical writer and BBC Arts Correspondent, Will Gompertz.

Budding authors and creative writers will also be particularly interested in seminars designed to give a guide to future development. These include ‘Creating the Historical Novel’ by Judith Allnatt, and Tim Lott who mentors for the Guardian creative writing masterclasses.

Tickets are now available at, the Box Office at the University of Buckingham Bookshop, tel: 01280 820365, or from the Old Gaol Museum in Buckingham town centre.

Jazz stars unite for charity

Art Themen, one of the UK’s top jazz saxophonists and a much loved resident of Henley, will be introducing Jazz for Kamuli, a charity jazz event to be held in the magnificent grounds of Perseverance Farm, Harpsden, on Saturday 16 July.

The event will feature a star studded line-up, including the Anglo-American jazz ‘super group’, The Impossible Gentlemen, which includes the internationally acclaimed British piano sensation Gwilym Simcock, together with the superb Jason Rebello Quartet and Art Themen’s New Directions Quintet.

All profit from the event will be donated directly to the Kamuli Friends which supports the Kamuli Mission Hospital in rural Uganda, providing vital medical care to a widespread community of 750,000 people with a team of just nine nurses and three doctors. They are assisted by the voluntary help of Henley GP Dr Philip Unwin, who will be explaining the work of the charity during the course of the evening, and other doctors who dedicate their holidays to work at the hospital.

Courtesy of the Wrigley family whose generous hospitality has made the event possible, visitors will be able to enjoy a programme of world class jazz and picnic within the relaxing environment of Perseverance Farm with its 20 acres of lawn, ornamental lakes and fountains. A bar will be available in a marquee sited near the stage area.

Gates open at 4pm and the musical programme will commence at 6pm, continuing until 11pm. Tickets are £50.

Open gardens

It’s a great time to enjoy local gardens opening for charity under the NGS Scheme. This month’s include Red Kites, Bledlow Ridge (5 July), Magnolia House & The Shades, Grange Drive, Wooburn (6 July) and Chesham Bois House (10 July).

Family fun

• 2 July, Fulmer Day Village Fete, Fulmer Village, tel: 07894 259283

• 2-3 July, 40th Anniversary Celebrations, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 3 July, Roald Dahl Festival, Aylesbury Town Centre, tel: 01296 585301

• 3 July, Hoggeston Village Fete, tel: 01296 713214

• 3 July, Aylesbury on Sea – Giants of the Sea, Kingsbury, tel: 01296 425678

• 9 July, Amersham Carnival, parade followed by family fun on Georges V Playing Field

• 16 July, Fun Day & Dog Show, Bredoncare Chiltern View Care Home, St Johns Drive, Stone, tel: 01296 747463

• 17 July, Stokenchurch Dog Rescue Open Day, Tower Farm, Oxford Road, tel: 01494 482695

• 28 July – 26 August, Knights & Castles Fun Days, Hughenden, tel: 01494 755573

• 29 July, The Great Big Tree Climb; Hughenden, tel: 08000 556760

Days out

• 1 July, Behind the Scenes Tour, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 653226

• 2 July, BeaconLit, Brookmead School, Ivinghoe,

• 5 July, Evening Garden Tour & National Trust Supper, Cliveden, tel: 01628 605069

• 8-11 July, Marlow Flower Festival, All Saints Church, tel: 01628 481806

• 10 July, The Cliveden Set, Cliveden, tel: 01628 605069

• 16 July, Ruddigore or The Witch’s Curse, West Wycombe Park

• 16 July, 6th Buckingham Beer & Music Festival, Buckingham Rugby Club, Maids Moreton

• 23 July, Summer Wildlife Walk, Chilterns Countryside, Lodge Hill, Butlers Cross, tel: 01494 755513

• 24 July, Henley Sheepdog Trial, Henley Showground, Greenlands Farm, Hambleden, tel: 01491 413619


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627

1 July, Horrible Histories – Groovy Greeks; 2 July, Horrible Histories – Incredible Invaders; 3 July, Encounters – Tring Park Dance Show; 4-9 July, The Mousetrap; 8 July, Comedy Club; 9 July, Taking Flight; 11-16 July, Chicago The Musical; 15 July, NT – A View from The Bridge; 18-23 July, Shadowlands; 23-24 July, Andre Rieus 2016 Concert; 26-30 July, That’s Entertainment


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

2 July, The Floyd Effect; 8 July, The Roy Orbison Story 2016; 10 July, Jam’s 10th Birthday Celebration; 13 July, Celebrating Cilla; 14 July, The Country Superstars Experience


Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

Until 2 July, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; 4-9 July, Thriller Live; 10 July, Bill Bailey; 11-16 July, Present Laughter; 17 July, Gala Concert; 18-23 July, After Miss Julie; 25-30 July, The Rocky Horror Show

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

1 July, Legend of a Band – Tribute to The Moody Blues; 3 July, Milton Keynes Rock Choir; 15 July, Lee Nelson; 16 July, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; 17 July, Gyles Brandreth; 17 July, Mark Watson; 19 July, The Band Plays On: A Celebration of Free and Paul Kossoff; 21 July, The Selecter; 21 July, Graeae Theatre Company present Reasons to Be Cheerful; 22 July, Deborah Bonham

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

Until 1 July, Pirates of Penzance; 2 July, The Dragon’s Tale; 7-9 July, Peter Pan; 13 July, Late Night Bed Show; 17 July, Around the World Party; 20 July, Writing to Harvey Keitel; 21 July, The Living Archive Band; 22 July, Stantonbury Stand-Up

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