Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - July 2017

PUBLISHED: 10:09 07 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:09 07 July 2017

Finishing a Gung-Ho! race in the foam (Photo: Chris Payne Images)

Finishing a Gung-Ho! race in the foam (Photo: Chris Payne Images)


Summer’s arrived and the sun is shining on a host of events and days out across Buckinghamshire

Summerfest at Haddenham

One of the UK’s largest one-day beer festivals will take place at Haddenham, Bucks on Saturday, 1 July – the not to be missed ‘Summerfest’. All the familiar attractions will feature, from fantastic food and drink offerings to a wonderful line up of live bands. The event is organised by a charitable trust which supports local good causes.

Beer lovers will appreciate that over 140 barrels of real ale will be on offer, including plenty from local microbreweries as well as nationwide favourites; also, craft beers and lagers, plus over 30 novel and traditional ciders will be on tap. And if you’re not into beer or cider then try a wonderful cocktail or select from a range of punches, Pimms, Prosecco or wine – there’ll be plenty to choose from, alongside an impressive range of non-alcoholic refreshments.

The live bands will play throughout the day from the start at noon through to 8.00pm. Visitors can also select from a massive variety of food choices, providing al fresco dining to delight every palate. And with lots of activities for children too, this all adds up to a family-friendly event.

The organisers say they’ve booked a sunny day, but are ready for anything with huge marquees. The event takes place in the grounds of Haddenham Junior School, Woodways, Haddenham HP17 8DS.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance, with very attractive discounts for group purchases, see

Village tea with Mary

Penn and Tylers Green Cricket Club is hosting its inaugural Great Village Cricket Tea on Sunday, 16 July, with guest of honour Mary Berry, who will be judging ‘cricket tea’ themed bakes, posing for selfies and signing autographs. There will be prizes on offer for the best creations.

The event also includes live music with bands such as Loud Mountains and Cherry Valentines, bouncy castles, pole joust and giant games, children’s cricket games and coaching, a petting zoo and some excellent food and drink choices.

Tickets in advance for the event from noon to 6pm at Penn and Tylers Green Cricket Club, French Meadow, Elm Road, are priced at £9 adults and £4 for under 16s (£15 and £6 respectively on the gate). All entertainment on the day is included in the ticket price and all proceeds will be invested into the Club’s junior cricket programme and ground development. Parking will be available.

Delights for book fans

We have two literary festivals this month. First up is Buckingham from Thursday, 29 June to Sunday, 2 July. A packed programme includes best-selling authors such as Peter James, the international thriller writer, poet Roger McGough, and Chris Patten in conversation with John Bercow. There’s much more to enjoy, see

Then it’s the turn of Beaconlit on Saturday, July 8 at Brookmead School, Ivinghoe. Three of the hottest new authors, Steph Broadribb, Harriet Cummings and, Clare Swatman, are among the participants, as well as Adam Croft, one of the most successful independent authors of psychological thrillers in the world, with over a million sales to his name. The line-up also includes Hugh Fraser, ‘Captain Hastings’ from TV’s ‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’, now a successful thriller writer. See

Gung Ho! Comes to Bucks

The world’s biggest inflatable obstacle course will be at Willen Lake, Milton Keynes, on Saturday, 22 July, and includes a new 30m long ‘Danger Zone’ as well as inflatables such as Europe’s tallest inflatable slide, the 72ft high, 200ft long ‘Thriller’.

Founder and Cbeebies presenter Alex Winter reckons Danger Zone, twice the length of Gung-Ho!’s other obstacles, will help make this year’s event even more thrilling: “It is like something from the Krypton Factor where you have to dodge, climb, jump and slide your way across it.”

Alex came up with the idea in 2014 while sat in front of the TV watching Ninja Warrior with his three children.

Tickets are currently £31 and available at, but prices go up closer to the event. Up to 5,000 runners will take on 10 obstacles including a giant ball pit, climbing wall and labyrinth. Many runners will take part for charity, with thousands expected to be raised for good causes. Participants can go Gung-Ho! in aid of the race’s national charity partner BBC Children in Need, who are offering discounted tickets and a free t-shirt to those who run as part of Team Pudsey, via

Runners, who must be at least 4ft tall, receive a free bib with race number, Gung-Ho! t-shirt and headband, while any spectators can attend for free.

Photo Luminaire in Marlow

You can learn the art of Luminaire Light Painting Photography in a Photofun workshop led by artist Clare Newton FRSA at All Saints Church, Marlow, on 7 and 8 July. The technique involves using handheld lights to paint a scene while the shutter of a camera is left open during a long exposure. It’s been around a while, but over recent years has expanded to encompass many different and varied techniques.

By shooting in a dark location a new world of imagination can be conjured up in your photography. Use a mixture of different torch light techniques to create a magical luminaire across buildings, statutes, water, or tease willowy streaks floating in mid-air, obscure colour trees, heighten textures, or leave ghostly trails that add the magic in photography.

Clare has developed a unique approach to photography used in her stunning portraits of Paralympic athletes, recently seen in her Spirit of Legends at Bucks County Museum. In 2012, to celebrate Olympics, she achieved a Guinness World Record for the world’s longest photograph, measuring a kilometer long, with 5,000 people taking part.

The three part workshop begins on the Friday so that those taking part discover the different techniques that a camera can produce. Then on the Saturday evening they will meet in the church grounds to maximise the benefit and drama of painting with lights over a large building before moving to other Marlow sites to create a lightshow and then one massive artwork where each photograph provides a fragment of the amazing picture. It’s suitable for everyone from beginners to advanced photographers.

On Friday, 14 July there will be a private view party for those who took part and their family and friends. The course is £99 per person, call 07887 564012 or email

Open gardens

Little Missenden Gardens HP7 0RD - Sun 2 July, 1 to 6pm

This is the first of our multi-stop visits, in the beautiful Chiltern village right in the centre of Midsomer Murders Land. The village itself is a joy to behold and on this day you can go beyond the garden gates to view no fewer than eight delights, including the one in the infant school.

Wander along enjoying cottage gardens, more expansive estates, the contents of koi and lily ponds, modern designs, one with a beekeeper and some where the river Misbourne passes through the grounds. It’s all doable in an afternoon, even with a stop at the Anglo-Saxon church for tea.

Loosley Dene HP27 0PE - Sat 8 July, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Prepare to be wowed by the amazing views of the Chilterns from this Princes Risborough garden, although there’s much more to see and enjoy within its boundaries.

The garden covers some four and half acres and although there are well established trees and shrubs it has been redesigned in recent times while retaining original features dating back to the 19th century. There’s a Yorkstone terrace retained by Cotswold stone walls and lots more to admire. Younger visitors will swiftly spot the chickens, ducks and pigs we suspect.

Chesham Bois House HP6 6DF - Sun 9 July, 11am to 5pm

One of our favourites simply because of the variety in this three acres garden surrounding a Georgian house (not open) and overseen by plantswoman Juliet Plaistowe. Everyone will find a favourite spot. There are some magnificent trees including lofty copper beeches, traditional herbaceous borders with some unusual finds, a rill with small ornamental canal, walled garden, old orchard and an excellent wildlife pond. Complete the day with a visit to the nearby 800 years old church, and enjoy a home-made tea.

Other events

• Until 31 August, Cliveden Entertains: Daily Talks; The Statue Trail; House & Chapel Tours Cliveden, tel: 01628 605069

• 1 July, St Mary’s Village Carnival, Edlesborough Green

• 2 July, Aylesbury on Sea, Kingsbury, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 425678

• 7-9 July, Flummoxed Festival, Newton Longville,

• 8 July, BeaconLit Festival, Brookmead School, Ivinghoe, tel: 01296 387890

• 8-9 July, Meet Sharpe’s Rifles, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 9 July, Race for Life 10K & 5K, The Rye, High Wycombe

• 9 July, Wingrave Village Fete, Wingrave Sports and Social Club

• 9 July, Bubble Rush Bucks, Lowndes Park, Chesham, tel: 01442 869555

• 9 July, Winslow in Bloom, St Laurence Room, Market Square, tel: 07974 470605

• 16 July, Horses, Hounds and Heroes, Rest Home for Horses, Slade Lane, Speen, tel: 01494 488464

• 21-23 July, SportFest, Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch, tel: 02036 965744

• 22-23 July, Classic Vehicles Show, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

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

• 29 July, Family History Society Open Day and Family History Fair, The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury


Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627

5 July, La Boheme: Live from Taormina; 6 July, Glyndebourne 2017 Season: Hamlet, Live Screening; 14 July, NT – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; 14 July,

The Simon and Garfunkel Story; 16 July, Susan Diane School of Dance’s Once Upon a Time; 19 July, Joe McElderry


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

8-9 July, Pat Steel and Bucks School of Dance – Once Upon a Time; 14 July, Tropicana Nights; 11-15 July, The Wedding Singer 2017; 21 July, Thank ABBA for the Music


The Stables, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800

3-8 July, Dreamboats and Petticoats; 10-15 July, Jane Eyre; 17-22 July, Wonderland; 24-29 July, A Judgement in Stone Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652 5-6 July, Rick Wakeman: The Piano Portraits Tour; 15 July, Carl Hutchinson; 16 July, Hothouse Flowers; 18 July, tax Music Academy; 24 July, KT Tunstall; 25 July, Matt Cardle

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