Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - June 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:21 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:21 01 June 2015

Marlow Town Regatta Weekend sees the town and Thames looking its best. Photo: Maureen McLean

Marlow Town Regatta Weekend sees the town and Thames looking its best. Photo: Maureen McLean

MAUREEN MCLEAN

A selection of events and things to do right across Buckinghamshire this month

Beautiful displays in this pretty village

This month we are delighted to recommend a day out in Castlethorpe, a lovely village full of character and charm, just to the north of Milton Keynes.

The occasion is Castlethorpe Open Gardens event over the weekend of June 20 and 21, when a beautiful spectrum of colour and diversity will be on display. This bi-annual event has already become something of a tradition, as visitors come from as far as hundreds of miles away to experience the delights on offer. Take a tour of all sorts of gardens in the village and the proud owners will be on hand to answer any questions and give you tips. Plants will also be on sale at several of the gardens.

You can also follow the Scarecrow Trail and stop for refreshments at the Village Hall, where morning coffee, freshly prepared Ploughman lunches and melt-in-the mouth cream teas will be on offer.

Tickets cover both days and cost £5 for adults, £2 for children and a family ticket is £12. You can buy them on the day from the car park adjacent to Castle Field, the Village Hall and Open Gardens. All proceeds go to the Village Hall Fund and other village projects.

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Many gardens across the county open under the NGS Open Gardens Scheme during June. Here are some of our favourites:

• 3 June The Shades, Grange Drive and Magnolia House, Wooburn, tel: 01628 525818

• 6-7 June, Cowper & Newton Museum Gardens, Olney, tel: 01234 711516

• 14 June, Quainton Gardens; 18 Brownswood Road, Beaconsfield, tel: 01494 689959

• 18 June, Lords Wood, Marlow Common

• 20-21 June, 11 The Paddocks, Wendover, HP22 6HE, tel: 01296 623870

• 24 June, Orchard House, Amersham, tel: 01494 432278

• 28 June, Bradenham Manor, High Wycombe

Find many more to suit your dates and travel arrangements at www.ngs.org.uk

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What a joyous feast of fun

Feast, inspired by the historical ‘Baron’s Treat’ when Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild would invite local children to a party in the gardens of Waddesdon Manor, offers fun-packed entertainment and culinary delight on 20 and 21 June.

New for 2015, the North Front of the Manor will be transformed elaborately decorated tables, where visitors can take a seat and enjoy a picnic or sample food from handpicked artisan food and wine stalls.

The Young Pilgrims Marching Band will be bringing their rock-induced, brass band madness to the weekend, while The Ragroof Players Tea Dance allows you to learn from a dance teacher or just indulge in a cake and a cup of tea whilst watching the dancers perform to the sounds of the roaring 1920s to 1950s and beyond.

Acrobats, mime artists, Anyone For Tennis (a posh umpire and highly strung players entertain in a thrilling one set match), a compost heap that comes to life, Feast has it all. Alternatively, Wet Picnic Theatre Ensemble present darkly comic The Birthday Party which follows Malcolm who is alone for his 40th birthday.

Young visitors will enjoy Troll’s Kitchen, where Cordon Bleu Chefs cook a meal fit for a hungry troll – putrid stews, rancid cupcakes and mangy salads are the dish of the day.

www.waddesdon.org.uk

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Marlow takes to the water

For a splendid day and some family fun – or a whole weekend – head to Marlow on 13 and 14 June when the annual Town Regatta takes place.

The river, rowing, picnics, musical entertainment and good food are just some of the treats in store at Higginson Park and around the town. The Saturday is a real social occasion and Sunday is very much a family day with both a Dragon Boat Festival and the Marlow Canoe Regatta. A funfair, closing at 6pm, also visits over the weekend. See www.marlowtownregatta.org for more info and ticket details.

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Ballet for children

One of the easiest ways to introduce youngsters to the magic of ballet is to take them to one of the shorter performances by Northern Ballet. Elves & the Shoemaker retells the Brothers Grimm story, and lasts around 40 minutes. See it at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre on 20 June.

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Other events

• 6 June, Vale Harvest Local Food Market, Banks Park, Haddenham Village Hall, Haddenham

• 6 June, Grand Male Choir Concert, All Saint’s Church, High Street, Marlow, tel: 01628 481806

• 6-7 June, Princes Risborough Walking Festival, Princes Risborough Information Centre, Tower Court, tel: 01844 274795

• 7 June, Diesel Day, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 655450

• 9 June, 10th Annual Charity Golf Day in aid of Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Mount Vernon Hospital, Denham Golf Club, Tilehouse Lane, Denham, Uxbridge, tel: 01923 844290

• 14 June, Winslow in Bloom, Tickets from St Laurence Room, Market Square, Winslow, tel: 01296 712460

• 20 June, Wooburn Fete, The Green, Wooburn, tel: 01628 525033

• 20 June, Chearsley Midsummer Fete, The Green, Chearsley, Aylesbury, tel: 07944 290264

• 21 June, Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival 2015, Willen Lake, Brickhill Street, Milton Keynes, tel: 01780 470718

• 21 June, Heavy Horse Show, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newlands Park, Gorelands Lane, tel: 01494 871117

• 28 June, Race for Life 2015 – High Wycombe, The Rye, Bassetsbury Lane, High Wycombe, tel: 03301 230770

• 28 June, Milton Keynes Race for Life 2015, Campbell Park, Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes

• 28 June, Misbourne Symphony Orchestra Concert, The Amersham School, Stanley Hill, Amersham, tel: 01494 784479

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Performance Highlights

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AYLESBURY

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627

2 June, That’ll Be the Day; 5 June, The Neil Diamond Story; 5 June, Reginald D Hunter; 6 June, The Illegal Eagles; 9 June, London Road – Live Film Premier; 10 June, ROH Live Screening – La Boheme; 11 June, The Chicago Blues Brothers; 12 June, Thank You For The Music; 13 June, Chuckles of Oz; 14 June, The Bootleg Beatles; 17 June, The Three Degrees; 19-20 June, Northern Ballet – Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile; 20 June, Northern Ballet – Elves & the Shoemaker; 22-27 June, East is East; 28 June, Tring Park Dance Gala

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HIGH WYCOMBE

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

2 June, Paul Merton’s Impro Chums; 4 June, Let’s Hang On; 5 June, Showaddywaddy; 8-13 June, The Woman in Black; 17 June, Ministry of Science – Live; 18 June, Arthur Smith’s House of Fun with Richard Herring; 19 June, The Total Who; 20 June, Stewart Lee; 27 June, Joe Longthorne; 28 June, Louise Austin School of Dance; 29-30 June, Aliens Love Underpants

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MILTON KEYNES

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

Until 6 June ,The Sound of Music; 7 June, Paul Merton’s Impro Chums; 8-13 June, Dead Simple; 14 June, Grimethorpe Colliery Band 2015; 15-20 June, Spamalot; 21 June, Jo Latus – School of Dance; 22 June, An Intimate Evening with Russell Watson; 23 June, The Carpenters Story; 25 June, The Magic of Motown; 26 June, Milton Jones and the Temple of Daft; 28 June, The Chicago Blues Brothers; 29 June, Inala; 30 June, Milton Keynes City Orchestra

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

5 June, The Manfreds: Hits, Jazz and Blues; 9 June, The Saw Doctors Duo; 11 June, Counterfeit Stones; 14 June, Gareth Gates with special guest Jai McDowall; 19 June, The Searchers; 26 June, Bremner & Bird; 28 June, London Jazz Orchestra

Stantonbury Theatre, tel: 01908 324466

13 June, Voices of Summer

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