Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - May 2014

PUBLISHED: 15:18 30 April 2014 | UPDATED: 15:18 30 April 2014

Alistair McGowan

Alistair McGowan


A whole host of May events from all corners of Buckinghamshire

Think you know A Midsummer Night’s Dream?Think you know A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

Super offer for crafts fans

Readers of Buckinghamshire Life can take advantage of our 2 for 1 ticket offer during a day out at Hatfield House from 8 to 11 May.

The Living Crafts event showcases contemporary art and crafts, with works on sale as well as demonstrations, workshops and masterclasses. TV presenter Monty Don will be visiting on 9 May to mark 40 years of Living Crafts. The event takes place in matted marquees in the parkland at Hatfield House. Entertainment includes steel and jazz bands and traditional dancing. There is a specialist food and drink tent where you can buy tasty treats, quality refreshments and free car parking next to the showground. Visitors will have the added bonus of complimentary admission to stunning West Gardens and ‘The Great British Sculpture Show’, featuring 24 leading British figurative sculptors. Tickets on the day are: adult £9.50, senior £9, child £4.50, family £26. Present you voucher on arrival (you can take the whole magazine if you don’t want to cut it out!)

See or call 02392 863 871 for more and savings on advance tickets.


Day of fun for all

Two charities will benefit from a Family Fun Day at The Peartree Centre in Chadds Lane, Peartree Bridge, Milton Keynes, on Saturday, 17 May.

The event runs from 11am to 5pm and will feature stilt walking, a samba band, crafts, pizza cook-off, face painti-ng, planet sale and refreshments

All proceeds go to Age UK Milton Keynes and Festive Road; two local, independent charities working to create a difference to the lives of older people in Milton Keynes.


Other Events:

4 May, The RAF Halton Sprint Triathalon, RAF Halton, Wendover, tel: 01442820717

4-5 May, Spring Steam Gala & Model Railway Exhibition, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, tel: 01296 655720

4-5 May, Roman Gladiators, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newlands Park, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

5 May, Spring Walk, Chenies Manor, tel: 01494 762888

11 May, Vintage Train Steaming Open Day, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, tel: 01296 655720

16 May, Fawley Hill Steam & Vintage Weekend, Fawley Hill, Henley on Thames, tel: 01491 574873

17-18 May, Sir William McAlpines Charity Weekend, Fawley Hill, Henley on Thames, tel: 01491 574873

18 May, Twilight Tour: Just Like Elizabeth Bennet: Visiting the Georgian Country House, Stowe School, tel: 01280 818002

18 May, Chilton Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally, Weedon Park, Weedon Hill

18 May, Cancer Research 5K Race for Life, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 0845 6006050

24 May, Burnham Donkey Derby, Burnham Park,

24 May, Meet & Greet Peppa Pig, Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common, tel: 01628 520188

24-26 May, Bank Holiday Vintage Steam Cruises, Bourne End Marina, Wharf Lane, tel: 07774 925323

25 May, Festival of Transport, Longville Hall, Hammond Park, Whaddon Road, Newton Longville

25-26 May, Medieval Jousting, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newlands Park, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117


Think you know A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

This version by Northern Ballet starts in the 1940s as a touring dance company prepare to take the sleeper train from London to Edinburgh. Emotions are running high, but the cast are about to enter a very unusual dream world. Book to see it at Milton Keynes Theatre from 20 to 24 May,


Alistair McGowan praised in Pygmalion

There have been some excellent reviews for the centenary year revival production of Pygmalion, with Alistair McGowan leading an established company of actors in the part of Professor Henry Higgins. Enjoy this witty and warm drama at Milton Keynes Theatre from 27 to 31 May. See to book.


Party time at Cliveden

Cliveden turns the clock back to the 1930s on Sunday, 18 May, with a garden party to mark the birthday of Nancy Astor, the first woman to take a seat in Parliament, and who also transformed the estate in the early 20th century.

The picturesque Water Garden will be transformed, with live music, traditional Punch and Judy, party games and a birthday cake. There will also be free face painting as well as Cliveden’s giant maze to fascinate youngsters.

Visitors can chat with famous characters from the past, as actors from The Cliveden Set portraying celebrities from Nancy’s heyday stroll through the grounds. There will be live music from the Marlow Town Band. Bring your own picnics; or choose from refreshments on offer.

The party runs from 11am to 4pm. Normal admission charges apply, but no booking is required. Cliveden,Taplow, SL6 0JA. Tel: 01628 605069,


Performance Highlights


Until 3 May, Buddy; 8 May, Let’s Hang On; 10 May, Pam Ayres; 11 May, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem; 14 May, RSC Live Screening – Henry IV Part 1; 17-18 May, English National Ballet’s Coppelia; 21 May, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; 23 May, The Neil Diamond Story; 24 May, Elite Cheer United Premier Showcase; 29 May, The Carpenters Story; 30 May, Nigel Kennedy & Oxford Philomusica

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627


16 May, Dave Swarbrick

Queens Park Arts Centre & Limelight Theatre, Queens Park, tel: 01296 424332


High Wycombe

5 May, Grumpy Old Women; 6 May, Steve Hewlett; 7 May, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson; 8 May, The Solid Silver 60’s Show; 9 May, The Dreamboys; 10 May, Wycombe Orpheus Male Choir; 13-17 May, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake; 19-21 May, The Two Worlds of Charlie F; 24 May, Jethro; 27-31 May Evita

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


9 May, The Furey’s & Davey Arthur; 10 May, Ruby Wax

Town Hall, Queen Victoria Street, tel: 01494 512000


Milton Keynes

Until 3 May, Agatha Christies Black Coffee; 4 May, Hot Flush!; 5-10 May, Dance ‘Til Dawn; 12-17 May, Fame; 18 May, Elvis Presley – On Stage; 20-24 May, Northern Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 25 May, Paul Hollywood; 27-31 May, Pygmalion

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652


2 May, Entertaining Mr Sloane

The Theatre, Stantonbury Arts & Leisure, Stantonbury, tel: 01908 324466


8 May, Nick Lowe; 9 May, Wet Wet Wet’s Graeme Clark; 10 May, Bon Jovi Experience, Laurence Jones Band; 17 May, Ultimate Bowie, Aaron Keylock; The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 280800



2 May, The Inexplicable Circus Cabaret; 4 May, Beartown Zodiac; 7 May, Disco’s Out (Murder’s in); 9 May, The Magic of The Violin; 11 May, Two Guys, 1 Sax, 8 Octaves & 5 Kidneys; 18 May, At Home with The Shelleys; 24 May, Rita Jenvey Showcase

The Shelley Theatre, Court Garden Leisure Complex, Pound Lane, tel: 07899 867757

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