Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - May 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:11 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:11 29 April 2015

The heavy horses will be displaying their strength and skills at the Chiltern Open Air Museum

The heavy horses will be displaying their strength and skills at the Chiltern Open Air Museum


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

It’s time for some fun

We’re hoping for sunny days and pleasant evenings as there’s a lot to enjoy this month. Whether it’s the heavy horses at Chiltern Open Air Museum, cheering on charity runners or raising a glass at Rebellion Brewery, enjoy yourselves!

• 2 May, BBOWT Plant and Produce Market, Great Missenden Memorial Centre, HP16 9AE, tel: 01296 624511

• 2-3 May, Christ Church Art Exhibition: Celebration, Christ Church, Waterside, Chesham,

• 2 May, Longwick Village Fete, Longwick Village Hall Playing Fields

• 2 May, Working Heavy Horses, Chiltern Open Air Musuem, Newlands Park, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 3-4 May, Spring Steam Gala & Exhibition, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton, tel: 01296 655450

• 3 May, The RAF Halton Sprint Triathlon, tel: 01442 820740

• 3 May, Florrie’s Superhero 5k Fun Run, Aylesbury Town Centre

• 3-4 May, Medieval Jousting, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newlands Park, tel: 01494 871117

• 4 May, St Augustine’s May Fayre, The Rye, High Wycombe, tel: 01494 526240

• 4 May, Annual Chenies Spring Walk & tiptoe through the tulips for Paul Strickland Scanner Centre,

• 5 May, Rebellion Brewery Open Night, Bencombe Farm, Marlow Bottom, tel: 01628 476594

• 7/14 May, Spring Wildflower Walk, Cliveden, tel: 01628 605069

• 9 May, Marlow May Fayre, Higginson Park,

• 16 May, Chiltern Camerata 19th Season, Arts4every1 Centre, Desborough Road, High Wycombe

• 17 May, Race for Life 2015, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 0330 1230770

• 17 May, Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally, Weedon Park, Weedon Hill,

• 17 May, Nancy Astor’s Birthday Party, Cliveden, tel: 01628 605069

• 24 May, Wendover Woods Craft Market, Wendover Woods, nr Café in The Woods, tel: 07854 815291

• 31 May, Jordans Club Summer Festival, Jubilee Hall, Seer Green, tel: 01923 282943


The Red Cross at Taplow

The British Red Cross is holding its first Spring Gardening and Gift Fair in the grounds of Taplow Court, Berry Hill, near Maidenhead, on Thursday, 14 May. An exciting variety of stalls will offer gardeners everything from growing tips to plant supports, labels, climbers, interesting and unusual plants, seeds and other garden-related items. Exhibitors will also sell luxury gifts and lifestyle items for the home and garden.

This is a fascinating place where you can enjoy the grounds of the Grade II listed house. Sights include a 7th-century Anglo Saxon burial ground, magnificent trees, a wildflower garden, water features, pergolas and beautiful planting.

Red Cross nurses cared for First World War casualties in the building, where there is commemorative exhibition. Refreshments available all day, open 10am to 4.30pm, tickets £4 in advance, £5 on the day or entry ticket with tour of Taplow Court, £7. Book by 12 May.


We may head to the gardens

This is a fantastic month to visit local gardens as spring blooms are in abundance and the promise of summer delights is clear to see.

See The National Gardens Scheme,, for both local openings and those worthy of a longer trip. You’ll find plenty to choose from. Many of the gardens open on a particular date are close by to others, so it’s possible to plan a great day out including lunch at a local pub or tea at one of the gardens.


Among our recommendations are:

• 3 May, Overstroud Cottage, Frith Hill, Great Missenden. The cottage was once the Fever House for Missenden Abbey and has an artistic chalk garden on two levels and studio with paintings with a donation made to the NGS. Admission £3.50 (children 50p), cream teas available at the parish church, tel: 01494 862701

• 4 and 17 May, The Plough at Terrick. This listed former inn has formal gardens offering superb views of the Chilterns countryside. Admission £3, children

free, homemade teas available, tel: 01296 612477

• 4 May, Turn End, Haddenham. Sunken gardens, raised beds, courtyards with pools and seating, plus a Victorian coachhouse and displays by local artists. Admission £4, children free, homemade teas available,

• 10 May, Chesham Bois House. A three acre plantswoman’s garden with old orchard and wildlife pond. Admission £3, children free, homemade teas available, tel: 01494 726476

• 10 May, Lord Carrington’s The Manor House, Church End, Bledlow. Parterres, water garden, bridges and walkways, fed by chalk springs, plus two acres with sculptures. Admission £5, children free, tea available.


Time to make you mind up

Former Bucks Fizz stars Cheryl Baker, Nike Nolan and Jay Aston come to High Wycombe’s Swan Theatre on 17 May. Expect all the Fizzy hits as they are joined on stage by Bobby McVay.


The King’s Speech on stage

With Jason Donavon in the role of speech therapist Lionel Logue, and Raymond Coulthard as King George VI, this stage version of The King’s Speech runs from 5 to 9 May at Milton Keynes Theatre. Major critics have warmly praised both the production and Donovan’s transition from musical theatre.


A satirical masterpiece

This revival of the musical which became a classic film featuring Maggie Smith, John Gielgud and John Mills, has been critically acclaimed. It’s a deeply moving view of the First World War, through songs we all know, such as It’s a Long Way to Tipperary and Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag. The stars include Wendi Peters (formerly Coronation Street) and Ian Reddington (both EastEnders and Corrie).


Performance highlights


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, tel: 08448 717627

Until 2 May, Oh What A Lovely War – The Musical; 14-16 May, Absent Friends; 24 May, Jenny Challis Dance School Show



Wycombe Swan Theatre, tel: 01494 512000

Until 2 May, The Business of Murder; 5 May, Sex in Suburbia; 6 May, That’ll be the Day; 8 May, Tim Vine; 9 May, Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir; 12-16 May, Matthew Bourne’s the Car Man; 17 May, Cheryl, Mike & Jay; 19-23 May, Anything Goes; 24 May, Grimethorpe Colliery Band; 25 May, The West End Men; 26 May, Reginald D Hunter; 27 May, RPO: Scheherazade; 29-30, May, Birmingham Royal Ballet; 31 May, Milton Jones


Old Town Hall, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000

2 May, Roy Orbison & The Travelling Wilburys Tribute; 9 May, Limehouse Lizzy; 15 May, Derek Ryan in Concert



Milton Keynes Theatre, tel: 08448 717652

1 May, Northern Ballet, Elves & the Shoemaker; 2 May, Northern Ballet, Wuthering Heights; 3 May, Reginald D Hunter; 5-9 May, The King’s Speech; 12-16 May, Barnum; 18 May, Al Murray: One Man, One Guvnor; 19 May, Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up and Rock; 20 May, The Drifters; 21 May, Sex in Suburbia; 26-30 May, The Sound of Music


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

1 May, Midge Ure Breathe Again Tour; 5 May, Jack Dee’s Help Desk; 7 May, Andy Parsons; 7 May, The Kennedys; 8 May, The Christians; 10 May, Jazz Me Blues: With Bandleader Chris Barber; 18 May, Ralph McTell


Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, tel: 01908 324466

13-16 May, Abigail’s Party; 23 May, The Tales of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny

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