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Things to do in Buckinghamshire in February 2014

PUBLISHED: 14:28 31 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:28 31 January 2014

Glinda and Elphaba (Emily Tierney and Nikki Davis-Jones) co,me face to face in Wicked. Photo: Matt Crockett

Glinda and Elphaba (Emily Tierney and Nikki Davis-Jones) co,me face to face in Wicked. Photo: Matt Crockett

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Some of the top picks of events in Buckinghamshire this February

Wicked times in Milton Keynes

There’s a show at Milton Keynes Theatre this month that really shouldn’t be missed – Wicked, the story of the Witches of Oz. It’s become one of the most successful West End musicals, and while a trip up to London makes a pleasant day out, we’re all for enjoying local treats, and it doesn’t come much better than this.

The show’s UK and Ireland tour opens at Milton Keynes, running from 4 February to 8 March. By 2013 more than 36 million people around the world had seen one of the six productions of Wicked; it’s been running on Broadway for over 10 years.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked has music and lyrics by multi GRAMMY and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Olivier Award nominee

Joe Mantello. It’s based on the best-selling novel, ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’, by Gregory Maguire.

Grab those last tickets quick: Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office, 0844 871 7652 (bkg fee), www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes (bkg fee).

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Grow your own potatoes

There’s little to beat potatoes that have come fresh from the garden – or even a growing pot on a patio – and we’re fans of every variety, from the sweetest little new potatoes to roasties and the tasty and filling bigger beasts for baking.

There’s an event at Buckingham Garden Centre in Tingewick Road this month that is ideal for both beginners and those more experienced growers who like a little variety.

Yes, it’s Potato Weekend on 16 and 17 February from 10am to 4pm, when a host of experts, including Colin Randel (Thompson & Morgan’s Potato and Vegetable guru) and Jason Breed (Kings Seeds) will help you pick the best, alongside members of the Bucks branch of the National Vegetable Society. Over 40 varieties of potato tubers will be on sale, providing crops throughout the year.

Potatoes may be part of a staple diet on our plates, but the range of varieties is huge and even the names have fascinating stories to reveal. Can you tell your Arran Pilot from a Vivaldi, or Lady Christie from Picasso?

Local food exhibitors include Pastilla (pies and pasties, Saturday only), Buckingham Brewery (Saturday & Sunday), Caked in Bread (Sunday only) and A Bit of Chilli (Saturday only).

Fruit growers should look out for Fritz De Zutter from Moulton College. He will be giving fruit tree grafting demonstrations and grafting fruit trees for customers. Bring along any scion (variety) wood you would like grafted.

See www.hedging.co.uk, tel: 01280 822133.

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Watch that birdie

We don’t expect a barn owl to pop into the garden of Wycombe Museum on 15 February, but you can still find out about owls and lots of our other feathered friends at the RSPB’s Big Bird Activity Day.

There are activities for all ges during a fun-filled day – just drop in to this free event between 10.30am and 4pm. Make an apple feeder to take home, perhaps dissect an owl pellet to find out what thebirds eat, or simply look through telescopes to see which birds are in the Museum garden. The RSPB will ofer advice on how to give nature a home in your garden and show what happens in their wildlife reserves.

Tel: 01494 421895

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Wedding Fairs

In the month of romance you can pick out your wedding day dreams. Events begin on January 31, the start of the three-day Milton Keynes Show in The Middleton Hall, next to John Lewis. Around 130 exhibitors are expected, with catwalk shows at 2 and 4pm on the Saturday and Sunday.

2 February, Wedding Fair, Taplow House Hotel, Taplow, tel: 07708 249440

8-9 February, Wedding Jamboree, Aylesbury Vale Golf Course by Wedding Belles of Woburn, tel: 07794 998471

9 February, Spectacular Wedding Show, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, with catwalk and live demonstrations, tel: 07851191972

9 February, Wedding Opening Day, De Vere Venues Chicheley Hall, tel: 01234 868650

16 February, Wedding Fayre, Horwood House, Little Horwood, organised by Edward Lewis Weddings, tel: 01773 713817

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Other events:

1 February, Buckingham Canal Society: Cheese and Wine Social Evening, Buckingham Community Centre, tel: 01908 661217

5 February, Family History Talk: The Paths & Old Roads, Watering Holes for Man and Beast, Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley

8 February, Bourne End Community Food & Craft Market, Bourne End Library, tel: 07989 716635

9 February, Snowdrop Walk, West Wycombe Park, tel: 01494 568912

11 February, Family History Talk: The Website of the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, Community Centre, Bourne End

15 February, Model Railway Exhibition, Shenley Brook End School, Shenley Brook End, Milton Keynes

18 February, Wildlife Trust Evening Talk – ‘All About Fungi’, Great Missenden Memorial Centre, tel: 01296 624511

22 February, RISEX 2014 Model Railway Exhibition, Community Centre, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough

23 February, Go Wild About Nature, Wycombe Museum, High Wycombe, tel: 01494 421895

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