Buckinghamshire events for your diary in 2017
PUBLISHED: 10:18 10 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:18 10 January 2017
Here's a pick of events we can look forward to all the way to the height of summer, so start planning your social calendar
This year we say ‘Happy Birthday’ to Milton Keynes as on 23 January the town which lives a city life will be 50 years old. So 2017 will see a host of events and the reopening of Milton Keynes Gallery after major renovation and expansion.
The year-long ‘party’ will include an anniversary exhibition in Middleton Hall which runs from 10 to 23 January and shows how MK has moved over millennia from dinosaurs to developing driverless cars.
A heritage festival is planned for the summer, with re-enactments, performances and a market. In June the plans are for ‘Let’s Party like it’s 1967’ with events across the city, while October will see a large scale production built around the concept of Future Cities, developed by Walk The Plank and produced by The Stables.
Keep up with the busy programme at mk50.co.uk.
There’s a great winter outdoors here with dog walks from New Inn Farm on Wednesdays 18 January and 15 February. Throughout the month you can be winter tree detectives during walks and the first ‘Stowedrops’ and spring flowers often appear soon after Christmas.
The panto season is not over until Winslow Players have performed and this year Dick’s on his way to London from Thursday, 2 to Saturday 4 February in a production by Derry French. It all takes place at Winslow Public Hall, see winslowplayers.co.uk.
Right on track
The Milton Keynes Model Railway Exhibition is always a big draw for enthusiasts and families and this year returns on Saturday, 11 February to Stantonbury Leisure Centre, mkmrs.org.uk.
Art on the Hill
This family-friendly and affordable art fair sees over 80 local artists, sculptors, photographers, jewellers and craftspeople displaying their wares on Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 March. It’s operated as a pop-up gallery for some 20 years and will be held at Brill School. You can also book creative workshops for children in subjects such as iPad art, animation or felt making, from end of January at brillart.org.
Mark the date – 26 March – and book lunch out at her favourite spot. Perhaps include an outing to somewhere like Cliveden where mothers receive free entry this year. Peruse the house and gardens before going for a cream tea in the cafe. Plus there’s a special treat for them on arrival. Find out more online at nationaltrust.org.
Longwick Village Fete
The fete season gets underway on Saturday, 29 April as a prelude to May Day celebrations. Longwick, a pretty rural village close to Princes Risborough, includes The Red Lion with its very decent pub grub. The fete at Longwick Village Hall playing fields starts at noon with all the traditional attractions and a novelty dog show.
Denham Village Fayre
Bank Holiday Monday, 29 May sees this fayre which has its roots in the 15th century when a charter fair and market was held. The event based around Cheapside Lane raises money for the upkeep of St Mary’s Church and sees Village Road closed as a host of traditional attractions and entertainment take place. With food, a fairground and music, it attracts people from miles around, denhamvillagefayre.org.uk.
Head to Stoke Park between Tuesday, 27 June and Saturday, 1 July to witness this event prior to Wimbledon and see some of the world’s top stars in action, while you also enjoy the feasts and sights and this lovely venue. Last year players included Novak Djokovic, Juan Martín del Potro and Nick Kyrgios, theboodles.com.
Marlow Town Regatta & Festival
The two day event is on Saturday, 10 and Sunday 11, June, with rowing, riverside music, picnics – and dragon boat racing on the Sunday, see marlowtownregatta. The 162nd Marlow Regatta takes place on Saturday, 17 June at Dorney Lake, Eton.
Edlesborough’s Big Day
St Mary’s Village Carnival is one of the biggest rural carnivals in the country. Even the houses alongside the procession route tend to ‘dress up’ for the theme – which this year is music. It’s on Saturday, 1 July. Enjoy lots of free entertainment during a visit to this picturesque village below Dunstable Downs, stmarysvillagecarnival.com.
The annual health check on the Thames swans will be led by The Queen’s Swan Warden, David Barber, as a flotilla of boats makes its way from Sunbury Lock in Surrey to Abingdon, passing through Buckinghamshire, from Monday, 17 to Friday, 21, July. For timings keep and eye on royalswan.co.uk.
We don’t know the line-up yet but this two day event in The Big Park has become known over the past seven years for combining big names with a family friendly atmosphere. This year it’s on Friday, 21 and Saturday, 22 July, pennfest.net.
The Classic Car Show at Gerrards Cross grows every year and is a great day out for all the family, not just those who like to admire pre 1989 cars! It’s held at The Memorial Centre on East Common and is on Wednesday, 9 August from midday, gxclassiccars.co.uk.
Bucks County Show
It’s going to be very special this year as our county show – uniting the towns and rural heart – celebrates its 150th anniversary. So the place to be on Thursday, 31 August is definitely Weedon Park, Weedon near Aylesbury.