Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - February 2016
PUBLISHED: 10:53 02 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:54 02 February 2016
A world of entertainment awaits this month
Go wild in February half-term
Many National Trust places will be putting on a full programme of events for children and family visitors, from trails and craft activities. For an outdoor adventure you’ll be able to tick off a few of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ challenges by testing out your bush-craft skills in wild woodlands, building dens and flying kites on blustery hilltops.
• Light up your half-term - 15 to 19 Feb - Make your own lantern and then join Ashridge staff, volunteers and visitors on a candlelit walk on 19 February, 5.30-8pm. Follow the trail around Meadley’s Meadow and see the trees beautifully floodlit and throwing dramatic shadows across the trail, marked with real burning ‘Swedish candles’. Lantern-making £2 per child, candlelit walk, £1 per person.
• Planes, trains and automobiles - 13 to 21 Feb - Children can explore the marvels of modern transportation, £3.
• Orienteering - 13 to 21 Feb - If you’re eager to explore and enjoy a challenge, visit for an outdoors adventure that’s out of the ordinary with Thames Valley Orienterring Club. Start and finish at the North Fountain, £3 per child.
• Cookery school - 15 to 21 Feb - Have fun creating sweet and savoury treats. Each session includes lunch, all ingredients and a goody box to take home. Normal gardens admission charges apply. Suitable for 7-11 year olds. Places limited to 15 children and 15 adults, £22.50, book on 01296 653226.
• Half term animal tracking trail - 13 to 21 Feb - Discover animal tracks hidden in the gardens. Can you tell the different between an otter and a fox? Pick up a guide and become an expert animal tracker. Book on 0844 249 1895.
Hear Gretchen Peters
Grammy nominee and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Gretchen Peters performs at Wycombe Swan Theatre on 14 February. Born in New York and raised in Boulder, Colorado, she moved to Nashville in the 1980s.
Since then her music has been performed by the likes of Etta James and she’s co-written songs with Bryan Adams. Recent times have seen performances at the Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Cambridge Folk Festivals.
Dillie’s on Stage
It’s a long time since Dillie Keane toured without her Fascinating Aïda pals, but she’ll be at Wycombe Swan Theatre on 28 February. Expect old favourites, songs of “utter wickedness” and a lot of chit-chat.
Priscilla’s back in town
It’s almost a rite of passage for the retired: that trip of a lifetime exploring Australia. But you don’t have to wait to get into the outback. Based on the smash-hit movie, the feel-good international hit sensation Priscilla, Queen of the Desert returns to Milton Keynes from 1 to 6 February.
It’s a heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus and head off out into the bush on a search for love and friendship. Outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor classics including I Will Survive and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. The cast includes original West End star Jason Donovan as Tick, Adam Bailey as Felicia and Simon Green as Bernadette. So bring on the koala costume, the sparkly neon green pyjamas and the glitterball.
Call the box office on 0844 871 7652 or visit: atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes.
• 4 February, Behind the Scene Tour, Hughenden, High Wycombe, tel: 01494 755573
• 6 February, Vale Harvest Local Food Market, Banks Park, Haddenham Village Hall
• 13 February, Model Railway Exhibition 2016, Stantonbury Leisure Centre, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, tel: 01494 773759
• 13 February, Winter Guided Walk, College Lake, HP23 5QG, tel: 01442 826774
• 17 February, Man’s Best Friend Monthly Dog Walk, Stowe, New Inn Farm, Buckingham, tel: 01280 817156
• 21 February, Wedding Fair, Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios, Iver, tel: 01276 451498
• 24 February, Grand Union – 1960’s Cargoes and Families – Terry Putman, Little Chalfont Village Hall, tel: 01932 248178
• 28 February, Antiques and Collectables Fair, Haddenham Village Hall, tel: 07403 951682
• 28 February, Wedding Fair, Wycombe Swan Town Hall, St Mary Street, High Wycombe, tel: 07990 711444
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627
2 February, Fairport Convention; 3 February, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac; 4 February, ROH Live Screening – La Traviata; 5 February, Jethro; 6 February, Clare Teal; 7 February, Anton and Erin Just Gotta Dance; 11-13 February, Rambert; 19 February, Viva Neil Diamond; 20 February, Big Country in Concert; 22-27 February, Rehearsal for Murder; 25 February, NT: As you like it; 28 February, Aylesbury Music Centre 2016
Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000
4 February, Ed Byrne; 5 February, The Wedding Reception; 6 February, Michael Portillo; 9-13 February, The Sound of Music; 14 February, Tosca; 14 February, Gretchen Peters; 16 February, Sing-A-Long-A Frozen; 16 February, Sing-A-Long-A Grease; 20 February, The Dire Straits Experience; 28 February, Dillie Keane; 29 February-5 March, Derren Brown
The Elgiva Theatre, St Mary’s Way, Chesham, tel: 01494 582900
4-6 February, Fame; 11 February, Five Star Swing Big Bang; 12 February, The Wit and Songs of Noel Coward; 26 February, The Sounds of Simon – All the hits 1957-1987; 27 February, Lee Hurst; 28 February, Rapunzel
Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652
1-6 February, Priscilla Queen of the Desert Tour; 9-13 February, Gangsta Granny; 14 February, Katherine Ryan; 15-20, February Derren Brown; 21 February, Anton and Erin Gotta Dance; 23-27 February, An Inspector Calls
The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 280800
3 February, Howard Jones; 5 February, Lee Hurst; 9 February, The Dublin Legends; 9 February, Marco Marconi Trio; 11 February, Fairpoint Convention; 12 February, Roy Orbison & The Travelling Wilbury Tribute Show; 14 February, The Temperance Seven; 20 February, Rick Wakeman; 21 February, The Dire Straits Experience; 24 February, Heather Small; 26 February, The James Brothers
Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, tel: 01908 324466
18-20 February, Fame; 25 February, Globe Onscreen – The Comedy of Errors; 27 February, Tom Thumb
Winslow Public hall, Winslow, tel: 07808 063402
4-6 February, Beauty and the Beast
The Amersham School, Stanley Hill, tel: 01494 784479
6 February, Misbourne Symphony Orchestra Concert