Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - June 2016

PUBLISHED: 10:54 01 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:54 01 June 2016

See the heavy horses at Chiltern Open Air Museum (Photo

See the heavy horses at Chiltern Open Air Museum (Photo

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Get ready for a super summer of live entertainment and days out up and down the county

Dragon boats at the ready

The annual Milton Keynes Dragon Boat Festival at Willen Lake on Sunday, 19 June, sees companies, clubs and organisations do battle. Last year over £22,000 was raised for Age UK Milton Keynes and the teams have a special incentive to raise as much money as possible thanks to The Swan at Salford. Frazer Sutherland of Peach Pubs, who run The Swan, says: “Age UK Milton Keynes is a great local cause and we look forward to serving a feast to the winning crew back at the pub.”


Woburn Abbey Garden Show

This event on 25 and 26 June is a great day out for enthusiastic horticulturists and those looking for inspiration. The Duchess of Bedford will officially open the new waterfall over the Rockery during the show and highlights include presenter Pippa Greenwood and Martin Fish, writer and BBC broadcaster, sharing their expertise. RHS Gold Medal Winning and other renowned plant nurseries will offer rare and interesting plants. New this year is ‘Focus on Food Tourism’, showcasing regional food and drink. Free guided garden tours are available with Woburn Abbey gardeners to give you an insight into the Humphry Repton landscape.

Tickets: £11.50, conc £10.50, children £6.50, see woburnabbey/gardenshow

Theatre & music in the open air

The Comedy of Errors will be performed by Chiltern Shakespeare Company at Hall Barn, Beaconsfield on 8 to 11 and 15 to 18 June. Performances start at 8pm with additional matinees on both Saturdays at 2pm. Grounds open two hours before performances for those wishing to picnic. Tickets from £16; concessions available.

On 12 June internationally renowned brothers Wynne and Mark Llewelyn Evans will sing, supported by Burnham-based Pop Goes the Choir in a programme from modern classics to light opera, tickets £25.

See, book at or call 01494 573559 (9am-6pm Mon-Sat)

Let’s get outdoors

The Working Heavy Horse Show at Chiltern Open Air Museum in Chalfont St Giles is always a favourite with those who love to see the Shires, Clydesdales, Suffolk Punches and Percherons. Watch the horses carry out demonstrations of traditional farm work on Sunday, 19 June.

Other events

• 4 June, Waddesdon Country Show, The Bail, Waddesdon Estate, tel: 07943 808699

• 11-12 June, Medieval Life, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 18 June, Buckingham Fire Service Fun Day, Claydon, Middle Claydon, tel: 01296 730349

• 18-26 June, Sculpture in the Garden, Turn End, Haddenham

• 24-25 June, Togfest 2016, Bradwell Abbey,
• 25 June, The Railway Children, West Wycombe Park, tel: 01494 513569

• 25-26 June, Stowe Country Fair, Stowe, tel: 01206 263088

NGS open gardens

• 5 June, Ponders, Gerrards Cross, SL9 8SY, tel: 01753 480460; The Claydons, East Claydon, MK18 2ND; Abbots House, Winslow, MK18 3AN, tel: 01296 712326

• 8 June: Orchard House, Amersham, HP7 0LB

• 11-12 June, Cowper & Newton Museum Gardens, Olney, MK46 4AJ, tel: 01234 711516

• 12 June, 18 Brownswood Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 2NU; SAS UK, Wittington House, Henley Road, Marlow, tel: 01189 358221

• 19 June, Cheddington Village, LU7 0RQ; Lillingstone Lovell Gardens, Buckingham, M18 5BD; Hillesden House, Hillesden, MK18 4DB, tel: 01296 730451

• 23 June, Lords Wood, Marlow Common, SL7 2QS

• 25-26 June, 11 The Paddocks, Wendover, HP22 6HE, tel: 01296 623870

• 26 June, Overstroud Cottage, Gt Missenden, HP16 9QE, tel: 01494 862701; Bradenham Manor, High Wycombe, HP14 4HF; Tythrop Park, Kingsey, HP17 8LT

• 29 June, Grange Drive, Wooburn Green, HP10 0QD


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 08448 717627

1 June, Menopause: The Musical; 3-4 June, Northern Ballet: Jane Eyre; 4 June, Northern Ballet: Tortoise & The Hare; 5 June, That’ll Be the Day; 7 June, Jimmy Carr; 9 June, Killer Queen; 10 June, The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show; 22 June, The Blockheads

Queens Park Arts Centre and Limelight Theatre, 01296 424332

10 June, Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection


Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, 01494 512000

Until 4 June, The 39 Steps; 9 June, Sons of Pitches; 6-11 June, Breakfast at Tiffany’s; 11 June, Up on the Roof – The Music of Carole King & James Taylor; 12 June, The Best of Brass; 25-26 June, The Gruffalo’s Child


Milton Keynes Theatre, 08448 717652

Until 4 June, Annie; 8 June, Jools Holland; 9 June, Mercury: The Ultimate Queen Tribute; 11 June, Russell Watson; 12 June, Milton Keynes City Orchestra; 14-18 June, Guys and Dolls; 19 June, Bill Bailey; 20-25 June, Rehearsal for Murder; 28 June – 2 July, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800

8 June, London Community Gospel Choir; 9 June, Russell Kane; 10 June, The Blockheads; 13 June, Ronnie Spector; 16 June, John Cooper Clarke; 22 June, The Searchers; 26 June, National Youth Jazz Orchestra

Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, 01908 324466

11 June, Steppin’ Out; 16-18 June, The Wedding Singer

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