Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - March 2016

PUBLISHED: 15:29 25 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:29 25 February 2016

Time to dig in for the tug of war, photo

Time to dig in for the tug of war, photo


Looking ahead to a family day of fun

Don’t miss Beaconsfield’s big day out

We are delighted to announce our support, and invite readers to join us for a fantastic event taking place on St George’s Day – Beaconsfield Beer Festival and Tug of War

It’s going to be a very special day at Beaconsfield Rugby Club down Windsor End of the Old Town on 23 April as this is also the last playing day of the rugby season and will have something for all the family.

The event, organised with the support of the rugby club and Beaconsfield Round Table, has a main sponsor in Inland Homes, a dynamic developer of urban regeneration projects around Southern England. It is being held to raise funds and awareness to improve dementia care with Dementia UK ( and improve mental health awareness with Mind and Rethink and their Time to Change campaign (

These are the chosen charities of organiser Beaconsfield Mayor, Cllr John Read, issues he believes deserve a higher profile and can make a huge, positive difference to both individual and community lives.

On the day, which runs from 11am, the programme will start with the tug of war, prior to the last rugby match of the season. The Beer Festival will feature 30 real ales, 10 ciders, five craft/keg beers and there will be a Brewers Invitational Challenge for brewers from Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Middlesex. A Prosecco Bar will keep happy those who prefer something a little different!

As well as a family area suitable for the littler ones, live music from local performers will entertain everyone in afternoon and evening sessions.

When will I see you again?

Well, on 4 March as that’s when The Three Degrees, with special guest Jo Jo Desmond come to The Stables at Wavendon. Like Lulu, the Degrees have been performing for more than 50 years, with long serving members Valerie Holiday and Helen Scott now joined by Freddie Pool. 

Make mother’s day on 6 March

• Cliveden, near Maidenhead - The magnificent formal gardens that surround the Italianate mansion (now a hotel) are full of surprises, with fine views over the River Thames, walks and fun for the whole family. Mother’s Day at Cliveden: 10am-5pm, bring your mum for free visit and enjoy wine tasting from midday.

• Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe - This fascinating house was home to Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Minister, and also played a crucial role on behalf of the Allies during World War II. The gardens and grounds full of daffodils and spring blossom at this time of the year.

Mother’s Day craft and trail (£2 plus normal admission charges). Make a pretty daffodil posy and follow the daffodil trail around the gardens.

• Stowe, near Buckingham - The vast landscape gardens of Stowe have attracted visitors for 300 years, and people still marvel at their scale and splendour. With lakeside paths, temples and follies, Stowe is the perfect place for a family walk and tea-room treat.

Editor’s Pick: Lulu

The amazing Lulu, who comes to Wycombe’s Swan Theatre on 7 March, has marked her 50th year as a recording artist with the release of a new album, Making Life Rhyme. It’s virtually all self-written and has already received a lot of critical acclaim.

Lulu says: “I’ve been looking at life and how we just keep growing up. Although I came into the business at 16, I did a lot of my growing up late, and am still doing it now.”

Other events

• 5 March, Stargazing Evening, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 65322

• 5-6 March, Milton Keynes Handmade & Vintage Weekend Extravaganza, in front of John Lewis, Middleton Hall, The Centre: MK, Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre

• 6 March, Open Garden NGS, Magnolia House, Grange Drive, Wooburn, HP10 0QD, tel: 01628 525818

• 7 March, Boutique Cinema, Clayton’s Marlow, Oxford Road, Marlow, tel: 01628 488404

• 12 March, Bourne End Community and Craft Market, The Jackson Room, Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, tel: 07989 716635

• 12 March, Craft and Vintage Fair, The Olney Centre, High Street, Olney, tel: 07531 475653

• 14 March, Boutique Cinema, Clayton’s Marlow, Oxford Road, Marlow, tel: 01628 488404

• 19 March, Norman Jay MBE, Clayton’s Marlow, Oxford Road, Marlow, tel: 01628 488404

• 20 March, Open Garden for NGS, Chesham Bois House, Chesham Bois, HP6 6DF, tel: 01494 726476

• 26 March, Easter Concert by Candlelight, Christ Church URC, Oxford Road, Marlow, tickets:

• 27 March, Open Garden for NGS, Overstroud Cottage, Great Missenden, tel: 01494 862701


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627

3-5 March, End of the Rainbow; 7-12 March, Private Lives; 14-19 March, Annie; 29 March, The Magic of Motown; 30 March, Tap Factory; 31 March, Tell Me On A Sunday


Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000

Until 5 March, Derren Brown – Miracle; 7 March, Lulu; 8 March, RPO 2016 Beethoven: Symphony No. 7; 13 March, Mark Beaumont – Africa Solo; 15 March, Ray Mears;


Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

1-5 March, Goodnight Mister Tom; 7-12 March, Hobsons Choice; 14-19 March, Chicago the Musical; 22 March, The ELO Experience; 23 March, Chas & Dave; 25 March, Brendan Cole

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

4 March, The Three Degrees; 4 March, Chris Martin; 6 March, Jenny Éclair; 12 March, Dr Feelgood; 18 March, Dillie Keane

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