Leisure listings: August 7-13

Outdoor theatre at Waddesdon Manor
Outdoor theatre at Waddesdon Manor
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Your comprehensive guide to what’s on where from Wednesday August 7 to Tuesday August 13 – feel free to add your own events by using the comments function.


Rockin’ Road Show

Today, Wednesday August 7: Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and all the favourite Disney characters for an hilarious talent search in the all-new, brightly coloured, high energy sing-along Disney Live show. Mickey is joined by Minnie, Donald and Goofy on a zany road trip where audiences can help to find the 
coolest acts around. Along the way hit a high note with Cinderella, bounce with Tigger and shout out your kloudest ‘yee-haw’ at a hoedown with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear. Shows at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets from £19, family tickets also available. Box office 0844 871 7607.


Play in the park

Today, Wednesday August 7: Celebrating National Play Day, Vale Park is the location for Aylesbury’s annual extravaganza which offers many free activities suitable for children aged from three to 16 years. 
Includes bouncy castles, pedal go-karts, a surf simulator, mobile climbing wall, giant sand pit, an under fives area and plenty more. Families are encouraged to take a picnic and plenty of

water to drink. All children in 
attendance must be accompanied by an adult. If the weather is poor some activities may be limited. Entry is 
free into the park but there will be a small charge for some of the activities. Ticket booths will be at the entrances to the park where you can buy 
pay-as-you-go vouchers. On from 11am-4pm.


Today, Wednesday August 7: Discuss your favourite authors and books with like-minded readers in the library from 2.30-3.30pm.

Outdoor games

Thursday August 8: Challenge your friends on the assault course, bouncy boxing, giant slide and bungee run in Kingsbury. From 11am-3pm.

Family fun day

Sunday August 11: Charity football match between rival health clubs with plenty of activities and refreshments thrown in to make it a day to remember. Taking place at Aylesbury FC on Haywood Way activities include face painting, bouncy castle, candy floss, street dancing, seated massages, fish n’ chip van, beat the goalie and licensed bar. The Battle of the Health Clubs takes place between Aylesbury’s Reflexions Health and Leisure Club and Thame’s Racquets Fitness Centre. The ladies’ six-a-side teams will kick off at 1pm and the men’s 11-a-side teams will follow at 2pm. Money raised is going to Kids ‘n’ Cancer.


Films showing at Aylesbury Odeon from Friday August 9 through to Thursday August 15

Audio description available on all films except Odeon Kids and Senior Screen

Alan Partridge - Alpha Papa (15): Friday to Thursday 3.15pm, 5.45pm, 8pm.

The Conjuring (15): Friday - Tuesday 9pm; Wednesday & Thursday 8.30pm.

Despicable Me 2 (U): Fri day to Thursday 10.15am.

Grown Ups 2 (12A): Friday to Thursday 1.30pm, 4.15pm, 6.45pm 9.15pm.

The Heat (15): Friday to Tuesday 8.30pm.

Kick Ass 2 (15): Wednesday & Thursday 6.30pm, 9pm.

The Lone Ranger (12A): Friday to Tuesday 10:30am, 1.45pm, 5pm, 8.15pm; Wednesday 1.45pm, 5pm, 8.15pm; Thursday 10.30am, 1.45pm, 5pm, 8.15pm.

Monsters University (U) Digital 3D: Friday to Tuesday 6.30pm.

Monsters University (U): Friday to Thursday 10.15am, 12.45pm, 4pm

Percy Jackson : Sea Of Monsters (PG) Digital 3D: Fri day to Thursday 1pm, 6pm.

Percy Jackson : Sea Of Monsters (PG). Fri day to Sunday 10.30am, 3.30pm; Monday 10.30am, 3.30pm;Tuesday to Thursday 10.30am, 3.30pm.

Red 2 (12A): Friday to Monday 6:15pm; Tuesday 6.15pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.15pm.

Smurfs 2 (U) Digital 3D: Fri day to Thursday 10:45am.

Smurfs 2 (U): Friday to Thursday 1.15pm, 3.45pm.

The Wolverine (12A) : Friday to Thu rsday 12:30pm, 8.45pm.

Rise Of The Guardians (PG) Odeon Kids, tickets just £2.50: Friday to Thursday 11:00am.

Side Effects (15) Senior Screen, tickets ust £3.50: Wednesday 10:30am.



You can’t beat being outdoors on a perfect warm summer evening and if the setting is somewhere as spectacular as Waddesdon Manor, life couldn’t get much better.

This summer the manor is host to a range of outdoor theatre and musical productions to suit all tastes and as they always prove to be popular, booking early to avoid disappointment is recommended. Coming up this month Opera Brava presents Puccini’s heart-wrenching tragedy Madame Butterfly and Rossini’s comedy the Barber of Seville, both performed in English on the North Front.

The Chapterhouse Theatre Company perform Wind In The Willows, a magical family show with music, song and dance, in the gardens at the end of the month. To book any of these events call 01296 653226.

Kids go free

August: Throughout the month of August children have free entry to the house and gardens, when accompanied by one paying adult, who can take as many children as they like. 
Every Wednesday in August children can also go on a free guided tour of the house from 11.15am-noon and see the manor through a child’s eyes with the help of a friendly steward. Booking on 01296 653226 is essential for the tour as places are limited.
The grounds include a year-round woodland playground in a shady spot and offer many beautiful locations to stop for a rest and a picnic. 

Wild Wednesday

Today, Wednesday August 7: There are lots of hands-on activities during ‘Wild Wednesdays’ throughout August from the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you are 11 and a half’. Today there is a chance to learn more about bugs and the important work they do. Drop in from 11am-3pm, ideal for children aged from four to 11-years, £2 per child.

Beatrix Potter

Saturday August 10: The Tales of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, peformed by Quantum Theatre in the gardens. With live music this delightful production promises an enchanting experience for young and old alike. Gates open 5.30pm, performance begins 6pm. Adults £12, children £9, under threes free. Book 01296 653226.

Tea with music

Sunday August 11: Every Sunday throughout August enjoy afternoon tea with live music in the manor restaurant from 4pm. £23.50 (includes garden admission). Book on 01296 653226.


Lunchtime talk

Today, Wednesday August 7: Gallery talk entitled ‘hedgehogs, moles and shrews’, 12.30-12.50pm. Free, but voluntary donations are welcome to support the museum programme.

Under the sea fossils

Today, Wednesday August 7: Summer holiday family event in the Roald Dahl children’s gallery. Handle fossils found in Bucks and make replicas. Drop in any time between 10am-noon or from 1-3pm. £2.50 per child, adults/carers not making anything are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

Jurassic book bags

Thursday August 8: Summer holiday family event in the Roald Dahl children’s gallery. Decorate a book bag with a Jurassic scene. Drop in any time between 10am-noon or from 1-3pm. £2.50 per child, adults/carers not making anything are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

Roman games

Tuesday August 13: Summer holiday family event in the Roald Dahl children’s gallery. Try Roman crafts inspired by real museum objects. Discover the games Romans played and make your own to take home. Drop in any time between 10am-noon or from 1-3pm. £2.50 per child, adults/carers not making anything are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

Painting exhibition

On until October 5: Scenes of Hartwell House and its grounds displayed in the Georgian Room. A marvellous depiction of Georgian life captured by Balthasar Nebot in 1738 for Sir Thomas Lee.

Wood and woodland

On until November 2: A fascinating exhibition in the art gallery celebrating the beauty and importance of trees, featuring a wonderful array of objects from the museum’s collections, highlighting the many and varied uses of wood, from finely carved decorative items to functional objects that show the skills of traditional crafts people. Explore the special walk-through wood and discover art inspired by the county’s woodlands as well as the wildlife and plants that inhabit them. There is also a woodland story corner. Free entry.


Live music

Thursday August 8, Friday 9 & Saturday 10: The Shoot Pool, Hale Leys, Aylesbury. Every Thursday 9pm-1am jam night; every Friday 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands; every Saturday from 7-10pm new original artists and from 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands.

Rock’n’roll tribute

Saturday August 10: One of the best five-piece rock’n’roll tribute bands on the live gig circuit, Ward 4 return to Rivet Sports and Social Club with a large set list including the sounds of blues, country, ’60s, rock’n’roll and rhythm and blues. Kicks off at 8.45pm in Whitehead Way, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury. Members entry free, guests £2.


Village locations

Today, Wednesday August 7 through to Tuesday August 13: Aylesbury Vale District Council and SureStart Centres are providing a series of free play, sports and art activities for children aged from one to 11 years across the Vale parishes. 
Activities include bouncy castles, arts and crafts, giant games, soft play, circus skills, sand pit, team games, parachute games and sports. 
On Friday August 9 the play is at Brill playing field (the sports and social club if wet) from 10am-12 noon and in Wing on Jubilee Green from 2-4pm. On Monday August 12 the play is at Stone war memorial recreation ground (the village hall if wet) from 10am-2pm and Cuddington playing field (the club house if wet)from 2-4pm. On Tuesday August 13 the play is at Aston Clinton Aston Park from 10am-noon. 
Outdoor sessions are weather dependent. Some sites may not have toilet facilities. Participants should take along their own refreshments. No need to book, just turn up. Parents must stay with and supervise their children. For more information 01296 585188.



Sunday August 11: Homelands, Springs Lane. Secluded three quarter acre garden on difficult chalk adjoining open countryside. Designed to be enjoyed from many seating positions. Progress from semi formal to wild flowers meadow and wildlife pond. Deep borders with all season interest and gravel beds with exotic late summer and autumn planting. Homemade teas available. Open 2-5pm. Admission £3.50, children free.



Friday August 9: Enter a team of four to battle it out and find the missing treasure. All hands on deck at 6.15pm at the Red Lion for an evening of pirate fun which should end at around 10pm. £15 per person includes a barbecue after the hunt has ended. Contact 01296 696133 or email sarahmitchell@
chilternsmscentre.org for tickets.


Vintage machinery

Sunday August 11: Pitstone Green country museum offers tractor and trailer rides, the chance to visit and go inside a Lancaster Bomber cockpit and check out model railways, Crossley gas and stationary engines. Refreshments and free parking. Open 11am-5pm. Admission adults £6, children £2.

Radio Rocks

Sunday August 11: Brian ‘Nasher’ Nash from Frankie Goes to Hollywood headlines this one-day music festival in aid of Stoke Mandeville Hospital radio.


Moving the Mail

Saturday August 10 and Sunday 11: Special weekend at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton with a visit from Postman Pat and an exhibition about the Great Train Robbery.


Tissue paper flowers

Thursday August 8: Create your own flowers. 45-minute workshops at 10.15am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm. Tickets £1.50, available on the day. Most suitable for children aged 5+.