Leisure listings: Wednesday, December 18 to Tuesday, December 24

Shimmer by Mark Duffin
Shimmer by Mark Duffin

Your guide to what’s on where – feel free to add events using the comment function below.


Box office: 0844 871 7607

Sleeping Beauty: The magical, musical, glittering, traditional pantomime starring actress Anita Dobson, comedian Andy Collins, singer Holly Brewer and actor Christian Lund has now started at the theatre. With matinee and evening performances until January. Tickets start from £10 with special discounts for groups.

Parisfal Live (Opera): The Royal Opera House broadcasts live into the Second Space this afternoon, Wednesday at 4.45pm.

Sleeping Beauty (Encore): A screening in the Second Space on Sunday, December 22 at 3pm of this beautiful production performed by the Bolshoi Ballet.


Box office: 01296 431272

Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood: The dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham hatches a cunning plan to dispose of his niece and nephew so he can inherit their fortune. Can everyone’s favourite outlaw Robin Hood save the day and win the heart of Maid Marian? 
This is a traditional pantomime suitable for all the family, with lots of audience participation, lovely costumes and sets and guaranteed slapstick fun! Tickets £12.50/concessions £8.50/children £6.50.


Service of Remembrance: In the Rothschild Chapel of Church View Funeral Directors in Buckingham Street. Tonight (Wednesday December 18) at 7pm, a service open to all bereaved people from the local community who wish to remember their departed loved ones.

Storytime and craft: Take the children along to Aylesbury library on Thursday morning for a Christmas-themed story and free craft activity from 10-11am.

Christmas market trio: Get everything you need for Christmas in one day as three markets come together in the Market Square from 9am-2pm on Tuesday, Christmas Eve. Buy vegetables and luxury items to make your Christmas meal stand out from the rest at the festive market; treat someone to a last minute gift from the antiques market; and buy fabulous local produce from the farmers market.


The Britannia: The Shout appear on Friday in the Brit Music Venue within the pub.

The White Swan: Grunge band Alice’s Pearl Garden appear at the pub in Walton Street, Aylesbury on Saturday. See picture story in leisure for full details.

The Cotton Wheel: Solo singer Laurence Williams singing Motown to modern at the pub in Jackson Road, Aylesbury from 6pm on Sunday.

Weavers Pub: Live music hosted by Emma and Charlie Wood in the pub in Park Street, Aylesbury from 8pm on Sunday.


Christmas lunches: Enjoy genuine historic recipes used by the Rothschild chefs in the early 1900s. Christmas lunches are served in the Manor Restaurant from Wednesdays to Sundays until the end of the year. Two courses £19, three courses £22.50. Booking essential 01296 653226. Buying a garden entrance ticket is also required.

Winter Light: Six beautiful outdoor light installations by artist Bruce Monro are situated around the grounds of the manor. The installations can be seen from dusk onwards, Wednesdays to Sundays until January. Normal admission charges to the grounds apply.

Austrian afternoon tea: Manor Restaurant every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 29. Enjoy a special tea followed by a visit to the Winter Light installations. £16.50 per person, book on 01296 653226. Normal admission charges also apply.

Hug a Husky: Meet these beautiful dogs on Saturday and Sunday.


Winter Moon Wonders: A magical exhibition designed to put you into the festive spirit at Obsidian Art in Stoke Mandeville (see picture above). Featuring a wonderful range of high quality and unusual art and craft by selected artists and makers. Ceramics, stained glass, sculpture, handmade silver jewellery, textile pictures, framed paper-cuts, sculptured orbs, unusual and charming Christmas decorations, 60+ paintings with winter moon theme. Open daily from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 12 noon-4pm on Sunday. On until January 5. Free entry and all work is for sale. Opening times may vary over Christmas, call 01296 612150 for details.

Wildlife Exhibition: A special exhibition at Tring Museum to showcase the best nature photography from around the world. Now in its 49th year, the international competition attracted 43,000 entries from 96 countries, from amateur and professional photographers alike. Features 100 awe-inspiring images from fascinating animal behaviour to breathtaking wild landscapes. Free entry. Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm.


Live music : Christmas special at The Unicorn in Cublington, starts between 8-8.30pm on Friday.

Santa’s magical train: Meet Father Christmas and his pixies at Bucks Railway Centre in Quainton. Book tickets on www.bucksrailwaycentre.org for the special ride on Saturday and Sunday.

Christmas Eve disco: From 7pm until midnight at the Cock Inn, Wing on Tuesday December 24.