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The Habit of Art
Thursday November 7: National Theatre Live broadcasts the best of British theatre live from the London stage. In the Second Space 6.45pm. Tickets £13.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Thursday November 7: If you are looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply to be entertained by the best music, then ABBA Mania is for you. Join in and enjoy all your favourites including Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and more. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £14.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Friday November 8: The Four Seasons by Candlelight present a sublime programme of 18th century classics performed in an evocative candle-lit style setting and full period dress. Includes Mozart, Handel, Purcell, Pachelbel, Bach and Vivaldi. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £15.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Friday November 8: Rob Deering, Bryan Lacey and a special guest perform in the Second Space. Doors open 7.30pm, first act is on at 8pm. Tickets £10. Recommended age 16+. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Saturday November 9: Marillion, the band formed in Aylesbury in 1979, are returning to the town to perform in concert at Friars on Saturday (November 9) at 7.30pm. The band have released 17 albums and achieved 23 Top Forty hits. This is the first time Marillion has played Friars in the post-Fish era. The band members now are Steve Rothery (guitars), Pete Trewavus (bass), Mark Kelly (keyboards), Ian Mosely (drums) and Steve Hogarth (vocals). The evening will be a superb homecoming for one of the most important bands ever to have played Friars. Tickets for Marillion Sounds Live 2013 cost £25 for standing, and £30 and £35 for seats at Friars at the Waterside Theatre. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Monday November 11: A blistering 11-piece band fusing folk, funk, rock, world, jazz, music hall and classical music. Doors open 7pm. Tickets standing £19.50, seated £24.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Tuesday November 12: Aylesbury’s very own Skasouls UK is modelled on the great ska and two-tone acts of the 80s, covering the great standards from that era, and from the origins of ska in 1950s/60s Jamaica. Prepare to be left exhausted but exhilarated! Their support act is Princes Risborough band The Experiment. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £12.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Arts & craft fair
Saturday November 9: See details in the Christmas fairs section further on in this listings double page spread.
Artist in residence
Every Wednesday: International acclaimed iconographer Constantina Wood demonstrates her art every Wednesday from 10am-2.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury.
Wednesday November 6: Discuss your favourite authors and books with like-minded readers at Aylesbury library, 2.30pm-3.30pm.
Thursday November 7: Lunchtime concert at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury from 12.45pm. Emilie Capulet on piano. Also an academic and writer, Emilie made her piano debut at the prestigious festival of her native Aix-en-Provence at the age of 14. She has since played all over Europe and the Americas. At St Mary’s she will play music by Chopin (including two of the Ballades), Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Dohnanyi. Admission £3, U18 free.
Villains of Aylesbury
Saturday November 9 & Sunday 10: Ghostly walk through the town’s evil past. See picture story in leisure pages for full details.
Sunday November 10: Service and parade to honour the men and women who have given their lives in the patriotic defence of our country. Market Square 10.45am.
Tuesday November 12: Speciality antiques and collectables market in the Market Square 11am-2pm. Raid your attic and take your small collectables for a free valuation, including coins, jewellery, stamps, books, silverware, chinaware, postcards and glassware.
PUBS AND CLUBS
Today, Wednesday November 6 & Tuesday 12: Tonight, Wednesday, Around the World food night at the Queen’s Head, 1-5 Temple Square, Aylesbury 6-9pm; Tuesday, the Big Money quiz night, register by 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Thursday November 7, Friday 8 & Saturday 9: Thursday 9pm-1am jam night, all welcome; Friday 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands; Saturday 7-10pm new original artists; Saturday 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands.
Saturday November 9: Friends of the Blues band playing at The Rising Sun, Haddenham.
Friday November 8: A celebration of the town’s famous white bird. Hartwell House hosts a unique and scrumptious special lunch prepared by head chef Daniel Richardson and his team. Director and general manager Jonathan Thompson will join guests in the library at noon for a glass of Prosecco and canapes, followed by a two-course lunch with coffee. Cost £33 per person. Book on 01296 747444.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, TRING
Future of insects
Thursday November 7: As part of the Tring Apple Fayre join agro-ecologist David Brooks from Rothamsted Research to examine national trends in the diversity of moths and beetles and look at the consequences for farming and our countryside. Suitable for adults. 7-8pm. Tickets £3.50. Advance booking required 020 7942 6163.
Thursday November 7 until Sunday 10: See details in the Christmas fairs section on this listings page.
Wine lovers’ dinner
Saturday November 9: The evening will begin at 7.30pm with a glass of Waddesdon champagne and seasonal canapes in the wine cellars, followed by an informal tasting of four Rothschild wines. Dinner will follow in the Manor Restaurant with an exquisite five-course meal with carefully selected wines to suit each course. Dress code black tie. Cost £95 per person. Book on 01296 653226.
Friday November 8, Saturday 9: Haddenham Players present two short comedies starting at 7.30pm on Friday and 7pm on Saturday at St Mary’s CE School on Aston Road. The plays are Just the Two Of Us and an Agatha Christie spoof Miss Glossop Comes to Tea. Tickets cost £7 from 01844 299596.
Friday November 8, Saturday 9: Quaintwood Players present Stepping Out at Grendon Underwood village hall. Doors open 7.30pm, curtain up 8pm. Tickets £9 from Leoni Leslie on 01296 771022.
Sunday November 10: Theatre in the Villages presents Alice in Wonderland with the Proteus Theatre Company at the Oasis Centre, 9 Bell Street at 5pm. Suitable for 5+ years. Tickets £10 adults, £5 children, £25 family. Available from 01844 214741 or 07739 333325.
Thursday November 7: A Pamper and Shopping Evening at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Guttmann Road from 6-9pm. Gifts, jewellery, bags, make-up, manicures, facials, reflexology, reike, mulled wine, mince pies, cheese and Christmas pudding. Entry free but suggested donation of £1 for WheelPower. Free parking. To book a treatment or make an equiry call Caroline 01494 857523 or email email@example.com
Thursday November 7 until Sunday 10: Gift fair at Waddesdon Plant Centre each day from 10.30am-4.30pm. Over 50 carefully selected stalls with the finest in local arts and crafts, homewares and original British gifts.
Friday November 8: Chilton House is hosting a coffee morning at 10.30am to raise money for Iain Rennie Hospice. Sample Christmas edigle delights, admire gifts and cards and much more.
Saturday November 9: Prepare early for Christmas and take the opportunity to buy unique and unusual gifts and chat to the makers about their skills. The annual fair aims to promote locally made arts and crafts with a good variety of stalls including paintings, prints, jewellery, glass, ceramics, wood, quilts, soft furnishing, card, felt and vintage clothing. Children’s activities and refreshments are available throughout the day, as well as free parking. 10am-4pm. Tickets £2, concessions and members £1, U14s free. Box office 01296 431272.
Saturday November 9 & Sunday 10: Florence in Friars is a Christmas gift fair being held just outside Bhs in Friars Square in aid of the Florence Nightingale Hospice. It runs from 9am-5.30pm on Saturday and from 10.30am-4.30pm on Sunday. Local craftspeople will be selling a variety of handmade goods including jewellery, cards, cushions, scarves and soaps. Also present over the weekend will be children’s publisher Usborne Books, alongside home-made cakes, a raffle and tombola.
Saturday November 9: Charity Christmas card and gift fair at Brill memorial hall from 10am-1pm. Refreshments, raffles, tombola, stalls, mulled wine.
Saturday November 9: A wedding fair is being held in the Rewley Road visitor centre of Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton from 11am-4pm.
Exhibitors will include floral design, catering, photography, vintage cars and bar planning. The 160-year-old centre with every modern convenience is licensed for civil marriage ceremonies. The interior of the centre – the former Oxford Rewley Road Station – with its historic exhibits, forms an impressive backdrop for a wedding and reception, with endless photographic opportunities, and can comfortably accommodate 150 guests. The bride might even chose the grandeur of arriving by steam train!