Lots to see and do for those with time on their hands (or kids!)

Derren Brown brings his Svengali tour to Aylesbury from Monday. Below a scene from South Pacific
Derren Brown brings his Svengali tour to Aylesbury from Monday. Below a scene from South Pacific

ILLUSIONIST Derren Brown, musical South Pacific, live music and an open air cinema – just some of the highlights on offer in the Vale over the next seven days.

For a comprehensive seven day what’s on guide see this week’s Bucks Herald (which is in a broadsheet format for one final time).

A scene from South Pacific at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

A scene from South Pacific at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

FRIDAY

Live music

Oxfordshire rock and blues group Breadline perform at Thame’s Players’ theatre on May 25 at 7.45pm. Expect to hear the tones of B.B.King one minute and Hendrix the next. For tickets call 01844 217228.

Live music at Aylesbury’s Broad Leys pub from 9pm. Takes place the last Friday of each month.

Film

Open air cinema at Aldbury recreation ground near Tring from 7pm. Showing will be The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Grease is showing on Saturday. For details email aldburyworldchallenge@hotmail.co.uk

Why not visit?

Designer maker exhibition, by a Beds, Bucks and Oxon collective, at the C2 gallery in Stoke Hammond. Runs Friday-Sunday and features wood carving, paintings, textiles and metalwork. For more details visit www.designermakercollective.blogspot.co.uk

Olympic-themed May Fair at Stoke Mandeville Combined school from 3.15pm. There will be food and drinks, entertainment, bouncy castle, slides and face painting.

Why not try?

Rosemary Conley Kardy-o-fun party at the Grange School in Aylesbury, 7pm-9pm. Tickets are £7.50. The exercise class is aimed at getting women fit for the Florence Nightingale Midnight Walk on July 14. For details visit www.rosemaryconley.com

Comedy night at Chesham FC’s ground in Amy Lane with Cole Parker, Hils Barkley, James Loveridge and Toby Muresniau. Tickets are £10-£12. Starts at 8pm. For details visit www.facebook.com/cheshamcomedy

Kids

Musical group for babies and toddlers every Friday afternoon in Bedgrove at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall. Runs 2pm-2.45pm with www.jacqinthebox.com

Aylesbury Library bounce and rhyme session for under fives 10.30am-11am. Free entry, but booking required as only enough space for 35 children. For details call 0845 2303232 or email lib-ayl@buckscc.gov.uk

Princes Risborough Library storytime session for under fives 2.15pm-2.45pm. Free entrance, no booking required.

SATURDAY

Why not visit?

Railex Model Railway exhibition at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on Saturday and Sunday. It will be one of the largest model railway shows in the south of England with 80 stands and model making demonstrations. Visitors can also see a model of the old Aylesbury High Street Station which closed in 1953. Runs 10.30am-5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. Entry is £7.50 for adults and £4 for children.

Broughton Infant School May fair at Broughton Infant School in Aylesbury from 12pm. Entry is 50p.

Dunton Olympics fete in the grounds of The Old Rectory between Whitchurch and Stewkley. Expect Olympic-style games, stalls, beer tent and barbecue from 12pm.

Chesham Bois Jubilee fete on the common, with kings and queens fancy dress parade at 11.30am on North Road and picnic at 12pm. Fun and games in the afternoon. For details visit www.cheshamboispc.org.uk

History in action: reneactment of the seven year war. Find out what soldiers wore, ate and how they spent their time living in battle camps. Takes place at the New Inn, Stowe on Saturday and Sunday 10am-5.30pm. For details visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

Haddenham antiques and collectables fair at the village hall. Runs forth Sunday of each month. Open to the public from 10am-4pm. £1 entry, or free for under 12s. For more details visit www.events4antiques.com

Why not try?

Bingo evening in aid of the Florence Nightingale Hospice at Bedgrove Community Centre from 7.15pm. Tickets cost £7. For details visit www.fnhospice.org.uk

Live music

Aylesbury Lions Club presents its annual charity concert featuring the Vale Symphonic Wind Band at St Mary’s Church. Proceeds go to Wheelpower. Music will range from The Beatles to Mendelssohn and the Lion King. Tickets cost £12 and can be bought from Motts Coaches in Aylesbury’s Buckingham Street or by calling 01844 291617.

The Songs of James Taylor will be performed at Aylesbury’s Limelight Theatre by tribute artist Ian Entwistle and his female harmony backing group. Starts at 8pm. For details visit www.qpc.org

The Manor House String Quartet will perform at Ivinghoe Church at 7.30pm. The Cheddington-based group recite well known pieces such as Vivaldi’s Summer and Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers. Tickets £8-£10. For details call 01296 661540.

Concert celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Chalfont St Giles. Actor Lance Pierson, soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain present a pageant of readings and music from across the centuries to celebrate the nation’s Monarchs. Starts at 6.30pm at St Giles Memorial Hall. For details visit www.invoiceandverse.co.uk

Bisham Concert Band will perform at Holy Trinity Church in Penn Street, near High Wycombe at 7.45pm in aid of Mission Aviation Fellowship. The band will be playing music from the stage and TV. Tickets are £10. For more details visit www.bishamconcertband.org.uk

SUNDAY

Why not visit?

Look around private and stately homes to help raise money for charity through the National Garden Scheme. Today see Kingswood House in Great Missenden and cottages in Verney Junction. For more details visit www.ngs.org.uk

Bierton school May fair in Parsons Lane from 11am-3pm. Expect stalls, face painting, slides and a barbecue.

Family fun afternoon at Aylesbury’s La Tasca restaurant from 12pm to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Live music

Music In Quiet Places series of concerts continues at The Church of St James The Great in Aston Abbots at 7.30pm. The classical concert will include music by Franz Krommer and Motzart. Tickets cost £8. There is also a free guided walk around the village open to everybody at 6.30pm. For more details visit www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

Exercise

Sky Ride guided cycling tours across the Vale for families. Meet at 10am at the Bucks Railway Centre. For more details visit www.goskyride.com/aylesbury

Aylesbury CTC cycle club ride around the Vale. Meet at Aqua Vale at 9.30am. For details visit www.southbuckscycling.org.uk/aylesbury

Aylesbury and District Ramblers meet at 10am at Waddesdon Garden Centre for a 10.5-mile route passing Wescott towards Wotton Underwood. For details visit www.aylesbury-ramblers.org.uk

MONDAY

Theatre

Derren Brown brings his new Svengali stage show to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. The psychological illusionist combines magic, suggestion, misdirection and showmanship to seemingly predict and control human behaviour. Runs until Saturday June 2. For more details visit www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury