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Today, Wednesday September 18: Merrill, Jay and Jimmy return to the Waterside with The Osmond’s American Jukebox. The legendary brothers present a show filled with chart topping classics of their own and others Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets £29.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Bay City Rollers
Thursday September 19: Lead singer Les McKeown brings the Bay City Rollers Show to town with familiar hits from the Scottish boy band of the 70s. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £18.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Friday September 20 & Saturday 21: Nine world class performers, all of whom have been associated with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational musical The Phantom of the Opera, present a thrilling evening of music. Led by three performers who have played the Phantom, this outstanding show features over 20 songs from West End musicals including Les Miserables, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Kiss Me Kate, Wicked and Chicago. The evening concludes by celebrating the most successful entertainment phenomenon of them all, The Phantom of the Opera. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £22. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Sunday September 22: The Illegal Eagles entertain with their Heaven Heats Up Tour. Bringing all the classic songs: Hotel California, Tequila Sunrise, Lyin’ Eyes, Take it to the Limit and Rocky Mountain Way. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £21.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.
David Raphael Band
Friday September 20: Four piece blues band performing their own original music together with R&B standards making for an evening of top class blues/rock entertainment.. Full details elsewhere in leisure. Starts 8pm. Tickets £10.50/concessions £8.50. Box office 01296 431272.
Fish & chip quiz
Friday September 21:Tuck into a tasty fish and chip supper before battling it out against other teams for the title of Quiz Champion. All money raised will go towards the centre’s fundraising efforts. Teams of eight people maximum. Food served from 7pm. Vegetarian option available on request. Tickets £7.50, must be booked in advance. Patrons are invited to make a discretionary donation of £2.50 towards the centre’s fundraising efforts. Call 01296 431272.
Storytime and craft
Thursday September 19: Take the children along to Aylesbury library for a great story and a free craft activity. 10-11am. Free event.
Thursday September 19: Lunchtime concert at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury from 12.45pm. Felicity Vincent on cello and Richard Black on piano. Two vastly experienced musicians in a programme of English music: Poem by the Manchester composer Eric Fogg; the Cello Sonata by David Dubery; and the masterly Sonata by Frank Bridge. Admission £3, under 18s free.
Tuesday September 24: Local produce on sale in Market Square. 9am-2pm.
Tuesday September 24: A fun book club for children aged seven - 11-years-old. An opportunity to chat about favourite authors, play fun games and get creative in Aylesbury library from 4.30-5.30pm. A free event.
Today, Wednesday September 18: A gallery talk entitled ‘How to make a Mummy’. 12.30-12.50pm. Free, but voluntary donations are welcome to support the museum programme.
On until October 5: Spectacular scenes of Hartwell House and its grounds displayed in the Georgian Room. A marvellous depiction of Georgian life caputred 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. The exhibition highlights the many and varied uses of wood and shows 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, and a chance for everyone to choose their favourite object on display and nominate it for the People’s Choice award. Free entry to the exhibition.
PUBS AND CLUBS
Thursday September 19, Friday 20, & Saturday 21: At 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.
Friday September 20: Alvin, The Ultimate Elvis Tribute, performs at Wing Sports and Social Club. A charity night in memory of the late Joyce Lawrence with all proceeds going to the Florence Nightingale Hospice. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from the social club prior to the event or on the door on the night.
Saturday September 21: One of the finest female solo vocalists on the live music circuit, Barni Scott returns to Rivet Sports and Social Club for an evening of songs that span many eras and genre with something for everyone. Starts 8.45pm at the club in Whitehead Way off Mandeville Road, Aylesbury. Members entry free, guests £2.
Kop Hill Climb
Saturday September 21 & Sunday 22: Four hundred bikes and cars storm the hill near Princes Risborough with a further 200 on display in the paddock. Ticket price on the day £10, children under 12 free. Parking free.
Saturday September 21: A talk by the Buckinghamshire Family History Society at Prebendal Farm community centre, Somerville Way, Fowler Road, Aylesbury at 2pm for 2.30pm. Alan Ruston examines The Gentlemen’s Magazine, first published in 1730. The magazine ran monthly for almost 200 years before closing in 1922. No journal before it had carried such wide ranging content. The obituary as we know it can be said to have been invented by the editors. There were pages of them in each issue, mostly concerning the upper classes, but also of criminals and their crimes as well as people who lived to be 100. It was also the leading journal to introduce local history and all counties were covered. The journal is a prime source for local and family history up to the mid 19th century. Non members welcome to attend, a small donation would be appreciated.
History of Barnsdale
Saturday September 21: The Hardy Plant Society, Bucks and Oxon group, present a talk entitled A History of Barnsdale. The speaker is Nick Hamilton, son of gardener and broadcaster Geoff Hamilton, and the owner of Barnsdale. The meeting will be held at the Winslow Centre, Park Road, Winslow and the talk starts at 2.15pm. Visitors, charged £4, are welcome. Further details from Paul Radcliffe 01280 813352.
Thursday September 19: Orlando Jopling plays Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello at St James Church in Great Horwood. The concert is part of his cello pilgrimage in aid of the Church Restoration Fund. 6.30pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (£5 for under 16s), including pre-concert refreshments. Book on 01296 715336.
A Gala Celebration to commemorate the 15th birthday of the Friends of Great Missenden parish church is being held on Saturday, September 21. An exciting programme of music and verse awaits the audience, with The Revd Canon Rosie Harper and her husband Tim singing a duet amongst other things. Other performers include Ken Harratt, Patricia Purcell, Fiona Firth, Martin Robson, Jordan Junior Strings and Ann Crisp. Tickets cost £8 for adults, £5 for children and are available in advance from Samways and also from the parish office at 2 Walnut Close. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Friends have donated over £65,000 in the past 15 years for building repairs and improvements to the parish church.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, TRING
Thursday September 19: Take the nocturnal creatures exhibition (see next item) as your inspiration and make a nocturnal animal mask. Thirty minute workshops at 11am and 2pm. Tickets £1.50 available on the day.
Until November 17: As the seasons change and the long nights draw in, this exhibition looks at animals that are active at night or live permanently in the dark. From animals that come out at night for food or to avoid the heat of the sun, to those that live permanently in the dark, visit to discover how these animals have adapted to survive and thrive in a world with little or low light. Free. Museum opening hours 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday; 2-5pm Sundays. Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday September 20 & Saturday 21: Enjoy an evening of songs from shows old and new in Wing Village Hall. Take your own drinks and nibbles. Tea and coffee will be available. Tickets adults £6, concessions £4, available from Helen on 01296 682378 or from The Cock Inn.
On until November 1: Three new walks of varying lengths and distances explore off the beaten tracks in the gardens of the manor. Free leaflets are provided. All three walks can be completed during the normal opening times of 10am-5pm and normal admission charges apply.
Night at the musicals
Friday September 20 & Saturday 21: A magical night, Gotta Sing Gotta Dance features show stopping numbers from Hairspray,, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Les Miserables, 42nd Street, Barnum, Jersey Boys, Oliver! and Mama Mia. Two hours of spectacular song and dance numbers from stage and screen, a top West End cast and superb live band invite you on an exhilarating journey and unforgettable night through the wonderful world of musical theatre. Evening performances on both nights at 7.30pm with an additional matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday. Tickets from £15. Box office 01494 512000.