Leisure listing: Your guide to what’s on where

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The best attractions in the Vale and beyond from Wednesday May 29 to Tuesday June 4 – please feel free to add your own events using the comment function.


Jack Dee

Thursday May 30: After six years absence from stand-up he’s back, agonising over the slightest annoyances and misdemeanours. Where’s he been? Appearing on television in shows like QI, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and sitcom Lead Balloon. He also wrote his memoirs, Thanks For Nothing, which he modestly dedicated to himself. Show starts 8pm. Over 16s only. Tickets £21. Box office 0844 871 7607.

And That’s Life

Saturday June 1: Jackie Palmer Stage School and Agency presents the story of a girl who discovers a box in her grandmother’s attic which is full of exciting and mysterious things. The items capture her imagination, each recalling a life lived full of song, dance and adventure. Join her as she discovers her grandmother’s past and looks to her own future. Shows start at 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets from £12. Box office 0844 871 7607.

Johnny’s Rock and Roll Show

Sunday June 2: Some of the greatest names in rock are gathering to put on a sensational show at the Waterside on Sunday (June 2) in honour of Aylesbury teenager Johnny Beer Timms who was tragically paralysed in a garden trampoline accident. The line-up includes 70s rockers Argent with their original line-up of Rod Argent, Russ Ballard, Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford. They are joined by The Moon Dogs together with members of the Zombies (including Colin Blunstone) and Marillion. Johnny, speaking to The Bucks Herald recently, said: “This is probably the last show Argent will do and it’s a one off opportunity to see something like this, a group of professional musicians united together. It’s something you shouldn’t miss.”

Tickets £20. Box office 0844 871 7607.

Colin Fry

Monday June 3: Spiritualist medium and healer with his Higher Senses Tour. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets £17.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.

That’ll Be The Day

Tuesday June 4: The nation’s favourite rock and roll show returns by popular demand with the 2013 tour. Now in it’s 27th year, That’ll Be The Day, with its spectacular hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s, and lots of zany comedy routines, is living proof that rock and roll will never die! Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £21. Box office 0844 871 7607.


Open Mic Night

Saturday June 1: Step into the ‘Limelight’ for an opportunity to share your talent in front of an appreciative audience. A fun evening of music, comedy, poetry and magic. An acoustic night only. Tickets £2 for performers/£4 for spectators/£3 for under 16s. Box office 01296 431272.


Magic Show

Thursday May 30: Colonel Custard in the Market Square from 11am - 3pm, taking to the stage to entertain with impressive tricks and illusions.

Family Fun Day

Thursday May 30: A celebration of National Family Week 2013, the UK’s biggest annual celebration of family life aiming to highlight the importance of quality time together and promoting the benefits of a healty, active lifetstyle. Free event at Walton Court playing fields, Aylesbury 11am - 2pm for children aged up to 12 years. Bouncy castle, giant games, sports, crafts. Bring a picnic. No alcohol permitted.


Childrens’ Tour

Wednesday May 29: A tour of the ground floor of the house before it opens to the public. 11.15am-12 noon. Tickets £23 adults, £14 children (includes house and gardens admission). National Trust members pay reduced price. Booking is essential as places are limited. Telephone 01296 653226.

A Royal Celebration

Saturday June 1: This evening in the Manor Restaurant will begin at 7.30pm with a glass of champagne and canapes followed by a three course dinner inspired by the Queen’s visit to Waddesdon in 1995. £38.50 per person. Lounge suit. Book 01296 653226.


Live Music

Friday May 31: From 9pm in the bar of the Broad Leys.

Funk Soul

Friday May 31: With DJ Paul Williams at the Slug and Lettuce from 9pm.

Beer Festival

Thursday May 30 until Monday June 3: Mini beer and food festival with music at the Rising Sun, Haddenham. A wide range of drinks from all over the country all served straight from the barrel. During the festival there will be a hog roast carved by Ricky Jeffrey, live acoustic music from Craig , and Vinyl Bob playing classic sixties, blues, rhythm and blues and soul.

Madness Tribute

Saturday June 1st: Hope and Glory Ska Band at Long Crendon Social Club. Madness tribute night with ska classics and ska disco DJ Mike Allen. TIckets £15 includes buffet supper.

Easy Listening

Saturday June 1st: Club favourite, Decades Apart perform live with their easy lsitening style which suits all tastes and ages at Rivets Sports and Social Club. Members entry free, guests £2.

Stand-up Comedy

Saturday June 1st: Coldharbour Comedy presents top acts, licensed bar, great music and a prize draw at Fairford Leys Community Centre. Omar Hamdi, Olaf Falafel and Fred Ferenczi, Chris Aston and Aylesbury’s Lee Cotton. Compered by Mark Pencherz. Tickets £5 from the community centre rceception. Over 18s only. Doors open 7pm.


Lunchtime talk

Wednesday May 29: Gallery talk entitled ‘Climbing Everest in 1953’. 12.30-12.50pm. Free, but voluntary donations welcome to the support the museum programme.

Mini Textile Workshop

Saturday June 1: Try a range of different textile projects. All levels welcome. Suitable for adults and young people. Hosted by Aylesbury Vale Embroiderers’ Guild. 10.30am-3.30pm. Cost £10 per person including materials. Book in advance on 01296 331441.

Stitched Exhibition

Until June 29: Stitched into Life - work: by Naomi Ryder. See the delightful, beautiful and humourous work created by textile artist Naomi RYder during her Muir Trust residency at the museum. Featuring stitched portraits of museum visitors, staff, local people and Bucks Herald reporter Heather Jan Brunt. In the Georgian Room.


Until July 6: Splendid Stitches and Exotic Embroidery - a treasure house of textiles in the art gallery. Sumptuous embrodieries and textiles selected from rarely seen treasures from three collections.



Thursday May 30: Bunyans Cottage, 5 High Street. Pretty and colourful, established cottage-style garden in conservation area of village. Constantly evolving mini orchard and productive areas with lovely view of parish church. 2-5pm. Combined admission with Laplands Farm on Ludgershall Road £3.50, children free.


Sunday June 2: Abbotts House, 10 Church Street. A garden on different levels divided into four. Courtyard near house with arbour and pots, woodland garden (planted six years ago) with rose arbour, swimming pool garden with grasses. Walled Victorian kitchen garden with glass houses, potager, fruit pergola, wall trained fruit and many Mediterranean plants. Limited wheelchair access. Refreshments. Open 2-5.30pm. Admission £3, children free.


Miniature traction engine rally

Sunday June 2: Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton plays host to the event organised by the VAMES miniature railway from 10.30am. Ride-on traction engines,, all faithfully built as smaller versions of the real thing. Some give rides and most will disappear around lunchtime to drive up to and gather on Quainton village green.


Three Too Many Women

Wednesday May 29 to Saturday June 1: A fun filled new musical written by local women Rebecca Taylor and Nina Taylor and starring a local cast. The humourous musical drama tells the prequel to the story that inspired Jospeh and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - a story of love triumphing over deceit! Brought to you by TARTS - The Artfully Reliable Theatre Society. Curtain up 7.30pm. Tickets from, £10. Book online at www.courttheatre.co.uk


Plants that Bite Back

Wednesday May 29 and Friday 31: Messy play most suitable for children aged 5+. Plants can sometimes surprise you, especially if you’re a tiny insect. Make a snapping plant and insect from craft materials and see who eats whom for lunch. Thirty minute workshops on both days at 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am, 11.45am, 2pm and 2.30pm. Tickets £1.50, available on the day.

Pond Dipping

Thursday May 30: Popular pond dipping event at Ashridge Estate, most suitable for children aged 5+. What creatures are waiting to be discovered in the murky depths? Workshop lasting one and a half hours, starts at 10.15am. Tickets £3.50, must be booked in advance on 020 7 942 6163.


T J Higgs

Thursday May 30: Psychic medium, author and lecturer. Show starts in the Town Hall at 7.30pm. TIckets £17.50. Box office 01494 512000.

Elvis Tribute

Friay May 31: Europe’s largest Elvis tribute show, The Ultimate Performance with Chris Connor and Barisons Orchestra. Featuring the King of Rock and Roll’s greatest hits including Suspicious Minds, Heartbreak Hotel, Can’t Help Falling in Love and Love Me Tender. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets £21. Box office 01494 512000.


The Sound of Music

Runs until Saturday June 1: The world’s most loved musical returns to Oxford for one week. Telling the story of nun Maria who goes to work for widowed Captain von Trapp to look after his seven children. Evening and matinee performances. Tickets from £17. Box office 0844 871 3020.