Leisure listings: August 14 to August 20

Teddy bear's picnic
Teddy bear's picnic
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Your comprehensive guide to what’s on where from Wednesday August 14 to Tuesday August 20 – feel free to add events by using the comment function below.



Thursday August 15: Take the children along to Aylesbury library for a great story and a free craft activity. 10-11am. Free event.

Wild West

Thursday August 15: Trot along to the Market Square to be transported to the glory days of the Wild West. Full details in leisure lead picture story.


Films showing from Friday August 16 to Thursday August 22.

2 Guns (15)

Fri-Thu 6pm 8.45 Audio Description Available

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (15)

Fri-Tue 19.00 21.15 Wed-Thu 20.30

Audio Description Available

The Conjuring (15)

Fri-Thu 9.15pm Audio Description Available

Despicable Me 2 (U)

Fri-Tue 11.15am Thu 11.15am

Elysium (15)

Wed-Thu 6.30pm 9pm Audio Description Available

Grown Ups 2 (12A)

Fri-Mon 1.45pm 4.15pm 6.45pm 9.15pm Tue 1.45pm 4.15pm s/t 6.45pm 9.15pm Wed-Thu 1.45pm 4.15pm 6.45pm Audio Description Available

Kick Ass 2 (15)

Fri-Thu 1pm 3.30pm 6.15pm 9pm

Audio Description Available

The Lone Ranger (12A)

Fri-Tue 8pm Wed-Thu 5pm

Audio Description Available-

Monsters University (U)

Fri-Thu 1.30pm 4pm

Audio Description Available Free

Mortal Instruments: City of Bone (12A)

Wed-Thu 11.30am 2.30pm 5.30pm 8.30pm Audio Description Available

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters (PG) Digital 3D

Fri-Tue 5.30pm

Audio Description Available

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters (PG)

Fri-Wed 11.45am 2.15pm Thu 11.45am 2.15pm s/t

Audio Description Available-s/t

Planes (U) Digital 3D

Fri-Thu 1.15pm Audio Description Available

Planes (PG)

Fri-Sat 11am 3.30pm Sun 11am 3.30pm s/t Mon-Thu 11am 3.30pm

Audio Description Available-s/t

Robbie Willaims: Take The Crown (12A)

Tue 6.50pm

Smurfs 2 (U) Digital 3D

Fri-Tue 1.45pm Audio Description Available

Smurfs 2 (U)

Fri-Sat 10.30am 4.15pm Sun 4.15pm Mon-Tue 10.30am 4.15pm Wed-Thu 10.15am Audio Description Available

The Wolverine (12A)

Fri-Mon 6.30pm

Audio Description Available

Allstars (U) Odeon Kids

Fri-Thu 11am

Love Is All You Need (15) Senior Screen

Wed 10.30am

Smurfs 2 (U) Autism Friendly

No Ads & Trailers-Digital-Wheelchair Accessible-Audio Description Available-Autism Friendly Screening

Sun 11.30am


Lunchtime talk

Today, Wednesday August 14: Gallery talk entitled ‘The Gentlemen of the Jury’ 12.30-12.50pm. Free, but voluntary donations are welcome to support the museum programme.

Painting exhibition

On until October 5: Scenes of Hartwell House and its grounds displayed in the Georgian Room. A marvellous depiction of Georgian life captured 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, highlighting the many and varied uses of wood, from finely carved decorative items to functional objects that show 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. Free entry.

Roman mosaics

Today, Wednesday August 14: Summer holiday family event in the Roald Dahl children’s gallery. Try Roman crafts inspired by real museum objects. Design and make your own mini mosaic. Summer holiday activities cost £2.50 per child/participant. Adults/carers not making anything are free. Drop in any time between 10am-noon or 1-3pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

Roman gods

Thursday August 15: Summer holiday family event in the Roald Dahl children’s gallery. Try Roman crafts inspired by real museum objects. Learn about the powers of the Roman gods and goddesses and make your own household shrine. Summer holiday activities cost £2.50 per child/participant. Adults/carers not making anything are free. Drop in any time between 10am-noon or 1-3pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

Owl bean bags

Tuesday August 20: Summer holiday family event in the Roald Dahl children’s gallery. Find out more about Bucks wildlife and create your own little nocturnal companion by creating an owl bean bag toy. Summer holiday activities cost £2.50 per child/participant. Adults/carers not making anything are free. Drop in any time between 10am-noon or 1-3pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.


Live music

Thursday August 15, Friday 16 & Saturday 17: 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.

Live music

Friday August 16 & Sunday August 18: At The Aristocrat, Wendover Road, Aylesbury. On Friday, Free State Revo lution from 9pm; on Sunday, If Summer Could Sing from 6pm.

Versatile performer

Saturday August 17: Dynamic international female solo vocalist Kim Robinson appears at Rivet Sports and Social Club with great songs and various styles of music, covered through the decades from the 50s to the present day. At Whitehead Way, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury. Starts 8.45pm. Members entry free, guests £2.


Village locations

Today, Wednesday August 14 through to Tuesday August 20: Aylesbury Vale District Council and SureStart Centres are providing a series of free play, sports and art activities for children aged from one to 11 years across the Vale parishes.

Activities include bouncy castles, arts and crafts, giant games, soft play, circus skills, sand pit, team games, parachute games and sports.

Today, Wednesday August 14, play is at Orchard Ground and Biggs Pavilion in Cublington and at Wingrave recreation ground from 10am-noon; and at Long Crendon recreation ground from 2-4pm.

If you go down to Weston Turville today, you’re sure of a big surprise. For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain because

today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.Wendover Rotary is hosting the day for children, teddies, parents and grandparents at Weston Turville village hall and grounds from 2-4.30pm on Wednesday. There will be teas and lovely cakes and a competition for best dressed teddy, so make sure teddy is in his/her Sunday best for the day. Other attractions include games, races, face painting, stalls and lots of prizes to win. Free entry.

In aid of PACE, School Aid and other Rotary supported charities and projects.

On Thursday August 15 play is at Stoke Mandeville playing field (and community centre if wet) from 10am-noon.

On Friday August 16 play is at Winslow sports and recreation ground and at Marsworth recreation ground (Millennium Hall if wet) from 10am-noon; and at Bierton sports centre and recreation ground and at Buckingham children’s centre from 2-4pm.

On Monday August 19 play is at Winslow sports and recreation ground from 10am-noon; and Stone Family Fun Day takes place at the War Memorial Recreation Ground (village hall if wet) from 10am-3pm.

On Tuesday August 20 play is at Ashendon playing field and pavilion and at Slapton recreation ground (village hall if wet) from 10am-noon; and at Long Crendon recreation ground and pavillion and at Ludgershall Memorial Hall from 2-4pm.

Outdoor sessions are weather dependent. Some sites may not have toilet facilities. Participants should take along their own refreshments. No need to book, just turn up. Parents must stay with and supervise their children. For more information 01296 585188.



Saturday August 17 until September 8: Art exhibition of feline and canine inspired pieces. See leisure picture story for full details.


Victorian day

Saturday August 17 & Sunday 18: Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton hosts A Victorian Day Out in the Country over the weekend. Attractions include ferret handling and racing, an owl display, ‘have-a-go’ archery for adults, costumed members of the Great Britain Veteran Cycle Club, plus a traditional potter, wood turner and blacksmith at work. There will also be cream teas and local cider sampling on offer as well as indoor crafts including cakes, preserves, fudge, nuts, knitted fairy maker, wool spinning and weaving. Full details and to book tickets, call 01296 655720.


Kids go free

August: Throughout the month of August children have free entry to the house and gardens, when accompanied by one paying adult, who can take as many children as they like.

Every Wednesday in August children can also go on a free guided tour of the house from 11.15am-noon and see the manor through a child’s eyes with the help of a friendly steward. Booking on 01296 653226 is essential for the tour as places are limited.

The grounds include a year-round woodland playground in a shady spot and offer many beautiful locations to stop for a rest and a picnic.

Wild Wednesday

Today, Wednesday August 14: There are lots of hands-on activities during ‘Wild Wednesdays’ throughout August from the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you are 11 and a half’. Today is the Zoolab animal handling workshop in the Power House. You can learn about a selection of interesting animals including snakes, frogs and giant millipedes. Find out where they come from and what they eat in the wild. You will be able to handle these creatures in a safe environment. Recommended age five-12 years. Book in advance on 01296 653226.

Opera Brava

Friday August 16 & Saturday 17: Making their debut performance on the North Front with the Manor as a spectacular backdrop, Opera Brava present two operatic classics in an outdoor performance which will provide a feast for the senses. Puccini’s heart-wrenching tragedy Madame Butterfly on Friday and Rossini’s comedy The Barber of Seville on Saturday. The performances will be conducted in English and start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £25 in advance, £32 on the day. Pre-performance supper available: 5.30pm Pimm’s reception, two-course dinner in the Manor restaurant. £63.50 per person including the performance ticket. Call 01296 653226.

Tea with music

Sunday August 18: Every Sunday throughout August enjoy afternoon tea with live music in the manor restaurant from 4pm. £23.50 (includes garden admission). Book on 01296 653226.


Family activity

Thursday August 15: Family fun creating emerging butterflies. Make an optical illusion and watch as your caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly or moth. Most suitable for children aged five plus. Thirty-minute workshops at 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am, 11.45am, 2pm and 2.30pm. Tickets £1.50, available on the day.

Insect sundials

Tuesday August 20: For centuries sundials have been used to tell the time. Make your own copy of the museum’s butterfly sundial to take home. Most suitable for children aged five plus. Forty-five minute workshops at 10.15am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm. Tickets £1.50, available on the day.


Georgian dining

Friday August 16: A summer talk entitled Appearing to Advantage – Dining with the Georgians. Food historian Dr Annie Gray has a wide ranging set of interests, from gender and tea, through to changing notions of edibility. In this talk she discusses Georgian dining including what to feed your notable guests and how to navigate around the pitfalls of dining in polite society. Feel yourself going back in time as you taste authentic Georgian recipes and take in your surroundings in Stowe’s sumptuous state music room where many a fine meal has been consumed. Dr Gray is a noted food historian who has featured on many television and radio programmes including the Great British Bake Off, the Hairy Bikers Best of British and the Kitchen Cabinet. The talk starts at 7pm. Tickets £18. Booking line 01280 818002.

Rooftop at twilight

Every Sunday in August: Admire the magnificent views of Stowe from the rooftop at twilight under the guidance of a guide. Take your camera for spectacular photo opportunities. Enjoy wine and canapes on the magnificent south front portico on arrival. Starts 7pm. Tickets £10. Booking line

01280 818002.