Leisure listings: July 31 to August 6

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Your comprehensive guide to what’s on where from Wednesday July 31 to Tuesday August 6 – feel free to add events by using the comment function below.


Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show

Tuesday August 6 & Wednesday 7: Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and all the favourite Disney characters for an hilarious talent search in the all-new, brightly coloured, high energy singalong Disney Live show. Mickey is joined by Minnie, Donald and Goofy on a zany road trip where audiences can help to find the coolest acts around. Along the way hit a high note with Cinderella, bounce with Tigger and shout out your loudest ‘yee-haw’ at a hoedown with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear. Morning and afternoon performances on both days. Tickets from £19, family tickets also available. Box office 0844 871 7607.

Don Pasquale

Tuesday August 6: Glyndebourne live screening of Gaetano Donizatti’s Don Pasquale presented in the Second Space. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. Starts 7.15pm. Box office 0844 871 7607.


Summer speedway

Thursday August 1: A covered event in Kingsbury from 11am-3pm. Fulfil your need for speed on giant eight-lane Scalextric. Watch your car zoom round the track and race your friends against the clock. Try your luck on the mini motorbike simulators. There will also be a pottery workshop. Free event.


Films showing at Aylesbury Odeon from Friday August 2 to Thursday August 8.

Alan Partridge . Alpha Papa (15)

Wed-Thu 9pm Audio Description Available

The Conjuring (15)

Fri-Mon 5.15pm 8.15pm Tue 5.15pm subt 8.15pm Wed-Thu 5.15pm 8.15pm

Audio Description Available

Despicable Me 2 (U) Digital 3D

Fri-Thu 10.45am Audio Description Available

Despicable Me 2 (U)

Fri-Thu 1.15pm Audio Description Available

The Heat (15)

Fri-Thu 3.30pm 6.15pm 9.15pm

Monsters University (U) Digital 3D

Fri -Thu 6.15pm Audio Description Available

Monsters University (U)

Fri-Tue 10.15am 12.45pm 3.45pm

Wed 12.45pm 3.45pm Thu 10.15am 12.45pm 3.45pm Audio Description Available

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

Wed-Thu 1.45pm Audio Description Available

Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters (PG)

Wed-Thu 4.15pm Audio Description Available

Red 2 (12A)

Fri-Thu 12.30pm 3.15pm 6pm 8.45pm

Audio Description Available

Smurfs 2 (U) Digital 3D

Thu 12pm 2.30pm Audio Description Available

Smurfs 2 (U)

Fri-Sun 11am 13.30pm 4pm 6.30pm Mon 11am 13.30pm 4pm subt 6.30pm Tue-Thu 11am 13.30pm 4pm 6.30pm

Audio Description Available

The Wolverine (12A) Digital 3D

Fri-Tue 9pm Audio Description Available

The Wolverine (12A)

Fri-Tue 2pm 5pm 8pm Wed-Thu 6.45pm 9.30pm Audio Description Available

The Worlds End (15)

Fri-Wed 8.45pm Thu 8.45 subt Audio Description Available

Epic (U) Odeon Kids

Fri-Thu 11am

Promised Land (15) Senior Screen

Wed 10.30am


Lunchtime talk

Today, Wednesday July 31: Gallery talk entitled ‘trees and woods in literature’. 12.30-12.50pm. Free, but voluntary donations are welcome to support the museum programme.

Mr Fox swag bag

Today, Wednesday July 31: Decorate your own Fantastic Mr Fox swag bag in the Roald Dahl children’s gallery. Drop in any time between 10am and 12 noon or 1-3pm. Summer holiday activities cost £2.50 per child/participant. Adults and carers not making anything are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

James’ giant insects

Thursday August 1: Make your own collection of insects inspired by those James met in the peach. Located in the Roald Dahl children’s gallery. Drop in any time between 10am and noon or 1-3pm. Summer holiday activities cost £2.50 per child/participant. Adults and carers not making anything are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

Meet the craftsman

Saturday August 3: Meet craftsman Stuart King and discover traditional Bucks crafts. Watch him make gypsy flowers from hazelwood. Free event, just drop in between 11am-3pm.

Dinosaur cuddly toy

Tuesday August 6: Make your own prehistoric pet in the Roald Dahl children’s gallery. Drop in any time between 10am and 12 noon or 1-3pm. Summer holiday activities cost £2.50 per child/participant. Adults and carers not making anything are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

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.


Morris men

Today, Wednesday July 31: The Three Horseshoes at Towersey welcomes the Towersey Morris Men and guests for their annual summer dance in the car park. Open to all, entry free.

Live music

Thursday August 1, Friday 2 & Saturday 3: 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.

Rock covers

Friday August 2: Yellowhouse perform loud and proud rock covers at their finest at the Aristocrat, 1-5 Wendover Road, Aylesbury. 9pm. Entry free.

Sixties covers

Saturday August 3: The Bittles are a swinging 60s cover band performing music from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Small Faces and The Who. At the Aristocrat, 1-5 Wendover Road, Aylesbury. 6pm. Entry free.


Saturday August 3: The Marney Brothers bring you the freshest sounds of house and new UK garage and old school garage. At the Aristocrat, 1-5 Wendover Road, Aylesbury. 8pm. Entry free.

Smooth & easy

Saturday August 3: Michael Knight, a professional and polished performer who appeals to many with his easy going relaxed and smooth style. Performing at Rivet Sports and Social Club, Whitehead Way, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury. Show starts 8.45pm. Members entry free, guests £2.


Village locations

Today, Wednesday July 31 through to Tuesday August 6: 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. On Wednesday July 31 the play is at Marsh Gibbon village hall and also at Ludgershall Memorial Hall from 10am-noon and at Winslow sports and recreation ground from 2-4pm; on Friday August 2 play is at Pitstone recreation ground and Memorial Hall and also at Whaddon recreation ground from 10am-noon and at Steeple Claydon Children’s Centre and also at Calvert Green community centre from 2-4pm; on Monday August 5 play is at Long Crendon recreation ground and pavilion from 10am-12 noon and at Ashendon playing field and pavilion and also at Buckingham children’s centre from 2-4pm. Outdoor sessions are weather dependent. Some sites may not have toilet facilities. Participants should take along their own refreshments. There is no need to book, just turn up. Parents must stay with and supervise their children. For more information call 01296 585188.


A taste of summer

Saturday August 3: Heaven for foodies! A gathering of food and drink producers from the region to celebrate Great British produce on the Manor Waste, Wendover from 10am-4pm. Bread, cheese, meats, beer, cider, sweet treats. The event is a joint fundraiser for Florence Nightingale Hospice and Wendover Clock Tower fund. More information from 01296 585022.

Sheep fair

If you love outdoor sales, take a trip along to the 11th Thame Summer Sheep Fair at the Thame Showground on Friday (August 2). The fair is one of the biggest one-day sheep sales in the entire country and will see more than 26,000 sheep sold. Although primarily a trade event for working farmers and shepherds, the fair does also attract visitors who just love to see all the sheep. The animals, including ewes, lambs and rams, will come from local breeders in Aylesbury, Wendover, Stoke Mandeville, Butlers Cross, Oving, Long Crendon and Thame as well as from farmers as far away as Cirencester, Towcester, Northampton, Crawley and Buxton. The sale starts on Friday at 8am with the store and ewe lambs. Breeds on sale will include Texel, Cheviot, Suffolk and Mules.

Music festival

Saturday August 3: In the garden of the Green Man, Mursley Music Festival starts at 2pm and goes on until late. Live bands and music, licensed bar, pig roast, stalls, fish and chips. In aid of Help for Heroes, Chiltern MS and Mursley church. Register for free entry at the greenmanmursley.co.uk

Rock 4 Ryder

Saturday August 3: Live rock and blues performed by Inside Out. Hog roast supper included in £12.50 ticket. Eskdale Road community centre, Stoke Mandeville. This is a 30th birthday celebration for the Sue Ryder shop at Bedgrove. Tickets available from the shop or call 01296 394589.


Saturday August 3 & Sunday 4: At the Wormsley Estate. See full details in leisure picture story.


Forgotten metroland

Saturday August 3, Sunday 4, Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7: Celebration of 150 years of the London underground with three family days and one connoisseurs day at Bucks Railway Centre. See picture story in leisure for full details.

Steam fayre

Saturday August 3 & Sunday 4: Great Bucks Steam and Country Fayre at Shabbington. Attractions include shire horses, threshing, vintage cars, commercial vehicles, motor cycles, working vintage tractors, 
stationary engines, rural crafts, a large market, refreshments, silver band, fairground organs, licensed bar, donkey rides, pets corner and Chiltern Air Ambulance. 
Gate entrance price, adults £7, OAPs £6, children under the age of 16 £5. Live free music entertainment on Saturday evening by Johnny Quantrell and the Confederates.


Kids go free

August: Throughout the month of August children have free entry to the house and gardens. For full details see front page picture story of leisure.

Behind the scenes

Friday August 2: A chance to see how and where the servants of Waddesdon lived and worked in the manor. 10.30am-noon. 
Book on 01296 653226.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday August 3: This timeless Shakespeare comedy is performed by the Pantaloons in the gardens. Gates open 6.30pm, performance begins 7pm. Tickets £12 adults, £9 children, under three’s free. Book 01296 653226.

Tea with music

Sunday August 4: 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.


Fossil leaf prints

Thursday August 1: Family fun opportunity for little ones to get messy with clay and create their own leaf fossil. One hour workshops at 10.30am, 2pm and 3pm. Tickets £3.50, advance booking required. Call 020 7 942 6163. Most suitable for children aged 5+.

Tissue paper flowers

Tuesday August 6: Take inspiration from the Blooming Marvellous exhibition. 45-minute workshops at 10.15am, 11am, 2pm and 3pm. Tickets £1.50, available on the day. Most suitable for children aged 5+.