Leisure listings: Wednesday, August 28 to Tuesday, September 3

Halton House
Halton House

Your comprehensive guide to what’s on where – feel free to add your events below.


Save the last dance for me

Today, Wednesday August 28 until Saturday 31: A sensational rock n’ roll musical described as a cross between Dreamboats and Petticoats meets Dirty Dancing. Save the Last Dance For Me, written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran known for their hit television shows Goodnight Sweetheart, Shine on Harvey Moon and Birds of a Feather. Featuring the unmistakable hits of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman including A Teenager in Love, Sweets for my Sweet, His Latest Flame, Viva Las Vegas, Save the Last Dance For Me and many more. This nostalgic, feel-good journey will transport you back to music’s golden era following two teenage sisters through the summer of ‘63 as they take their first summer holiday without their parents. There they meet a handsome young American who invites them to a dance at the local US Air Force base. Matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm; all evening performances 7.30pm. Tickets from £10 - £29.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.


Quiz afternoon

Today, Wednesday August 28: Meet some friendly faces and improve your mind with quizzes, puzzles and brain teasers at Aylesbury library. 2.30pm. A free event.

Kids, music, food

Thursday August 29: Get the kids involved in Aylesbury’s first Music and Food Festival. Delicious workshops, dazzling dancers and many surprises along the way. A free event from 11am.

Family fun day

Saturday August 31: Aylesbury Church Network hosts a free day of family fun in Vale Park from 12 noon-4pm. With a free barbecue, bouncy castle, face painting, crafts, zumba and a bootcamp challenge.

Proms in the Park

Saturday August 31: Aylesbury’s own Last Night of the Proms. A chance to enjoy a patriotic picnic in Vale Park from 6.30pm. See front page of leisure for full details.


Sunday September 1: The free fun starts at 12.30pm on the main stage and throughout Vale Park, culminating with a live concert in the evening. See story further in leisure for full details.

Rock for Thembalitsha

Sunday September 1: Music from five live rock and reggae bands in Kingsbury in an outdoor concert from 11am. Acts include The Bighead, My Holiday Romance, Sync the Bismark, Zarak and Silver Tongue Bandoliers with a special appearance by Deak Rivers as Elvis. This is a free family event with bouncy castle plus face painting, candy floss stall, raffle, Peppa Pig, Bob the Builder and zumba with The Siblings. Raising money for the Thembalitsha UK Village of Hope. The gig is free to attend, but please take small change as there will a bucket collection to raise money for the charity.


Lunchtime talk

Today, Wednesday August 28: A gallery talk entitled ‘John Lee’s Miniature Bablylonian Marvels’. 12.30-12.50pm. Free, but voluntary donations are welcome to support the museum programme.

Safe treasures

Today, Wednesday August 28: Summer holiday family event in the Roald Dahl children’s gallery entitled Giraffe, Pelly and Me’s Secret Safes! Decorate a clever little device for keeping your treasures safe. Summer holiday activities cost £2.50 per child/participant. Adults/carers not making anything are free. Drop in any time between 10am-12 noon or 1-3pm. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book.

Book bags

Thursday August 29: Summer holiday family event in the Roald Dahl children’s gallery entitled Matilda’s Brilliant Book Bags. Create your own book bag with a picture from your favourite story to carry your reading books in.

Summer holiday activities cost £2.50 per child/participant. Adults/carers not making anything are free. Drop in any time between 10am-12 noon or 1-3pm. 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. 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 you to choose your favourite object on display and nominate it for the People’s Choice award. Free entry.


Live music

Thursday August 29, Friday 30 & Saturday 31: 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.

Live music

Friday August 30: In the bar of the Broad Leys from 9pm.

Funk soul

Friday August 30: With DJ Paul Williams spinning the discs at the Slug and Lettuce from 9pm.

Night on dance floor

Saturday August 31: A lively night on the dance floor is promised at Rivet Sports and Social Club with the return of Simon Phillips.

He brings some great songs from the past to the present. An ideal evening out to relax with family and friends. Starts 8.45pm. Whitehead Way, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury. Members free, guest £2.


Village locations

Thursday August 29 & Friday 30: 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 Thursday, play is at Cheddington village hall and grounds from 2-4pm.

On Friday, play is at Brill playing field (sports and social club if wet) and also at Wing Jubilee Green from 10am-12 noon; and at Stewkley recreation ground and Steeple Claydon 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. No need to book, just turn up. Parents must stay with and supervise their children.

For more information 01296 585188.


Thursday, August 29: An annual opportunity to embrace the agricultural heritage of our county. At Weedon Park, three miles north of Aylesbury, all day event from 8am. Free parking, free bus running from Aylesbury. Details on front page of leisure.


Quiz Night

Saturday August 31: A general knowledge quiz whilst travelling on board a diesel hauled train. Fish and chip supper included in the evening. On the Watlington Flyer, Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway. Starts 7pm. To book or for more details call 07979 055366.


Halton village will host a myriad of activities on Sunday (September 1). Halton House, the beautiful Rothschild property now used as the officers mess for RAF Halton will be open to the public, giving a rare opportunity to everyone to see inside this magnificent property. A team of guides, many of them serving RAF personnel, with be on hand to elaborate on the history of the house. On the same day the Halton Village Fete takes place in the gardens of Tree Tops from 11am-5pm. Attractions will include children’s fun rides, refreshments, produce stalls and classic cars. In the evening musician Laurie Holloway and his trio will perform in the garden from 7-9.30pm. Tickets £10 from Wendover Clock Tower or call 07885 619854.


Kids go free

August: The last few days of a special offer throughout the month of August when 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-12 noon and see the manor through a child’s eyes with the help of a friendly steward. Booking on 01296n 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 28: This is the final Wild Wednesday at Waddesdon. These hands-on activities have been running throughout August from the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you are 11 and a half’. Today there is a creative session all about environmental artwork. What can you create from the natural materials around you? From 11am-3pm, just drop in. Ideal for children aged from 4-11. £2 per child.

Wind in the Willows

Today, Wednesday August 28: Performed in the gardens by Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Alive with music, song and dance, this magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume. It features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in. Gates open 5.30pm, performance starts 6pm. Tickets £13 adults, £9 children, under three’s free, £38 for a family. Box office 01296 653226.


Grandpa in my Pocket - Teamwork!

Friday August 30 until Sunday September 1: This show comes to the stage with a whole new ‘Grandpa’ theatre experience for young fans of the hugely popular CBeebies television series. Sunnysands Pirate Horatio Heave Ho. takes Jason and Jemima on a pirate adventure in search of treasure. But when things go wrong, it’s time for Grandpa to put on his Shrinking Cap and save the day. It’s Teamwork!

This is a brand new story told by a young ensemble cast who bring all the favourite Sunnysands characters and places to life. Imaginative and highly theatrical children will fall in love with Grandpa in my Pocket all over again.

Performances are at various times in the morning and afternoon throughout the run. Tickets £14.50, under 16s £2 off. Box office 01494 512000.


Moth trapping

Thursday August 29: Ashridge Estate’s visitor centre reveal moths caught in the night, and you can catch your own minibeasts in the woodland. 10.15-11.15am. Tickets £3.50. Most suitable for age 4+. Must book in advance, call 020 7942 6163.