Leisure listings: Wednesday, December 11 to Tuesday, December 17

Panto star Anita Dobson
Panto star Anita Dobson

Your guide to what’s on where – feel free to add events using the comment function below.


Box office: 0844 871 7607

Sleeping Beauty: The spectacular Christmas panto starring Anita Dobson (pictured at the Christmas lights switch-on in town, right), Andy Collins and Holly Brewer gets under way on Friday with matinee and evening performances until January 5. Tickets from £10, concessions for group bookings. See special behind the scenes feature at front of paper.

The Nutcracker: Royal Opera House Live presents this popular ballet from Covent Garden. Screened in the Second Space on Thursday at 7.15pm. Tickets £15.


Box office: 01296 431272

Robin Hood and The Babes in the Wood: A traditional pantomime suitable for all the family with lots of audience participation. Matinee and evening performances begin on Friday until December 29. Tickets £12.50, concessions £8.50, children £6.50.


Classical concert: Music at lunchtime at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury from 12.45pm on Thursday. Acacia Ensemble, Samantha Pearce on flute, Heather Wrighton on harp. Established in 2008, this well established duo will present a delightful end of year treat, with music suitable for the season. Admission £3, 18u free.

Christmas fair and carols: In the Market Square on Sunday from 11am through to 7pm.


Lunchtime talk: Gallery talk today, Wednesday, entitled ‘Mammoth!’. From 12.30-1pm. Free, but voluntary donations welcome to support the museum programme.

Woodland art: Exhibition of entries from the Treasures of Wood and Woodland art competition held during the summer. Entrants were asked to enter artwork inspired by Buckinghamshire trees, woodlands and crafts. On until December 14.


The Hop Pole: Aylesbury Uke Jam is open to all ukulele players of any ability (or none). Just pop along with your uke and join in from 7.30pm on Wednesday. Please note, The Hop Pole, 83 Bicester Road, Aylesbury, has an over 18 policy.

Shoot Pool: Jam night, all welcome, Thursday 9pm-1am; live cover/tribute bands Friday 10.30pm-1am; new original artists Saturday 7-10pm; live cover/tribute bands Saturday 10.30pm-1am.

Rivets: Zak returns to the club in Whitehead Way off Mandeville Road, Aylesbury on Saturday at 8.45pm, with a set list to suit all ages and tastes. Members entry is free, guests £2.

The Aristocrat: If Summer Could Sing with Holly on vocals and Charlie on guitar, at the pub on Wendover Road, Aylesbury on Sunday at 6pm.

The Oak House: New Music Monday from 9pm at the pub in Market Square. Live music, interviews, videos.


Christmas lunches: Enjoy genuine historic recipes used by the Rothschild chefs in the early 1900s. Christmas lunches served in the Manor Restaurant from Wednesdays to Sundays until the end of the year. Two courses £19, three courses £22.50. Booking essential 01296 653226. Buying a garden entrance ticket is also required.

Winter Light: Six beautiful outdoor light installations by artist Bruce Monro are situated around the grounds of the manor. The installations can be seen from dusk onwards, Wednesdays to Sundays until January. Normal admission charges to the grounds apply.

Austrian afternoon tea: In the Manor Restaurant every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until December 29. Enjoy a special tea followed by a visit to the Winter Light installations. £16.50 per person, book on 01296 653226. Normal admission charges to the house and gardens also apply.


Winter Moon Wonders: A magical exhibition designed to put you into the festive spirit at Obsidian Art in Stoke Mandeville. Featuring a wonderful range of high quality and unusual art and craft by selected artists and makers. Ceramics, stained glass, sculpture, handmade silver jewellery, textile pictures, framed paper-cuts, sculptured orbs, unusual and charming Christmas decorations, 60+ paintings with winter moon theme. Open daily from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and 12 noon-4pm on Sunday. On until January 5. Free entry and all work is for sale. Opening times may vary over Christmas, call 01296 612150 for details.

Wildlife Exhibition: A special exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Tring to showcase the very best nature photography from around the world. Now in its 49th year, the international competition attracted 43,000 entries from 96 countries, from amateur and professional photographers alike. The exhibition features 100 awe-inspiring images from fascinating animal behaviour to breathtaking wild landscapes. Free entry. Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 2-5pm.


Gala concert: The Halton Singers and RAF Halton Area Band present A Charity Christmas Gala Concert at St George’s Church, RAF Halton tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30pm in aid of Medical Detection Dogs. Admission by ticket, £8, available from members of the choir and band or from the Clock Tower, Wendover.

Dick Whittington: Risborough Youth Theatre present an amateur production with a cast of more than 30 actors aged from six to 21-years-old. They will perform with a live band at Princes Risborough School from Friday to Sunday (December 13 to 15). Tickets can be purchased at Risborough Information Centre.

Santa’s magical train: Meet Father Christmas and his pixies at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton. Book tickets on www.bucksrailwaycentre.org for the special ride on Saturday and Sunday.

Winterfest: At Haddenham village hall complex on Saturday, part beer festival, part Christmas fair. From midday until 5pm. Mulled wine, a wide range of beers, Christmas stalls, hot food and live music. This year all the action is taking place in a huge marquee next to the scout hut. In previous years the action has been spread out across a number of different areas but new for this year every thing will be in one huge tent. Tickets cost £5 in advance, £6 on the door.