Leisure listings: Wednesday, November 20 to Tuesday November 26

Waddesdon at Christmas. Rothschild historial recipes are being used in the Christmas lunch menu throughout December.
Waddesdon at Christmas. Rothschild historial recipes are being used in the Christmas lunch menu throughout December.

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


Desert queen

On until Saturday November 23: Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, The spectacular, all singing, all dancing colourful feelgood musical starring Jason Donovan is practically a sellout. There are a handful of seats left for the Friday 5pm performance, and a few single seats elsewhere during the week. Tickets from £10. Box office 0844 871 7607.

Priscilla party

Friday November 22 & SaturdayNovember 23: Party the night away in true Priscilla style in the Second Space of the theatre after the show is over.

Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and party bag on arrival, then enjoy a cocktail and disco. Friday’s party starts at 7.45pm through to 1pm, and Saturday’s party is 7pm-1am. Tickets £15, book online or with the box office 0844 871 7607.

Jason Manford

Monday November 25 & Tuesday 26: The northern comedian presents a show which promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, comic misunderstandings and audience banter. Further details in leisure story.Show, which is suitable for 16+, starts 8pm. Tickets £22.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.


Comedy variety

Friday November 22: A cast of several comedians bring a variety night to the theatre. Headliner Abi Roberts has been called a master impersonator, a consummate entertainer and Julie Walters Mark II; Steph Peart from Cornwall weaves heart-warming stories with slick punchlines; Henry Von Stifle brings hilariously erudite impropriety; and Jonny Emmett and Fenella Fudge present unique shenanigans. 
Suitable for 18+. See leisure story. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £10.50, concessions £8.50. Box office 01296 431272.

David Copperfield

Saturday November 23: Capturing the haunting beauty of the Yarmouth coast and bustling Victorian London, Hotbuckle Productions use their distinctive style to tell the beloved story of Dickens’ favourite child as only they know how. Young David Copperfield’s sheltered life with his doting mother is thrown into turmoil when she remarries the ruthless and violent Murdstone. 
Thrust into an uncaring world of poverty and hardship, young David must work out who to trust if he is to grow into the man he must become. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £11.50, concessions £9.50. Box office 01296 431272.


Artist in residence

Every Wednesday: Internationally acclaimed iconographer Constantina Wood demonstrates her art every Wednesday from 10am-2.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury.

Classical music

Wednesday November 20: An evening concert of three strongly contrasting and enjoyable sonatas - Beethoven’s A minor op 23, Prokofiev’s light and entertaining D major Sonata, no 2, and the lushly romantic early work by Richard Strauss. The musicians are Margaret Dziekonski on violin and An-Ting Chang on piano. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

Classical music

Thursday November 21: Lunchtime concert at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, from 12.45pm. Soprano Genevieve Usher with pianists Chris Crocker and Chris Underhill. A Russian lunchtime with songs by Rachmaninov and Medtner. Admission £3, U18 free.

Christmas lights

Thursday November 21: Christmas is coming and the town’s twinkling festive lights will be switched on tomorrow (Thursday, November 21).

Seven-year-old Alex Novakovic, who underwent treatment in America earlier this year following a fantastic fundraising effort by the town, will join Waterside panto stars to flick the switch. Sleeping Beauty baddie Anita Dobson, heroine Holly Brewer and Chester the Jester played by local comedian Andy Collins will join in the fun. The ceremony, hosted by Mix 96, starts at 5.30pm in the Market Square, with a funfair in Kingsbury and the lights are expected to be switched on at 6.50pm. Afterwards there will be fireworks and music. There will also be a chance for some late night shopping until 8pm.

Winter fair

Saturday November 23: At St Mary’s Church from 10.30am-2pm. Cards, craft stalls, cakes, games, children’s activities, tombola and lots more for all the family.

Santa’s parade

Sunday November 24: Excited children might like to have a sneak preview and meet Santa on Sunday when he parades through the town centre.

Taking a breather from all the toy making at the North Pole, Santa and his friends will parade through the town from the High Street, around Market Square and into Friars Square. The parade starts at 10.30am, with activities from 11am-3pm.

Ethical issues

Sunday November 24: An open meeting at Limes Avenue Baptist Church, Aylesbury with speaker Peter Saunders, CEO of the Christian Medical Fellowship. Mr Saunders, formerly a general surgeon, will speak from a Christian point of view on the ethical issues raised by the advance of medical technologies in recent years. His writings cover a wide range of topical issues, including IVF, eugenics, abortion, mitochondria donation treatment, organ transplants and euthanasia. There

will be an opportunity for questions. No need to book and no charge. All are welcome.

For further information call the church office: 01296 415327

Farmers’ market

Tuesday November 26: Shop for local produce in the Market Square 9am-2pm.


Off the Wall

On until November 30: A selling exhibition of paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture. A fantastic opportunity to buy work that is collectable and affordable, and a chance to find a unique Christmas present. Today, Wednesday, there is also a lunchtime talk at 12.30pm by one of the exhibiting artists, print maker Diana Ashdown. And on Saturday, November 23, there is a chance to meet glass engraverJessica Ecott and wood engraver Edward Stamp at 11am and textile artist Rachel Wright and artist Rebecca Ball at 1pm. From 11am-1pm see Jessica Ecott, a glass maker, and Edward Stamp, a wood engraver. And from 1-3pm Rachel Wright a textile artist and Rebecca Ball an artist. The exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm.

Woodland art

On until December 14: 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.


Queen’s Head

Today, Wednesday November 20 & Tuesday 26: Tonight, Wednesday, Around the World food night at the Queen’s Head, 1-5 Temple Square, Aylesbury 6-9pm; Tuesday, the Big Money quiz night, register by 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Shoot Pool

Thursday November 21, Friday 22 & Saturday 23: Thursday 9pm-1am jam night, all welcome; Friday 10.30pm-1am love cover/tribute bands; Saturday 7-10pm new original artists; Saturday 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands.


Christmas lunches

Wednesday to Sunday until December 22: Going out for a festive lunch is often part of December tradition for many people. And at the Manor Restaurant at Waddesdon there is a chance to eat something a little more unique. Head chef Shaun Blythe has adapted genuine Rothschild historical recipes from the early 1900s for the Christmas lunch menu available now on Wednesdays to Sundays until the end of the year.

As well as traditional Christmas turkey, dishes include artichokes filled with taleggio and herb risotto served with creamed celeriac sauce and parsnip crisps, pictured above, and Austrian sausage made with chicken, veal, morels, cream and Madeira served with truffle sauce. Two courses cost £19, three £22.50. Book on 01296 653226. Buying a garden entrance ticket will also be required.

Winter Light

At dusk until January 2: A collection of six large scale outdoor art installations by light artist Bruce Monro, following a trail around the gardens.