Leisure listings: Wednesday, November 27 to Tuesday, December 3

River of Light by light artist Bruce Monro
River of Light by light artist Bruce Monro

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


Box office: 0844 871 7607

Ed Byrne: Tonight, Wednesday November 27 at 8pm. Suitable for age 12+. Tickets £22.50. See front page of leisure.

That’ll Be The Day Christmas Show: Get ready for a party as the country’s most successful touring rock n’ roll production returns with a brand new Christmas show filled with favourite Christmas classics and hilarious comedy routines. Thursday November 28 at 7.30pm.

Breakfast with Santa: Saturday November 30 from 9.30-11am

Chilterns Christmas Food Fair: Saturday November 30 from 11am-7.30pm. Free entry.

A Christmas Carol: Starring James Hyland, as told by Jacob Marley (deceased). Told from the perspective of Scrooge’s deceased business partner, this critically acclaimed one-man theatrical adaption delivers thrills, chills and excitement aplenty for all age groups. In the Second Space on Saturday November 30 at 7pm and Sunday December 1 at 5pm. Tickets £12.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Conductor Christoph Koenig joins the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and international cellist Jamie Walton. The concert opens with two pieces inspired by the First World War, Ravel’s unusually light-hearted Le Tombeau de Couperin c ontrasts with the contemplative tone of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. The evening culminates in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 with its string of unforgettable melodies and emotional power. Saturday November 30 at 7.30pm. Tickets from £13.

Paul Carrack: The British singer songwriter is the voice of such classics as The Living Years, How Long, Tempted and Over My Shoulder. Fresh from a worldwide tour as featured artiste with his old friend Eric Clapton, Paul Carrack is linking with his own Sheffield-based band to perform songs from his vast catalogue. Sunday December 1 at 7.30pm. Tickets £29.50.

Steeleye Span: Monday December 2 at 7.30pm. Tickets £20.50. See front page of leisure.


Box office: 01296 431272

New Generation Blues: A group of young musicians will transport you back to the glory days of rock ‘n’ roll on Friday evening (November 29) at 8pm. Mitch Laddie, Federal Charm and Laurence Jones (pictures on front of leisure) are some of the rising stars who have been making waves on the blues/rock circuit this year. Tickets £12.50, concessions £10.50.


Quiz afternoon: Meet some friendly faces and improve your mind with quizzes, puzzles and brain teasers at Aylesbury library on Wednesday (November 27) from 2.30pm.

Classical music: Lunchtime concert at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury on Thursday (November 28)from 12.45pm. Judith Choi Castro on violin, Harry Nowakowski-Fox on piano. The concert will feature two violin sonatas by Debussy and Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov’s last piano work, Variations on a Theme of Corelli. Admission £3, U18 free.

Literary festival: The very first festival to be held at Aylesbury library features several top authors. Saturday November 30, starts 10.30am.

Mayor’s carol service: Aylesbury Town Mayor Cllr Tom Hunter-Watts invites everyone to join in a carol service at St Mary’s Church from 4.30-6.30pm. The service will be preceded by a lantern procession from the town council chamber at 4pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service.


Off the Wall: A selling exhibition of paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture with a chance to buy and take away. Some of the exhibits could make unique and memorable Christmas presents. On from 10am-4pm until Saturday (November 30). There is a lunchtime talk by one of the exhibiting artists, watercolourist Angela Fielder today (Wednesday) 12.30-1pm. There is also an opportunity to meet several artists on Saturday (November 30). From 11am-1pm watercolour artist Diana Sheldon and print maker Rosemary Pettet; and from 1-3pm ceramic sculptor Jennifer Lowe and landscape painter John Heywood.

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.


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.

Broad Leys: Live music in the bar every last Friday of the month from 9pm.


Christmas lunches: Delicious Christmas lunches with a menu incorporating historic Rothschild recipes from the early 1900s is served in the Manor Restaurant. Available Wednesday to Sunday 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 atmospheric outdoor light installations by artist Bruce Monro are situated around the grounds of the manor. River of Light (pictured left) is a cascade of 6,500 illuminated glass spheres located at Daffodil Valley. The installations can be seen from dusk onwards, Wednesdays to Sundays until January.

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.

Christmas food market: Delicious produce to satisfy everyone’s taste, including specialist cheeses, fresh ducks, oak smoked chickens, jellies and marmalades, fishcakes and pork pies. From Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1 at 10.30am-4.30pm. Normal gardens admission charges apply.

Austrian evening: Tour of Winter Light exhibition, guided tour of East and Bachelor wings, four course gourmet dinner. £85 per person. Starts 6.30pm. Book–01296 653226.