Leisure listings: Wednesday, October 16 to Tuesday, October 22

Wetherspoon beer festival
Wetherspoon beer festival

Your comprehensive guide to what’s on where - feel free to add events using the comments function.


September in the Rain

On until Saturday October 19: Hilarious comedy starring Claire Sweeney and John Thomson. Charting the life of Yorkshire couple Jack and Liz through their annual summer holiday jaunt across the Pennines to Blackpool, which has been a ritual for over 40 years. See full details on page 103.

Dotty the Dragon

Saturday October 19: A funny, heartwarming tale for three to seven-year-olds, this clever new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppets and high energy story telling. Two shows, at 11.30am and 2.30pm in the Second Space. Tickets £10. Box office 0844 871 7607.

Jim Davison and Richard Digance

Sunday October 20: Two of the most iconic performers of a generation join forces this autumn. Having appeared together many times, travelling the world, often to entertain our brave armed forces in some of the most inhospitable places imaginable, the two come together again. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets £21. Box office 0844 871 7607.

Hamlet (Encore)

Tuesday October 22 : National THeatre Live production of Hamlet showing in the Second Space at 6.45pm. Tickets £13.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.

New Jersey Nights

Tuesday October 22 - Saturday 26: Celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. From the backstreet studio in New Jersey where it all began, this vibrant production includes all the greatest hits including Sherry, Rag Dog and Big Girls Don’t Cry. Featuring an award-winning cast of singers, dancers and a rockin’ on-stage band. Evening shows start 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets from £10. Box office 0844 871 7607.


Big Dez

Friday October 18: Award winning European band Big Dez, led by guitarist/singer Phil Fernandez, play blues and rock with stinging guitar lines influenced by Johnny Guitar Watson and Albert Collins. 
Support by Storm Warning. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £10.50/£9 in advance or £12.50/£11 on the door. Box office 01296 431272.

Wild Willy Barrett

Saturday October 19: The Godfather of Grunge Folk brings his French Connection dynamic quartet to the UK with Parisian chanteuse Marie-Laure Hucher taking centre stage. Her stunning vocals effortlessly tackle everything from blues to bluegrass (with a hint of Piaf thrown in) and her lively personality fits in perfectly with the slightly alternative approach of this unusual and addictive band. Show starts 8pm. Turn to page 102 for the full story.


Storytime and craft

Thursday October 17: Take the children along to the county library for a great story and a free craft activity 10-11am.

Classical music

Thursday October 17: Lunchtime concert at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury from 12.45pm. Sarah OLiver on cello and Sally Halsey on piano. 
An exciting programme by a duo new to St Mary’s. Two major sonatas are to be played, Beethoven’s C major opus 102/1 and the Shostakovich D minor. 
Prize winning Sarah is also playing two solo works, Solcissimo by Estonian Peteris Vasks, in which she is also required to sing, and Bach’s First Suite in G major. Allow 70 minutes for the recital. Admission £3, U18 free.

Saturday October 19: An evening concert at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury from 7.30pm. The Ianthe Trio came together at the Royal Aacademy of Mysic and consists of Anna Douglass on horn, Marisol Lee on violin and Maria Canyigueral on piano. The programme contains Brahms’ Horn Trio op 40 and the Horn Trio by Gyorgy Ligeti.

Miss World

Saturday October 19 & Sunday 20: The Vale’s prettiest young women are invited to register for the first round of a beauty show which will ultimately lead to the Miss World competition. Auditions will be held in Friars Square on Saturday and Sunday (October 19 & 20) from 10am-5pm.The audition process is open to women aged 17 - 24. Under 18s should bring a parent with them.

Chatterbox reading

Tuesday October 22: Chatterbox children’s reading group, a fun book club for kids aged seven - 11-years-old from 4.30-5.30pm and for kids aged 11-15-years from 6-7pm. Chat about favourite authors, play games and get creative. A free event.


Films showing from Friday October 18 to Thursday October 24

Captain Phillips (12A): Friday to Monday 2.30pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm; Tuesday 2.30pm, 5.30pm, 8.30pm; Wednesday 2.30pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm; Thursday 2.30pm (subtitled), 5.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm.

Cloudy 2 - The Revenge of the Leftovers (U): Friday 3.10pm, 5.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 10.30am, 12.50pm, 3.10pm, 5.30pm.

Cloudy 2 - The Revenge of the Leftovers 3D (U): Friday 1.50pm, 4.10pm; Saturday and Sunday 11.30am, 1.50pm, 4.10pm.

Escape Plan (15): Friday to Thursday 6.30pm, 9.15pm.

The Fifth Estate (15): Monday to Wednesday 3.30pm.

Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa (15): Wednesday and Thursday 3pm, 5.30pm, 8pm.

Justin and the Knights of Valour (PG): Saturday 11.30am.

National Theatre Live - Hamlet Encore (12A): Tuesday 7pm

National Theatre Live - Othello Encore (12A): Sunday 2.30pm.

Prisoners (15): Friday to Sunday 8.15pm; Monday 2pm, 8.15pm; Tuesday 2pm, 8.15pm (subtitled); Wednesday and Thursday 8.30pm.

Rush (15): Friday to Sunday 8.30pm; Monday and Tuesday 5.30pm, 8.30pm; Wednesday and Thursday 6.30pm.

Sunshine on Leith (PG): Friday and Saturday 1.45pm, 4.15pm, 6.45pm, 9pm; Sunday 6.45pm, 9pm; Monday and Tuesday 1.45pm, 4.15pm, 6.45pm, 9pm; Wednesday and Thursday 1.34pm, 4.15pm, 9pm.

Turbo (U): Friday 1.20pm, 3.40pm, 6pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am, 1.20pm, 3.40pm, 6pm; Monday to Thursday 1.20pm, 3.40pm, 6pm.

Turbo 3D (U): Friday 2.20pm, 4.40pm; Saturday and Sunday 12 noon, 2.20pm, 4.40pm; Monday to Thursday 2.20pm, 4.40pm.

Planes (U): Odeon kids club. Saturday and Sunday 11am.

Red 2 (12A): Odeon Senior Screen. Wednesday 11am.

Captain Phillips (12A): Odeon newbies. Wednesday 11.15am.



Two pubs in Aylesbury will each be serving 10 beers from America alongside beers from the UK during a 16-day festival.

The US craft beers on offer at The Bell in Market Square and The White Hart in Exchange Street have been sourced from brewers from states including California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Oregon.

They will complement up to 20 beers from the UK being served in the pubs during the festival.

The festival will run from Wednesday October 16 until Thursday October 31 inclusive, with all beers priced at £2.15 a pint.

It will feature new, seasonal and speciality beers, including a pumpkin beer, a peppercorn beer, an organic beer and a coffee stout.

Many of the beers are available in the pubs for the first time.


Lunchtime talk

Today, Wednesday October 16: A gallery talk entitled ‘Treasures from the Geology Collection’. 12.30-12.50pm. Free, but voluntary donations are welcome.

Wood and woodland

On until Saturday 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 everyone to choose their favourite object on display and nominate it for the People’s Choice award.


Shoot Pool

Thursday October 17, Friday 18, Saturday 19: Live music 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.

Queens Head

Today, Wednesday October 16, Thursday 17, Saturday 19, Tuesday 22: Tonight, Wednesday, Around the World food night at The Queens Head, 1-5 Temple Square, Aylesbury 6-9pm; Thursday, Help for Heroes charity horse race night with supper available, starts 7.30pm, free entry; Saturday, The Dirty Old Books band, playing live from 8pm; every Tuesday, the Big Money quiz night, register by 7.30pm for 8pm start.

The Red Lion

Friday October 18: SKA and Mod night performed live by DJ Ray Steele at the Wendover pub on the High Street from 8pm. Non ticket event.

Rising Sun

Saturday October 19: One Way Out, play good time rock and roll from the 50s and R & R. At the Rising Sun, Haddenham. Jive time 8.30pm. Free entry.



Saturday October 19: The Chris Garrick and John Ethridge Quartet present an evening of jazz, including musical tributes to Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. At St Mary’s Church 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from Wendover Tourist Office.



Saturday October 19: The Bucks and Oxon group of the Hardy Plant Society present a talk by Ray Broughton on chrysanthemums at the Winslow Centre, Park Road, Winslow. Ray was head of horticulture at Sparsholt College near Winchester. Talk starts at 2.15pm. Visitors welcome (£4 charge for visitors).

Open garden

Saturday October 19 & Sunday 20: Acer Corner, 10 Manor Road, Wendover open on both days from 2-5pm. Donations to be shared between the National Garden Scheme and the South Bucks Jewish community. Hot drinks and cakes.


Behind the Candelabra

Friday October 18: Long Crendon’s community library film club presents this comedy drama about the flamboyant life of Liberace. Starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Debbie Reynolds, not a film for the faint hearted. Starts 8pm. Cert 15. Tickets to be booked and paid for in advance at the box office in the library.



Friday October 18: Diary of a Nobody at Chearsley village hall at 8pm. A new adaptation of a classic comic Victorian novel of suburban life, which strikes many contemporary chords. The titular nobody is Charles Pooter, a clerk in 1880s London, who records in his diary the aspirations, trials and tribulations of his life at home and work. Suitable for 14+ years. Tickets £12 from 01844 208913 or 01844 201176.

Quaintwood players

Who Killed the Hotel Manager?

Saturday October 19: How good a sleuth are you? The Players present a murder mystery with supper at 7pm. Tickets £15, children £10, all proceeds to Quainton Church Tower Fund. Contact 07818 063414.


The Full Monty

Thursday October 17 until Saturday 19: Tring Festival Company presents the Americanised musical stage version adapted from the popular and successful 1997 British film of the same name. The production tells the story of six unemployed Buffalo steel workers, low on cash and prospects, who decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives’ enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. Directed by George Riddell, the cast includes several local faces including actors from Aylesbury and Tring. The show starts each evening at 8pm, with an additional matinee performance at 2pm on Saturday. Tickets cost from £6 - £15 and are available from the online box office at www.courttheatre.co.uk


Glenn Hoddle

Thursday October 17: The former England football manager appears in a special pre-festival event, talking to the Guardian’s John Crace at Thame United football club from 6pm.

Thirty events

Friday October 18 to Sunday 20: The fourth festival includes 30 events including talks, plays, music, poetry and workshops at various venues. Speakers include BBC policital editor Nick Robinson, former BBC film programme presenter and journalist Barry Norman and antiques expert Philip Hook. The full programme can be seen at www.talfestival.org where tickets can also be purchased.