Leisure listings: Wednesday, October 23 to Tuesday, October 30

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


The Dung Beatles

Friday October 25: Aylesbury’s answer to the Fab Four celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles with all the favourite classics. Whether you like some or all of the Liverpool lads’ diverse catalogue, you’re bound to end up singing along to the familiar tunes of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison. Show starts in the Second Space at 8pm. Tickets £14. Box office 0844 871 7607.

Jersey Nights

On until Saturday October 26: Celebrating the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the international smash hit show comes to Aylesbury as part of its world tour. The show is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time. The vibrant production includes Sherry, Rag Doll, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like a Man. Evening performances at 7.30pm and an additional Saturday matinee performance at 2.30pm. Tickets from £10. Box office 0844 871 7607.

From the Heart

Sunday October 27: Local broadcaster Richard Carr invites you to celebrate with him being alive after a recent heart attack. Raising money for the John Radcliffe Heart Centre he has gathered a showcase of local talent, dance schools, musicians and comedy including Urban Strides and magician Paul Megram. Plus special guests and surprises. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets £12. Box office 0844 871 7607.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Monday October 28 until Saturday November 2: A brand new restaged version of the classic American frontier dance musical. Set in Oregon in 1850 the show tells the story of Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, who goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Millie to marry him that very same day. But when they return to his backwoods home she discovers he has six brothers, and they all live in his cabin. Monday evening performance 7.45pm, all other evenings 7.30pm, with additional matinee performances at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday. Tickets from £10. Box office 0844 871 7607.


Dracula the Panto!

Saturday October 26: A scary two-man pantomime especially for Halloween. Spend a spooky night out as gothic meets slapstick in a show for anyone from eight year olds to 80 year olds. The show starts at 8pm. Tickets £11.50/ concessions £9.50. Box office 01296 431272.


Quiz afternoon

Today, Wednesday October 23: Meet some friendly faces and improve your mind with quizzes, puzzles and brain teasers. In the library from 2.30pm.

Classical music

Thursday October 24: Lunchtime concert at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, from 12.45pm. Exceptional Australian pianist Vatche Jambazian returns for a challenging recital. An expert on the music of Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya, he is going to perform the 12 Preludes from 1953 and the Fifth Sonata of 1986. Admission £3, U18 free.

Farmers’ market

Tuesday October 29: Local produce on sale in the Market Square 9am-2pm.


Lunchtime talk

Today, Wednesday October 23: A gallery talk entitled ‘John Wilkes, Patron of Liberty’. 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. Families can also enjoy the woodland story corner. You can also choose your favourite object on display and nominate it for the people’s choice award.


Queen’s Head

Today, Wednesday October 23, Saturday 26, Tuesday 29: Tonight, Wednesday, Around the World food night at the Queen’s Head, 1-5 Temple Square, Aylesbury 6-9pm; Saturday, big band The Riffs playing from 8pm; Tuesday, the Big Money quiz night, register by 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Broad Leys

Friday October 26: Live music, The Secret Drummer, in the bar at the pub on the Wendover Road, Aylesbury, from 9pm. Acoustic guitarist singing brilliantly in a rocky/souldful way guaranteed to give people a top night out.

Slug and Lettuce

Friday October 26: Funky soul Friday with DJ Paul Williams at the pub in Exchange Street, Aylesbury.

The Bell, Stoke Mandeville

Saturday October 26: Halloween event, the Great Pumpkin Jamboree, is being held at The Bell in Lower Road, Stoke Mandeville, from 2-6pm and will include live jazz music, a hog roast, country crafts, stalls and attractions including welly wanging, hook-a-duck and traditional village fete games. Children of all ages are invited to submit a carved and decorated pumpkin before 11am on the day of the jamboree (remember to attach your name, age and school). Entry to the jamboree is free for children, £2.50 for adults. All the stalls will be outdoors, so dress warmly for the weather.


Gardeners’ forum

Saturday October 26: A chance to get your questions answered by a panel of experts at St Anne’s Hall, Wendover. Panel includes BBC Gardener of the Year 2002 Edwin Rye, flower specialist Sarah Nicholson and vegetable expert David Prescott. Drinks at 7pm for 7.30pm forum. Tickets £12.50 includes a glass of wine or juice and a ploughman’s, available from the Clock Tower 01296 696759.


Spooky days

Sunday October 27 and Wednesday 30: Half term fun at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton. A chance to dress up in spooky outfits. See leisure picture story for details on p110.

Halloween special

Sunday October 27: Children in Halloween costume will receive a special treat when travelling on Chinnor & Princes Risborough steam railway. Steam trains at 10.15am, 11.45am, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm.

Costume show

Princes Risborough

Saturday October 26: Two shows of 40s style clothing and nostalgia, with a commentary recalling historic events in the town during the Second World War. See front page of leisure (p107) for full details.


Side Effects

Thursday October 24: Long Crendon’s community library film club presents their second film from director Steven Soderberg, a stylish psychological American thriller starring Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Starts 2.30pm. Cert 15. Tickets to be booked and paid for in advance at the box office in the library.


Little Kingshill

Friday October 25: The visiting speaker to Bucks Pottery and Sculpture Society is Jo Taylor, who makes interesting sculptural forms from fragments of clay. She takes her inspiration from visual influences including such items as plaster ceilings, wrought iron gates and carved wood. The event is at Little Kingshill village hall at 8pm. Everyone is welcome, to attend. Entrance is £2 for members, and £5 for visitors. For more information on this event call 01296 738983.



Saturday October 26: HeartSong by Cat Weatherill, created especially for churches and ancient buildings. Not a religious show, but stories and songs to stir the soul and captivate the heart. Live music with songs performed with a shruti box and dulcimer. HeartSong is about feeling connected, as a community and as fellow travellers on life’s journey. Suitable for 12+ years. At St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Wendover, 8pm. Tickets £12 from 01296 622678 or the Tourist Information Centre 01296 696759.


Half term events

Saturday October 26, Sunday 27: Free children’s Halloween colouring activities in the Power House. Normal gardens admission charges apply.

Hedge laying

There’s a chance to enjoy our rural heritage on Saturday (October 26) when the 35th National Hedge Laying championships is held at Waddesdon Estate from 9am.
The National Hedge Laying Society was founded in 1978 to keep the traditional craft alive. And more recently the upsurge in conservation and recognition of the British countryside has encouraged training and research into good hedgerow management. There will be various competitions throughout the day with more than 100 competitors from all over the UK, as well as trade and local craft stands.So enjoy the opportunity to get close to nature and pay a visit to admire the craft.Adult entry is £2, children 50p. Normal admission charges apply to Waddesdon Manor and gardens.


Court Theatre, Pendley

Saturday October 26: A chance to start your Christmas shopping at this fair where there will be a wide variety of stalls with homemade crafts, original jewellery, cushions, bath bombs, cards and gifts of all shapes and sizes on offer. The fair is open from 10am-3pm, free to enter, with plenty of on site free parking. Refreshments available all day.

Stowe House

Saturday October 26 & Sunday 27: Unique and unusual bespoke gifts for the whole family under one beautiful roof. Offering a fantastic variety of gifts and activities, hosted in the magnificent State Rooms of Stowe House, it should be a great day out for all the family. With a wide range of products from children’s gifts to home ware, jewellery and clothing, no two stands are the same, and you can be sure of beautiful gifts that will stand out under the Christmas tree. The event boasts more than 100 stalls in the main house and marquee so there is plenty to see and do. There is also a food hall offering some delicious treats to snack on, as well as tea rooms provided by Boycott Farm. The fair is open both days from 10am-5pm. Entry adults £6, children £4 includes admission to the magnificent State Rooms of Stowe House plus free parking and minibus transfer to the event.


Pappy’s Last Show Ever

Friday October 25: Get Stuffed presents the smash hit success of the 2012 Edinburgh festival. Further success is the announcement that Pappy’s have had their sitcom series The Secret Dude Society commissioned for BBC 3. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £16. Book online www.courttheatre.co.uk