Leisure listings: Wednesday, September 4 to Tuesday, September 10

Wendover Arm of Grand Union Canal
Wendover Arm of Grand Union Canal

Comprehensive guide to what’s on where – feel free to add events by using the comments function below.


Blofeld and Baxter

Friday September 6: Cricket commentators Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter present Memories of Test Match Special. See leisure picture story for full details.

Pink Floyd tribute

Saturday September 7: The UK Pink Floyd Experience, with a nine-piece line-up and the authentic sound of Floyd, present a sensational tribute to one of the world’s most popular bands. The show includes Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Saucer Full Of Secrets, Atom Heart Mother, Meddle, Wish You Were Here, The Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wall. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £21. Box office 0844 871 7607.



Friday September 6: Since winning the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in 2010 James Findlay has established himself as one of the leading young folk performers on the folk club and festival circuit. 
His voice of steel and sensitivity has a dramatic edge rare in one so young, and his traditional folk songs strongly link to his West Country roots. James will be joined by Alex Cumming on accordion and bouzouki. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £12.50 and £10.50 for concessions. Box office 01296 431272.

Open mic night

Saturday September 7: Step into the Limelight Theatre for an opportunity to share your talent in front of an appreciative audience. A fun evening of music, comedy, poetry and magic – an acoustic night only. Starts 8pm. Tickets £2.50 performers, £4.50 spectators, £3.50 under 16s.

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Wednesday, September 4: Discuss your favourite authors and books with like-minded readers in the town library. 2.30-3.30pm. Free event.


Saturday, September 7: The Bucks Herald’s advertising display manager Kelly Williams has bravely agreed to take part in the 200ft charity abseil taking place at County Hall to support Youth Bank. Kelly will be one of the first to take part at 10am. 
The event goes on until 5pm. Pop along to support the bravery of Kelly and others including county council chairman Carl Etholen, leader Martin Tett, chief executive Chris Williams and High Sheriff Sir Stuart Hampson.


Films showing from Friday September 6 to Thursday September 12

2 Guns (15): Friday to Thursday 8.45pm.

About Time (12A): Friday 2.45pm, 5.45pm, 8.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 12 noon, 2.45pm, 5.45pm, 8.30pm; Monday and Tuesday 2.45pm, 5.45pm, 8.30pm; Wednesday 12 noon, 2.45pm, 5.45pm, 8.30pm; Thursday 2.45pm, 5.45pm, 8.30pm.

Despicable Me 2 (U): Friday 2.50pm; Saturday and Sunday 12.15pm, 2.50pm; Monday to Wednesday 2.50pm; subtitled performance Thursday 2.50pm.

Elysium (15): Friday to Thursday 4.15pm, 6.45pm, 9.15pm.

Grown Ups 2 (12A): Friday to Tuesday 6.30pm.

Monsters University (U): Friday 3.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 12.45pm, 3.30pm; Monday to Thursday 3.30pm.

One Direction - This Is Us (PG) Digital 3D: Friday 3.15pm, 5.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 1pm, 3.15pm, 5.30pm; Monday and Tuesday 3.15pm, 5.30pm; Wednesday 1pm, 3.15pm, 5.30pm; Thursday 3.15pm, 5.30pm.

One Direction - This Is Us (PG): Saturday and Sunday 10.45am.

Pain & Gain (15): Friday to Thursday 8.15pm.

Percy Jackson - Sea of Monsters (PG) Digital: Saturday and Sunday 1.45pm; Wednesday 1.45pm.

Planes (U): Friday 4pm; Saturday and Sunday 11.15am, 1.30pm, 4pm; Monday and Tuesday 4pm; Wednesday 1.30pm, 4pm; Thursday 4pm.

Riddick (15): Fri day toThursday 6.15pm, 9pm.

We’re the Millers (15): Friday and Saturday 5.15pm, 8pm; Sunday 5.15pm; Monday 8pm; Tuesday to Thursday 5.15pm, 8pm; subtitled performance Sunday 8pm; subtitled performance Monday 5.15pm.


Lunchtime talk

Today, Wednesday September 4: A gallery talk entitled ‘The Cubitt Car and 1920s Aylesbury’. 12.30-12.50pm. Free, but voluntary donations are welcome to support the museum programme.

Treasures of wood

Thursday September 5: A special tour of the treasures of wood and woodland exhibition. From 2-3pm discover woodland plants and animals. £5 per person, book in advance on 01296 331441.

Painting exhibition

On until October 5: Scenes of Hartwell House and its grounds displayed in the Georgian Room. A marvellous depiction of Georgian life captured by Balthasar Nebot in 1738 for Sir Thomas Lee.

Wood and woodland

On until 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 you to choose your favourite object on display and nominate it for the People’s Choice award. Free entry.


Live music

Thursday September 5, Friday 6 & Saturday 7: At The Shoot Pool, Hale Leys, Aylesbury. Every Thursday 9pm-1am jam night; every Friday 10.30pm-1pm live cover/tribute bands; every Saturday from 7-10pm new original artists and from 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands.


Saturday September 7: Victoria Club members join DogHouse for a rocking evening. At the Victoria Club, 22 Kingsbury Square, Aylesbury. 8.30pm.

Matt Roberts Trio

Saturday September 7: Never failing to entertain, the Matt Roberts Trio is a favourite at Rivets. This bass/drums and guitar trio always give their best with a set list that includes their own variations on classic and popular songs from across the decades. Starts 8.45pm at the sports and social club in Whitehead Way, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury. Members entry free, guests £2.



Sunday September 8: At Townside, Haddenham, an intriguing series of garden rooms enveloping a post war listed house. Sunken gardens, raised beds, formal box garden, richlyplanted borders, curving lawn and glades, framed by ancient walls and mature trees. Spring bulbs, irises, wisteria, roses and climbers. Courtyards with pools, secluded seating and Victorian Coach House. OPen studios - displays and demonstrations by creative artists. Gravel and stone apths, narrow archways , some steps. OPen 2-5.30pm. Admission £3.50, children £1. Home made teas available.


Sheep fair

Friday, September 6: The second summer sheep fair, hosted by Thame Farmers Auction Market, is held on the fair field of Thame showground and starts at 9.30am. Whilst not as huge as the first fair held earlier in the summer this is still an impressive sight with thousands of sheep for sale. The County Insurance Perpetual Salver will be awarded for the best pen of 25 or more Suffolk cross ewe lambs.

Food challenge

Saturday, September 7: Worminghall village fete opens at 1.30pm at the pub. The intention is to have a Food Fest challenge with men, women and children versus food. Mums and Dads eating seriously hot and spicy food, and kids eating hot dogs.

Garden produce

Saturday, September 7: Quainton village gardening society is holding the annual show of produce in the village hall from 2pm. Free entry, refreshments available to buy.

Church fete

Saturday, September 7: St Mary’s Church fete in North Marston village hall grounds. Spongebob Squarepants will arrive at 2pm to open the fete. Many stalls icnluding bric a brac, tombola, chuck a duck, books, raffle, cakes, craft stalls. face painting, barbecue, Pimms, tea and cakes.

Produce and crafts

Saturday, September 7: Granborough’s traditional annual produce and handicraft show will be held in the village hall from 2:30pm when exhibits and prize winners may be viewed. Admission is 50p or by programme. Refreshments will be served before the produce is auctioned off and the prizes presented. There are cash prizes for all winning entries and show cups for some of the classes.

Classic cars

Sunday, September 8: Classic car and fun day at Chearsley cricket club 12noon-4pm. Free entry to a show which will have fun for all the family including a classic car and bike display, car boot sale, farm animal and pets display, dog agility demonstration, coach tours of the countryside, children’s fair ground rides, face painting, ‘The Chearsley Stocks’, giant balloon race, side show attractions, refreshments, including the cricket club bar. Plenty of space for car parking off the Chilton Road.


Little Kimble

Saturday, September 7: An evening of distraction and musical comedy with identical twins Professor Victor and Dr Albert. Original songs, comedy and sheer physical exertion. An evening of double entendre. Suitable for 16+. At the Stewart Hall. Doors open 7.30pm, refreshments available. Tickets £10 from Delia on 07961 401541 or from Theatre in the Villages coordiantor Jeannette Baxter on 01296 630902 or 07966 473379 or email theatreinthevillages@btconnect.com


Tuesday September 7 until Saturday 14: Thame Players present J. B. Priestley’s classic play, An Inspector Calls, at their beautiful theatre just off the High Street in the town. The performance starts at 7.45pm. Tickets £8 and £9 (concessions £1 less) from 01844 217228 or book online at www.thameplayers.co.uk


Thomas Engine

Saturday September 7 and Sunday 8: Everyone’s favourite, Thomas the Tank Engine, steams into Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton over the weekend.

Pitstone Green

Sunday September 8: The rural life museum, housed in the buildings of an 1831 farm, is open from 11am - 5pm. Fascinating exhibits relating to rural life, local trades and professions, engines and farm machinery, a large Crossley gas engine, science and vintage radio room, model railways and full size section of a World War II Lancaster Bomber. Admission adults £6, children £2.


Behind the scenes

Friday September 6: Learn about life at the manor, how it was used in the 19th century and how it was run in this fascinating guided tour. Explore rooms where the servants lived and worked and find out how these areas are used today. The tour includes secret staircases that servants used to reach their work without being seen by guests; the rooms used as servants’ bedrooms now used for storage; and the maze of kitchen rooms. 10.30am-12noon. £30 (includes house and gardens admission). Book on 01296 653226.

Waddesdon archive

Friday September 6: Join archivist Catherine Taylor behind the scenes at Windmill Hill to learn more about the lives of those who lived and worked on the Waddesdon estate or at the manor. 2.30-4pm. £12 (normal admission charges apply to the manor). Book on 01296 653226.

Wine tasting

Sunday September 8: An informal tasting of Rothschild red wines from France, Chile, South Africa and Argentina in the wine cellars with the in-house wine advisor. 12.30pm. £18 (includes gardens admission). Book on 01296 653226.fd


The Wendover Arm Trust was formed in 1989 to promote restoration of the Wendover arm of the Grand Union Canal to bring water from Wendover to the summit of the Grand Union and restore full navigation. 
On Sunday (September 8) there is an an opportunity to find out more about the restoration work at an open day based at Drayton Beauchamp church from 12.30pm.
Free parking (which is limited and in a field at the end of the lane) is available at the church, and teas and cakes will be on sale.
All are welcome, there is no need to book, and there will be guided tours of the work site. Admission is free but donations are welcome. Grand draw tickets, £1 each, will be available and the draw made during the afternoon. 
Prizes include a week’s canal boat holiday.