5 things to do in and around the Buckingham area

The Darkest Hour
The Darkest Hour

Here is our guide to some of the events coming up in and around the Buckingham area this week

1 Music
Cantlos, Radcliffe Centre, Church Street, Buckingham, 6.30pm tomorrow (Saturday)
Ever popular song duo Cantlos perform their favourite songs from the British Isles and Ireland. Refreshments will be in the very capable hands of Buckingham WI. Cantlos, who take their name from the last month in the ancient Celtic calendar, are Kirsty Morris Selley on clarsach (Celtic harp), bodhran and vocals; and Great Horwood resident James McCafferty on cittern, guitar, dulcimer, melodon and vocals. Their performances are a rich harvest of traditional songs and the duo have attracted a strong following from audiences delighted to hear once more the almost forgotten folk songs of these islands. Doors open and refreshments are served from 6.30pm, the concert begins at 7pm, and refreshments will also be available during the interval. Advance tickets £5 from the Tourist Information Centre in the Old Gaol, Buckingham. Tickets on the door (cash only) are £8. Enquires to 07974 949996 or email:
2 Gardens
Open Gardens Weekend, Cowper & Newton Museum, Olney, 10.30am - 4.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday June 10
See lace making demonstrations in the gardens, buy plants and seeds harvested from the museum gardens. Enjoy refreshments in Cowper’s Courtyard. Admission £3.
3 Literature
Buckingham Literary Festival, various locations, Thursday June 14 through to Sunday June 17
The line up for this year’s exciting mix of talks, discussions and entertainment include
Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, novelist Lady Antonia Fraser, satirist Craig Brown and last governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten. There will opportunities for the audience to question authors, meet them in person and get their books signed. Events will be held throughout the town at venues including the Villiers Hotel, the Radcliffe Centre and Buckingham Library. Full details of ticket prices, confirmed speakers and all events online:
4 Film
Darkest Hour (PG), 7.30pm tonight (Friday) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (15) 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday), The Film Place, Buckingham
Period drama Darkest Hour (pictured above) stars Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas. Based on real events covering the uncertain first few weeks of Churchill’s role as Prime Minister as he sought to rally the nation against Germany as Hitler defeated France and Norway. Three Billboards is back by popular demand. Starring Francis McDorman and Woody Harrelson it tells the story of a woman who pressures the town’s revered police chief to continue the investigation into her daughter’s rape and murder. Wine will be served prior to both films. Tickets £5.50 adults, £5 concessions, £3 students/children on the door or from The Old Gaol in town or reserve online:
5 Refreshments
Cowper & Newton Museum, Olney, 10.30am - noon Thursday June 14
Enjoy refreshments in the tranquil courtyard and gardens of the museum. £3.