5 things to do in and around the Buckingham area

A Fantastic Woman
A Fantastic Woman

Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around Buckingham this week.

1 Theatre
Titanic The Musical, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Monday June 25 - Saturday June 30
In the final hour of 14th April 1912, the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and the ‘unsinkable ship’ slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic and infamous disasters of the 20th century. One thousand, five hundred and 17 men, women and children lost their lives. Based on real people aboard the ship this stunning musical (pictured above by Scott Rylander) focuses on their hopes and aspirations. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America; the newly enfranchised Second Class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous; and the millionaire Barons of the First Class dream of their mastery lasting forever. Tickets from £19 to £41. Box office 01604 624811 or online:
Midsummer Picnic and Music Festival, Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire, 6.30pm Saturday June 23
Held in the amphitheatre at Waterperry with all proceeds donated to Helen and Douglas House. Four hours of live music will include some of the best bands based in and around Oxford including The Shapes, Peerless Pirates and Beware This Boy. The format is simple - take along your own food and drink and sit in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside enjoying the best music that Oxford’s own musicians can offer. Entrance is by ticket, £10, bought in advance through the event online ticket office:
3 Fringe festival
Offbeat, various locations in Oxford, Friday June 22 - Sunday June 30
Created two years ago by Oxford Playhouse and the Old Fire Station this year’s festival has shows in more venues and includes an eclectic programme of theatre, music, dance and storytelling, family shows, comedy and circus. The big name comedians include David Baddiel (pictured right). Most tickets are £10 or less. For full details of the festival and where to buy tickets go to:
4 Gardens
Olney Open Gardens with Strawberries and Cream, The Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Olney, noon - 5pm Sunday June 24
Enjoy the sensory pleasures of two peaceful gardens with medieval plants, herbs, heritage fruit and vegetables. Strawberries and cream tea (£5) served in the courtyard between 2 - 3.30pm. Entrance to the garden with Olney Open Gardens Event Passport.
5 Film
A Fantastic Woman (15) 7.30pm tonight (Friday), The Film Place, Buckingham
Starring Daniela Vega and Francisco Reyes, A Fantastic Woman is about Marina (Vega), a transsexual woman who struggles to adapt after her boyfriend dies in complex circumstances. This grim event exposes a brutal conformity in society and at a single stroke her relationship is pathologised and criminalised. Tickets adults £5.50, concessions £5, students/children £3, available on the door or from The Old Gaol or book online at: