5 things to do in and around the Buckingham area

Artwork by Amanda Curbishley
Artwork by Amanda Curbishley

Here are just some of the events taking place in and around the Buckingham area

1 Museum
Sailing The Seven Seas Family Trail and Things To Do, Cowper & Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, 10.30am - 4pm August through to September 4
With tales of pirates and adventures upon the seven seas, cats, rats and sea monsters. £1 for the trail and prize. Usual admission applies, adults £6 or free with annual pass, children 15 and under free.
2 Theatre
Whistle Down The Wind, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 7pm Thursday August 16 through to Saturday August 18 with an additional 2pm matinee on the Saturday
Following the five star review of Oliver! last year, the talented youth of Aylesbury and surrounding areas are back with this year’s Stage Experience production. By Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman, the epic musical follows the story of a poor farming family who, as Christmas approaches, are desperate to find something to hold onto and believe in. Tickets from £16.90, student and child concessions available. Box office 0844 871 7607 or book online:
3 Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors, Milton Keynes Theatre, 7pm tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) with an additional 2pm matinée tomorrow (Saturday)
Milton Keynes Theatre Creative Learning and Vivo D’Arte join for this year’s Stage Experience starring local performers aged 10 to 25. Meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant. Over time he discovers Audrey II’s alien origins and intent towards global domination! With songs, dance and live orchestra. Tickets from £19.90, discounts for under 16s and groups. Box office 0844 871 7652 or book online:
4 Art
From Sea to Shore, The Stables, The Courtyard, Claydon Estate, Middle Claydon MK18 2EX, 11am - 5pm Saturday August 11 through to Sunday August 19
Artist Amanda Curbishley opens her first solo exhibition with the theme of sea and everything related to it including seascapes, beaches , harbours and boats. All the original work is for sale along with limited edition prints and cards. Amanda will be working on a painting during the exhibition. Her brightly coloured work ranges from the representational to semi abstract. The Courtyard is free to enter and there is easy parking. If you wish to make a day of it, a visit to the exhibition can be combined with visiting other art and craft businesses in The Courtyard or take a stroll in the beautiful gardens and have refreshments in the Phoenix Tea Rooms. Claydon House (National Trust) is also open.
5 Dragons and knights
Once Upon A Time, Friars Square shopping centre, Aylesbury, 11am - 3pm Wednesday August 15
Make a date in your diary for next Wednesday for a fairy tale themed event. There will be lots of enchanting walkabout characters to meet including dragon Brexitus (pictured above) and his friends Sir Manly the knight and Scurvy the serf who will be making appearances at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Attractions include stilt walking, comedy and a craft workshop to make crowns, and unicorns.