Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around Buckingham this week
The Mercy (12A), 7.30pm tonight (Friday) and Lean on Pete (15), 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday), The Film Place, Buckingham
The Mercy stars Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz and David Thewlis in a drama biography of real life amateur yachtsman Donald Crowhurst (played by Firth) who creates an outrageous account of his disastrous attempts to win the 1968 Golden Globe race. Totally out of his depth he begins to falsify his logs to conceal his failure. Lean on Pete, set in Oregon, is the tale of Charlie, a teenager who leaves his amusing but irresponsible single father to work for Del, a hard bitten horse trainer. When he learns that his favourite horse, Lean on Pete, is bound for the slaughter house Charlie steals away with him. The two embark on a dangerous journey to Wyoming. Tickets £5.50 adults, £5 concessions, £3 students/children available on the door or from The Old Gaol or online:
Heritage Open Day, Cowper and Newton Museum, Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, 10.30am - 4.30pm Thursday September 6
For Heritage Open Day in Olney relive Georgian life as it was in the town - the home of Amazing Grace. Walk back in time through the home of William Cowper, renowned 18th century poet and letter writer. Relax in the beautiful tranquil gardens, learn about John Newton’s famous hymn Amazing Grace and the Abolition of Slavery. Children’s trail and Georgian dressing up, the story of lace making and other local history. Refreshments will be available in the courtyard and gardens from 10.30am until noon, price £3. Entry to the museum is free on this one special day.
Wappenham village garden fete, 8 High Street, Wappenham, 2-4pm tomorrow (Saturday)
Wappenham church has reinstated this popular event after a gap of some years to keep up the custom of a fete for the saint’s day. There will be all kinds of games including skittles,golf, Splat the Rat and Guess the Weight of Keith the Sheep, as well as face painting for children, plant and produce stalls, tombola and a raffle. Enjoy live music from a local brass band and Halcyon Days, the village’s own band. Homemade cakes, teas, soft drinks and Pimms will be on sale. At 4pm, there will be a new feature, tug of war with Wappenham taking on all comers.
4 Afternoon tea
Poupon’s Tea, Manor Restaurant, Waddesdon, 12 noon - 4.15pm Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank Holidays and school holidays until October 28
A chance to enjoy the children’s afternoon tea this weekend before the kids go back to school . Price £15 for children. Normal grounds admission applies. Book on 01296 820414 or online:
Chilli Fest, Waddesdon Manor, 10am - 5pm tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday September 2
Combine the afternoon tea (above) with a visit to the manor’s annual chilli festival with some of the country’s best loved independent traders. There will be live music, family fun and children’s craft activities and the opportunity to walk around the gardens. Free entry with grounds admission.