Here is our guide of five things to do in the Buckingham area and beyond.
1. Family fun
Brackley Soapbox Derby, High Street, Brackley, from 2pm Sunday June 4
This year marks the 15th year this popular annual event has been held within the town. Soapboxes will run on the main road down the hill to the finish line at the Market square car park. The race is open to three classes, juniors under 15 years of age, adults 15 and over, plus once again a premier class for the more sophisticated constructor. Trophies and prizes wll be awarded for the fastest three in each class and a separate trophy will be presented to the soapbox judged to be the best turned out cart. Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 apprentices will race their new Mercedes AMG Petronas soapbox on the High Street in the premier class, which they won in 2014 and 2015. This year will see a new design which will be sure to attract a lot of interest. Mercedes will also display one of their famous word championship winning F1 cars. The derby is a family evet and everyone is welcome to enjoy a great afternoon. Sacks, drinks and other attractions will be accessible in the Market Square during the afternoon.
The Metzger Ensemble, The Radcliffe Centre, Buckingham, 6.30pm Wednesday June 7
The chamber ensemble, comprising strings and piano, will perform a diverse selection of melodies. It will be followed by a Q &A session with complimentary drinks and nibbles. The Metzger Ensemble is a group of independent musicians including cellist Julian Metzger, a frequent performer at the Buckingham summer festival and known for giving technically and musically exciting performances. He is joined by internationally acclaimed Marco Faticheni who will perform a solo recital, and Robert Secret, founder of the Buckingham summer festival. Entry id £5. For further information contact the concerts and lectures team at the university.
3. Family theatre
Sarah & Duck Big Top Birthday, Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes, 2pm and 4.30pm Sunday June 4
Join Sarah and Duck on their flappy, quacky big adventure. For the first time ever, the adorably curious Sarah and her endearing feathered friend Duck can be seen off the television screen and live on stage. Suitable for age three plus. Tickets £12.50, concessions £11.50, family £44.
Motown, How Sweet It Is, New Theatre, Oxford, 7.30pm Friday June 2
You’ll be ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ with hits from artists such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, The Jackson Five and Stevie Wonder. Tickets from £22.90
Lion (PG) 7.30pm tonight (Friday) and Sing (U) 5.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) at The Film Place, Buckingham.
Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, is the true story of Saroo searching for his original family. Sing is a animated children’s film about koala Buster Moon who holds a competition to raise money to save his once grand theatre. Adults £5.50, concessions £5, students/children £3