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What's on in Wycombe

Events listing for the Wycombe district including Marlow, Princes Risborough and High Wycombe. A PDF file of the What's on in Wycombe (WOW) print publication is available below but this web listing includes other events which may have missed the copy deadline for the printed brochure. The listing is updated regularly.

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April

Wednesday 23

London's More Important River
The river in question is the Lea, which runs from Hertford to the Thames at Limehouse Basin. Development of the navigation began as early as the thirteenth century and continued into the 1800s. Jeremy Batch (who returns for a fourth visit to the Branch) keeps lock at Limehouse and is a boater and sailor. This meeting is organised by the Chiltern Branch of the Inland Waterways Association
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, Bucks HP8 4UD.
Contact: Further details from Colin Bird on 01932 248 178.

Thursday 24

Local National Trust Properties - an Update
A talk by Gary Marshall (National Trust Regional Archaeologist) organised by Archaeology in Marlow (AIM). Gary gave a fascinating talk in early 2013 on the activities of the archaeologists who work for the National Trust and their investigations into a range of issues and opportunities that arise on local properties. He will provide an update on this work and new developments. The hot summer of 2013 resulted in interesting sets of parch marks appearing on a number of properties so there should be plenty to talk about.
Cost: £2.50 entry for Archaeology in Marlow members and £3.50 for non AIM members, includes refreshments.
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Garden Room, Liston Hall, Liston Road, Chapel Street, Marlow SL7 1DD
Contact: For more information on Archaeology in Marlow (AIM) visit the website www.archaeologyinmarlow.org.uk (external link - opens in a new window) or telephone 01628 481 792

Creative Ink for Writers - Get that Book out of You
A course of five creative writing classes including assessment of words
Cost: £140 for five sessions
Time: 10.00am - 12 noon
Venue: The Fitzwilliams Centre, Beaconsfield
Contact: Email: info@janmoranneil.co.uk or visit the website at www.janmoranneil.co.uk (external link - opens in a new window)

Friday 25

Honey from Super to Jar
A talk by Sue Carter and Bill Fisher for the High Wycombe Beekeepers' Association discussing the technical issues of extracting honey from the comb, bottling it and labelling and legal requirements.
Cost: Non-members £2
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Trinity United Reformed Church, London Road, High Wycombe HP11 1SX
Contact: Paul Hurley 01628 524 214 email: chairman@hwbka.co.uk

Tiny Talk Time: How Does Your Garden Grow
A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under-fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities, inspired by the Museum collection and gardens. Children to be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: £2 per child to be paid in advance when booking as places are limited. No refunds.
Time: 10.30 - 11.30am and 1.15pm - 2.15pm. The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon.
Venue: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe
Contact: Wycombe Museum on 01494 421 895; email museum@wycombe.gov.uk or visit Wycombe Museum

Edith Piaf: Love Conquers All
Moving on Theatre presents this one woman show starring Laurene Hope. Full of great songs like "Je Ne Regrette Rien" and "La Vie En Rose" this show portrays the turbulent life of the songstress who was addicted to drugs, men and drink and had an insatiable passion to love and sing. Refreshments will be provided. Also on Saturday 26th.
Cost: Tickets £10; one free ticket per 4 booked
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: British Legion Hall, Penn Road, Hazlemere, HP15 7LN
Contact: 01494 446 790 or email ilana@bellair.net. More information on www.movingontheatre.co.uk (external link - opens in a new window)

Saturday 26

Kedermister Library Tour
Katie Flanagan will show the Hedgerley Historical Society this rare surviving example of an early 17th Century Parish Library. The Library was founded before 1631, when Sir John Kedermister's will allocated a number of additional books to the collection, which was for the benefit of "Ministers of the said town of Langley and such other of the County of Buckingham as resort thereto". The room is lined with bookshelves, with the doors to each cupboard decorated inside and out, the panels having pictures of the benefactors, and of Saints and Prophets. Most of the volumes in the library are theological works in Latin, printed in the late 16th or early 17th century.
Cost: Free - no booking required
Time: 10.30 - 11.30am
Venue: St Mary's Church St Mary's Road Langley SL2 7EN
Contact: John Lovelock 01753 647 187 or email jdlovelock@btinternet.com

Wycombe Arts Festival Opening Concert
Opening Concert given by Wycombe Choral Society accompanied by West Forest Sinfonia
Works include Mozart's "Missa Brevis".
Cost: See website for details
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: All Saint's Church, High Wycombe
Contact: Box Office on 01628 483 597 or Tourist Information Offices at High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow www.wycombeartsfestival.org (external link - opens in a new window)

Sunday 27

Wycombe Wildlife Group - Silver Anniversary Event
Drop in to Pann Mill to look back at the milestones in the 25-year history of Wycombe Wildlife Group. River walks (followed by optional woodland walks) start from Pann Mill at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Anyone wishing to do the woodland walk only should meet at Pann Mill at 12.15pm or 3.15pm. Both the river and woodland walks will each last just over an hour. Suitable footwear is recommended for possible wet grass and muddy footpaths.
Cost: Free
Time: 11.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Pann Mill on the Rye, London Road, High Wycombe.
Contact: 01494 438 374

Wycombe Arts Festival Celebrates 50 years
Join Wycombe Museum for an afternoon of entertainment to celebrate Wycombe Arts Festival in its fiftieth year. Refreshments available.
Cost: Free - drop-in
Time: 2.00 - 4.30pm
Venue: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe
Contact: Wycombe Museum on 01494 421 895; email museum@wycombe.gov.uk or visit Wycombe Museum

Bass-ically Saxes
Local saxophone quartet that has been established for 18 years provides a wide variety of musical favourites to raise money for The Epilepsy Society. Come along and listen to them playing. In the event of adverse or very wet weather conditions they will not be able to perform due to playing outside.
Cost: Free (but there are car park charges for the park)
Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm
Venue: Outside the café at Black Park, Slough
Contact: For further information about Bass-ically Saxes please see their blog http://bass-icallysaxes.blogspot.com (external link - opens in a new window); call 0777 619 4975 or email bassicallysaxes@gmail.com

Tuesday 29

Creative Ink for Writers - Get Inspired
A course of five creative writing classes including assessment of words
Cost: £140 for five sessions
Time: 10.00am - 12 noon
Venue: The Fitzwilliams Centre, Beaconsfield
Contact: Email: info@janmoranneil.co.uk or visit the website at www.janmoranneil.co.uk (external link - opens in a new window)

May

Friday 2

Brazilian Street Carnival Drumming
Eight week course for newcomers and experienced drummers will feature traditional samba rhythms, funk and other vibrant beats. Age 14+. Part of Wycombe Awakes which is an exciting, eclectic mix of exhibitions, contemporary dance, innovative theatre, and unique, free courses ranging from food to samba, carpentry to aural history from Arts4Every1.
Cost: Free
Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Venue: Centre for Creativity, Desborough Road, High Wycombe
Contact: Arts4Every1 on 01494 445 517 or email info@arts4every1.com

Saturday 3

Wycombe Rye parkrun
Weekly free timed 5k run around The Rye. Everyone runs just for their own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace! It's you against the clock! Also on May 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st.
Cost: Free but please register beforehand at www.parkrun.org.uk/register (external link - opens in a new window)
Time: Starts promptly at 9:00am.
Venue: The Rye, High Wycombe. Meeting outside the Lido, HP11 1QX
Contact: For more information see www.parkrun.org.uk/wycomberye (external link - opens in a new window) or email wycomberyeOffice@parkrun.com

Grand Opening of new croquet lawns
Formal opening of High Wycombe Croquet Club's new lawns followed by free "come and try" sessions and demonstrations with refreshments provided
Cost: Free
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: Hazlemere Recreation Ground, Amersham Road, Hazlemere HP15 7QW
Contact: http://hwcroquetclub.com (external link - opens in a new window); enquiries@hwcroquetclub.com; 01494 858 202

Photographs, Not Snaps - A course for Digital SLR cameras
This popular four week course for adults, led by members of Wycombe Photographic Society, will help you get to know your Digital SLR camera and learn various techniques to produce quality images. The sessions will introduce you to landscape, portrait and close-up photography. This is a practical, taught course and you will need your own Digital SLR camera. Also on 10th, 17th and 24th May.
Cost: £60 - Please book as there are limited places
Time: 9:30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe
Contact: Wycombe Museum on 01494 421 895; email museum@wycombe.gov.uk or visit Wycombe Museum

London Heritage Brass
Quintet music from 18th century to present day as part of Wycombe Arts Festival.
Cost: See website for details
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: St Lawrence Church, West Wycombe Hill
Contact: Box Office on 01628 483 597 or Tourist Information Offices at High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow www.wycombeartsfestival.org (external link - opens in a new window)

Monday 5

Handel's Hospital and Music of Gin Lane
Sirinu perform "Handel's Hospital and Music of Gin Lane". Music and vocals from 18th century as part of Wycombe Arts Festival.
Cost: See website for details
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: St Lawrence Church, West Wycombe Hill
Contact: Box Office on 01628 483 597 or Tourist Information Offices at High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow www.wycombeartsfestival.org (external link - opens in a new window)

Outdoor May Fayre
The May Fayre, a family day out, organised by St Augustine's and other Catholic Churches in the area is the showcase outdoor event of the month long Wycombe Arts Festival. There will be entertainment and refreshments all day. Key Arena events include Maypole dancing, Schoolchildren's Line Dancing, Sea Cadets Marching Band, Mlody Las - Polish dance troupe, Jackie Palmer Dance Troupe display, Zumba vibrant dance, Children's Fancy Dress Parade and Judging, Katy Kartwheel - Hula Hoop spectacular. Plus football penalty shoot-out, bouncy assault challenge, roller horse, face painting, magic show, beer tent and hot food, cakes, jewellery, popcorn, golf putting challenge, new toys, plants and a Prize Draw with a top prize of £1,000.
Cost: Free admission, ample free parking
Time: 11.00am - 4.00pm
Venue: Holywell Mead, The Rye, HP11 1QX
Contact: Tony Baron (Chairman) 01494 526 240

Tuesday 6

Seagulls & Flamingos
Bourne End Flower Arrangement Society floral demonstration with Kathryn Goddard and her floral theme of 'Seagulls & Flamingos.' Floral arrangement raffle, tea and coffee served, plus occasional table top sale. Visitors are welcome.
Cost: £5.00
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, Bucks
Contact: Thelma Robinson 01628 525 689

Croquet Coaching Course
Four evenings of 2 hours coaching starting May 6th and continuing on 13th, 20th and 27th.
Cost: £20 for 4 sessions. Deducted from the first year membership fee.
Time: 6.00 - 8.00pm
Venue: Hazlemere Recreation Ground, Amersham Road, Hazlemere HP15 7QW
Contact: http://hwcroquetclub.com (external link - opens in a new window); enquiries@hwcroquetclub.com; 01494 858 202

Chalfont St Giles & Jordans Literary Festival 2014
Literary events commemorating both WWI and literary figures. The festival starts on 6th and continues until 18th.
Cost: Various
Venue: Various venues in Chalfont St Giles and Jordans
Contact: 01494 873 966; website: www.chalfontstgilesliteraryfestival.org.uk (external link - opens in a new window)

Art Club - Summer term
Art Club is back for more creative adventures! Join Carol and Jenny for this seven week course, featuring a different art technique each week, using the Museum's exhibitions, architecture and collections as inspiration. Lots of hands-on fun! Suitable for age 6-11. Also on 13th, 20th May, 3rd, 10th, 24th June and 1st July
Cost: £42 - Please book as there are limited places
Time: 3.45 - 5.00pm
Venue: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe
Contact: For information contact: carol.wright@wycombe.gov.uk

Drawing Fine Art
An opportunity to develop skills in drawing with this 8 week course. Using observation, students will be encouraged to explore the use of light and dark tones, of line, and ideas of composition to develop larger, more imaginative drawings. Beginners and Improvers are welcome. Age18+. Part of Wycombe Awakes which is an exciting, eclectic mix of exhibitions, contemporary dance, innovative theatre, and unique, free courses ranging from food to samba, carpentry to aural history from Arts4Every1.
Cost: Free
Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm
Venue: Centre for Creativity, Desborough Road, High Wycombe
Contact: Arts4Every1 on 01494 445 517 or email info@arts4every1.com

Thursday 8

Wycombe Festival Strings
Two performances as part of Wycombe Arts Festival of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Bach's Bradenburg Concerto No.2 and Gershwin's Lullaby for Strings. Conductor Clive Fairbarn with Rebecca Miles (recorder), Nicola Fairburn (oboe), Robert Vanryne (trumpet) and Charlotte Fairbarn (violin).
Cost: £10
Time: Performances at 1.00pm and 6.00pm
Venue: 1.00pm performance at Trinity United Reformed Church, London Road, High Wycombe; 6.00pm performance at Hughenden Parish Church, Valley Road, High Wycombe
Contact: Tickets can be pre-ordered from 01628 483 597 or obtained at the door

Friday 9

From the Electroscope to the Swan Theatre - The History of Entertainment in High Wycombe
An illustrated talk by well-known local historian and Bucks Free Press writer Mike Dewey for the Wycombe Arts Festival. Organised by the High Wycombe Society. Refreshments provided.
Cost: Free to members, £2 for visitors.
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Trinity United Reformed Church, London Road, High Wycombe - opposite the Rye
Contact: 01494 528 106; email mary@thewoodmans.plus.com

Festival Folk Evening
Martin Wyndham-Reid and Iris Bishop present an evening of Folk Music as part of Wycombe Arts Festival.
Cost: See website for details
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: St Lawrence Church, West Wycombe Hill
Contact: Box Office on 01628 483 597 or Tourist Information Offices at High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow www.wycombeartsfestival.org (external link - opens in a new window)

Tiny Talk Time: Little Red Hen
A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under-fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities, inspired by the Museum collection and gardens. Children to be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: £2 per child to be paid in advance when booking as places are limited. No refunds.
Time: 10.30 - 11.30am and 1.15pm - 2.15pm. The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon.
Venue: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe
Contact: Wycombe Museum on 01494 421 895; email museum@wycombe.gov.uk or visit Wycombe Museum

Time Murderer Please
Comedy thriller play written by Charles Dyer and performed by the Hazlemere Players. Also on Saturday 10th.
Cost: £8; £7 concessions
Time: 7.45pm
Venue: Hazlemere Community Centre, Rose Avenue, Hazlemere
Contact: 01494 444 753

Saturday 10

Make an Opera Workshop for Adults & Teenagers
Exploring the themes behind the opera The Cunning Little Vixen this will be a fantastic afternoon of movement and singing, working with world class choreographer Natasha Khamjani, talented vocal director Lea Cornthwaite and Garsington Opera's fantastic creative director Karen Gillingham.
Cost: Admission free (donations welcome - suggested level £10)
Time: 1.30 - 6.00pm
Venue: Wycombe High School, Main Hall, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Contact: To reserve your place call 01865 361 636 or email vicky@garsingtonopera.org

Wycombe Sinfonia concert
Sibelius violin concerto with soloist: Eva Thorarinsdottir. Tchaikovsky Symphony No 2 'The Little Russian.'
Cost: Tickets: adults £12 (£10 concessions). Accompanied child/violin students under 21 only £1 (on door only).
Time: 7.30pm - doors open 7.00pm
Venue: High Wycombe Parish Church, High Wycombe town centre.
Contact: Debit/credit card sales from www.wycombesinfonia.co.uk (external link - opens in a new window) or in person from Tourist Info Office, Wycombe Library, Eden Centre and at the door.

Archaeological Finds Identification
Every year thousands of objects are fund by members of the public. Ros Tyrrell will identify your finds and record them on the Portable Antiquities website.
Cost: Free
Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm
Venue: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe
Contact: Wycombe Museum on 01494 421 895; email museum@wycombe.gov.uk or visit Wycombe Museum

Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle
Marlow Choral Society present their spring concert, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with piano and harmonium accompaniment, conducted by Chris Grant. Also featuring Rossini piano solos.
Cost: £12
Time: Doors open at 7.00pm for start at 7.30pm
Venue: All Saints' Church Marlow, The Causeway, Marlow, SL7 2AA
Contact: Tickets are available from Marlow Information Centre; Runners' Retreat in West Street, Marlow; online from www.marlowchoralsociety.org.uk/ContactUs (external link - opens in a new window); phone 01628 471 015; or at the door on the night, until sold out.

Sunday 11

Pann Mill Open Day
Come and watch the last remaining mill on the Wye grinding corn - water levels permitting - and meet the millers. Sales of stone-ground flour, teas and stalls; crafts with Wycombe Museum and the Water Trail, a guided walk around the Rye which leaves at 2.30pm. Organised by the High Wycombe Society.
Cost: Free entry
Time: 11.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: The Rye, London Road, High Wycombe
Contact: 01494 531 314; email enquiries@pannmill.org.uk

Lacey Green Windmill - National Mills Day
The mill will be open with the sails turning, if the weather permits. This is part of a national event when windmills and watermills across the country are open and working, whenever possible. It is organised by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).
Cost: Admission is £2 per adult and £1 per child (aged 5-15).
Time: Open from 11.00am to 5.00pm
Venue: Lacey Green is 2 miles south of Princes Risborough and the windmill is signposted from the A4010 on Open Days. Park in Pink Road and walk up the driveway on the right hand side of 'The Whip' pub. Alternatively, Bus 300 between High Wycombe and Aylesbury stops at the end of the driveway.
Contact: 01844 275 871 or visit www.laceygreenwindmill.org.uk for more information (external link - opens in a new window).

Munday Dean Open Day
An opportunity to visit the Munday Dean Nature Reserve to see green-winged orchids and other spring flowers with the Wycombe Wildlife Group. No dogs please.
Cost: Free
Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm
Venue: Meet at "Woodlands" at the end of Munday Dean Lane, off the B482 at Marlow (OS map reference SU825885).
Contact: 01628 526 553

History Wardrobe presents: Women in the Great War
Wycombe Museum is delighted to host a moving and amusing costume-in-context presentation by The History Wardrobe - highlighting the catastrophic impact of World War One on the lives of millions, both on and off the battlefield. This extraordinary time of social upheaval, new opportunities and freedoms for many women are explored through a unique display of costumes, anecdotes and stories. Don't miss this entertaining and well researched presentation from the highly regarded Yorkshire based company. Suitable for ages 16+.
Cost: £6.00 - please book
Time: 2.30 - 4.00pm
Venue: Main Hall, Wycombe High School, Marlow Rd, High Wycombe HP11 1TB
Contact: Wycombe Museum on 01494 421 895; email museum@wycombe.gov.uk or visit Wycombe Museum

Tuesday 13

The Camera Never Lies
What we see when we view an image can be manipulated by the camera, the photographer - and ourselves, for it is the viewer who chooses what to see. Alan Simpson's talk will show us how modern-day computer software which is freely available can be used to manipulate images: not to deceive, but to improve and enlighten. Organised by the Buckinghamshire Family History Society. Non-members always welcome
Cost: A small donation is appreciated.
Time: 7.15pm for 7.45pm.
Venue: Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX
Contact: Visit www.bucksfhs.org.uk for more information (external link - opens in a new window).

Thursday 15

Romeo and Juliet
Fourways present this open air production of the classic Shakespeare play as part of the Wycombe Arts Festival. Also on 16th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th.
Cost: Adult £14; Concessions £12; Family ticket £40
Time: 7.30pm plus a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 17th.
Venue: Pipers Corner School, Great Kingshill, HP15 6LP
Contact: Tickets from Fourways on 01494 522 722, online at www.fourways.org.uk (external link - opens in a new window) or from High Wycombe TIC on 01494 421 892

Saturday 17

Hedgerley Study Day
Michael Rice and Peter Marsden will present The 2014 Hedgerley Study Day for the Hedgerley Historical Society, which this year will be looking at the some of the village's old buildings. Peter Marsden, Chairman of Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society, will reveal the findings of surveys which were undertaken between 2009 and 2012, of several old Hedgerley buildings, two of which yielded definite construction dates by means of Dendrochronology (tree ring dating). After lunch we will be visiting the church to learn something of its history and architecture.
Cost: £5. Optional lunch at the White Horse will be £10. Booking required
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Venue: Hedgerley Memorial Hall Kiln Lane Hedgerley Bucks SL2 3UZ
Contact: John Lovelock 01753 647 187 or email jdlovelock@btinternet.com

Annual Mayor Making
Come and experience an ancient tradition unique to High Wycombe. The Mayor and Charter Trustees, together with Honorary Burgesses and officers are weighed in and out of office! Come and join them on Frogmoor and boo or cheer as their weights are 'cried' by the Town Crier.
Time: 11.45am - 1.00pm
Venue: Frogmoor, High Wycombe

Grow Your Own!
Food and Permaculture 8 week course for all ages. Beginning in the Arts For Everyone gardens, and extending into the kitchen creating backgrounds with permaculture experts and artists Standart Thinking. Part of Wycombe Awakes which is an exciting, eclectic mix of exhibitions, contemporary dance, innovative theatre, and unique, free courses ranging from food to samba, carpentry to aural history from Arts4Every1.
Cost: Free
Time: 2.00 - 6.00pm
Venue: Centre for Creativity, Desborough Road, High Wycombe
Contact: Arts4Every1 on 01494 445 517 or email info@arts4every1.com

Chiltern Camerata Concert
Chiltern Camerata present Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto and Wagner's Siegfried Idyll with film music bt Nino Rota. The concert is part of the Wycombe Arts Festival and in aid of Scannappeal. Conductor: Sam Laughton, Piano: Rupert Egerton-Smith, Leader: Linda Miller
Cost: £12, concessions £10, under 18s free.
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: All saints Parish Church, Church Street, High Wycombe, HP13 6RF
Contact: For enquiries and bookings call 01494 883 112; email info@chiltern-camerata.org.uk or visit www.chiltern-camerata.org.uk (external link - opens in a new window)

Sunday 18

Mill End Voices
'Come and Sing' adult mixed choir - men are always welcome - meeting on every second Sunday of the month. Directed by Patrick Gazard, the choir sings a wide variety of repertoire, focusing on songs from musical theatre and film as well as some light classical works. The atmosphere is very relaxed, and no previous experience is necessary. All adults welcome: 18 - 80!
Cost: There is no membership or annual subscription: you just pay £10 on the door.
Time: 2.30 - 5pm
Venue: Millbrook Combined School, High Wycombe HP12 4BA
Contact: Email patrickgazard@gmail.com for further information.

Come and try Croquet
Free 'come and try' croquet session
Cost: Free
Time: 11.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Hazlemere Recreation Ground, Amersham Road, Hazlemere HP15 7QW
Contact: http://hwcroquetclub.com (external link - opens in a new window); enquiries@hwcroquetclub.com; 01494 858 202

Spring walk at Holtspur Bank
A walk around the Holtspur Bank Local Nature Reserve with the Friends of Holtspur Bank.
Cost: Free
Time: 2.30 - 4.30pm
Venue: Meet by the scout hut in Cherry Tree Road, off Holtspur Top Lane, Holtspur (OS map reference SU923904)
Contact: 01628 526 553

The Village Pre-School Baby and Children's - Nearly New Sale
Fantastic pre-loved toys, clothes and baby equipment all at bargain prices. All money raised will go to The Village Pre-School, Coppice Farm Road. Wycombe based children's charity The Dorcas Project will also be there. Please support them as all their proceeds will help disadvantaged children in the area. Interested in a Stall? Stalls just £10 for a double table and you keep 100% of your profit.
Cost: Entry only £1 (under 16's free) - Lots of free parking
Time: 10:00am - 12 noon
Venue: Hazlemere Community Centre, Rose Avenue, HP15 7UB
Contact: Email Lee-Ann at village-nearlynew@outlook.com; call Nicky Lovegrove during school hours on 01494 817 093 or find them on www.facebook.com/thevillagepreschoolcoppicefarmroad (external link - opens in a new window).

Monday 19

Chilterns Commons and their Wildlife
An illustrated talk for the Wycombe Wildlife Group by Rachel Sanderson, Commons Project Officer at Chilterns Conservation Board, concentrating on local commons.
Cost: £3 (including refreshments)
Time: 7.45 to 9.45pm
Venue: The Sanctuary, Trinity United Reformed Church, London Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1BJ (opposite Pann Mill). Public car park at rear of building (free after 7pm).
Contact: 01494 438 374

Wednesday 21

Upper Thames Patrol
Bill King will describe the organisation and role of a unique river-based civil defence force known as the Upper Thames Patrol (UTP) which from 1939 to November 1944 patrolled the River Thames from Cricklade to Teddington. In May 1940 the force became part of the Home Guard. Its tasks were to protect the many assets of the non-tidal Thames. Primary concerns were the inspection and safety of locks, weirs and other vulnerable points such as bridges and pumping stations. The role included policing the river and its banks, searching boats, keeping watch for clandestine wireless transmitters and preventing signalling to enemy aircraft. Very little recognition has ever been given to this little known branch of the Home Guard whose members undoubtedly served their country well. Organised by the Hedgerley Historical Society.
Cost: Members free Visitors £3
Time: 8.00 - 9.00pm
Venue: Hedgerley Memorial Hall Kiln Lane Hedgerley Bucks SL2 3UZ
Contact: John Lovelock 01753 647 187 or email jdlovelock@btinternet.com

Godspell
Rock musical based on the Gospel of St Matthew performed by WYSPAS as part of the Wycombe Arts Festival. The show presents a unique and contemporary view of Jesus with his followers and disciples re-enacting parables and scenes from Jesus's life through music and dance. Runs until Saturday 24th.
Cost: £13; concessions £11
Time: 7.45pm evenings plus Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Venue: The Theatre, Arts4Every1, Desborough Road, High Wycombe, HP11 2PU
Contact: Tickets from Marlow, High Wycombe and Princes Risborough Information Offices or the Wycombe Arts Festival Box Office on 01628 483597

Thursday 22

The King Under the Car Park: The search for Richard III
Talk by Mathew Morris MA AIFA (Fieldwork Director for the Search for Richard III Project) from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS for Archaeology in Marlow (AIM). Mathew led the Field Work on the 'Greyfriars' Project in 2012 that resulted in the discovery of the last resting place of Richard III, often talked about at the time as the archaeological event of the century. He will talk about the archaeology behind the discovery and the evidence behind the identity of the remains. Copies of Mathew's recent book on the subject will be available and he will be happy to sign any purchased.
Cost: Tickets £5 and £4 AIM Members.
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Main Hall, Liston Hall, Liston Road, Chapel Street, Marlow SL7 1DD
Contact: Tickets will be available in advance and on the door - contact Ann Pitwell on 01628 481 792. For more information on Archaeology in Marlow (AIM) visit the website www.archaeologyinmarlow.org.uk (external link - opens in a new window).

Friday 23

Tiny Talk Time: Rub-a-dub-dub!
A special time at Wycombe Museum for the under-fives. Enjoy stories, trails and craft activities, inspired by the Museum collection and gardens. Children to be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: £2 per child to be paid in advance when booking as places are limited. No refunds.
Time: 10.30 - 11.30am and 1.15pm - 2.15pm. The morning sessions are repeated in the afternoon.
Venue: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe
Contact: Wycombe Museum on 01494 421 895; email museum@wycombe.gov.uk or visit Wycombe Museum

Steve Taylor Big Band
Festival Jazz as a tribute to Buddy Rich as part of Wycombe Arts Festival.
Cost: See website for details
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: Royal British Legion Hall, High Wycombe
Contact: Box Office on 01628 483 597 or Tourist Information Offices at High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow www.wycombeartsfestival.org (external link - opens in a new window).

Saturday 24

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Opus Anglicanum present music and words from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as part of Wycombe Arts Festival. The group consists of 5 unaccompanied male voices singing in harmony.
Cost: See website for details
Time: 8.00pm
Venue: St Lawrence Church, West Wycombe Hill
Contact: Box Office on 01628 483 597 or Tourist Information Offices at High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow www.wycombeartsfestival.org (external link - opens in a new window)

RAILEX 2014 Model Railway Exhibition
Many Model Railway Layouts from all over the country, as well as around 50 manufacturers, traders and societies organized by the Risborough & District Model Railway Club. The exhibition has disabled access. Also on Sunday 25th.
Cost: Adults £8.00, Child £5.00, Family £18.00 (2+3), On Sunday only - up to 2 children admitted free with an accompanying paying adult.
Time: Saturday 10.30am - 5.30pm, Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm.
Venue: Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Stadium Approach, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. HP21 9PP. There is limited on site car parking, so we recommend that you use the car parks in Aylesbury and catch the free vintage bus from the railway station car park.
Contact: David Lane on 01296 437 475; email: railexmanager@rdmrc.org.uk or visit www.railex.org.uk (external link - opens in a new window).

Sunday 25

Go Wild about Nature Club
Join in the fun and go wild about nature with different activities each month including crafts, investigations and discoveries. For ages 6+
Cost: £4.00
Time: 2.30 - 4.00pm
Venue: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe
Contact: Wycombe Museum on 01494 421 895; email museum@wycombe.gov.uk or visit Wycombe Museum

Celebrity Piano Recital
Kathron Shurrock plays a varied classical programme as part of Wycombe Arts Festival.
Cost: See website for details
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: St Lawrence Church, West Wycombe Hill
Contact: Box Office on 01628 483 597 or Tourist Information Offices at High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow www.wycombeartsfestival.org (external link - opens in a new window)

Monday 26

Summer Schubert
The Ciocci Ensemble perform "Summer Schubert" as part of Wycombe Arts Festival.
Cost: See website for details
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Trinity United Reformed Church, London Road, High Wycombe
Contact: Box Office on 01628 483 597 or Tourist Information Offices at High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow www.wycombeartsfestival.org (external link - opens in a new window)

Tuesday 27

Holiday Fun - Sizzling Suncatchers
Create your own dazzling and twirling suncatcher to capture the sun and banish the rain! Also on Thursday 29th. Children to be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: £2.50 drop-in
Time: Sessions start at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm. By timed ticket on the day (places are limited).
Venue: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe
Contact: Wycombe Museum on 01494 421 895; email museum@wycombe.gov.uk or visit Wycombe Museum

Friday 30

Urban Beekeeping
A talk by Dr. Luke Dixon, author of "Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities" for the High Wycombe Beekeepers' Association
Cost: Non-members £2
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Trinity United Reformed Church, London Road, High Wycombe HP11 1SX
Contact: Paul Hurley 01628 524 214 email chairman@hwbka.co.uk

Saturday 31

Little Red Riding Hood
Jackie Palmer's Girls' Choir perform Roald Dahl's "Little Red Riding Hood" narrated by Colin Baker as part of Wycombe Arts Festival.
Cost: See website for details
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: St Lawrence Church, West Wycombe Hill
Contact: Box Office on 01628 483 597 or Tourist Information Offices at High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow

'Le Bonnet Du Fou' (The Cap and Bells) by Luigi Pirandello
Performance in French by Les Baladins De Marly-Le-Roi (a drama group from Marlow's twin town). Ciampa is a middle-aged bank clerk who lives with his beautiful young wife, Nina, in a small Sicilian town where sexual infidelity and dishonour are matters of life and death. Ciampa likes to think of himself as a voice of reason and sanity. This is the story of how Ciampa's philosophy fails him, when his boss's wife, Beatrice Fiorica, becomes convinced her husband is sleeping with Nina. Without evidence to support her jealousy, she issues an official "denunciation" of the alleged affair.
Cost: Tickets £10 on Thursday, £12 on Friday and Saturday (half price for children under 12)
Time: Curtain up at 8.00pm
Venue: The Shelley Theatre, Court Garden, Marlow
Contact: Tickets from Marlow Tourist Office, Institute Road, Marlow; call 01628 483 597 or book online at www.marlowplayers.org.uk/index_files/ticketbooking.htm (external link - opens in a new window). Tickets are also available on the door.

Shoo Rayner's 'Box of Memories'
As part of Wycombe Arts Festival and also to celebrate National Share a Story Event the South Bucks Children's Book Group are really looking forward to welcoming the talented Shoo Rayner, international children's author & illustrator of "Ginger Ninja", "Viking Vik", "The Swamp Man" and "Scaredy Cats". Shoo will be leading a fun & interactive, illustrating and storytelling workshop. Come along and discover what secrets Shoo's "Box of Memories" contains and how they influence the wonderful books he writes and the amazing pictures he draws. Invite your friends to join you & draw their very own story characters and don't forget to check out Shoo's award winning YouTube Drawing Videos. Wonderfully inspiring for children 7 years and up.
Cost: Tickets £5
Time: 2.00 - 4.00pm
Venue: St John Ambulance Centre (off London Road, High Wycombe)
Contact: Tickets available from Janice Saunders 01494 440 849, email jespaft@hotmail.com

Wycombe Listening: Exhibition Of Sound Art
Wycombe Awakes - the most exciting experiential exhibition in High Wycombe for years. An immersive experience of sound works originating from a range of disciplines, including sculpture, music, performance and contemporary art. Prepare for an intriguing sensory overload, including work from Michael Fairfax, Signal to Noise, Patrick White and many more.
Venue: Centre for Creativity, Desborough Road, High Wycombe
Contact: Arts4Every1 on 01494 445 517 or email info@arts4every1.com

EXHIBITIONS

Exhibitions at Marlow Museum

Cost: Free admission
Time: Sundays 2.00 -4.00pm
Venue: Marlow Museum, Court Garden, Pound Lane, Marlow. SL7 2AE.
Contact: Mike Hyde 01628 485 474

Exhibitions at Wycombe Museum

Bucks Open Studios
June 14 to 23

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 - Chilterns Box Woodland Project group: Photography Chris Smith; Wood-working Eric Hoeprich; Wood-working Stuart King. More information at www.chilternsaonb.org/box

Monday 16 to Sunday 22 - Fine Artist Robert Stuart; Photography Doug Kennedy; Photography Eddie Gosney

50 years of Wycombe Arts Festival
17 January - Tuesday June 3

Focused in and around High Wycombe and Marlow in the South of Buckinghamshire within the Chiltern Hills, the festival celebrates 50 years. It offers a wide range of the arts, both amateur and professional and each year aims to embrace and engage all members of the community.

World War 1 Wycombe 1914 - 1918
From 5 April 2014 to January 2015

In this anniversary year, discover what The Great war meant for the men, women and children of Wycombe District. Find out where, how and why local men fought and how the war changed their lives with plenty of hands-on learning for all ages.

Exhibitions from You
There is a range of changing community exhibitions on the first floor.

Cost: Free admission to all exhibitions
Venue: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe
Time: Monday - Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm. Sunday 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Contact: 01494 421 895 for details or email museum@wycombe.gov.uk

Exhibitions at High Wycombe Library

Cost: Free admission
Venue: High Wycombe Library, Eden Place, High Wycombe
Time: During library opening hours - visit www.buckscc.gov.uk for details (external link opens in a new window)

If you would like your event listed here please send the details to leisure@wycombe.gov.uk

If you are organising an event, the Communities and Local Government Department has published a handy guide which provides a useful checklist. You can download the guide below.

Organising events

If you organise public events in the Wycombe district, you may find our event safety guide useful. An example of one such event is The Big Lunch which aims to bring local people together who might not otherwise have the chance to meet and share a sense of community. The next Big Lunch is on Sunday 1 June 2014 and more details are available at www.thebiglunch.com (external link -opens in a new window). The Council may be able to provide a grant to support a Big Lunch event - visit the community grants webpages for more information.

Voluntary and community events are an important part of everyday life that strengthen communities and encourage people to play a more active part in society. the Government want to make it as easy as possible to plan and hold an event, whether it is to mark a one off occasion such as the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta or the 750th anniversary of the first English Parliament, both of which take place in 2015, celebrate annual events like The Big Lunch in early June, or simply to raise money for charity or bring the community closer together. They have therefore published a new "Can do" guide to provide a central resource for people planning a range of community-led events (external link - opens in a new window)

Documents to download

External links

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