5 things happening in and around Aylesbury

Once Upon A Time event at the Friars Square shopping centre, Aylesbury
Once Upon A Time event at the Friars Square shopping centre, Aylesbury

Here is just some of the events taking place in and around Aylesbury this week.

1 Open air cinema

The Greatest Showman, Stoke Place Hotel, south Buckinghamshire, 7pm Sunday August 12

Watch the spectacular musical starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Effronon the open air big screen located in 26 acres of serene Capability Brown landscaped parkland. Cinema goers are invited to take along deck chairs and rugs. Delicious drinks including champagne cocktails, home made fresh popcorn and hampers of picnic treats will be available to purchase on the night. Arrive from 7pm with the film due to commence at sunset around 8.30pm. Tickets £12 per person, must be booked in advance. Call 01753 560219 or email:

2 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. She is a contemporary artist in acrylic and mixed media. 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.

3 Outdoor Shakespeare

Richard III, The Pendley Manor Hotel, Tring, 8pm tonight through to Saturday August 11 with a 3pm matinee on Sunday August 12

Pendley Shakespeare Festival returns for its 69th year. Richard III is one of the funniest of Shakespeare’s histories and also his darkest. With his brother safely on the throne, Richard plots and schemes his way to the crown via seduction, treachery and murder. But having reached the top through betrayal, how can he trust anybody else. The grounds will open for picnics from two hours before the show. Ticket prices vary for covered and uncovered seating from £18 to £26 with concessions available for under 16s, students, seniors and families. To book 01442 820060 or:

4 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.

5 Outdoor museum

English Civil War event, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, Saturday August 11 and Sunday August 12

Special weekend.