5 things to do in and around the Aylesbury area

David Baddiel
David Baddiel

Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around Aylesbury

1 Flowers
Aylesbury Flower Club, Aylesbury Grammar School, 7pm Monday June 25
The theme for this month’s meeting is Pick and Mix with Lionel Clark. The demonstration will last approximately one and a half hours and the arrangements will be raffled at the end of the meeting. Tea and coffee is available on arrival. The demonstration starts at 7.30pm. The meeting is open to all and there is an entrance fee for non members.
www.nafas.org.uk/clubs/aylesbury-flower-club
2 Music
Midsummer Picnic and Music Festival, Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire, 6.30pm Saturday June 23
This brand new mini music festival is being held in the beautiful surroundings of the amphitheatre at Waterperry with all proceeds donated to Helen and Douglas House. Four hours of live music will include some of the best bands based in and around Oxford including The Shapes, Peerless Pirates and Beware This Boy. The format is simple - take along your own food and drink and sit in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside enjoying the best music that Oxford’s own musicians can offer. Entrance is by ticket, £10, bought in advance through the event online ticket office:
www.eventbrite.com/e/waterperry-gardens-midsummer-picnic-and-music-festival-tickets-44364849459?aff=pressrelease
3 Fringe festival
Offbeat, various locations in Oxford, Friday June 22 - Sunday June 30
Created two years ago by Oxford Playhouse and the Old Fire Station this year’s festival has shows in even more venues and includes a truly eclectic programme of theatre, music, dance and storytelling, family shows, comedy and circus and also includes high profile comedians and 14 fabulous shows that can be seen before they head off to Edinburgh in August. The big name comedians include David Baddiel (pictured above), Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe , Ed Gamble, Desiree Burch, Laura Lexx, Phil Wang plus newcomer Laura Pattinson. Venues include Oxford Playhouse, Old Fire Station, Burton Taylor Theatre, Gloucester Green and Oxpens Meadow. Most tickets are £10 or less. For full details of the festival and where to buy tickets go to:
www.offbeatoxford.co.uk
4Music
Music in Quiet Places, The Church of St James the Great, Cublington Road, Aston Abbotts, 7.30pm Sunday June 24
A wonderfully varied concert to finish off this series of summer concerts. The programme includes Moeran - Fantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Quantz - Flute Quartet, Mozart - Duo for Viola and cello, Beethoven - Trio for Oboe, Violin and Viola and Crusell - Flute Quartet op 8 in D. The musicians are Celia Redgate, flute; Christopher Redgate, oboe; Gillian Secret, violin; Robert Secret, viola; and Julian Metzger, cello. Prior to the concert starting there will be a village walk from the church starting at 6.30pm. Concert tickets £10 available from Caroline Lane, 01296 681373 or email:
carolinelane@btinternet.com
5 Music
Drayton Beauchamp Summer Concert, St Mary’s Church, 7.30pm Saturday June 23
Guitar duo Emmanuel Sowicz and Giacomo Susani will perform a wide ranging programme featuring music from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Tickets £15 from 01296 434357, 01296 630446 or 01442 826241.