Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around Aylesbury this week
1 School holidays
Waddesdon Manor, 10am - 4pm Wednesdays to Sundays now through to Friday August 31
Join Mimi the bird for five weeks of fun activities. Each week there will be a celebration of Rothschild family heritage with a trail based around the five brothers, also known as the Five Arrows. £2 per child. Normal admission charges apply.
Play in the Park, Vale Park, Aylesbury, 11am - 4pm today (Wednesday)
Today’s the day - so pack up your sunscreen and plenty of water and get down to the park for a great day of fun and activity to celebrate National Play Day, provided by Aylesbury Vale District Council. Entry is free and the event is suitable for children aged under 12. This fantastic day of entertainment will include bouncy castles, circus skills, a petting farm, umbanda drumming, arts and crafts, face painting, a climbing wall, electric go-karts and special activities for the under fives. Food and drink will be on sale. There will be a charge of between £1 and £3 for some of the activities.
3 School holidays
Celebrate Summer, Friars Square, Aylesbury, 11am - 3pm today (Wednesday)
If you want to keep out of the sun take your little ones along to the shopping centre today to see Creature Encounter’s awe inspiring Blossom lion who will make three appearances at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. The huge magical character combines animatronic puppetry and a spectacular costume to great effect and will be joined by Bacchus the fawn, the beautiful Maiden of the Flowers and the lovable lumbering Treemendous Treants (pictured in circle right), two towering tree people who will enjoy meeting youngsters and making them laugh. There will also be a pair of beautiful butterflies on stilts and a summer craft workshop at the event.
4 School holidays
Superhero Academy, Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, now through to Sunday September 2
Junior recruits can train in animal strength, agility and speed and then use their new knowledge and skills to save the world. Young caped crusaders can unlock the ability to see in the dark, using incredible night vision goggles to hunt food like an owl; gain the power of super speed to race against the world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah; and master the leafcutter ant’s super strength in time to lift a three tonne car safely out of the way. Once junior wildlife warriors have earned champion status they can marvel at the zoo’s 3,500 animals including elephants and bears. The activities in this action packed day for the whole family are free with zoo entry. Book online:
5 Shakespeare Festival
Much Ado About Nothing, The Pendley Manor Hotel, Cow Lane, Tring, 8pm today (Wednesday) through to Saturday August 4 and 3pm on Sunday August 5
When soldiers return from war, romance blooms, but so does jealously and duplicity. Grounds open for picnics two hours before the outdoor performance. Tickets from £18, discounts available. Call 01442 820060 or book online: