Here is our guide of five things to do in Aylesbury and the surrounding area.
1. Half term family fun
Friars Square, Aylesbury, 11am - 3pm today (Wednesday)
Animal expert Scott Adams (pictured above) and his animal experience will entertain families in Friars Square today (Wednesday), plus there will be two giant exotic birds from master puppet makers Creature Encounters. Exotic Zoo’s Scott, who has appeared on Blue Peter, CBBC and CBeebies, will be bringing a fantastic array of slippery, slimy and scaly creatures and mini beasts from around the world for youngsters to see and learn more about - if they dare! Scott will do two interactive shows outside BB’s Muffins at 11.30am and 2pm. And there will be “I’m A Shopper, Get Me Out of Here’ bush tucker trials, such as the Tarantula booth, for those brave enough to try. There will be walkabouts from Creature Encounter’s Squeak, two rainbow coloured giant birds. The stunning vibrant creatures will explore the shopping centre meeting shoppers. Creative youngsters can make an exotic beast to take home at a free craft workshop outside Next. There will be a chance to make spider badges, lizards, three dimensional tigers, zebra and monkey masks.
2. Midsomer Walk
Thame Museum, 79 High Street, Thame, 2.30pm Saturday June 3
Thame is one of the most frequently used filming locations for the popular ITV series Midsomer Murders. From now through to October a series of guided walking tours, led by specially trained Midsomer guides, will take in many of the filming locations in the town centre. Thame regularly features as either Causton or one of the many villages in the fictional Midsomer County where DCI Barnaby (actor Neil Dudgeon, pictured) works. Many Thame landmarks have been featured including Thame Town Hall, the Market House, Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, the historic Swan, Black Horse and Spread Eagle hotels. Thame’s cricket ground and Prebendal House were recently featured in filming for future episodes. The tours take place weekly, alternating between Saturdays at 2.30pm and Wednesdays at 11am. They start from inside the museum. Tickets are £7.50 and can be bought online where all the walk dates are listed. Walkers can also turn up on the day and pay the guide.
Music at Lunchtime, St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, 12.45pm tomorrow (Thursday)
Australian born, London based pianist Olivia Sham performs Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schumann. Admission £4, under 18s free.
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Limelight Theatre, Aylesbury, 8pm Friday June 2
Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage has won them many fans and an enviable reputation as excellent songwriters. Tickets £15 and £13.
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