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Things to do in Beds, Herts and Bucks

Things to do in Beds, Herts and Bucks!
Get out and about in Beds, Herts and Bucks!

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Here's a snapshot of ideas to keep you and the family entertained.

It includes links to other sites and listings taking place in Beds, Herts and Bucks.

Arts and Culture


Courtyard, Saunderton, Bucks
Gala concert here in Saunderton

Our House
Runs until Saturday 17, 8pm

The musical based on the music of Madness will be at the Bull Theatre in Barnet. There is a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets available on 07809 504446 or from Ticket Source

Valuation Day
Saturday 17, Doors open 10am
Sworders fine art auctioneers are coming to St. Mary's Church in Braughing. Bring along your hidden treasures and have them valued: silver, paintings, porcelain, furniture, jewellery, works of art, collectables. All Proceeds towards the alterations and improvements at the church. Last entry is at 3pm. Entrance including one valuation £5.00 Extra Valuations £2.50 each (max. 3 items)

Gala Summer Charity Concert, Bucks
Saturday 17,
Held in the Courtyard at The Clare Foundation charity hub Saunderton.

Romany and Traveller Family History Society Day, Tring
Sat 17, 11am to 4pm
At the British Red Cross Hall there will be displays, indexes, bookstalls and help for those who have Gypsy ancestors in their family history or would like to get started on this fascinating hobby. Members of the Roman and traveller Family History Society go free. Non members pay £1 which includes free refreshment.


Summer Concert, Hitchin
Saturday 17, 7.45pm
Hitchin Thespians' summer concert takes place as part of the Hitchin Festival. Tickets £10, £5 for concessions. Box Office 01462 641575.

Outdoor Festival, Bucks
Saturday 17, noon to 7pm
Music and dance at MacIntyre School in Wingrave. Contact David Miller on 01296 681274

World Fashion Show, Hemel Hempstead
Sunday 18, 1.30 to 7.30pm
Soak up the catwalk at Hemel Hempstead School. Contact Rachel Woods for more information on 0207 389 4683.

Classical Music Performance, Biggleswade
Sunday 18, 3pm
St Andrew's Parish Church are holding an afternoon of classical music performed by instrumentalists from Britain's leading early music ensembles.
Tickets cost £10 (under 16's are free). Money raised goes towards the church.

Putteridge Festival Orchestra, Luton
Wednesday 21, 7.30pm
Vauxhall Riverside Suite, Gipsy Lane hear soloist Peter Bussereau. Tickets £6 /£4 concessions. Contact John Rand on 015823 615 808

Potton Music Festival
From Friday 23 to Sunday 25
Lots of musical events for all the family.

Courtyard Vibes, Hitchin
Saturday 25, from 12.30pm
The Kings Arms in Bucklersbury put on a day of musical entertainment in aid of the Lister Kidney Foundation.


Afternoon Tea Dance
Runs until Friday 27
The UK Centre for Carnival Arts are holding tea dances and want older people to get involved. They will be held on Friday 16 July, Friday 13 and 27 August. For more information call 01582 967 738 / 01582 437 100.

Family Fun and Entertainment


Bedford River Festival
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18, 11am onwards
Come to the Embankment and Russell Park to see boat races, performers, live bands and stalls.

Fire Engine Extravaganza, Apsley
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18
Come to Frogmore Paper Mill to find out more or contact Margaret Curle for information 01442 234600.

Westoning Donkey Derby
Sat 17, 1pm
Event includes a raffle, rides, stalls, BBQ and all day bar and disco. Free Entry.

Scarecrow Festival, Whipsnade
17 and 18, 10am to 6pm
Come and see some amazing sites and vote for your favourites. Voting forms available from Whipsnade Village Hall.

Sir John Lawes School celebrates 70th birthday, Harpenden
Saturday 17, all day
Join us for a hog roast, musical entertainment and staff against students (past and present) cricket matches. The school will be open for families and friends to look around and see how much we've changed over 70 years.

Fete, Buckinghamshire
Saturday 17, 2-6pm
Padbury Church of England School is offering excellent family fun at its annual Summer Fete. There will be a big bouncy castle, coconut shy, tombola, BBQ even try to beat the Padbury peg record: picking the most pegs out of a washing line with one hand! Call 01280 822 171.

Open Day, Gift Day and Fair, Hertfordshire
Saturday 17, 11am to 4pm
St Mary's Church in Apsley (opposite Sainsbury's) is offering a day of fun and events to help raise money for the church. Ride on a miniature railway, partake in games, competitions, manicures, refreshments, barbecue, tombola, books plants and parachuting teddies.

Book Launch, Hertfordshire
Saturday 17, 11am to 1pm
To celebrate the publication of 'We Have to deal With the Farmers' by Margaret Bowyer there will be a launch event with light refreshments at Watton-at-Stone Methodist church.

Dunstable Kite Festival, Bedfordshire
Sunday 18, 11am to 5pm
Dunstable Downs is a spot renowned for its excellent year-round kite flying potential and will once again host the Dunstable Kite Festival.

Children's Fun Day, Watford
Saturday 31, 11am to 4pm
Running out of ideas how to occupy your kids? Join us on our Children's Fun Day, jam packed with fun for all ages.


Courses and Activities in the school holidays, Milton Keynes
July and August
Caldecotte are offering a variety of outdoor activities to children of all ages.

Classic Car and Bike Show, Bedfordshire
Saturday 7, 4pm
Back by demand for a fourth year. The Coach and Horses pub in Stotfold- a load of car 'n' bikes and a good night. Hog roast and two live rocking bands. Free admission. Contact 07973 197201 for more information.

Bucks County Show
Thursday 26, 8am to 6:30pm
At Weedon Park on the outskirts of Aylesbury Town, the 143rd Bucks County Show. A packed schedule of attractions and displays including Joseph's Amazing Camels and RAF Halton Pipes and Drums.


Dog Show
September 11
Come to St Leonards for the K9 Capers Companion Dog Show & German Shepherd Rally. Lots of fun classes suitable for all dogs.

Riseley Village Show and Fayre
Saturday 11, 2pm
Traditional show competitions and wide variety of trade stalls, and static exhibitions. Sideshows and childrens entertainment. Classic and Racing Cars, a BBQ and much, much more.

Charity Fun Day, High Wycombe
Saturday 4
Why not come along to the White Lion Public House on Cryers Hill? Money raised goes towards MacMillan and Help for Hereos. The day will have the following fun activities: Tug of war tournament, bouncy castle, kids quads bikes, merry go round, face painting, hog roast, live music, steam engine, raffle, charity auction, BBQ, car boot sale and various stalls! Overnight Camping available. Contact Chris Chapman for more information by ringing 07984 898540 or emailing chris@cmtraininguk.org.uk

Nature and Outdoors


Ampthill town v MK Dons 11
Saturday 17, 3pm kick off
Come to Ampthill football club to support the team. Adults £5, children £2.50, family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £10.
Children get free burger or hotdog.

Midnight Walk, Aylesbury
Saturday 17
Sign up for Aylesbury's first midnight walk in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. Places are limited, to register email info@fnhospice.org.uk, call 01296 744702.

Flower Festivals, Bushey
Runs until Sunday 18
There will be a flower festival at St Peter's Church and Songs of Praise. For more information call 0208 950 1424 Wednesday to Friday 9.30am - 12.30.

Open Gardens, Hertfordshire
Sunday 18, 2pm to 6pm
The Friends of Holy Trinity, the church in the High Street at Stevenage, is teaming with the British Red Cross to open gardens to the public. Tickets are £5 (children free) and available from the church or from the Choc Box in the High Street. Proceeds are being shared between the British Red Cross and the Friends.

The Bishop's Stortford Photo walk
Saturday 24
This walk is part of the worldwide photo walk. It is a free social event for photographers, with prizes. All levels welcome, but please pre-register to be eligible for the competition.

World Picnic, Milton Keynes
Sunday 25, 1pm to 6pm
Come to Campbell Park and celebrate the music, dance and cultures of the world. There will be bollywood dancers, African choirs, Bhangra, Indian folkdance, Europop, theatre performances and food stalls. Admission Free.


Art show, Bedfordshire
Saturday 7 to Sunday 8
Art@Dean art show will be held at All Hallows Church on the high street in Upper Dean. It will include work from local artists, crafts and pottery.

National Trust Wildlife Activities, Hertfordshire
Thursday 12 and Thursday 19, noon to 5pm
Explore, learn and have fun in the garden at Shaw's Corner.

Bedfordshire National Trust events
Throughout August

Health and Fitness


Health and Wellbeing Day
Friday 16, 2pm to 4.30pm
The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust are inviting members of the public to drop in and speak to staff who are happy to give advice, information and answer questions at Buckingham Community Centre. There will also free taster sessions of Indian head massage and back massage, reflexology, personal training advice and free health and fitness screening. Contact 01865 782 191 for more information.



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