With the holidays here, you need a little local inspiration. Here are 9 events that take our fancy in August around Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
Wondrous Family Walks
Until 30 August
The Roald Dahl Museum
Strap on your walking boots and head off with the family to explore the village and countryside that inspired some of the best-loved children’s books, including Danny the Champion of the World. Walks are every Tuesday, but you can also enjoy crafts, storytelling and trails Tuesday to Sunday throughout the summer holidays.
Whistle Down The Wind
Until 10 September
The Watermill Theatre
An epic tale about the transforming power of love and kindness, Whistle Down The Wind is packed full of multi award-winning songs including No Matter What, When Children Rule The World and The Vaults of Heaven. In this brand-new production, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman’s iconic musical is reimagined by a talented professional cast of actor-musicians and local young people.
Sunday Jazz Sessions
There’s nothing that says British summertime more than live music outdoors. Every Sunday during August, Runnymede have an array of musicians playing on their riverside terrace. Sit back on one of the oversized bean bags or deckchairs and enjoy Pimm’s on tap from their Airstream or a crisp glass of rose wine and a delicious bite to eat from the River Hideout.
A Rothschild Treasury
A Rothschild Treasury houses more than 300 objects made from rare and precious materials. Discover the stories behind some of the extraordinary objects, many of which have never been on public display, with a curator-led guided tour at Waddesdon Manor.
Iconic dance music brand, Café Mambo Ibiza has announced an unmissable outdoor dance music event this summer. ‘Café Mambo In The Park’ will see Café Mambo Ibiza bring the music and magic of the white isle to the stunning grounds of Stonor Park in Henley On Thames. Thousands of party people will come together for an unforgettable, festival-like experience under the stars as they dance to the cutting-edge tunes dropped from a massive line up of DJ talent. Stepping up to the Mambo decks at Stonor Park are Danny Howard (BBC Radio 1), Disciples, Riton, Coco Cole (Capital Dance) and Erik Hagleton. ‘Café Mambo In The Park’ will be a spectacular summer celebration of electronic music.
Texas have announced they will play a huge outdoor show at Stonor Park. The ever-popular band, fronted by Sharleen Spiteri, will take to the stage on Saturday 13 August. Texas have enjoyed phenomenal success, releasing a string of seminal hit singles and selling over 40 million albums. Their longevity is underlined by their 10th album release ‘Hi’ which hit the top 3 in the official UK Albums Chart in May this year, 32 years after their 1989 debut album ‘Southside’ did the same. Set against the stunning backdrop of one of Britain’s most impressive historic homes, Texas are set to put on an unmissable summer show as they entertain fans with live performances of massive hits from their back catalogue. www.lphconcertsandevents.co.uk
Stonor Park Proms
Stonor Park Proms returns for summer 2022, nearly 14 years since the last spectacular classical music concert took place against the backdrop of one of Britain’s most impressive historic homes, capping off an amazing weekend of music at the venue. On 14 August, The London Gala Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell, will be joined by chart-topping opera star and BBC Radio Wales presenter, Wynne Evans – also known to millions as Go Compare’s spoof opera singer, Gio Compario – and Broadway and West End star, Marisha Wallace, as they perform an unmissable selection of popular classics, songs from musicals, and flag-waving Prom favourites such as Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, Pomp and Circumstance March No.1, and more.
Dogs Trust Workshop
Dogs Trust is offering free workshops this month to help families understand dogs and learn how to live happily and safely alongside them. The charity, which finds new homes for thousands of dogs every year, is offering the ‘How to stay safe this Summer’ workshops to families with children aged seven and over. The 90-minute workshops must be booked in advance as places are limited.
Henley Country Craft Show
Visit the Henley Country Craft Show over the August bank holiday weekend in the charming location of Stonor Park and enjoy great shopping, family entertainment, activities and delicious food! It’s set to be the biggest show in ten years with over 200 exhibitors attending and is the biggest, quality craft show in the UK.