Five of the best things to do in and around Leighton Buzzard in the next seven days

Javier Jarquin
Javier Jarquin

From jazzed-up Christmas classics to panto fun, there's plenty to enjoy...

1 MUSIC

Christmas with the Rat Pack, Tree Tops Café, Rushmere Country Park, December 7

Ryan Beange returns to the Tree Tops Café to perform an evening of festive entertainment featuring classics Let it Snow, Winter Wonderland and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas as well as other big band favourites from the Rat Pack era.

Details: greensandtrust.org/Event/tree-tops-music-ryan-beange

2 PANTOMIME

Robin Hood, Milton Keynes Theatre, December 8 to January 13

Shane Richie stars as the most heroic outlaw of them all. The arrow-shooting hero Robin Hood strives to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marion while he and his trusty band of Merry Men (played by breathtaking acrobatic troupe The Acromaniacs) outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in a show packed full of comedy, action and adventure.

Details: atgtickets.com

3 PANTOMIME

Snow White, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, December 7 to 31

Television star Charlie Brooks takes to the stage in Dunstable next week for the Grove Theatre pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Charlie rose to prominence playing the role of Janine Butcher in EastEnders. Her portrayal earned her National Television Award nominations as both Most Popular Newcomer and Most Popular Actress, alongside numerous other nominations and wins.

Charlie’s other extensive television credits include: Robin Hood, Love Soup, Angel of Death and Bleak House (all for BBC), Suspects (Channel 5) and Wired (ITV). On stage, Charlie received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire (Curve, Leicester) and as Sandra in Beautiful Thing (Arts Theatre, London and national tour), among many others.

Details: grovetheatre.co.uk

4 COMEDY

Barnstormers Comedy, Leighton Buzzard Theatre, December 8

Resident compere Kevin Precious will return to introduce another trio of top titter-inducing talented stand-up comedians. This month, he plays host to cheerily acerbic West Midlander Susan Murray, clever up-and-coming one-liner wizard Peter Brush, and the likeable Kiwi Javier Jarquin.

Details: barnstormers comedy.com

5 PANTOMIME

Peter Pan, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, December 7 to 31

Families are invited to get ‘hooked’ on this year’s festive extravaganza in Aylesbury. Star of Holby City and Coronation Street John Michie is playing villainous baddie Hook, alongside BBC Three Counties Breakfast Show presenter Andy Collins, Britain’s Got Talent’s La Voix and Nickelodeon’s Holly Atterton as Tinker Bell in this year’s swashbuckling adventure. Meet the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell, and get ready for a family show full of fun, fairy dust and pirates galore. Set sail for Neverland, take on Captain Hook and prepare

for out-of-this-world flying effects, galleons of laughter and the hungriest of crocodiles.

Post-show collections are in support of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Details: atgtickets.com