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Buckinghamshire cultural attractions

Whether you prefer to see a cathedral or a theatre, we’ve captured Buckinghamshire’s best arts and culture destinations. The county has a varied past, and it’s fun to go time travelling at the Chiltern Open Air Museum where historic buildings and demonstrations bring to life 2,000 years of its past in a beautiful parkland setting. Close to everyone who was ever a child’s heart is Roald Dahl. His life is celebrated in the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Dahl’s home village Great Missenden. He is also present at the Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury, which houses the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery. True Dahlers can download and follow the Roald Dahl Trail, or visit his grave (signposted by BFG footprints) in Great Missenden.

For collectors of art, there are galleries dotted all around the county. Of note is the Aces High Aviation Gallery in Wendover, which the world’s leading specialist in autographed aviation and military art from leading military artists. Also in Wendover is the charming A Little Bird Told Me Gallery, which stocks limited edition prints by Quentin Blake, illustrator of the world-famous Roald Dahl stories, Anita Jeram (Guess Who Much I Love You) and Dick Bruna, the creator of Miffy. Three miles from Wendover you’ll find Obsidian Art, one of the largest galleries in Bucks.

Our picks

The Elgiva Theatre
Theatre seats

St Mary’s Way, Chesham HP5 1HR

The Elgiva Theatre is quite possibly the perfect venue, with a flexible 300-seat auditorium boasting state-of-the-art sound, lighting and projection facilities. The Elgiva delivers a wide-ranging programme of live theatre, music, cinema and live screenings whilst also offering the perfect conference and wedding venue. Visit website

MK Gallery
MK Gallery

900 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3QA

Inspired by the unique history of Milton Keynes, MK Gallery’s new building, designed by renowned architects 6a, is an iconic feature of the city skyline. The view of the building from Campbell Park is not to be missed when you visit. Changing exhibitions of international art sit across five large, beautiful gallery spaces. Cutting edge contemporary art will be displayed alongside Old Masters to present a dynamic, diverse and stimulating programme. Visit website

Stanley Spencer Gallery
Stanley Spencer Gallery

16 High Street, Cookham, Maidenhead SL6 9SJ

The countryside here has inspired some great artists, including one of the greatest painters of the 20th centre, Sir Stanley Spencer. The local landscape and residents formed the subjects of some of his most famous wonderful works, which can be seen in the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham High street. Among the wonderful works in a changing exhibition are loans from fine art galleries as well as from private collectors. Visit website

Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon, Aylesbury HP18 0JH

Waddesdon Manor is Aylesbury is a must visit, housing an internationally-famous collection. Its owners, the Rothschilds, were among the greatest collectors of the 19th century. The collection contains more than 15,000 works and is especially known for its 17th and 18th-century French decorative collection, displayed in the magnificent interiors created in the late 1800s by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Visit website

Obsidian Art

Layby Farm, Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury HP22 5XJ

Located three miles from Wendover you’ll find Obsidian Art, one of the largest galleries in Bucks. The gallery exhibits a broad range of paintings, prints, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewellery, photography and craft by some of the best British artists and makers. Visit website

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Image credits: ©Andy Warner/MK Gallery; Denys Kuvaiev/Mikael Damkier/; Pow Pow Pictures/Aylesbury Waterside Theatre; Richard Bryant/ Manor; Stanley Spencer Gallery

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