Georgian Tea Party at Cowper and Newton Museum

CNM IMG_20140322_134117Following on from the successful event last year, Cowper and Newton Museum will again be holding a Georgian Tea Party.  Join them for tea and cakes (made to authentic Georgian recipes!) in the gardens of the Museum. Some of the Museum staff and volunteers will be in Georgian costume, as will the Barbara Segal Dance Group who will be performing Georgian dances in the Courtyard, as well as mingling with visitors in the Museum.  If you fancy coming in Georgian costume too, please do!

When: 30th August

Where: Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney

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Experimental Metalwork and Creative Machine Sewing Workshops at WAC

Westbury Arts Centre invites you to come and learn and experiment at one of their workshops led by experienced artist-teachers at their beautiful Grade II listed site.  This August Westbury Arts Centre presents two exciting workshops in Experimental Metalwork and Creative Machine Sewing.

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Experimental Metalwork (creating a mirror frame.)
August 23rd, 10:00 am4:00 pm

This workshop will allow you to combine traditional techniques such as embossing, patination and gilding. You will create a mirror frame that explores these processes and your own designs. You will build final images layer by layer, pushing the metal and surface to create something unique. All materials will be provided, but if you have your own specialist materials. This course is limited to 6 places. Kate is traditionally trained as a silversmith fine art pieces that are made from metal and using traditional jewellery skills.

Westbury Arts CentreFoxcovert Rd, Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK5 6AA

Creative Machine Sewing
August 30th, 10:00 amAugust 31st, 4:00 pm

This is a two day workshop led by Helen den Dulk, which will use alternative materials and methods to create 2D and 3D machine stitched art. Helen is the founder of ‘Stitch and bitch’, the sewing group at Festive Road, where she used her textiles knowledge and her experience as a mixed media artist.

The course is suitable for all abilities and is for a maximum of six people. Participants will spend the first day experimenting and planning with literally any materials that can be sewn: fabric, paper, plastic and materials they create themselves, such as fusible web, and laminated items. The second day will focus on making final pieces, inspired by each individual’s earlier experimentation. There will be sewing machines available and materials but please feel free to bring your own.

Westbury Arts CentreFoxcovert Rd, Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK5 6AA

Open Air Cinema in Campbell Park

Enjoy three family favourite films at Campbell Park this summer on 17th August.

This year’s line up is:

1pm – Toy Story 2

3pm – Hook

6pm – Top Gun

Price: Free

Age Range: All ages

Meeting Place:

No parking in the park.

Nearest recommended public parking at Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre.

Booking Required: No

Have a go at Pit Firing ceramics in the garden at Westbury Arts Centre

Westbury Arts CentreTwo-Day Pit Firing Course

Day 1: the workshop will start with a day creating a series of pots and objects that will be bisque fired ready for next week’s pit firing.

Day 2: The pit will be dug and the objects will be placed in the pit ready for firing along with a mixture of oxides and organic materials. But if any budding potters out there have some fired bisque already that they would like to put in the pit then come along, bring your banana skins, dried manure etc.  to put in the pit…fingers crossed for good weather.  Julie leFevre will show you this traditional and surprising way to fire your work.

When: Saturday 16th August 10 – 4.00 Saturday 23rd August 6 -9pm


Please note, all workshops will run if there is a minimum of 4 people attending each session. 
Westbury Arts Centre reserves the right to cancel a class if necessary (with a full refund) but will give as much notice as possible in the case of unforeseen circumstances.

Proms in the Park, classical music, festivities and fireworks #MadeinMK

Date: 15th August 2014

Time: Gates open at 6:30pm; Concert begins at 8pm

Location: Campbell Park Amphitheatre

The Parks Trust and Milton Keynes City Orchestra present an evening of uplifting music, fireworks and fizz!  Last year’s uplifting numbers included Dambusters and patriotic numbers like Rule Britannia.

2014 Full ProgrammeGlinka Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla

Rossini Largo al Factotum

Sousa Stars and stripes

Butterworth Banks of Green Willow

Coates March: The Dam Busters

Puccini Vissi D’Arte

Bizet Carmen Suite

Tchaikovsky: Waltz: The Sleeping Beauty

Offenbach: Can-Can from Orpheus in the Und.

Suppe Overture: Light cavalry

Bizet Toreador Song

Tchaikovsky: Polonaise: Eugene Onegin

Mozart La Ci Darem la mano

Rodgers and Hammerstein You’ll never walk Alone

Elgar: Nimrod

Wood: Fantasia on British Sea Songs

(Tom Bowling and Hornpipe)

Parry: Jerusalem

Arne arr Sargent Rule Britannia

Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance


Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton

Baritone: James Cleverton

Soprano: Emily Haig


Located in Campbell Park Amphitheatre.

Recommended parking at Milton Keynes Shopping Centre.

Download a map showing the Proms event location and recommended parking here.

Price: £12/ Adult; £8/Child; £32/Family (2A2C or 1A3C)

Meeting Place:

No public parking in the park.
Recommended parking at Milton Keynes Shopping Centre and MK Theatre Multi-Storey.  Postcode for Sat-Nav users MK9 3NZ

Booking Required: Click here to book 

Graduate Show at Westbury Arts Centre #MadeinMK

Westbury Arts Centre Graduate ShowWestbury Arts Centre is pleased to announce that this year’s graduate show will open 9th August with a private view 2pm to 4pm. All welcome. The exhibition is open until 30th August.

The University of Northampton recent 2014 graduates, showcasing sculpture, mixed media installation, and painting are:

Melanie Cutler

Helen den Dulk

Amy Nelson

Jacqueline O’Kane

Resident 2014 graduates, showcasing delicate layered drawings inspired by the Mk Landscape, and sculpture displayed on the exterior of the building:

Nicola Saunderson

Anna Sikorska


To find out more about what Westbury Arts Centre has to offer please see their website: