Here we are with our fourth edition, can you believe we only have one more half term before we break up for the summer holidays!

We have been super busy talking to lots of organisations and schools about how best everyone can connect and collaborate. One excellent way to do that and to make the most out of what Young Creative Bucks can do for you and your school is to connect with us and attend our partnership meetings, we have three per year and they are there to help you connect with others and inspire ideas to bring more creativity and culture into your curriculum, school and students. Our next meeting is in July so please lookout for an email from us with all the details.

This edition is jam-packed with excellent opportunities so please keep scrolling!!

Please remember to let us know about all the creative and cultural things you get up to so we can share your successes and your experiences by sending details and images to 


Whats Coming Up
XYZ PRIMARY Launches in May 2022!

We are a team of music teachers dedicated to making positive and lasting changes in music education across the UK. 
This brand new music learning platform has been designed to help improve the standard of primary music lessons.
This programme has been designed to give specialist and generalist teachers confidence when delivering an entire music curriculum overview for both Key stages 1 and 2. 
Our new website is coming soon. If you want any further information contact us on:
phone: 01296534032  


Celebration Week - Monday 20th to
Friday 24th June inclusive - 10 am to 2 pm

We are really excited to invite you to take part in our very special week to celebrate the life of Miss Alice de Rothschild, who owned Waddesdon between 1898 and 1922. Alice was an extraordinary woman with a love of gardening, and we are running special workshops to reflect those interests of hers.

There will be a variety of workshops on offer for your pupils to take part in:

The Wartime Kitchen Garden: Explore rationing in both World War and the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign with Tastes of History

The Edwardian House: A look at how the Arts and Craft movement inspired a revival of apothecary skills. Pupils will be able to have a go at making their own treatments!

A Grand Day Out: A look at Edwardians at leisure

Massive collaborative artwork: with artist James Brunt, we hope to create a large-scale natural artwork which all pupils who visit will have collaborated on

Natural Dyeing: Have a go at dyeing your own Shibori work to take home, using woad and other natural materials

Meet the bees with the Bucks Beekeepers Association (on some days)

Plant some vegetables to take home and explore how horticulture can help with mental wellbeing

We also have a supporting resource pack for further use throughout the year

The cost is £10 per pupil, but do remember that you can apply to the Rothschild Foundation’s Schools Access Fund if you’re a Buckinghamshire school. Certain criteria apply but more details can be found here:

If you would like more information, please just drop us a line at

Interested in a Year 5/6 creative music workshop for your school in the Autumn Term 2022?
We have designed a half-day workshop & show all about tuning. This educational project is part of our autumn project celebrating the  300th anniversary of J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 1). This fully-funded workshop is aimed at Years 5 and 6 and will be quick-paced, funny, and interactive. The creative team making & performing in the show are multi-talented singers, actors, and musicians with a lot of experience in educational settings. Depending on staff support, we would be able to offer this to between 30 and 60 children at a time.

The aim of these workshops is to:
Entertain and intrigue children, encouraging them to find out more about classical music/pianos/wind instruments
Help them to connect other music that they might already listen to with classical music in their minds (by explaining the history and science of tuning)

Connect music to other subjects, in particular physics and maths
Please email to register your interest
               Livestream Learning special offer for Bucks Schools from the Roald Dahl Museum
The Roald Dahl Museum is offering Bucks state schools a 25% discount for one year group per school to have a Livestream session. 

We have availability from 7 June 22 through to July 23. 

See our website for more details 

Contact us at
Sensory Needs Engagement 

Over the past year, our Learning Office Fiona has been working with the Cultural Organisations Group and SEND specialists leading on the development of sensory needs engagement for children and young people. We have come a long way and have a way to go but it is a step in the right direction to be truly inclusive.
Visit our website to find out more about our schools and holiday engagement and how we use our collections at our small museum to break down negative attitudes to disability and celebrate all being born human.

The Film & TV Academy

The Film & TV Academy is a weekly class for young people interested in making film projects guided by industry professionals. For anyone aged 5 - 18, FTA runs classes once a week on a Sunday from 10 am until 1 pm at Pebble Brook School in Aylesbury. Classes involve learning to use professional filmmaking equipment and creating film projects all the way from idea to finished product. There is an annual cinema screening at the Odeon cinema where students of the academy can see their creations on the big screen. 

For more information and to book a free trial class with us, please visit:

Phone number: 01296 841 058

Want to be involved in a new film festival in the Chilterns?

This October, the new On Location Film Festival will run across multiple days, offering exciting events for all ages. From film screenings in unusual places and exhibitions showcasing local talents to careers talks and helpful advice on opportunities in film.
The aim of On Location is to take the film experience out of the cinema, providing opportunities for education and personal development, while strengthening creativity and culture within the community. Events will vary from the Godfather in a fish and chip shop to leading film professionals giving talks, to top-notch classical musicians; it’s all about performance, participation and popcorn.
The On Location Film Festival would like to involve as many people as possible, so if you're part of a shop, business, club, youth group, school or are an interested individual, we’re looking for more venues and support.
Partners already include the Chiltern Film Society, Chiltern Creatives, the Elgiva Theatre, Chapter Two Bookshop, the Good Earth Gallery and ScreenSkills.

For more information or to get involved, contact us at
Live Art opportunity 

WhizzFizzFest is back, and bigger than ever! Saturday 02 July sees the creative arts festival return this year to Aylesbury, with a fab line-up of authors, loads of town centre-based activities, a tour around Bucks plus the new and exciting Main Stage. 
The Main Stage will be full of local and professional performances to delight whizzfizzers old and young. As a part of this programme, we are looking for young people aged between 10-16 to take part in our Live Art competition. You will be creating an impactful and vibrant piece of art on the stage in under five minutes!, accompanied by upbeat music. You will be supported on the day by an experienced artist-illustrator and have materials and supplies ready to create your masterpiece!  
The winner will receive a free pass to an art workshop run by Queens Park Arts Centre during the school holidays, as well as a £25 voucher to an art supply shop. All entries will also be exhibited at Aylesbury’s community and cultural centre; The Petri Dish following the event.
To apply, and for full terms and conditions, visit or complete the form here:  
Young Creative Bucks Forum
We are still looking for young people to join us for this forum, especially from the north and south of the County and from diverse backgrounds. Please let students know not to be shy to apply, their voice counts!
We are aiming to spread the net as wide as possible and to be inclusive as possible so please share with all young people between the ages of 14-18.

Thank you!
Open Weekend returns for 2022! 

 Micro-grant applications are now open on our website
We have a limited number of grants available. If you are thinking about how to fund parts of your activity, have a look at the criteria below. 
Your Activity is taking place in Buckinghamshire
Your Activity will be delivered during 28th– 31st of July as part of Open Weekend
Not-for-profit organisations that want to pay an artist/creative/freelancer to deliver a creative or cultural activity that meets the ‘trees and green’ theme
Artists, creatives or freelancers registered as sole traders or businesses delivering an activity for Open Weekend
You can apply for grants of up to £250 
You can apply via the link on the website by 1st June 2022

Garsington Opera

Opportunities for young people interested in art/design and stage management. 

Young people in Year 11 - 25 years are invited to apply to be part of the design or stage management team for Dalia - a community performance of 200 participants aged 9 to adult with professional soloists and orchestra, all led by a professional team.

Fully funded, based in High Wycombe and Garsington Opera (near Stokenchurch).
Design: Various dates from 16th - 28th July
Stage Management: Various dates from 26th June – 31st July

For more information email
Deadline: Wednesday 1st June

Let’s Discover! Discover Bucks Museum Schools Workshops

Explore hands-on learning in our Let’s Discover! workshops. Choose interactive expert-led sessions based in our brand-new museum galleries or exploratory adventures in the magical Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery. Book now for new workshops including:
Geology: Rocks & fossils
Archaeology: Prehistory, Romans, Anglo Saxons
Creative writing
EYFS: Dino Mystery, Traditional Tales
Available in Bucks term time on weekdays. Half and whole day offered, beginning at 10.15 am and 12.30 pm.

To find out more or book, please either email me: Serena Avery-
or fill out a web enquiry form here:
Explore our website:

Do you have students considering options for September? 

Are they 16, post-GCSE’s and have never previously completed a Level 3 qualification?

 Then this course is for them and FULLY FUNDED!

On our fully funded government (BTEC) course, they will:

Be trained in all aspects of performing arts, in exceptional facilities.

Be supported from audition through to application to conservatoire or university.

Have the opportunity to be represented by the Jackie Palmer agency to work in TV, theatre and film. 

For more information contact us:

Funding for Creative Learning Sessions
at Waddesdon Manor

The Rothschild Foundation and Waddesdon Manor have jointly launched a Schools Access Fund with the purpose of subsidising and promoting learning sessions for schools. We welcome applications from schools across Bucks for financial support covering transport costs, workshop fees, National Trust Education Group Membership and staff costs to a maximum of £750. 
Applications can be made anytime through the Rothschild Foundation’s website -  
If you’d like to have a pre-application conversation to share your plans or need support completing the application form, please contact
Livestream Learning – Creative Characters

Booking now for Spring and Summer!
Our Livestream learning sessions bring our galleries and Roald Dahl’s archive directly into your classroom, with a mixture of live facilitation, activities, and videos. Your pupils will discover how they can use Dahl’s writing and creative techniques in their work, led by our enthusiastic experts. 
Term-time weekdays. 10 am, 11.15 am, and 1.15 pm slots available.
Email the Learning Team at to book.
Exploring Drawing through Printmaking and Mixed-Media

Artist-led outreach project for Primary Schools - Spring-Summer 2022
Queens Park Arts Centre is offering artist-led printmaking workshops for school groups from Year 1 to 6, Primary. Tailored to each group to expand children's existing experience, techniques such as monotype, reduction printmaking and new approaches to mark-marking can be taught, in-house or at school.
Contact Sarah Lewis:
Discover the magic of early music with our Open Opera Rehearsals and School Workshops!
Join us on Thursday 1st September for an open opera rehearsal!
We're delighted to invite you to a final open rehearsal for this year's VBF opera, Charpentier's Orphée. The open rehearsal will include a chance to explore and enjoy the grounds of The Vache, a relaxed performance of Carissimi's Jephte, an intro to some early instruments like the theorbo, and the chance to see part of a professional opera rehearsal. Experience excellent live classical music in the beautiful grounds of The Vache!
For more information on our free event and to register your interest, visit
Bucks Music Trust Summer Festival

We’re very excited to announce this year’s Bucks Music Summer Festival. Around 600 young musicians from our music centres in Aylesbury, Amersham and High Wycombe will be performing across 2 stages with groups, ensembles, bands and choirs of all different types. There’ll be live music from 12:30 till 6:30 pm, an amazing opportunity to join us for the Big Sing at 2:30 pm as well as the Crash Bang Wallop music workshop for children under 10 at 4 pm.

If you love great music, fancy a sing or exploring music with your little one - join us at the Chiltern Open Air Museum on Sun 3rd July. We can’t wait to see you there!

To book visit

Guitari Lounge - Under 18's Open Mic Nights
The night is currently held every month at High Wycombe Arts Centre and The Drawing Room in Chesham. Everybody is welcome to attend, the dates are as follows:
Guitari Lounge is an open mic night organised by the Buckinghamshire Music Trust to give young people from across the county an opportunity to play in front of a supportive audience, hone their performance and songwriting skills and make like-minded friends.
High Wycombe Arts Centre: special session in the Garden 12-5 pm 18th June 2022, all other dates at the normal time: 15th July & 16th Sep 
The Drawing Room:  7th July, 1st Sep 2022
 All sessions start at 7-9 pm. £2 entry

After-school Art Club (Wednesdays) - 4.30 - 6pm

Regular painting, drawing and printmaking for primary schoolers (aged 7 - 11) at Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. Come and try out new ways of making art and give your imagination some exercise! Children will be introduced to a broad range of practical processes and creative games.

Queens Park Arts Centre Textile Exhibition -  11-26 June - Free Entry

This inspirational free-to-view exhibition – part of Bucks Art Weeks 2022 – brings together four local textile artists in a celebration of fabric art. Work from Hannah Heys, Alex Vincent Turner, Jo Evans and Marie Jones explores a range of styles and techniques, from fibre painting through to fabric collage, stitch to tufting.

Contact us: 01296 424332
Book at:
Gansta Granny WhizzFizzFest workshops - 2nd July 2022 - 12:00, 13:30, 14:30 - Free entry
Explore the story of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny in a fun supportive atmosphere, through physical theatre, character building, improvisation and drama in this imaginative workshop as part of WhizzFizzFest.

Take Your Own Tiger Home For Tea: Puppet Making Workshop - 1st July 2022 - 10:15, 13:30 - Tickets from £9.35*
Fancy taking your very own tiger home to tea? Join us at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and make your very own tiger puppet!

Hexwood School of Sorcery - 25th - 27th August 2022  - 25th - 14:00 
26th & 27th - 11:00 & 14:00 - Tickets from £14*
Maisey Hexwood is about to follow in her family’s footsteps and begin her studies in Sorcery. The only problem is, she isn’t very good at magic!
Join Maisey on her mischievous adventures through sorcery school and discover how she learns to embrace her magical mishaps and finally love herself, warts and all.

Group sales: 020 7206 1174*
Box Office: 0844 871 7615***

*Calls charged at local rate, plus your phone company's access charge. No booking fees apply to Group bookings. Group bookings cannot be made online and must be made via the Group sales phone line.
**Calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge. Booking fees and a transaction charge of up to £3.65 apply to non-Group bookings made online/phone.
^Discount applies to ice creams ordered at the point of booking only.
Wycombe Youth Action

The next issue is due on the 7th of July 2022 with the deadline for submissions on the 5th of July.

Please remember to share your successes with us

Share Now

We are asking young people from across Bucks to tell us about things they enjoy, cool things they've seen, done or been to. What do they think about Arts & Culture, about Bucks, also what's missing?
Students can send us a message, an image, a video, poem, story or track by clicking below 

Show Us/Tell Us

Buckinghamshire Culture Partnership are running a project called Bucks in 100 Objects and would like some contributions from young people.
Please share this website with students and encourage them to take part, it's quite a fascinating project!

Just click here

Bucks in 100 Objects

Fresh Works

George Grenville Academy
Stories Come Alive for Buckingham
On Thursday 27 April, Year 5 children from George Grenville Academy took part in a storytelling event at Buckingham Library entitled 'Our Buckingham Stories'.
This was a collaboration between Buckingham Library, Friends of Buckingham Library Trust, George Grenville Academy, The Red Phoenix Storytelling Company, students and staff from the University of Buckingham and the Canal Society.
George Grenville Academy pupils had been working with storyteller and founder of Red Phoenix Stories, Terrie Howey, for two full days in the lead-up to the event. During these sessions, pupils learnt about the art of storytelling and were guided through the process of creating their own stories. 
The theme for this year's event was 'The History of Buckingham'. The children carried out their own research on the town and took walks to local well-known landmarks to get some inspiration for their stories before letting their imaginations run wild.   
After a storytelling Olympics competition, where children performed their stories to a panel of judges, the most well-developed stories were chosen and performed in front of an audience of parents, pupils, teachers and residents at Buckingham Library. 

Emma Killick, Headteacher at George Grenville Academy said, “We were so privileged to be part of this local event. Terrie’s inspired storytelling instilled a deeper confidence in our pupils than I have not previously seen. Watching them perform their stories in the library at the event was extremely moving.”
RGSHW 'Digging Up The Past' A collaboration between the Art and History Department
It all started with the discovery of the work by a little-known artist, Duncan Cameron who was inspired by the power and narrative behind various curiosities and artefacts. Cameron produced a series of studies drawn whilst at Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. This captured our imagination and led the Art Department to discuss the concept of archaeological finds, artefacts, and the impact on the society at the time with the History Department. The History Department loved the concept of, 'Digging Up The Past' and how by studying the various objects the pupils could gain an understanding of perceptions and in particular the relationship with the British Empire. We created a cross-curricular project, ending with an A5 two-sided postcard, one side created during their art lessons, and the other in history lessons. 
The inspiration for this postcard was gathered on a trip to Oxford that took place just before the Easter holidays. All of Year 8 attended the trip. The pupils spent the day sketching and photographing in either Pitt Rivers Museum or the Museum of Natural History followed by a walking tour around Oxford, including a trip up to St Mary's Church tower, the led by the History Department. The connection with Oxford, the objects drawn within the museum and how they inform ideas within the classroom and between subjects has been an invaluable experience to the pupils and one that they found incredibly enjoyable.
Georgina Francis
Head of Art RGSHW 


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