Here we are at the end of a very special year for us having launched the Cultural Education Partnership Young Creative Bucks and getting to know lots of you through meetings, events and/or the Creative and Cultural Champions Programme, so let’s keep connecting next year!

We are hoping most of you have received information regarding joining the next cohort of Creative and Cultural Champions but if not scroll down to find out more information…help us on our mission to make sure every school in Bucks is represented by a Creative and Cultural Champion!

We are looking for some teachers to join our Steering Group which is an expert panel that help us shape ideas and the direction of the CEP. If you are interested, please contact me at the email address below. We are looking for a representative from each school type primary, secondary, grammar, independents, PRU and SEND.

As always there are loads of opportunities and events in this newsletter which should interest you, your school and your students so please do check it all out and share far and wide if you can. If you are unable to share this newsletter, you can direct people to our website where we archive all of our ‘Let’s Get Creative’ newsletters on our News Page.

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 

We would like to thank Bucks Music Trust our lead organisation and Artswork SE Bridge for all the guidance this year and for being so supportive!
Thank you also to both of our funders
Artswork and the Rothschild Foundation, your contribution and support have had an enormous impact on what we have been able to achieve!

We hope everyone has an amazing Summer Holiday and we shall see you back in September!


Whats Coming Up

Last summer Young Creative Bucks CEP (Cultural Education Partnership) launched the Bucks Creative and Cultural Champions programme with a vision to have a Champion in every school, working together to bring more creativity into the classroom and making sure all our young people can enjoy the cultural richness of the county. It has been a great year for creative and cultural learning across Buckinghamshire, especially for our first-ever Creative and Cultural Champions!

We are delighted to announce that we are now recruiting teachers for the second year of the programme, and we would love to hear from your school about who you will be nominating to participate in this FREE programme.

You can find out more about the Creative and Cultural Champions Programme and what's involved on our website at: 

Applications are open now for the 2022-23 cohort. Participation is great career development for those in, or aspiring to, creative subject lead positions in both primary and secondary, mainstream and SEND settings.

Join us at the Celebration event in October and find out more from this year’s cohort. This will be a great opportunity to find out more about the programme and learn what our champions have achieved this year, so please sign up to find out more.

Register your interest now!
Contact Claire Willis Programme Manager for Young Creative Bucks CEP 
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is
open for 2022-23 s
chool bookings!
Facilitated by our enthusiastic experts, our sessions uncover Roald’s creative processes by using his unique archive and exploring our fantabulous galleries. By the end of your day, your students will have created something marvellous for themselves and leave the Museum feeling inspired and equipped to unlock their own stories. (49 words) 
Range of dates and times avalable throughout the 2022-23 academic year.
Email the Learning Team at to book.

               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

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  
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.
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 a
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.

We will be running three recruitment and introduction sessions over the summer all involving fun and creative activities so register your interest today!

Thank you!
Buckinghamshire Open Weekend 28th – 31st July

There are lots of new things to discover over a long weekend 28th – 31st July:  The Buckinghamshire Open Weekend offers walking tours, storytelling, arts and crafts, spoken, theatrical or dance performances, poetry readings and so much more - all linked to this year’s topic of ‘trees and green.’

Find out more by checking the ‘What’s on’ guide online:

Please the link below for the ‘what’s on’, dates/times and booking of individual activities/events

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 email: Serena Avery at
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
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:
For You - A Wellbeing Festival curated and created by our Youth Theatre members is going to take place at Crabtree Farm, Ley Hill on Saturday the 16th of July. It is a beautiful area in Ley Hill – a great spot to walk to via incredible countryside. The festival is for all the family and will incorporate a performance of The Gingerbread Kid by our Children’s Theatre group at 12.00pm followed by a range of activities and short performances between 1.00 and 5.00 pm. There will be refreshments to purchase but we recommend bringing your own picnic and blankets and chairs so you can stay to enjoy the whole day. Entry is £5 a head (FOC for under 6’s). Reserve your ticket by emailing 

Islands is a The Theatre Shed and Sign Dance Collective collaboration taking place at Chesham Town Hall from the 25th to 30th of July. This 6-day project is going to be an eclectic mix of theatre, movement, poetry and art. Working together with professional international artists, over the course of 5 days we shall devise and create our own original work based on the theme of 'ISLANDS' to perform on the 6th day, Saturday 30th July at the Market Square in Chesham High Street. 

Summer Scheme - Activity Week is planned for the 8th to 12th of August for Children’s Theatre (ages 6 – 11) and the 15th to 19th of August for Youth and Company Theatre (ages 12 and over). Everything is dependent upon funding but we are hoping to run the Workshops at The White Hill Centre in Chesham and include a hot meal daily for all participants. The Workshops will be lots of fun and will cover performing arts experiences including drama, movement and improvisation.

For more information and bookings contact:
Join us on Thursday 1st September for our open dress rehearsal!
Our Open Dress Rehearsal is a unique opportunity for you to see our open-air production of Charpentier's Orphée before it opens to the general public. It is a final chance for the cast to rehearse in performance conditions before the opening night. We are dedicated to our charitable mission of making classical music available and accessible to everyone. As in 2020 and 2021, we invite individuals and groups (up to 6 people) to apply for free tickets to attend the more informal and relaxed performance that is the dress rehearsal

Aged 8-15? Join our Children's Choir course in the October half-term!
Via the gateway of the Baroque era, we want to introduce young people to the joy of classical music and its many benefits, to inspire their creativity and elevate their self-esteem. Our 2022 Children’s Choir will be held over the October half-term (last week of October) at The Vache. We're looking forward to growing the success of last year's choir, and are excited to be able to welcome 16 young singers to our course this year.

Aged 15-18 and a pianist? Apply for our masterclass weekend residency on 22-23 October
The Vache Baroque Festival invites young pianists aged 15-18 to apply for a place on a masterclass residency weekend exploring the music of J.S.Bach's 'Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1'. The course will be led by acclaimed Bach pianist Libby Burgess and will comprise of individual lessons, group sessions, historical analysis discussions, a movement class, and a public masterclass where each pianist will play a Book 1 prelude and fugue. All activities will take place within the beautiful Vache house, which has a Steinway B grand piano. 
Find out more about all these FREE events and register your interest at
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: 16th Sep 
The Drawing Room:  1st Sep 2022
 All sessions start at 7-9 pm. £2 entry

Summer Pottery Club (27 July - 4 August) - Various Times
These half-day sessions for young artists aged 7-11 are a perfect chance to learn how to make incredible creations out of clay. From underwater creatures to mighty castles, the QPAC summer pottery club has something for everyone!

Forest Tales Fun Day (30 July) - 10am-2pm
A special free-to-attend family event themed around magical and mythical forests. Catch a thirty-minute retelling of the legend of Robin Hood courtesy of the Unbound Storytellers, and then get creative at a special art activity inspired by Sherwood Forest.

Open Day (10 Sep) - 11am-3pm
Discover everything that the creative and cultural hub of Buckinghamshire has to offer at this free-to-attend open day. Have a go at an arty activity (including pottery, painting, woodwork and more); enjoy live entertainment in the Limelight Theatre; and find out how you can kick-start your creativity at QPAC!

The Wizard of Oz (9-31 Dec) - Various Times
Tickets have just been put on sale for this year's Queens Park pantomime! Prepare to get swept away on a magical adventure as the Queens Park Pantomime returns with a brand-new adaptation of an all-time classic tale. Tickets are £8-£13, with family discounts available.

Contact us: 01296 424332
Book at:
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
 Breaking Barriers 8 - #BB8

TUESDAY 9TH Aug 2022 -12pm -4pm - Kingsmead Rec HP11 1SL

The event is for 10-19-year-olds with a theme on sports back in the day and a community project. It's an event which is free and gives young people a chance to try different sports such as football, cheerleading, playground sports, and graffiti art.

HAF Project

Tuesday 26th July -Thursday 28th July. Tuesday 2nd Aug -Thursday 4th Aug Tuesday 9th Aug -Thursday 11th Aug. 11.AM -3 PM

The Haf project is a free project for young people on free school meals and will need a unique ID code to book. The project will deliver a sports theme as well as a healthy lunch.

East Side Community Centre within the grounds of High Crest Community School.HP13 7NQ

To book contact    

All other youth club sessions will be running through the summer!
MOB: 07563383697/07590624266

The next issue is due on the 13th of October 2022 with the deadline for submissions on the 11th of October.

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


BMT’s Big Day Out - Summer Festival 2022

From Phantom of the Opera to Metallica - BMT’s Summer Festival is a great success


Over 600 children and young people performed across two stages as part of the Buckinghamshire Music Summer Festival at the Chiltern Open Air Museum on Sunday. Baking in the sun on a beautiful summer’s day, the audience enjoyed music, food and fun activities in one of the counties most beautiful spots. The performances included over 6 hours of music performed by the pupils of BMT’s Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Amersham Music Centres showcasing a wide range of musical styles and genres. Over 40 Orchestras, Big Bands, ensembles, rock bands and choirs displayed what they had been working on for the last year.

Performances included Big Band arrangements of the Blues Brothers, orchestral performances of Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Light Cavalry Overture and Lawrence of Arabia amongst others, to funky versions of Pee Wee Ellis’ The Chicken and rock band interpretations of Metallica, Muse and Led Zeppelin.

Further highlights were the ‘Crash Bang Wallop’ workshop for children under the age of 10 as well as The Big Sing, an on-the-spot workshop to celebrate singing for all to enjoy and participate.

Supported by a crowd of 3,000 the Big Day Out Summer Festival went down a storm on a day of glorious sunshine, what better way than to celebrate another year of fantastic music-making in the community.

Buckinghamshire Music Trust works with a large number of Buckinghamshire primary and secondary schools to provide a wide range of musical provision, including instrumental and singing lessons, school choirs and groups. BMT also runs three music centres across the county to create opportunities for children to learn and experience playing music in ensemble, orchestra, big band as well as rock band settings.

Buckinghamshire Music Trust
Instagram: @bucksmusictrust

Wonderful performances by The Theatre Shed’s amazing members!

What a wonderful day Chesham had on the 2nd of June – the highlight of which was of course the excellent performance by The Theatre shed members. Our members performed several songs to the delight and enjoyment of the Chesham Community!


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