Young Creative Bucks is your link to the wider landscape of creative and cultural organisations and opportunities within our county.
If you're looking for something interesting and creative to get your students involved in, a field trip idea, or just something to support a particular subject in your curriculum I bet there is someone or something you can get involved with right here in Bucks to support you.
This half-termly newsletter is here to bring opportunities to you and your school. We hope you find it useful.
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
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:

Summer of Stories

We have an arts council funded project running this year, which involves community-engaged artists seeking and sharing stories of happiness in Bucks from our residents. Over Summer, they used a ‘Story Stall’ – think artist-designed market stall – and Story Postcards to collect stories.  They visited various locations and spoke to lots of people, and are now also keen to run some workshops with young people. We are working with a dancer/choreographer who is very keen to work with students in years 5-8 to devise new work based on stories of happiness.
We’d be looking at 2 / 2.5-hour workshops in school.



Love singing and drama?
Opportunity to take part in Dalia, a story about a refugee girl who triumphs over adversity to follow her dream.
For young people and adults aged 9 upwards. No experience is necessary and all places are fully-funded.Application deadline - 17 January
Performances in July 2022, local to High Wycombe.
 Find out more at

Email contact: 
Battle of the Bands 7 - Looking for bands

Buckinghamshire’s biggest Battle of the Bands is back for the seventh year running and the audition deadline is approaching fast!
With the final at the Old Town Hall in High Wycombe, a venue steeped in Rock’n'Roll history and a panel of music industry judges, this competition is one not to be missed by any young band in the county and beyond.
Auditions are held in a variety of venues across the county and the
NEW DEADLINE is 31 December 2021.

To apply, simply go to and we’ll take it from there.
YCBucksCEP logo competition

Young Creative Bucks needs a professional, fresh and creative logo to support its identity and emerging role as a network hub for creative and cultural activity and education for young people in our county.
The one you see above is only temporary and we think that there are some budding young designers out there who can do much better!
The chosen design will be reproduced by a professional designer so you can submit a scan/photo of your hand-drawn design or a digital file using any commonly used format. The young designer will have the opportunity to visit the professional designer to work with them on producing the final version.
We encourage teachers and arts organisations to set their children running by giving some initial input on how to design an impactful logo, but the final submissions must be entirely the young person’s own work and should be submitted by them using the
ShowUs/TellUs page on the YCBucksCEP website using the ‘Choose File’ upload button.
Young designers must be aged 10 – 18 and attending a Buckinghamshire school.
Entries must be received by Friday 7th January 2022 so could be a great holiday project!
Theatre Shed
Freya and the Return to the Shediverse by Theatre Shed
Join us this winter as we take to the stage for the eccentric live-action sequel to our lockdown animation 'The Goat, The Shed and Me!' The shediverse has been infiltrated by a bunch of disgruntled Christmas decorations who have sent the portals into lockdown! Back on Earth, Freya's Christmas is at risk of being a total shipwreck! Follow Freya as she returns to the shediverse this winter and meets the new characters, all in a quest to find Greg the Goat. Is Greg really the only one who can save Christmas?
Saturday 18th December - 5 pm
Sunday 19th December - 3 pm
Family ticket: £25 (2+2)
Children & Concessions: £6
Adults: £9
Venue: Spinney Theatre, Beacon School, HP6 5PF
To book or get more info contact:
Harsha Basu

 Art & Yoga Workshop - 20th to 24th December 2021 - 10 am - 11.30 am
This online workshop is designed for 6 to 14-year-olds.
We will learn to draw five folk art animals and explore fun facts about them. We will also learn and practice animal yoga along with an introduction to meditation and fun breathing exercises. 

Email (Only 10 places available)
Contact: Harsha Basu 07808656216

Guitari Lounge - Under 18's Open Mic Nights
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.
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:
High Wycombe Arts Centre: 21 Jan, 18 Feb, 18 Mar 2022
The Drawing Room: 6 Jan, 3 Feb, 3 Mar 2022
 All sessions start at 7-9 pm. £2 entry
Queens Park Arts Centre’s 2021 Pantomime - Sleeping Beauty - 10th -28th December
Produced by Unbound Theatre, Directed by Erika Sanderson, Written by Dario Knight
It's time to get lost in the forest as the Queens Park Pantomime returns for 2021 with a brand new adaptation of a classic fairytale. The show is produced by Queens Park’s in-house production company Unbound, and once again features amazing dance routines choreographed and performed by SDSD
DISCOUNT PERFORMANCES: Fri 10 Dec (7.30 pm) & Sat 11 Dec (5.30 pm)
SIGNED PERFORMANCES: Sat 18 Dec (1:00 pm) & Tue 28 Dec (4:30 pm)
RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Sun 12 Dec (5:30 pm)
Tickets: £7.00 - £13.00
After-school Art Club
Wednesdays 12, 19, 26 Jan & 2 Feb. 2, 9, 16 & 23 March -4.30 - 6 pm
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.

Making Shadow Puppets
Half Term, Monday 21 Feb - 10am - 1pm
For ages 7 - 11. Design and make your own puppet based on the signs of the zodiac - taking inspiration from the creatures and stories different cultures have seen in the stars. You will learn how to give your puppets character and a sense of humour and make dramatic effects with light.

Paint like a true Artist!
Half Term, Tuesday 22 Feb - 10am - 1pm
For ages 7 - 11. Fun and playful workshop exploring abstract art. Children will work on large scale, using some 'grown-up' materials and some materials that are less expected. See how we can make a big impact using colour and mark-marking, all inspired by British-Guyanese artist Frank Bowling.

Young Artists: Printmaking
Half Term, Wednesday 23 Feb - 11 am - 1.30 pm

For ages 12 - 16. An introduction to the various techniques of monotype - one of the most spontaneous methods of printmaking. Perfect if you're already interested in drawing or painting, students will see how the same skills apply in prints. Suitable for all abilities and levels of confidence!

Young Artists: Concertina Artwork
Half Term, Thursday 24 Feb - 11 am - 1.30 pm
For ages 12 - 16. Make an expanding drawing on folded paper, working from a mixture of observation and imagination. Students will be introduced to drawing with wet and dry soft pastels and learn new techniques. We'll take inspiration from current artists who use these techniques professionally.

Book at:
Contact us: 01296 424332

The next issue is due on the 10th February 2022 with the deadline on the 8th of February.

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

During the Global Pandemic of Summer 2020, a group of diverse young performers came together online as part of The Theatre Shed’s summer scheme. 

Across two weeks these young creatives of mixed abilities and disabilities explored the art of animation, storytelling, and songwriting culminating in an innovative, bizarre, and wonderful short musical animation film… The Goat, The Shed, and Me! With creative control at every level, from designing the character illustrations, scriptwriting, voice-over work, and special effects, this film truly is a direct product of these incredible young minds.

The Theatre Shed is an inclusive arts company based in the heart of Bucks, which comprise an all-encompassing, cross-section of our community.

To find out more about The Theatre Shed Charity visit
Amersham Music Centre 50th Anniversary Celebrations

From its early beginnings in 1971 to today’s plethora of musical groups, bands and ensembles - Amersham Music Centre celebrated its 50th Anniversary in style at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham this month.

Orchestral pieces, rock bands, instrumental ensembles as well as choir performances were on offer, filling the theatre’s main performance space, foyer and cafe areas with music, showcasing our young musicians in front of parents, ex-members and supporters.

A great day was had by all - and of course, there was an Amersham Music Centre cake to be had, too.


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