Oh how we love September in the home counties… The beautiful month on the cusp of autumn where we usually have brief spell of glorious weather. The autumn colours begin to show and the temperature is still kind enough to allow us to enjoy the autumn change whilst we are actually outside, instead of through rain soaked windows or under the hood of our ski jackets.

Here in Thame we really know how to make the most of an “Indian Summer” and the list of events in and around the town really tickle our entertainment taste-buds. Perhaps you are looking forward to the opening of the hard – fought – for new play area in the pretty village of Long Crendon at the beginning of the month (With a BBQ, Bouncy Castle and even SPLAT THE RAT) Or is it the phenomenally successful annual Thame Food Festival, now in it’s fifth year and even bigger and better than before. Or perhaps it’s the “Marmite” of Thame’s Events, Thame Town Fair, that’s top of your list, an event steeped in history as well as high-octane fun for the teenagers and slight (ahem) irritation for our retailers. Whatever you’re looking forward to,  Thame and the surrounding villages and towns really does have it all.

Here’s our pick of the month’s events, followed by a full list of events in and around Thame.

Thame TV’s Top Three

1: Thame Food Festival Saturday 29th September 2012

The first of our events has got to be the fifth annual Thame Food Festival. Already an absolute must on any food lovers calendar, this year’s event has seen a rise in stall holders of nearly 50% and the festival is set to be even bigger and better than before. The festival organisers, Sally Dorling, Alison Isherwood, Debbie Jones, and Patron Lotte Duncan, have worked incredibly hard, and this year visitors will be treated to over 100 stall holders from delicious take-away food stalls to the fantastic “pop up pub”. There will also be the brilliant cookery theatre showcasing the finest celebrity chefs in our region. Raymond Blanc, the festivals Ambassador, will be back signing copies of his cookery books, and Le Manoir will return to the cook-off to try to fend off the competition from Aylesbury College this year after their defeat at the 2011 Food Festival. But it’s not just about the food, there will also be fantastic live entertainment from a concert band and a live music marquee and tombola stall.

Thame TV MD and Director of Photography, relaxing at The James Figg after last year’s festival. Charming!

We will of course be there from the outset, filming the entire festival with a large crew this year – so please come over and say hello (we promise not to rope you into doing some jobs!) Radio Oxford will also be broadcasting their early show from the event set-up, interviewing stallholders, organizers and attendees.

If you would like to be interviewed, look for the “Scissor Paper Stone” red logo’s on the back of our shirts – it’s Thame TV’s Mother Ship.

In addition to the stalls The Stable Block at the back of The James Figg Pub will play host to an informative wine tasting event and  sausage making. The AGA shop hosts food demo’s, talks and book signings. Cream teas and posh Kebabs will be served at The Spread Eagle with crepe and cocktail making demos. Beverley Glock will be hosting Whizz Bang Food, and there is also the brilliant Smoothie Bike Hire with their awesome custom built smoothie-making bicycle.

If that’s not enough, there will be a raffle with fantastic prizes including a day at The Raymond Blanc Cookery School, One night’s B&B at The Spread Eagle, a set of professional Raymond Blanc by Anolon cookware kindly provided by Meyer Group Ltd, as used on the day in the cookery theatre, and a gorgeous food hamper from Thame’s own Harrison Catering. The Thame Tart competition will also be back, where festival goers are invited to make their own version of the sophisticated Jam Tart recipe invented by John Fothergill (Owner of The Spread Eagle) in the 1930’s.

For the full list of fantastic stall holders, visit their website  “http://www.thamefoodfestival.co.uk/article/stallholder-list” We hope to see you there!

2: Aylesbury’s BIG SCREEN IN THE PARK – Saturday 1st September 2012

Stoke Mandeville is seen around the world as the spiritual home of Paralympic Movement, and the town is celebrating its unique role in the London 2012 Games by erecting Aylesbury’s Paralympic Games Big Screen in the Park!

The screen will be housed on Vale Park, Park Street (HP201DX) and showcasing live sporting action from the 2012 Paralympics from noon until 5pm. The highlights of the day’s live sporting action from the 2012 Paralympics will include: Swimming finals, shooting, athletics and judo.  Parking is available in the town centre car parks and normal charges will apply, and a special track for wheelchair access has been laid on the site and the Big Screen viewing area. Food and drink vendors are selling refreshments in the park – but please bring your own food or picnic if you’d prefer.

There will also be a Science and your body experience – ‘In the Zone’  at Kingsbury Square. In The Zone is a free and fascinating way to discover how your body works during sport, activity movement and rest. A mix of theatre and interactive investigations to encourage everyone to join in – a great way to improve your understanding of science by questioning and experimenting!

There are also some brilliant free taster sessions for a variety of activities such as:

•Climbing wall for budding mountaineers
•Squash and Racketball – qualified coaches teaching on a specialist mini squash wall.
•Bathtub racing – a bath on wheels = go-carts
•Balloon modelling
•Face painting
•Clowns – entertaining and sharing clowning tips
•Arts and crafts and biscuit-making!

It promises to be a great afternoon for all the family, and an important nod to the history of the Paralympic games.

3: Oxford Open Doors Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th September.

Time for something a little more sedate now, with a brilliant free event just a short drive away in beautiful historical Oxford. A not to be missed chance to visit the stunning buildings of the University and the city’s wonderful green spaces. Come along to discover the more hidden corners, not usually seen by the public, and find out about the fantastic projects created by local people and the research work at Oxford University, and Oxford Brookes University. The major Theme this year is Oxford’s Industrial Heritage.

For more information, please go to: Oxford Open Doors

Main Event Listing

Saturday 1st September

Helen and Douglas House Photographic Exhibition – Waddesdon Manor

Thame & Wheatley Ramblers

Aylesbury’s Big Screen

Aylesbury Steam Open Day

Proms in the Park

Sunday 2nd September

Waddesdon Manor Chilli Festival

Thame & Wheatley Ramblers

Monday 3rd September

Circus Skills Workshop

Wednesday 5th September

Thame Townswomen’s Guild

Lunchtime Talk: Amazing Fungi – adults

Thursday 6th September

Rising stars, The Drakes, featuring Ben Cooper, Dan Mordente, George Chandler, Stephen Jones are booked to take the 10 o’clock Feature Spot at The First Thursday Music Club on Thursday 6th September at The Stables venue at The James Figg in Thame. Fresh from headlining a prestigious gig at The Dublin Castle in Camden, The Drakes will playing a stripped back acoustic set to a big crowd expected on the night, and to top it all off, it’s free entry!

The Drakes are an acoustic-rock quartet with influences ranging from alt-folk to indie-punk. Since forming in Spring 2011, the band has worked relentlessly gigging and crafting a collection of songs in advance of the release of their new EP in January.  For free downloads, streaming and details, click here

The First Thursday Music Club is Thame’s biggest monthly music event and is held at The Stables at the James Figg.  The Stables is a fantastic venue, and anyone can play just by signing up at the venue from 7.45pm.  The club provides a high quality PA System with professional “sound men” to allow players to maximise the chance to play in front of a crowd of up to 140. Check out the club on Facebook “The First Thursday Music Club” or at www.firstthursdaymusicclub.com where you can find more info’ including contact numbers and addresses for the organisers.

Friday 7th September

The official opening of Long Crendon Play area with a family fun day. There’s a fantastic BBQ, Balloon artist, bouncy castle, activity tent, face painting and loads more from 3.30pm – 6pm.

Saturday 8th September

Men’s Breakfast at the Barns Centre

Children’s fantastic day out with Thomas the Tank Engine

Tuesday 11th September

Housing Benefit Surgery

Farmers’ Market

Thame & Wheatley Ramblers

Born in the Gardens

One Day Emergency first Aid at Work course for businesses

Wednesday 12th September

St Marys Church Concert Evening – Aylesbury

Thursday 13th September

Tom Farrell Evacuee

Friday 14th September

ZEALEY & MOORE music festival

Rothschild wine dinner – Five Arrows, Waddesdon

Saturday 15th September

The Baroness – Rothschild literary event

Plant Sale

Sunday 16th September

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People Late Summer Show

Chilterns Countryside and Food Festival

Aylesbury Tudor Fayre

Thursday 20th September

Thame Fair

Friday 21st September

Thame Fair

Saturday 22nd September

Thame Fair

Kop Hill Climb

Thame & Wheatley Ramblers

Murder at Grimswitch Abbey

Sunday 23rd September

Kop Hill Climb

Abseil for the Oxford University Hospitals Children’s Hospital

Monday 24th September

The beginning of the brilliant Henley Literary Festival! Henley Literary Festival has established itself as one of the most prestigious book events in the country. The high profile of the authors attending rivals that of Hay, Edinburgh and Cheltenham but it is the intimacy of the event in an historic riverside town, with easy access to London, and some very special venues that gives it such a distinctive personality. The Festival covers politics and current affairs, fiction, biography, history, lifestyle, sport and poetry and the programme of events for 2012 promises to be the best and most diverse ever.
Venue: Kenton Theatre, Bix Manor, Henley Town hall, Quince Tree, Hibernia, Phyllis Court Tickets: From £4 Info: www.henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk

Spark Oxford

Monday 24th September: Do you have a story to tell? Sparkoxford is an event that takes place in The Living Room on the last Monday of each month. It consists of people telling true stories of approximately five minutes, without a script to an audience. Anyone is invited to join in, making this a fantastic opportunity for story tellers and audiences from all walks of life to get a chance to meet each other, mingle and make new friends before and after the show.
Time: 8pm – 10pm.

Tuesday 25th September

Henley Literary Festival

Wednesday 26th September

Henley Literary Festival

Climbing Everest Lunchtime Talk – Aylesbury

Thursday 27th September

Henley Literary Festival

Friday 28th September

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Henley Literary Festival

Saturday 29th September

John Howell MP Village Tour 2012

Henley Literary Festival

5th Thame Food Festival

Sunday 30th September