One is most amused

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The Westbury Arts Centre is holding its Summer Fair this Saturday.

Stalls will be selling a variety of arts, crafts and produce.

Family activities and entertainment, buskers and refreshments will take attentions and quench thirsts.

You should be sure to step inside the resident artist ‘lairs’ too – the onsite creatives will be opening their studios to visitors.

Many of the Great War banners created locally and used in last weeks’ Campbell Park event, For the Fallen will also be displayed.

And Festive Road’s WWI tank will be resident on the front lawn.

Entry is free, but donations won’t be refused – go on, show your generosity.

Westbury will welcome you between 11am and 5pm.

> Over on the other side of town, Milton Keynes Museum presents its Victorian Festival this weekend.

A host of displays, activities and extras from the era will be taking attentions.

Roll-up, roll-up and let the Palace of Curiosities enthrall you.

The travelling fairground promises plenty of ‘wonderment and macabre family fun’.

For even more macabre entertainment, pay a visit to see Neil Storey.

The Jack the Ripper expert will be explaining how the murderer terrorised the streets of Victorian London during his deathly campaign.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom – and a visit from Queen Victoria will raise the smiles.

Her Majesty will be on walkabouts across the weekend to meet her subjects.

She will also be attending a quite splendid royal afternoon tea on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, in the Granary.

The Queen’s butler will serve the yummy teas on Victorian crockery, and those shelling out the extra cost to eat with royalty (It costs £12.50 on top of usual admission prices) will also receive a lesson in the etiquette of taking tea with the Queen.

Well, you need to do these things properly, don’t you?

The street of shops will be open for business with shopkeepers dressed in period costume, and you’ll be able to experience school as it was 150 years ago...when the cane was a method of punishment.

Don’t backchat!

Long before washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves, hoovers and the numerous gadgets we take for granted made life in the home a breeze, things were far more labour intensive.

You’ll see how a Victorian household was run, and meet the staff necessary to ensure its smooth running.

But the Victorian era was also one of progress and discovery, as you’ll see for yourselves.

Kids who want to take part in the ‘Best Dressed Victorian Competition’ happening daily, will be judged by HRH.

Be on your best behaviour, children!

The museum, located on McConnell Drive in Wolverton, is open 11am and 4.30pm daily.

Tickets are £7.50 for adults, £6 for kids (aged five-16 years) Family tickets cost £22 and allow entry to two adults and up to four children.