From a star-studded panto to raucous blues, there's lots to enjoy...
Cinderella, Milton Keynes Theatre, December 9 to January 14
Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and, with the help of her best friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming. Television, musical theatre, pantomime favourite and Strictly star Brian Conley stars as Buttons alongside fashionista and television presenter Gok Wan as the Fairy Gokmother with Lauren Hall in the title role.
Mostly Autumn, The Stables, Wavendon, December 14
Mostly Autumn were listed among the top 100 best prog bands of all time and were the winners of Best Live Concert and Best Female Vocalist 2014 (Olivia Sparnenn-Josh) in the Classic Rock Society awards. The band draw on influences from the golden age of rock but have developed their own unique sound that captures the essence of that era and yet looks into the future.
Pat Dam Smyth, Craufurd Arms, Wolverton, December 11
Dark Irish rocker and raconteur par excellence Pat Dam Smyth will be bringing his powerful, dusky sound to the venue. Pat Dam Smyth’s smoky poeticism and atmospheric sonics regularly draw comparisons to dark troubadours Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds.
Women who made Milton Keynes, MK Central Library, until December 9
As part of the MK50 celebrations, Milton Keynes Fawcett Society has created an exhibition to pay tribute to some of the women who helped to create Milton Keynes’ identity and its landmarks. Although not all the names will be familiar, their effect on Milton Keynes will certainly be recognisable.
Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion, The Stables, Wavendon, December 9
Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion are a truly independent and original band at the cutting edge of the British blues scene. The band’s live set is based around rootsy originals, featuring strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements and exciting grooves.
Robin Hood, Stantonbury Theatre, until December 31
The wicked Sheriff of Nottingham has seized power all the way from Sherwood Forest to the tiny hamlet of Stanton-on-the-Berry. He hates fun, he’s allergic to laughter, he’s going to roast the town’s prize pig – and he’s fallen in love with Maid Marian. Panto fun aplenty ensues.
John Otway, Craufurd Arms, Wolverton, December 8
The man who calls himself “rock and roll’s greatest failure” brings his inimitable show to the venue. Renowned for his bizarre escapades and successful, enduring career - despite self-confessed limited musical talent - John’s shows are known for their entertainment value, and the night is part of tour promoting his new album.
Valérie Hartzell, Cranfield Village Hall, December 9
Latitude Festival and BBC Introducing artist Valérie Hartzell will give a guitar concert of Christmas tunes, with music from Bach to Led Zeppelin.
Christmas Art Market, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, December 10
A day of workshops and demonstrations, including a look at a potter at work, chances to make jewellery and talks by artists.
Meow, Meow, The Stables, Wavendon, December 12
Expect a wild journey navigating the uncharted territory between Weimar era wit, 1930s Shanghai show tunes, 60s French pop and post-punk hilarity, with sequins, satire and politics.