Christmas Lights Switch On 2021 Cancelled

⚠️🎄🚨 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ⚠️🎄🚨

Due to the continued bad weather and high wind warnings in place the Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On is cancelled.

This was a difficult decision for the Town Council to make, but unfortunately the high wind speeds and the large pieces of equipment required to run the event create too great a safety risk at an outdoor event. The lights will still be turned on tonight, at around 5.30pm.

With thanks to all of our volunteers, traders, musicians, performers, residents and visitors that would have joined the Town Council tonight and who have been such a big part of celebrating Buckingham in 2021.

Please share this message on to anyone you know who was planning to attend. Thank you.

Meet Elf on the Shelf and have your picture taken in a giant snow globe – free fun at Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On!

Have your photo taken in a giant snow globe, completely free at this year’s fantastic Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On, on Saturday 27th November from 4 pm. A brilliant opportunity for anyone wishing to tick this experience off their wish list!

The snow globe is just one of many brand new features for this year’s event, which takes place in Buckingham town centre. There will be a chance to meet the Elf on the Shelf (on the ground) and a fully packed festive market, which will run from 4 – 8 pm. The market offers hot food and drink, including delicious mulled wine, tasty burgers, waffles, cakes and artisan hot chocolate.  Other stalls will be selling wreaths, traditional toys, handmade gifts, luxury candles, ceramics, personalised gifts and more.

Support from local traders for the event is high, with a number of local shops offering pop up stalls at the market, including Howe’s the Florist, the University Book Shop and Finca El Monte, while others plan to keep their shops open late on the day including Dandy Lions and Cornwall Place Kitchen.

A wonderful line up of entertainment begins at 4pm with young people from Stagecoach Buckingham, followed by Winslow Concert Band, Sami: the Bard of Buckingham and recorder ensemble Strictly Recorders. From 6.30 pm at the Main Stage area Bittersweet Music singer Suzy Smith will lead the crowd to sing along to some Christmas carols. The light switch on itself will happen at 7pm, after a countdown led by the Mayor of Buckingham.

Last Christmas the Town Council marked the start of the season with an at-home Christmas Lights Switch On.  A video was produced of homes and businesses brightly coloured displays and set to music from the Bard of Buckingham. The Town Council hopes that this same community spirit will lead to a fantastic atmosphere at the Christmas Lights Switch On event.

This year, the icicle lights hung around the town will be joined by a new set of white and gold motifs on lamp posts.  The Christmas tree has again been provided Buckinghamshire Council.  The star on top was donated to the town by the Buckingham branch of the Women’s Institute.

Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee told us: “After not being able to hold a Christmas lights switch on event last year, Town Council staff have been working with the Town Centre & Events Committee to ensure that this year’s event provides a valuable opportunity for the community to welcome the coming of Christmas in Buckingham.  The event, and the lights themselves, are provided thanks to the planning and investment undertaken by Buckingham Town Councillors in previous years.  We continue to facilitate and provide Christmas lights to support our local economy and long may that remain the case.”

For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426, office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk.

 

Buckingham Photography and Art Competition Winners

For the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce that the Buckingham calendar is available to purchase from the Tourist Information Centre in The Old Gaol.

Front and Back covers of the Buckingham 2021 calendar. The front image shows a child with a fishing net standing in the FloshThis year we opened the competition up to artwork as well at photography and we were blown away by the talent that Buckingham has to offer. It was very difficult to choose the 12 winners to be included, but with a good range of images from all the seasons, the calendar would be a great addition to your wall.

Councillor Geraldine Collins – Buckingham Town Mayor – said, “I always look forward to seeing the Buckingham calendar.  This year as always it is a great reflection of our local area. I was thrilled to see the photographs and artwork entries for this year.  thank you to our wonderfully talented community, and to those who work with them to bring this together.”

Discover Buckingham with 12 unique images of the town for £6.00 from the Tourist Information Centre; it’s the perfect present for Christmas.

Thank you to everyone that entered and well done to all the winners.

Here are the winning entries:

  • January – Mike Lake, Canal in the Mist
  • February –  Peter Bowtell, Buckingham Highlights
  • March – Barbara Farmer, Woodland of Western Avenue
  • April – Tamika McCullough, Springtime Bloom
  • May – Irene Schrufer, Precious Purple
  • June – Cathy Read, Buckingham Gaol
  • July – Sandra Windmill, Gone Fishing
  • August – Louise Stubbs, Canal Stories
  • September – Tamika McCullough, Swan Girl
  • October – Mural by Children of Buckingham
  • November – Mike Lake, Radcliffe Centre sunset
  • December – Lynette Dunkley, Winter’s Walk on the Railway Path