Buckingham Swan Trail

Buckingham Town Council are excited to introduce the second temporary public art sculpture trail which will run throughout the summer holidays of 2023. The Swan Trail is a family friendly, feel-good project that provides a free community led activity for everyone to enjoy!

Just like the fantastic success of the 2021 Otter Trail, we believe the Swan Trail will attract visitors to the town and help increase footfall to our local shops and businesses. We know from previous trails, that when visitors spend time exploring Buckingham's heritage this also generates positive economic and social benefits for the community. Swan Trail HQ will collaborate with local schools, artists, groups, businesses, and organisations by helping them design, paint and sponsor a swan sculpture.

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, chair of Town Centre and Events committee said “ We are pleased to bring forward the Swan Trail this year knowing how much the 2021 Otter Trail was enjoyed and how many people took part in this community event.  Of course we are only able to run such events through the planning and coordination of our officers and the continued positive support of the committee and council to do everything possible within our limited budget to put on events which makes Buckingham a great place to live, work and visit ”.  

Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite your company to be part of a unique town wide project and sponsor a swan sculpture. With support from the community, sponsorship fees will allow us to part fund the sculpture, plaque, and plinth. Our affordable sponsorship package offers a great platform to promote your business, engage with your workforce, local community, and visitors to the town. More details are provided in the sponsorship pack.

Swan Design Competition

Calling all residents - we need your help! Do you have an idea for a swan design that could be brought to life as part of our 2023 Swan Trail?

This competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 years of age, please use the template as a base for your design brief and we would also love to hear the story behind your swan. The winning artist will have the opportunity to help paint their design and then it will be on display as part of the live trail.

To submit your swan, email a picture of your design to Swan HQ: tic@buckingham-tc.gov.uk. Make sure you include in the email your full contact details and story or statement about your design, the deadline is Friday 10th February 2023.

photo of swan sculpture

The Buckingham Swan Trail event is part funded by Buckinghamshire Council's Buckingham & Villages Community Board.

 

Buckingham Festive Trail

Buckingham Festive Trail

Complete the Buckingham Festive Trail to be in with a chance of winning £100 to spend in a local shop this Christmas!

From November 26th until December 15th, 2022.

Have fun with the whole family this Christmas with an engaging activity to enjoy together, helping to highlight local businesses and what they have to offer. Explore Buckingham’s streets and follow the Festive Trail to find all twelve presents for Santa's list.

All the presents can be purchased from shops in Buckingham Town Centre.  They will be positioned in windows and inside shops to entice people through the doors, engage with shop owners and visit all parts of town they may not usually explore. The presents can be recognised by a 'Buckingham Festive Trail' tag.  The presents will represent something to do with that business, to reinforce the products or services on offer.

Pick up a free trail map from Buckingham Tourist Information Centre or download one here.  Participants will be able to note the name of the present on the trail map.  If you find all the presents, you can enter a prize draw by leaving your completed map at the Tourist Information Centre.

This event is free and open to everyone and has been kindly supported by Buckingham Table.

Show your support and love for local businesses this Christmas, by grabbing a Buckingham Festive Trail map, eating local, and shopping local.

Keep an eye on the Discover Buckingham social media pages for all the news and latest announcements!

T&C's: One correct trail map per household will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £100 voucher to spend locally in Buckingham, in a shop of their choice, the shop must be within the town parish boundary. The draw will take place on Friday 16th December and the winner will be notified on that day.

Celebrate summer with a trip from Buckingham to Neverland

Buckingham Town Council have arranged for an outdoor performance of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie to be presented on the Green next to St Peter and St Paul’s Church this summer. The award-winning Illyria Outdoor Theatre is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, they are re-staging popular shows from their back catalogue, including Peter Pan.

This will be the first time Illyria has entertained audiences in Buckingham. “Over the last thirty years, we have performed top-notch outdoor theatre to over a million people across the country,” said Artistic Director Oliver Gray. “It’s a great chance for everyone to come together, enjoy the British summertime and be entertained.”

Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre event poster for Buckingham 2022

Buckingham Town Council are pleased to be part of Illyria’s 30th anniversary celebrations. “Especially after the success of last year’s outdoor theatre show and the pleasure it brought people by bringing families together in a shared activity,” said Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chair of Town Centre, and Events Committee.

Robin continued, “we are only able to do these events because of the work of our members of staff within the events team do to help facilitate initiatives like the outdoor theatre. Whoever you are, a show like Peter Pan by J.M Barrie is a fantastic event for your calendar, it will be filled with magic and mischief. And, for the first time ever in outdoor touring theatre, it features real flying! It promises to be a fantastic opportunity for Buckingham.”

The event will take place on the Green by St Peter and St Paul’s Church on Wednesday August 3rd, 2022. There will be an afternoon show at 2.30pm and another at 6pm. Peter Pan is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Tickets are on sale now, buy online at www.illyria.co.uk

 

 

Family Fun Day (Fringe Week)

Event Poster

This event is held at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre which is a hub for all kinds of great entertainment and activities.

The family fun day is tailored for all ages especially those looking to have a nice afternoon enjoying themselves and having plenty of free fun! There will be local organisations and businesses there working in collaboration in order to organise a brilliant day for everyone as part of Buckingham Fringe week.

Don’t miss out! Come and join us on Sunday 25th July from 1 pm until 4 pm.

If you are a local business or organisation and would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you. Please contact the coordinator today: lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk

Follow the family fun day event on Facebook to stay up to date with news and announcements.

For more information regarding events, visit our events page.

Colouring In Competition

This year, local Solicitors Gilroy Steel are running a Colouring In Competition and the first prize is £20! All winners’ entries will also be displayed in their shop window.

The competition runs from Thursday 1st July – Friday 25th July and the lucky winners will be notified by Wednesday 28th July.

Colouring in pages can be collected from Gilroy Steel Solicitors. Once you are finished creating your masterpiece, return your sheet with contact details on the back to 3 High Street, Buckingham, MK18 1NT. Alternatively, you can download them here.

Buckingham Otter Trail

Download your free trail map today

A new family of ten otters are visiting Buckingham this summer! Decorated by local school children, artists and community groups and sponsored by local businesses and charities. Find ten 3ft life size otter sculptures dotted around town and surrounding green spaces. It is easy to take part, you can pick up a map from the Tourist Information Centre or download one via our website and you can also follow the trail on our community heritage exploration app Buxplore. The Buckingham Otter Trail is a feel-good art sculpture event that is on throughout summer 2021 making a perfect family friendly day out.

 

 

The Oxford Fiddle Group (Fringe Week)

The ever popular Oxford Fiddle Group is returning to Buckingham again for this years Fringe Week.

Buy your tickets here!

The Oxford Fiddle Group perform songs and tunes mainly from England and Scotland, but also from Ireland and the United States of America. A typical line up of one of their performances could include celtic harp, double bass, guitar, mandolin, concertina and the obvious, fiddles!

Tickets are £6 and are available online or from the Buckingham Tourist Information Centre which is located inside The Old Gaol, Market Hill, Buckingham, MK18 1JX.

For more information and updates, visit our Facebook event page.

Coronavirus and Events Update

17th March 2020 – Update

The decision has now been made to postpone the Annual Town Meeting which would have taken place tomorrow on Wednesday 18th March.

If you were planning to attend and ask a question you can still do so via email to office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk and we will reply as soon as possible.

12th March 2020 – Update

The decision has now been made to postpone the Good Endings Fair and the Death Cafe which were due to take place next week. For more information please contact the office.

Good Endings Fair postponed posterDeath Cafe postponed poster

11th March 2020

The Buckingham Annual Town Meeting will go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday 18th March. It is a legal requirement to hold the meeting which will take place at the Buckingham Community Centre and starts at 7pm.

It is understandable that in the current climate that people may not wish to attend a public meeting so anyone who would like to ask a question can contact the Council in advance either through social media, or by email to office@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or call the office on 01280 816426.

The decision has been made that the Mayor’s Civic Service will be postponed. This event was due to take place on Sunday 15th March at Buckingham Parish Church.

All other Town Council events are being continuously reviewed based on the latest guidance from Public Health. Please see the Town Council website or social media for updates.

Town Council meetings and committee meetings are all going ahead, as Councillors need to be in physical attendance for decisions to be made legally.

All Hail the Bard of Buckingham!

Buckingham has crowned its first Bard!

The first Buckingham Bardic Trial was held in the Cote, at the rear of the Woolpack pub, on Tuesday 1st October.  The Town Crier welcomed a packed audience, and the event was then opened by the host, the Mayor Councillor Mark Cole JP.

Six competitors took part.  Each gave two performances, one related to the theme “Buckingham” and one of their choice.  There was a wide variety of styles and presentation, all of which drew applause!

Entrants had to be are over 18 and live within a day’s walk of the Old Gaol.

After the second round, the audience voted using ballot papers, which resulted in a tie.  This led to Buckingham’s first “Bard off”, where the two first placed Bards, Dean Jones and Cherry Coombe, each presented a third piece, followed by a second round of voting, with just two choices.  The winner was Dean Jones.  Dean is the University of Buckingham’s Partnerships and Outreach Manager.  Dean’s performances demonstrated a passion for Buckingham, causing laughter and applause on each occasion.

The runner up, Cherry Coombe, was hailed as the new Deputy Bard.

Following the announcement of his victory, Dean opened the sealed Bardic Scroll and signed the Bardic Oath, first coined in Stony Stratford:

“Words gather and now my bardic watch begins.  It shall not end for a year and a Bard of Buckingham Dean Jones with Deputy Bard Cherry Coombe and Mayor Cllr. Mark Coleday.  I shall herald the town, raise for bardic causes, and keep it family friendly…

I shall wear no crown, and win no glory.  I shall live and not languish at my post. 

I am the word in the silence.  I am the mouth of the masses.  I am the voice that celebrates the Buckingham.  I pledge my words and honour to this Bardic Year, for this night and all the nights come.”

Dean left the stage to chants of “All hail the Bard”.

The next step will be to form Buckingham’s Bardic Council.  The Council will support the new Bard through the year, perhaps even offering inspiration if their muse proves elusive.  The Council will consist of local poets, storytellers and supporters.  The Council will meet for the first time on Tuesday 8th October at the Buckingham Old Gaol from 19:00.  Anyone who would like to support the Bard or help develop the role would be very welcome.

Dean will now reign for a year and a day.  During the year, he will be invited to present original pieces at a range of events in the town, including the Christmas Light Switch on and Fringe Festival.

Dean said:

I’m both surprised and delighted to take on the role of First ‘Bard of Buckingham’. I would like to use this as an opportunity to bring the community together and give people in the town a voice. This should be an opportunity to celebrate everything that makes Buckingham special and have a bit of fun along the way. I’m looking forward to embracing the role in a collaborative way with the Deputy Bard Cherry Coombe as well as anyone in the town who has an interest in poetry, public speaking and spoken word who wants to get involved or take part along the way.’

Dean’s winning Buckingham themed poem: “Buckingham 10K”

‘This is my attempt at a Buckingham 10k (marathon of a) poem

Buckingham 10k

Once upon a time there was a child who liked to run
They’d run for hours and hours and hours and do it just for fun

They’d run to school each morning, they’d run through break and brunch
They’d run home to their parents’ house, they’d run to get their lunch

They’d run when they were happy, they’d run when they were sad
they’d even run on Christmas Day, it drove their parents mad

Their running got much better, they started winning races
Everybody cheered them on, they put smiles on people’s faces

They’d run the weekly 5k race called Buckingham parkrun’,
They’d run with lots of other folk, they’d do it just for fun

They even had a finish line and they’d take it everywhere
They’d run the annual ‘10k Race’ from here to somewhere over there

They’d run up old dark alley, past the Latin and secondary school
They’d run past cheering school mates who thought running fast was cool

They’d pass Hunter Street to Tingewick Road past the University
They’d run past Louis’ on Nelson Street, past the bull ring lined with trees

They’d run along the cycle path, past the printers BCQ, They’d run to Lace Hill Playing fields, if you haven’t been their do!

They’d run to Binns and the Mitre Pub, they’d run to the X5 bus
They won the London marathon but didn’t want much fuss

They’d run through Cornwall’s Meadow, past Black Pepper and Waitrose
They’d run past all the High Street shops where everybody goes

They’d run to Buckingham Library and the Beautiful Old Gaol
They’d run past 5 Barbers, 8 coffee shops,
a tattoo parlour,
a yoga centre,
a fitness studio,
the post office,
M&Co,
W H Smiths,
Leaders hardware,
Antique shic
Barclays Bank
Dominos,
Prego
Prezzo
The dry cleaners
The offie
Oxfam
Scope
The Kings Head for a gin
and the White Hart for an ale
…oh and the Woolpack!

They’d run to the concrete skate park, past the Town Hall and Three cups
They’d run up to Tesco’s Roundabout the one developers messed up

They’d run all along Badgers Way, along the beautiful canal
They’d sometimes feel quite lonely so found company with pals

Their running days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months
The years raced on and still they ran and they always came up trumps

They ran to save a life one day, they ran the railway walk
They ran on along Stowe Avenue where people go to talk

They ran into the local church, to start their married life
They ran to the maternity ward in Milton Keynes (university) hospital to speak to a midwife

They’d run around Bourton Park and up and down Page Hill
They couldn’t stop the running all that running made them Ill

They ran into Swan Surgery to hear what Doctor might prescribe
And when the nurse in there took their pulse she couldn’t quite describe…

‘The condition that you have’ said Doc, ‘is something very rare’
‘You have a virus called runningitus so I’m prescribing you a chair’

They’d run to the moon and back you know, they’d do anything now to stop
And one day they did you know, when they’d finally reached the top

They ran to the Buckingham Civic Day to collect their running medal
They met the mayor with silver hair, they were awarded a bike to pedal

The Advertiser ran a story, it made Buckingham What Matters
The conversation was positive, leaving Brexit spats in tatters

They had all the fame and glory, they’d seen everything they could
They’d looked back on their running days knowing their yesterdays were good

One day they ran right out of breath, they couldn’t run much more
They could barely get up and out of bed, their joints were old and sore

They reached a point where age had won, their hair had thinned and greyed
They ran out of time in this life, their time had run away

We ran to Buckingham cemetery to say our last farewells
The tears ran down a thousand cheeks

And to the ground they fell.

Now they run somewhere else, wherever somewhere is
If anyone talks about them, they speak through running tears

Once upon a time there was
a child who liked to run

They’d run for hours and hours and hours and do it just for fun’