|These are events which Buckingham Town Council have either organised or are involved in. Please check our calendar for details and dates of this year’s events.
Annual Events – 2019
Food Fair – Saturday 23rd – Held in Buckingham Community Centre the Food Fair allows local producers to show off their wares. This year’s stalls include tastes of Greek, Mexican, Indian and Spanish food, gin bar, waffles fudge, pork, beef, lamb, chutneys, beer, cider, wine olives, breads, baklava, sausages, free from diets, cakes, fair trade food, natural stone tablewear and Bucks County Council Waste team. As well as refreshments from the WI.
Pancake Race – Saturday 2nd –This is held on the green outside St Peter and St Paul’s Church and is open to all ages. There is a prize for the winner of each race. All entrants must wear a headscarf and apron and bring their own frying pan. This year local businesses and groups can enter as teams, contact Amanda at the Town Council for details.
Big Brew Fairtrade Coffee Morning – Saturday 9th – Fair trade products and conversation at the Old Gaol with the Big Brew Fair Trade Coffee Morning.
Commonwealth Day Flag Raising – Monday 11th – The Mayor will raise the Commonwealth Flag outside the community centre in commemoration of the day.
Annual Town Meeting – Wednesday 20th – Bring up the local issues that matter most to you with those who can help at the annual open meeting, held in the Community Centre.
Easter Event – Sunday 7th – A family event at Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre, including kids craft activities.
Spring Fair – Sunday 28th – A family event that is held in the cattle pens area of the town centre. This year’s theme is love of outdoors.
Maypole Dancing – Wednesday 1st –Traditional maypole dancing performed by the local school children on the green outside St Peter and St Paul’s Church.
Music In The Market – Sunday 26th – Held on the Sunday of the last Bank Holiday weekend in May. Organised by Buckingham Acoustic Club and facilitated by Buckingham Town Council. The event is held in the Bull Ring in Buckingham Town Centre and is free to everyone.
Buckingham Fringe Week – Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st – A week of events put on by Buckingham Town Council and local organisations. Last year’s events included kite flying, a fun dog show, cream teas, live music, dance, drama and comedy! A Fringe brochure will be available closer to the time, or please see our events calendar for updates.
Play Around the Parishes – Thursday 26th as well as August: Monday 12th and Wednesday 21st – For exact details see the July and August events calendar pages. The ever popular Play Around The Parishes will be back in Chandos Park. There will be fun and games for children ages 0 – 12 years. The event is free to all. If wet, at George Grenville Academy, MK18 1AP.
Bandjam – Sunday 25th – This is held in the Bull Ring in Buckingham Town Centre and is held on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend. Organised by Bandjam and facilitated by Buckingham Town Council, this very popular event brings together local bands.
Dog Show – Saturday 8th – Held in the paddock in Bourton Park, local organisations such as dog groomers, search and rescue dogs and medical detection dogs come together to let the public know about their organisations. There is also a dog show with many different classes and prizes.
River Rinse – Sunday 22nd – First of the annual river rinses. A section of the river is chosen and with the help of Stowe Sub Aqua Group, the fire service and local volunteers, the river is cleaned of debris such as tyres, shopping trolleys, bottles and tree branches.
River Rinse – Sunday 6th – Second of the annual river rinses. Same as above
Charter Fair – Saturday 12th & 19th – Buckingham’s first charter to hold the annual market/fair was given by Mary I in 1554 and the second charter was given by Charles II in 1658. The charter was only granted to the town to hold fairs on a Saturday and not any other day. Today the showman arrive on the Friday and leave early on Sunday morning for both fairs. Nichols Amusements run the fair and the Town Council organises the road closure and helps to bring the fair safely into town.
Bonfire & Fireworks – Saturday 2nd – Organised by the Town Council, this event takes place in the paddock in Bourton Park. Entry is free to the public with hot food available.
Remembrance Parade – Sunday 10th – This annual event marks the end of the First World War and leads to the War Memorial at St Peter and St Paul’s church, where a service takes place.
Christmas Light Switch On – Saturday 30th – People gather outside the Old Gaol to see the Mayor switch on the lights and to sing carols round the tree. There is also a Christmas Artisan Market during the afternoon and evening with festive goodies.
Christmas Parade – Saturday 14th – Organised by the Christmas Parade Committee and facilitated by Buckingham Town Council. For over 30 years the parade has been thrilling the large crowds that gather to see everything from marching bands to floats. Prizes are awarded to the best float and best walking group.
Community Fair – Saturday 14th – This well attended event takes place in the Community Centre after the Christmas Parade. Charities, local groups and societies are given the chance to raise funds by selling Christmas cards, gifts and cakes.
Could you help out at events?
Do you have some spare time and would like to volunteer at Town Council events? Whether it be marshalling at the Christmas Parade and Remembrance Day parade or even taking the Mayor’s charity buckets round at events, contact Amanda Brubaker, our Events Co-ordinator, by e-mail email@example.com or phone 01280 816426.
Buckingham Action Group
In 2012, a multiagency group was set up to co-ordinate activities for young people in Buckingham. The group is made up of representatives from Buckingham Town Council, AVDC, BCC, Thames Valley Police, Project Street Life, Buckingham Youth Centre and the Buckingham NAG. The group initially focused on providing diversionary activities for young people at risk of causing anti-social behaviour and so over the past few years the group have secured funding to run a range of activities for young people aged 11 years and up over the summer holidays, which is where traditionally there is a spike in youth anti-social behaviour calls. Having reviewed the activities run in the past, this year the group are looking to hold a Skate Park awareness day in June and will host free turn up and play basketball sessions in the summer. For more information about the group contact either the Town Council.
Please Note: Events organised by Buckingham Town Council may be photographed and these photographs may be published.