|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 – 2018
Pancake Race – Tuesday 13th –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.
Food Fair – Saturday 24th – Held in Buckingham Community Centre and allows local producers to show off their wares. Among the exhibitors that have taken part in the past are Open Air Foods, Party Bakes, Pastilla Pies (now called Monty Pieman), Sugar Chef and Silverstone Brewery.
Commonwealth Day – Monday 12th – The Mayor will raise the Commonwealth Flag outside the community centre in commemoration of the day.
Easter Crafternoon Tea Fair – Saturday 24th – An Easter event for the whole family at the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre. £1 entrance to browse the stalls. Tea and cake available to purchase. Free crafts and games for the children.
Spring Fair – Sunday 8th – A family event that is held in the cattle pens area of the town centre. It is made up of local people who want to swap and exchange ideas on local produce and crafting, such as knitting, crocheting and quilting.
Maypole Dancing – Tuesday 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 27th – 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 14th to Sunday 22nd – 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! See our events calendar or our Fringe Brochure for details of individual events.
Play Around the Parishes – Various – Taking place in July and August, 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 26th – 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.
Good Endings Fair – Saturday 8th – The focus will be on preparing fro the end of life, and helping challenge taboos around death and dying. We hope the event will encourage family discussions towards the aim of achieving a ‘good death’ for everyone.
Dog Show – Sunday 9th – 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 23rd – 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 7th – Second of the annual river rinses. Same as above
Charter Fair – Saturday 13th & 20th – 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 3rd – Organised by the Town Council, this event takes place in the paddock in Bourton Park. Entry is free to the public and a BBQ is supplied by the Girl Guides.
Christmas Light Switch On – Saturday 1st – 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 15th – 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 15th – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01280 816426.
Now in its 5th year, the Buckingham Comedy Nights are held quarterly in The Old Town Hall, Buckingham. The event is organised by Buckingham Town Council and comedians such as Paul Chowdhry, Miles Jupp, Seann Walsh and Jeremy Hardy have graced the stage and supplied plenty of humour.
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, the group are now looking at setting up recurring activities during term time as well as the school holidays to compliment the current youth offer in the town. Funding is currently being sought to set up a boxing club, summer basketball sessions, American Football sessions and a gaming league. For more information about the group contact either the Town Council or the Communities team at AVDC on 01296 585301.
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