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 – 2017
Pancake Race – Tuesday 14th –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.
Food Fair – Saturday 25th – Held in the 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.
Spring Fair – Sunday 30th – 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 2nd –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 28th – 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 15th to Sunday 23rd – A week of events put on by Buckingham Town Council and local organisations. This year’s events include 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.
Dog Show – Sunday 16th – 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. Registration Form. And this year – vote for the Best Dog Walk here for a chance to win a Complete Care package from Vets4Pets – closing date for entries Monday 3rd July.
Bandjam – Sunday 27th – 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.
River Rinse – Sunday 10th – 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 1st – Second of the annual river rinses. Same as above
Charter Fair – Saturday 14th & 21st – 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 4th – 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 – Sunday 26th – 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 9th – 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 9th – 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.
Now in its 4th 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.
Please Note: Events organised by Buckingham Town Council may be photographed and these photographs may be published.