Celebrate Buckingham Day Returns

Celebrate Buckingham Day was arranged to celebrate the range of voluntary organisations who are serving the town and to enable local groups to raise funds and recruit volunteers and to bring residents together. The day also included the Buckingham Society’s annual Civic Day event and award-giving.

This year was the second time the event had been held and after overwhelmingly positive feedback received by the Town Council, it will continue to be a staple in our yearly events calendar.

The event took place under blue skies in the paddock in Bourton Park on Thursday 2nd June with up to 1000 people having attended the event.  Entertainment was provided by the Winslow Concert Band, Brackley Morris Men and the ever-enthusiastic Buckingham Ukulele group.  The Town Council also arranged for bouncy castles, a face painter, a doodle artist and food vans to ensure there were plenty of reasons for residents to stay and enjoy the day. You could even lounge and take pictures in our giant deck chair!

As this event was the first to kick off our long weekend of Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Town Crier gave a formal proclamation followed by a speech from the mayor, Cllr Margaret Gateley. Shortly after came the judging of the Jubilee Dress Through the Ages competition which saw seven winners from three categories who all received some great prizes sponsored by local traders - Wood Bee Nice, Buckingham University Bookshop, Planet Refill, Cornwall Place Kitchen, Chafor Wine and The Little Buckingham Clinic.

Bard of Buckingham, Sami Tite performed pieces from their repertoire, including the poem they performed at the Bardic Trial back in October, and British history themed pieces.

The Angling Association held a maggot racing competition while the Buckingham Society ran a bowling for the pig stall (actually, bowling for butcher’s or supermarket vouchers) and the Buckingham Pantomime Group offered pantomime characters in stocks for children to throw wet sponges at. There were opportunities to try your hand at a game of traditional bowls, hunt for mini-beasts and see what you could win in a lucky dip.  There were 27 stalls in all, each of which were busy all day.

The Buckingham Society presented the Trader of the Year award for 2022 to Smith and Clay the butchers, with Leeder's Hardware being the runner-up.

Lead councillor for this event, Cllr Robina Ahmed said: ‘Celebrate Buckingham Day was an excellent start to the Jubilee weekend, a great turn out and festival atmosphere accompanied by perfect weather, made it a fabulous day for the whole community. It was a real pleasure to be the lead councillor for the day and run the Dress Through the Ages competition. Thank you to all involved, from our Lady Mayor and Town Council to all the traders and volunteers, the musicians, dancers and artists, together we made it a day to remember.’

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

Celebrate Buckingham Day

After a great first event last summer, Celebrate Buckingham is coming back on Thursday 2nd June 2022 from 11am-3pm in Bourton Park to kick start the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations that the Town Council have organised.

Stalls from local community, voluntary and social enterprise groups will sit alongside fun activities including a bouncy castle, bungee run and cadet games. You can even test just how squeamish you are and have a try at maggot racing! There will also be a Jubilee Dress through the Ages contest that you can enter on the day.

Some great food and drink vendors will be attending so make sure to save plenty of room for lunch:

Live entertainment will include the Buckingham Ukulele Group and Winslow Concert Band. A doodle artist and face painter will also be attending to capture the day and to have some jubilee fun.

Come along to meet:

The Film Place – Buckingham
Buckingham Community Pantomime
Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust– BBOWT
Buckingham Canal Society
The Friends of Buckingham University
Buckingham AED Project
Young Carers YC2 Buckingham and Winslow
Community Care North Bucks Hospital Car Service
1563 (Buckingham) Squadron ATC
Buckingham Twinning Association
Buxplore
Buckingham West End Bowls Club
Buckingham Action Group for Cancer Research UK
Buckingham TIC
National Women’s Register Buckingham Branch
Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity – Buckingham
Buckingham & District Angling Association

Buckingham Society

Buckingham Fairtrade

National Trust Stowe and Aylesbury Vale

Buckingham and Winslow District Scout Group

Buckingham Evangelical Church

Friends of Buckingham University

Chandos Park Bowls Club

Buckingham District Girlguiding

Buckingham Rotary Club

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

Are you a local community group that would like to take part? Please get in touch with admin@buckingham-tc.gov.uk to find out more.

Platinum Jubilee events in Buckingham

Celebrate Buckingham Day

Kicking off our jam-packed Jubilee weekend is Celebrate Buckingham Day on Thursday 2nd June in Bourton Park from 11am – 3pm. Expect to see over 27 local community organisations each with their own fun activity, multiple delicious food and drink vendors and various entertainment acts. Pack your blankets and bring a chair so you can enjoy the day in comfort.

Winslow Concert Band and Buckingham Ukulele group have got some great performances lined up along with the Brackley Morris Men. A bouncy castle and bungee run, face painter and doodle artist will also be there. You can even take a picture in our giant deck chair!

At 1pm the Town Crier will formally launch Jubilee Celebrations in Buckingham by announcing the formal proclamation.

Make sure to enter our Jubilee Dress through the Ages contest at the Buckingham Town Council stall between 11am and 12:30pm. Raid your family’s wardrobe or if you’re struggling for ideas, visit local charity shops – reuse, repurpose and recycle. There are some great prizes up for grabs for the winners of each category thanks to: Wood Bee Nice, Buckingham University Bookshop, Planet Refill, Cornwall Place Kitchen, Chafor Wine, The Little Buckingham Clinic and Discover Buckingham.

Jubilee Platinum Beacon

Later in the day, a Jubilee Platinum Beacon will be lit at 9.45pm atop St Peter & St Paul’s Church. Arrive from 9.15pm for refreshments in the church.

Music in the Market

On Friday 3rd June Music in the Market returns to the Buckingham Market place – this fantastic event takes place for the 21st time and brings a wide selection of music from original, local music to your favourite covers from 2pm to 10pm.

The fantastic line-up includes Buckingham Ukulele Group Udo Dölz, Crazy Heart, Muz N Jenks, Safari Boots, Mike Weston, Fraser & Toots, Ukesnaile, Brothers Homebrew and 60s Jukebox while this year’s street food traders include Go Greek and Farm Slice Pizza.

Picnic on the Pitch

Picnic on the Pitch is a completely free event and offers everybody the chance to get together and celebrate this truly historic occasion. The event takes place at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre on Saturday 4th June from 11am until 3pm.
To help you fill up your picnic baskets, there will be a small selection of food traders selling food and treats, including a bar. There will be live music from A Big Voice.co.uk – Maria Scobey, who will be performing a wide variety of popular covers across the decades, visits from Spidey and Elsa mascots and a craft tent to entertain your mini majesties.

Street Parties and Platinum Jubilee Civic Service

Sunday 5th June at 11 am a Civic Service will take place at St Peter & St Paul’s Church to celebrate The Queen. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.
Street parties will also be taking place across the town, with road closures in place.

Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said that “The Town Council have supported Celebrate Buckingham Day, The Platinum Jubilee Beacon, Music in the Market, Picnic on the Pitch and the Jubilee Civic Service. The Town Centre and Events Committee felt it was very important to put on a variety of events as well as support others with their own plans.
The Town Council are facilitating Buckingham’s community celebrations of the Queen’s personal achievement of long service to the country, in a typical Buckingham way – friendly, social, and engaging which is an attribute which the community is renowned for. I know through discussing the Mayor, Cllr. Margaret Gateley, who will play a large role in supporting the community through the weekend, how much everyone is looking forward to celebrating the bank holiday weekend – we look forward to seeing you.”

Buckingham’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Kickstarting Buckingham’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be Celebrate Buckingham Day on Thursday 2nd June 2022. The event will run from 11am-3pm in the Paddock in Bourton Park and will showcase lots of local voluntary, community and not for profit organisations. There will also be a plethora of entertainment from local bands and musicians to a bouncy castle and face painter. Each stall will also have an activity you can try – firm favourites maggot racing and splat the rat will be returning this year!

Celebrate Buckingham Day is a great opportunity to advertise your organisation to a wide audience and recruit help and donations so please get in touch if you are a local voluntary, community or not for profit organisation. Contact admin@buckingham-tc.gov.uk to get involved.

Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr Robin Stuchbury, said “The Town Centre and Events committee and Buckingham Town Council officers have been working together to organise The Celebrate Buckingham Day event which will take place on Thursday 2nd June 2022 from 11am – 3pm in the paddock in Bourton Park. We hope you can join us for this event to mark many local organisations’ achievements within the community. This event also gives us all the opportunity to celebrate her Majesty the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

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

Celebrate Buckingham Day Postponed until 4th September

Celebrate Buckingham has been postponed until 4th September, following the delay in lifting Covid regulations until 19th July.  Buckingham Town Council has decided to postpone the event which was planned for this Saturday until Saturday 4th September.

Celebrate Buckingham is being organised by Buckingham Town Council and the Buckingham Society to celebrate the range of voluntary organisations who are serving the town, enable local groups to raise funds and recruit volunteers,  and to bring residents together.

The event will take place in Bourton Park where you will be able to see the robing of Buckingham’s Mayor Cllr Margaret Gateley.   There will also been the presentation of civic awards and the Town Council awards which will be presented by The Buckingham Civic Society and Mayor Cllr Margaret Gateley.  Two long serving councillors who retired in May will be made Honorary Freewomen of the town.  Bouncy castles, food vans and entertainment will be provided.

Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee said: “I hope to see as many people in September as were intending to join us in July, so that we can all mark the personal achievements of groups and organisations as well as individuals together celebrating what’s best about Buckingham and its wonderful community.”

For further updates on the event, please check the Buckingham Town Council website www.buckingham-tc.gov.uk or follow the Council’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts using @buckinghamTC.