Buckingham Town Council Seeking Sponsorship for Events


Throughout the year Buckingham Town Council arranges a number of exciting events such as the Fringe Week, River Rinses, Bonfire and Fireworks and the Christmas Light Switch-On.  These events are attended by and enjoyed by thousands of local people.

To make these events even better, The Buckingham Town Council are looking to work with local businesses who are looking to raise their local profile.

The new sponsorship pack has options to suit businesses of all sizes and sectors. The Council are also open to discussion and very keen to explore new ideas.

Alan Edmeades, Landlord of The Woolpack in Buckingham, said “Working with Buckingham Town Council is a pleasure. The team are very pro-active in promoting the town as a destination by organising events and activities for the community.  As a local business it is important to support these events.”

Councillor Terry Bloomfield, Chairman of the Town Centre and Events Committee said, “It would be great to hear from local businesses who want to find ways of supporting the local community”

To receive a copy of the sponsorship pack or to discuss our sponsorship opportunities contact the Deputy Town Clerk, Claire Molyneux, at deputytownclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or go to our events page.

Spring 2019 newsletter


Spring newsletter cover picturesJust like the sunshine the spring 2019 newsletter has arrived!

Buckingham Town Matters Spring newsletter 2019

Inside you’ll find future events, andqr code for the 2019 events survey all the details about local news that effects the town. We’re also taking the opportunity to launch our 2019 events survey! Follow the QR code or link below to take part by the end of March. Events Survey


Bonfire and Fireworks 3rd November

On the evening of Saturday 3rd November Bourton Park Paddock will be the venue for this year’s annual Bonfire and Fireworks display and new for this year the Lord John Robartes Regiment of Foote.

An explosive 17th Century English Civil War re-enactment group, the Regiment of Foote will perform a short display in traditional clothing at 6.15pm then a short sword melee at 6.40pm before taking part in Buckingham’s traditional torchlight procession, lighting of the Bonfire and Fireworks display starting at 7pm.

The Paddock will also host hot food stalls and drinks from 6pm.

Join us for this free event!

If you need any more information please contact Amanda at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816 426.



BOOKING OPEN: Pop-Up Ice Rink 26th November until 2nd December


Booking is now open for Buckingham’s very own artificial ice rink experience!

The ick rink will be held at cattlepens, opening on the 26th November and staying until Sunday 2nd December. Weekday sessions are from 3pm-9pm with weekend slots from 11am-9pm.

Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Office, or can be booked online. Prices are £6 for adults 16+ and £4.50 for children aged 2-12. Each ticket is for half an hour of skating and includes skate hire and an extra ten minutes for changing shoes. Please remember that under 8s MUST be accompanied by an adult.

This weekend at Buckingham Fringe


Family Quiz Night

There’s some fantastic prizes up for grabs tonight, for the winning team and the winner of the children’s round at Buckingham Town Council’s family Quiz Night! Bring your family and friends and have a go, tonight 7pm at Buckingham Community Centre.

Friday 20th July, entry is £2.50 with under 12s FREE. Ticket price includes snacks (please bring your own drinks). Tickets can be purchased on the door or at The Tourist Information, The Old Goal, Buckingham

Family Camp Out Day and Astronomy Evening

This fascinating FREE day starts at 3pm with sun gazing via specialist telescopes, and activities for children including badge making and a scavenger hunt – cardboard BUZZ ALDRIN and TIM PEAKE will be joining the fun too.

From 8pm Milton Keynes based UK astronomy will be there with a wide range of telescopes to try and two experts on hand to guide the way.

Keep your eye out for some dancing from Zumba Janey too.

Saturday 21st July, starts 3pm at The Paddock, Bourton Park, Buckingham

Family Fun Day

Sunday brings Lace Hill’s Family Fun Day! An afternoon of family fun, food, stalls and bouncy castle!

Sunday 22nd July, Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre, Buckingham, 1-4pm

Thursday at the Fringe


Youth Project

This joint project between the Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School has been running for more than 10 years. The two schools come together to produce an evening of art and drama – this years theme is ‘Community’ and the students have been working to create an absorbing night open to all members of the project to enjoy.

Last year’s performance was highly rated by our Town Mayor who left a glowing review.

From 7pm tonight, 19th July, at the Buckingham School, Buckingham

Buckingham Acoustic Club regulars Safari Boots performing at Music in the Market 2018

Buckingham Acoustic Club

The Woolpack pub hosts Buckingham Acoustic Club in their front room. The club that has been running for more than 15 years and showcases an incredibly diverse group of performers; from local performers and songwriters that are just beginning their journey to semi-professional guitarists and singers.

From 8:30pm tonight , 19th July, at the Woolpack, Well Street, Buckingham

Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre

lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk | www.lacehillsportsandcommunity.co.uk

Looking for a local venue to hire, want to start a new activity, organise a fundraising event or thinking of volunteering? Then contact the Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre Co-ordinator today!

Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre is a welcoming facility situated on the new Lace Hill estate, owned and operated by Buckingham Town Council. There are two main rooms, a Sports Hall and a Committee Room, that offer a range of activities from sports to exercise and private functions. Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre aims to provide a well maintained, accessible community resource for the benefit of Buckingham residents, contributing to community growth, development, and the economic wellbeing of the local area.

The Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre is located at: Catchpin Street, Buckingham MK18 7RR See Location

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Hiring the Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre

The Sports and Community Centre consists of:
The Committee Room:

  • Capacity of up to 40 people
  • Suitable for small meetings
  • Includes 20 committee chairs and committee tables
  • The facilities are normally available between 7am and 11pm.  Bookings required outside of this time will be considered on an individual basis dependent on the proposed use.
  • All hirers have use of a kitchen and male, female and accessible toilets.

The Sports Hall:

  • Capacity of up to 100 people
  • The hall is suitable for a variety of sports and social activities (parties, fundraising events and sports competitions)
  • Includes 100 chairs and 20 tables
  • The facilities are normally available between 7am and 11pm.  Bookings required outside of this time will be considered on an individual basis dependent on the proposed use.
  • All hirers have use of a kitchen and male, female and accessible toilets.

Sports Pitches:

  • Two full size football pitches
  • Four changing rooms
  • Two referee rooms including showers
  • All hirers have use of a kitchen and male, female and accessible toilets.

For further information, please click here for:

Hire Agreement
Pricing Structure

For more information about temporary event licences please contact Aylesbury Vale District Council’s licensing department or see information here.

News and Events

Come and play Table Tennis with Ping Pong Parlour. Adult session every Monday evening 8:30 pm – 10 pm £5. Family session every Saturday evening 6:30 pm – 8 pm, adults and children £3 (£2 for siblings). For further information and all enquiries please email: pingpongparlour1@gmail.com or phone 07826484813.

Love to play Badminton? Private court hire available, just bring your own rackets and shuttlecocks. Booking is required.

Our next community event is not one you want to miss! The Lace Hill Fun Day is a free event for the whole family to enjoy. Working in partnership with local businesses and organisations to bring you a free, fun filled day. This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing and we hope to show you a full on cosmic experience.  Everyone is welcome!

We need you! Do get in touch if you are a local business or organisation that would like to be part of the day, we would love to hear from you.


Parent & Toddler groups

There are two Parent & Toddler groups that run from the centre;

Lace Hill Gymnastics Toddler Group – Mondays 1.30 pm – 3 pm and Fridays 9.30 am – 11 am, excluding bank holidays only.

Play Time At Lace Hill  opens 13th May 2019, every Monday 10 am – 11.30 am, term time only. More information coming your way soon!


Buckinghamshire Lace is a very fine pillow lace, and the making of it provided an income for local women until the First World War, especially here in Buckingham. Lace making is part of the Town’s industrial heritage.

A typical Buckinghamshire Lace motif is the ‘cucumber’, a short fat oval with a line of holes (to represent seeds) inside; the Mayor’s jabot, a decorative collar, has a strip of cucumber pattern lace. Very complex patterns might need as many as a hundred bead-weighted bobbins and these were often carved and decorated.

Town Councillors chose a mixture of names for the streets on Lace Hill– some tools, like Pillow, Bobbin, Linen, Silk, and some stitches, like Mayflower, Butterfly, Constance and Rosemary.

As for the name for the estate: Lace Hill is just for ease of reference. This does not need to form part of the postal address. The Town Council is grateful for the expert help of Kay Bradley, Kay Meadows and Helene Hill in compiling the list of possible street names.

Contact Us

For more information about the Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre or for bookings, please contact Sam Hoareau, Lace Hill Sports and Community Centre Coordinator
at: lacehillcentre@buckingham-tc.gov.uk or on 01280 812 872.

Address: Catchpin Street, Buckingham MK18 7RR









Useful Links

Town Centre and Events

Chaired by Councillor Terry Bloomfield

The Town Centre & Events Committee organises many of the events held in Buckingham such as the Pancake Race, Food Fair, Comedy Nights, Christmas Light Switch On and River Rinses. It also facilitates the Charter Fair, Music In The Market and Bandjam as well as the Christmas Parade by organising the road closures and undertaking other tasks associated with the events.
View our Meetings Calendar

Hanging baskets and planters are organised by the committee every year. It has worked hard over the last few years to provide the Christmas motifs and icicle lights.

Over the years, the committee has built up a very good working relationship with external organisations including the Police, organisers of the music events and those that help to make each event a success.

Details of events can be found in our Buckingham Town Matters newsletter and on our Events Page.

 Town Centre & Events Committee Terms of Reference

Upcoming Town Centre & Events Committee Meetings

1st April 2019 AGENDA 

To access all past committee agendas, reports and minutes, including this year, please click here.

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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.

This year, we have exciting new events sponsorship packages on offer. Detailed information about sponsorship opportunities is available in our sponsorship brochure or get in touch with our sponsorship team via deputytownclerk@buckingham-tc.gov.uk


Annual Events – 2019


Food FairSaturday 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 RaceSaturday 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 RaisingMonday 11th – The Mayor will raise the Commonwealth Flag outside the community centre in commemoration of the day.

Annual Town MeetingWednesday 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 FairSunday 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 DancingWednesday 1st –Traditional maypole dancing performed by the local school children on the green outside St Peter and St Paul’s Church.

Music In The MarketSunday 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 WeekSaturday 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 ParishesThursday 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.

BandjamSunday 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 RinseSunday 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 FairSaturday 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 & FireworksSaturday 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 ParadeSaturday 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 events@buckingham-tc.gov.uk 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.