Right Royal Picnic comes to Lace Hill

As part of the Council’s four-day event programme to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Buckingham Town Council are hosting Picnic on the Pitch at Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre on Saturday the 4th of June from 11am until 3pm.

Residents from across Buckingham are invited to bring along picnics, tables, chairs, games and share a memory. To help get you in the royal party mood, there will be a big stage and live music from A Big Voice (Maria Scobey) who will be performing a variety of popular songs across the decades and genres of the Queen’s reign to include everyone’s musical party tastes.

It is a free, family friendly event and everybody is welcome, even well-behaved dogs on leads. Children will enjoy visits from Spider-Man and Elsa mascots, badge making, rock painting and a royal themed trail. The Centre’s facilities will be open and available for everybody to use, including an accessible toilet.

To help you fill up your picnic baskets, there will be a small selection of local food traders selling gourmet burgers, luxury ice-cream desserts and plenty of freshly baked cake and cookies. A licensed bar will be on site to help you toast the special occasion.
Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said that “The Lace Hill Centre is a fantastic hub for all types of activities and events, the facilities are perfect to host a community picnic with its wonderful panoramic views of the countryside. I hope people will all come together and take advantage of this opportunity to get together and celebrate. Town Council officers are looking forward to welcoming you on the day”

Free parking is available on site including blue badge spaces. But we encourage visitors to travel by public transport or other environmentally-friendly methods wherever possible. The carpark will be marshalled on the day, so it is first come first served. The venue can easily be accessed via local bus routes, the nearest bus stop is on London Rd near Tesco.

Music in the Market

Buckingham Town Council is delighted to support the return of Music in the Market to the town centre. This year the event takes place on Friday 3rd June as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.

Buckingham Acoustic Club told us: “Music in the Market will be back in its familiar place, in the Market outside the Gaol, three years after its last appearance there in 2019. Since its modest beginnings 22 years ago, this will be the 21st festival organised by Buckingham Acoustic Club, which thanks to last year’s off-piste extravaganza, which was excellently hosted by the Buckingham Rugby Club, has mounted an almost uninterrupted annual series of events.

The Acoustic Club is a casual group of local musicians who have met weekly in one pub or another, welcoming all comers, originally at the Buckingham Arms in Maids Morton, and then via the Brittania, the New Inn, and most recently the Woolpack, to share their songs and their chops. Currently, they are homeless, and so they are looking for a new home in which to base themselves.

Music in the Market was conceived as a way for these musicians to strut their stuff in front of the whole town, and the Town Council stepped in to promote the event to make it viable.  Musical liaisons formed, bands were created, ideas developed, and are still developing. The motto of the festival could be: “It’s not only covers”. This year will feature the massed ukuleles of The Buckingham Ukulele Group, the world music sounds of Safari Boots, the debut of the Muzz & Jenks big band, and a curious but unmissable ukulele-based performance by Ukesnaile. The music starts at 2pm and continues throughout the day till 10pm, with street food available all day.”

Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury said that “The return of Music in the Market to the town centre is an opportunity for the community to meet and enjoy live music in the setting of our market town. We’ve been supporting the Acoustic Club with this event for 21 years. This is a chance to gather on the auspicious occasion of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Officers and Town Councillors look forward to enjoying the event with you on the day, having been involved with this event throughout it’s always a great personal pleasure to see people enjoying themselves at a free public event supported by community organisations.”

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

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.

Buckingham to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The four-day Jubilee weekend in June, to celebrate the Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, will see Buckingham jam-packed with festivities for everyone to enjoy.
Alongside the 250 trees already planted, as part of the Queen’s Canopy project, the Council are celebrating the Jubilee with three large celebration events and are supporting several more including a Jubilee beacon that will be lit at the historic St Peter & St Paul’s Church.

The Council is also encouraging residents to get involved by hosting their own street parties as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch. There’s no fee for temporary road closures; contact Buckinghamshire Council for details.

Celebrate Buckingham was held for the first-time last year and was a great success. This year the event will again be held in Bourton Park to celebrate the range of voluntary organisations who are serving the town and enable local groups to raise funds and recruit volunteers. This year, the council are inviting all local community and voluntary and groups to take part by booking a stall. As before, we are asking each stall to provide some form of activity because experience has shown that this encourages people to take more time to engage with stalls. Please contact the Town Council office for details.

Platinum Jubilee Events:

Thursday 2nd June

  • Celebrate Buckingham Day:
      • Returns to Bourton Park
      • Jubilee fancy dress contest
      • Awarding of Trader of the Year prize by the Buckingham Society
      • Chance to view the Council’s robes and mace
      • Local community, voluntary and social enterprise group stalls and free fun activities for all
      • Reading of the proclamation by the Town Crier
      • Bouncy castles and entertainment
      • Food stall
    • Lighting of the Jubilee Beacon
      • At 9.45pm at St Peter & St Paul’s church, part-funded by the Town Council.

Friday 3rd June

  • Music in the Market
    • Returns to Buckingham’s Market Square this year, with live music and tasty food. Organised by Buckingham Acoustic Club, this family-friendly music festival is a firm favourite of many.

Saturday 4th June

  • Picnic on the Pitch
    • Lace Hill Sports & Community Centre will host a huge outdoor picnic, with a fantastic lively atmosphere including entertainment, bouncy castle and more.

Sunday 5th June

  • Platinum Jubilee Civic Servive
    • St Peter and St Paul’s church will host this civic celebration of the Queen.
  • The Big Jubilee Lunch
    • Residents are encouraged to host street parties.

The Chair of the Town Centre & Events Committee, Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, said “Councillors have been considering the Jubilee for some time, working with officers to best support the community in their activities and creating a shared experience. We’ve moved events and shared budgets to enhance the weekend and create a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the long period of the monarch’s rule. We look forward to seeing people, not only at Town Council events but also having their own special celebrations including gathering to light the beacon which is part-funded by the Town Council.

Buckingham has always been supportive of the monarch, as our two Royal Charters testify. We look forward to the Queen being fit and well and would welcome her to visit Buckingham at any time – the last time she visited and met the residents was when my late friend Cllr. Isham, greeted her in 1996 on behalf of the community, as Mayor of Buckingham.”