Buckingham Swan Trail

Buckingham Town Council are excited to introduce the second temporary public art sculpture trail which will run throughout the summer holidays of 2023. The Swan Trail is a family friendly, feel-good project that provides a free community led activity for everyone to enjoy!

Just like the fantastic success of the 2021 Otter Trail, we believe the Swan Trail will attract visitors to the town and help increase footfall to our local shops and businesses. We know from previous trails, that when visitors spend time exploring Buckingham's heritage this also generates positive economic and social benefits for the community. Swan Trail HQ will collaborate with local schools, artists, groups, businesses, and organisations by helping them design, paint and sponsor a swan sculpture.

Councillor Robin Stuchbury, chair of Town Centre and Events committee said “ We are pleased to bring forward the Swan Trail this year knowing how much the 2021 Otter Trail was enjoyed and how many people took part in this community event.  Of course we are only able to run such events through the planning and coordination of our officers and the continued positive support of the committee and council to do everything possible within our limited budget to put on events which makes Buckingham a great place to live, work and visit ”.  

Sponsorship Opportunities

We invite your company to be part of a unique town wide project and sponsor a swan sculpture. With support from the community, sponsorship fees will allow us to part fund the sculpture, plaque, and plinth. Our affordable sponsorship package offers a great platform to promote your business, engage with your workforce, local community, and visitors to the town. More details are provided in the sponsorship pack.

Swan Design Competition

Calling all residents - we need your help! Do you have an idea for a swan design that could be brought to life as part of our 2023 Swan Trail?

This competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 years of age, please use the template as a base for your design brief and we would also love to hear the story behind your swan. The winning artist will have the opportunity to help paint their design and then it will be on display as part of the live trail.

To submit your swan, email a picture of your design to Swan HQ: tic@buckingham-tc.gov.uk. Make sure you include in the email your full contact details and story or statement about your design, the deadline is Friday 10th February 2023.

photo of swan sculpture

The Buckingham Swan Trail event is part funded by Buckinghamshire Council's Buckingham & Villages Community Board.

 

Christmas Parade

This event is organised by the Buckingham Christmas Parade Committee and sponsored by Buckingham Town Council.

The Parade forms up on Chandos Road and makes its way through the town centre and back to Chandos Road. Floats, walking groups and marching bands will make their way through Buckingham Town Centre and then back to Chandos Road.

There will be a road closure, organised by the Town Council, in place whilst the parade is taking place. There will also be a Bus Diversion, so if you are a bus user, please check the diversion route before hand.

Buckingham Festive Trail

Buckingham Festive Trail

Complete the Buckingham Festive Trail to be in with a chance of winning £100 to spend in a local shop this Christmas!

From November 26th until December 15th, 2022.

Have fun with the whole family this Christmas with an engaging activity to enjoy together, helping to highlight local businesses and what they have to offer. Explore Buckingham’s streets and follow the Festive Trail to find all twelve presents for Santa's list.

All the presents can be purchased from shops in Buckingham Town Centre.  They will be positioned in windows and inside shops to entice people through the doors, engage with shop owners and visit all parts of town they may not usually explore. The presents can be recognised by a 'Buckingham Festive Trail' tag.  The presents will represent something to do with that business, to reinforce the products or services on offer.

Pick up a free trail map from Buckingham Tourist Information Centre or download one here.  Participants will be able to note the name of the present on the trail map.  If you find all the presents, you can enter a prize draw by leaving your completed map at the Tourist Information Centre.

This event is free and open to everyone and has been kindly supported by Buckingham Table.

Show your support and love for local businesses this Christmas, by grabbing a Buckingham Festive Trail map, eating local, and shopping local.

Keep an eye on the Discover Buckingham social media pages for all the news and latest announcements!

T&C's: One correct trail map per household will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a £100 voucher to spend locally in Buckingham, in a shop of their choice, the shop must be within the town parish boundary. The draw will take place on Friday 16th December and the winner will be notified on that day.

Remembrance Day Parade

The Remembrance Day Parade is organized by the Royal British Legion and will be taking place on Sunday 13th November 2022.
The parade will form up on Market Hill before the procession moves off, walking through the town centre towards Castle Street. The parade ends at St Peter and St Paul’s Church where the War Memorial is sited. A rolling road closure, organised by Buckingham Town Council, will be in place when the parade is on the move.
Market Hill will be closed from 9 am until 12:30 pm, allowing the parade to form and disband. A rolling road closure will be in place from 10:15 am for Market Square and Castle Street. The length of West Street from the junction with Western Ave to Market Square and the High Street from the junction with High Street/Moreton Road.
 
Once the parade has reached St Peter & St Paul’s Church, the road closure will be lifted until it is ready to march back to Market Hill. Diversions will still be in place during this time.
 
We ask that motorists are patient, and if possible, avoid the town centre during the above times.

Charter Fair

The Charter Fair is returning to Buckingham on Saturday 15th and 22nd October 2022.

The fair operated by Nichols Amusements will arrive in town on Friday 14th October to set up for Saturday 15th October with dodgems, sideshows and stalls. It will then return on Friday 21st to set up for 22nd October and a road closure for the town centre will be in place for both weekends.  There will also be a bus diversion in place for both weekends of the Charter Fair so if you use public transport on a regular basis, check out the diversion notice.

 

Charter Fair

The Charter Fair is returning to Buckingham on Saturday 15th and 22nd October 2022.

The fair operated by Nichols Amusements will arrive in town on Friday 14th October to set up for Saturday 15th October with dodgems, sideshows and stalls. It will then return on Friday 21st to set up for 22nd October and a road closure for the town centre will be in place for both weekends.  There will also be a bus diversion in place for both weekends of the Charter Fair so if you use public transport on a regular basis, check out the diversion notice.

 

Bandjam

Bandjam is back on Sunday 28th August in the ‘Bull Ring’, outside Jardines Pharmacy from 1pm – 10pm. This event is organised by Bandjam and sponsored by Buckingham Town Council.

This year’s line up includes:

  • Krissy Matthews
  • 60s  jukebox
  • Brothers Homebrew
  • The Reformers
  • Big Head
  • Twisted Echo
  • Liquid Stone

With more bands to be announced!

Celebrate summer with a trip from Buckingham to Neverland

Buckingham Town Council have arranged for an outdoor performance of Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie to be presented on the Green next to St Peter and St Paul’s Church this summer. The award-winning Illyria Outdoor Theatre is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To mark this milestone, they are re-staging popular shows from their back catalogue, including Peter Pan.

This will be the first time Illyria has entertained audiences in Buckingham. “Over the last thirty years, we have performed top-notch outdoor theatre to over a million people across the country,” said Artistic Director Oliver Gray. “It’s a great chance for everyone to come together, enjoy the British summertime and be entertained.”

Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre event poster for Buckingham 2022

Buckingham Town Council are pleased to be part of Illyria’s 30th anniversary celebrations. “Especially after the success of last year’s outdoor theatre show and the pleasure it brought people by bringing families together in a shared activity,” said Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chair of Town Centre, and Events Committee.

Robin continued, “we are only able to do these events because of the work of our members of staff within the events team do to help facilitate initiatives like the outdoor theatre. Whoever you are, a show like Peter Pan by J.M Barrie is a fantastic event for your calendar, it will be filled with magic and mischief. And, for the first time ever in outdoor touring theatre, it features real flying! It promises to be a fantastic opportunity for Buckingham.”

The event will take place on the Green by St Peter and St Paul’s Church on Wednesday August 3rd, 2022. There will be an afternoon show at 2.30pm and another at 6pm. Peter Pan is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Tickets are on sale now, buy online at www.illyria.co.uk

 

 

Green Spring Fair

Come along to our Spring Green Fair located at the Cattle Pens in Buckingham town centre on Sunday 24th April 2022 from 10am – 2pm.

Sustainable products, food waste experts, fun activities, live music from Harvey Fowler & Mark Edwards and Pete Thirlby, giant deck chair, free wildflower seeds, face painter Becki Pontefract and more!

Traders include:
Fully Charged Silverstone (electric bikes)
Bucks Electric Vehicles
Community Energy Bucks
Recycle4Bucks
Berks Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust
Bee-utiful Buckingham Town Council stall
Buckingham Swift Town
Planet Refill
Upper Thames Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Men in Sheds
Finca El Monte
Buckingham Fairtrade Association
Buckingham Town Council Climate Emergency
Natalie Jane Candles
Adrian Bernet willow sculptures
Buckingham Canal Society
Bees Cakes
Mark’s Ices
Really Awesome Coffee

If you would like to be involved, please email Amanda Brubaker, Events Co-ordinator.