The annual Charter Fair returns to Buckingham town centre this weekend. The fair will roll into town Friday morning, bringing with it an exciting range of rides including The Joker and The Orbitor, juvenile rides, coconut shy, shooting gallery and more.
Buckingham’s first charter to hold the annual fair was given by Mary I in 1554 and the second charter was given by Charles II in 1658. The charter states that the fairs must be on a Saturday and not any other day. Today the showman arrive on the Friday to set up and leave early on Sunday morning for both fairs.
The whole of Market Hill, Market Square and the High Street is closed off to allow all the rides and sideshows to operate safely, and parking is suspended.
Deputy Town Mayor, Cllr Anja Schaefer will declare the first fair open with the Town Crier at 1pm. The hour between 1pm and 2pm is for local disabled children to have free use of the rides and side-shows provided to them by the Nichols Brothers.
Cllr Robin Stuchbury, Chairman of the Town Centre & Events Committee, said: “the community will be welcoming the showman families back into our market town for the Buckingham Charter Fair. This annual event is part of the historic fabric of the town, a key part of the town’s civic life and the community who join together to experience all the amusements.”
A full road closure will be in force for the town centre from 7am on Friday until noon on Sunday.
The bus stand in the town centre will be closed between 10am Friday to 6am Sunday.