Here’s what happened in 2016

St. George’s Celebration and Scout Parade

Soapbox Derby

This exhilarating amateur Soapbox Derby took place on Sunday 19 June, 2016.

Aylesbury’s second Soapbox Derby, was a fantastic day out for many families from across the Vale, with over 1000 visitors cheering on the 13 Junior and 9 Senior teams that took part.  The time, effort, skill and commitment that had gone into each and every kart was very obvious – with designs ranging from the very simple, to a fast pink shark, a fury rat and even an Aylesbury Duck which laid “eggs” on route.

Spectators were treated to 4 exhilarating runs from each of the karts, in addition there was music from DJ Dan Blaze, a mega slide, bouncy castle, face painting, crafts and sumo suits – all for free.

Refreshments were available from The Works, Coffee Stop and Just Baguettes, which kept the excited crowd fuelled throughout the day.

Aylesbury Town Council introduced this event to the town last year, in the hope of encouraging interaction between families and groups of friends and to provide a free community event for everyone to enjoy – this was certainly achieved, and we are looking forward to more fun in 2017.

Results – Junior; 1st Roys Rollers / 2nd Lightening Fast Division / 3rd Rebel Racing

Senior; 1st Purple Pig / 2nd Wiggle Auto Racing / 3rd The Racing Raiders

Best Looking Kart, as voted for by the public on the day; 1st Extreme Boomers / 2nd Bees Knees / 3rd TT Rats

With special thanks to Rogue Racing for being our time keepers and scruitineers on the day.

To register your interest to take part in the 2017 race, please email Ruth.  Registration will open on 1 March 2017 and places are limited to 30 karts.

Aylesbury on Sea

This year’s annual Aylesbury on Sea was a GIANT sucssess on Sunday 3 July, 2016

With thousands of happy, smiling, laughing, faces this year’s Aylesbury on Sea was the most GIANT of them all.  Children enjoyed climbing inside a giant 50ft Whale where they were enthralled with tales of the deep, they slid on the giant crocodile slide and danced with giant lobsters.  In addition to donkey rides, balloon modelling, mini-wheel, sand pits and a host of games to play, along with interactive science experiments in Market Square, where students from Cambridge University brought science to life.  Entertainment was provided by Simon Says Magic, whose tricks and puppets kept the kids, and grown-ups, entertained for hours, throughout the day.

Live in the Park – part of Parklife Weekend

Live in the Park, Saturday 27 August, 2016

Vale Park was filled with over 8,000 people enjoying the vast array of free entertainment and activities on offer.  9.5 hours of live music was provided by a host of local artists and bands.  Essential Motion opened the show at 12noon, performing a mix of all-time classic floor-fillers, top Chart material, deep grooves and some overlooked classics.  Other local bands playing include Aylesbury favourites Lost Minute, The Dung Beatles and Bustin’ Loose.  Acoustic and original music came from Paul Jackson, Evette Judge, The Ukes of Hazzard, James and his very talented son Jack Manders, Lucy Mair and the impressive Rock Choir.  SkaSoulsUK closed the show with an amazing set of bouncing ska tracks, including classics for Madness, Bad Manners and The Specials, alongside there own original music.

The traditional fun fair rides, mega slide and bouncy castle were as popular as ever with children.  For the first time, we were also joined by over 15 companies and charities in the Community Involvement Area, where everyone could take part in a range of activities (also all for free) – including a petting zoo, badminton training, 10 pin bowling, spinal checks, astrology, play schemes and so much more.

Many families brought picnics, rugs and chairs to enjoy the full day of free entertainment.  Others took advantage of the wide range of hot food and cold beer available to buy.

Next years Parklife Weekend will be Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August, 2017.  Take a look at this years pictures (below) to see all the fun which was had.

Proms in the Park – part of Parklife Weekend

Proms in the Park on  Sunday 28 August, 2016

The crowds came with their picnics, rugs and Union Jack flags to Vale Park, to enjoy this long standing Aylesbury event.  Aylesbury Concert Band took to the stage at 7.15pm for the Great British tradition, entertaining the crowds with a mix of contemporary and traditional orchestral pieces, accompanied by a talented soloists Alex Lowe and James Lui.   This really was a fantastic, community spirited event which brought so many people together for fun and music.

The grand finale of Parklife Weekend was a spectacular firework display!

Next year’s Proms in the Park will be on Sunday 27 August, 2017.  We look forward to seeing you there – in the mean time do take a look at the pictures below for a feel of the event.

Heritage Flame Lighting Celebration

2 September, 2016 marked the second occasion that the Paralympic Flame started its official journey to the host city, from Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birth place of the Paralympic movement.

To celebrate our area’s unique link to this international sporting occasion, the town  provided a variety of events for you to take part in.  The biggest one that was open to all, took place in Vale Park where everyone was invited to join the Flame Celebration in true Rio Carnival style.  Visitors were entertained by colorful and flamboyant carnival dancers, fire breathing stilt walkers and hoola-hoopists.  Music and entertainment was brought to you live from the team at Mix96, alongside performances from the award winning Aylesbury Cheerleading Academy and the Disability Karate Federation, showing that anyone can take part in Ikkaido.  Tom Smith’s Fun Fair were at the event too, with special ramps to aid access to the rides, as well as having low sensory times, so that those with multi-sensory disorders could also enjoy the thrill of a fair-ground ride.  This was the first time that such an all-inclusive fun fair was provided in the area.

In addition to all of this great free fun and entertainment, there was a bar, and catering from Comida Brasil a traditional Brazilian style BBQ, to experience all of the sounds, smells and flavour of a vibrant Rio Carnival.

Representatives from a wide range of disability groups and services were also at the event to provide information and support to those who may need to access there services either now or in the future.

At just after 8pm, once the Heritage Flame was officially lit at the lighting ceremony in Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the Parade of Light entered and circle Vale Park.  This was a bright and colourful carnival procession of 500 disabled people, carrying flags and banners especially made for the event.  The Parade of Light was led by the Heritage Flame, carried by Bob O’Shea, former Paralympic Rugby captain, Luke Delahunty, Invictus games participant, they were accompanied by the Torque Tambor Samba band and all of our carnival dancers.

The Parade of Light then continue, as the Flame was passed hand-to-hand around the park in a symbolic uniting the Flame with the people of Buckinghamshire.  100’s of people applied to be part of the the passing of the Flame, by being a Golden Flame Ticket holder.  The celebrations then culminated when the Flame crossed the park to light an amazing firework display.

All of this spectacular, sensational, carnival fun and entertainment was brought to the town by Aylesbury Town Council, Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire Disability Services (BuDS), with the support of the event sponsor Sportif Citroen and media partner Mix96.

Buckinghamshire Disability Services (BuDS) is an independent charity which speaks up for the interests of local disabled people. Their focus is breaking down barriers and finding new answers. They are run by disabled people for disabled people, and their combined experience, specialist knowledge and innovative approach gives them unique insight to help others.

Tudor Fayre

We brought the Tudors to life at interactive historical fayre on Sunday 11 September, 2016

This is an amazing way to bring the Tudor’s to life.  Wandering the grounds of the Bucks County Museum meeting everyone from King Henry VIII and his Court Jester to Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh.  Spice merchants, embroidery experts, sea traders, navigators, builders and master tilers were on hand to explain the details of their craft, from back in the time of the Tudor’s.   And if that wasn’t enough, visitors also enjoyed the falconry, traditional music and games, swordsmen and demonstrations, historians and crafts.

The next Tudor Fayre will be on Sunday 10 September, 2017.  These pictures will give you a flavour of what to expect.

Halloween Fun

The Town was filled with little monsters, ghouls, witches and wizards at the Halloween Fun event on Thur 27 October

So this half term, lots of little monsters, aliens, ghosts, wizards, witches and children came along to Market Square, for an afternoon of free family Halloween fun and entertainment.

The very popular Pantoween, was back again, with “It’s behind you” gags and “Oh no it isn’t” jokes, and this year we were thrilled to be joined by the Mix96 MixMonster.

For the fearless amongst our visitors there was an opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of spiders, bats and snakes, with a travelling reptile roadshow from Impeyan Productions.

The Spotlight Musical Theatre group, taught and performed the classic Michael Jackson, Thriller routine, to lots of budding dancers.

There was Halloween themed crafts to create and take home, games and activities to take part in, along with an amazing face painter.

Prizes were awarded best Halloween fancy dress costume and carved pumpkin, judged by the Mayor of Aylesbury.

The pictures below will show you all of the fun that was had.

The Rose Thief – A Walking Play

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November, 2016

Once again Aylesbury Town Council teamed up with local writer, director and actor David Pustansky from Sparky Buddy Productions to bring you an evening’s entertainment in Aylesbury that goes above and beyond any normal night out in the town.  Giving you the opportunity to be part of an interactive walking play around the old cobbled streets of Aylesbury.  This year’s production was entitled, “The Rose Thief”, a mystery thriller, with lots of audience interaction, drama, action with a hint of comedy for good measure.  The audience helped a disgraced police officer investigate a mysterious disappearance as they witness the unfolding of a sinister plot which sent shockwaves through the town as  elusive criminal known as the Rose Thief was uncovered along with the disquieting truth that was hidden beneath the surface of the town’s community!

Festive Family Fun

Festive Family Fun on Sunday 11 December.

“It was Christmas Eve, Clara and her little brother, Fritz, were listening at the ballroom door, waiting for the party to begin…………… there were Nutcracker Soldiers everywhere ……….. this is how it was when Godfather Drosselmeyer came to stay”, and this is how it was at this year’s Festive Family Fun Day in Aylesbury Town Centre, when visitors took part in a Giant Nutcracker Trail around the town, getting all the answers correct to be in with a chance of winning £200 of vouchers to spend in Friars Square, along with a number of other prizes from local retailers.

In addition there was a magical box of delights on offer; with graceful ballet dancers performing sections of the classic, enchanting Nutcracker ballet; live singing; The Sugar Plum Fairy and Toy Soldier on stilts; a mesmerising crystal ball manipulator; and breath taking performances on a unicycle and with hoola-hoops.  With games, crafts and activities inspired by the Nutcracker, alongside balloon modelling and face painting, all for FREE and in the warmth of Friars Square.  Families then ventured outside into Market Square to the captivating sounds of the traditional barrel organ, enticing smells of the hot roast chestnuts and the excitement of Fun Fair rides – also all for FREE.

Carolfest

Sunday 11 December 2016

Carolfest was held in St Mary’s church, where around 350 people filled the church to the rafters with traditional Christmas Carols, helped along by the children of Oak Greeen School, the Wingrave Singers and Caduceus Brass Quintet.  It was a very relaxed atmosphere, with children and parents standing in the aisles and sitting on the floor singing the carols, whilst enjoying the free hot chocolate and mince pies, served by the local Matrix Scouts and provided by Tesco Community.  Dez Kay from Stoke Mandeville radio, compared the evening, encouraging loud voices and even a spot of jigging and dancing.  At the end of the sing-along, a bucket collection was held to raise funds for the Mayor’s charity – Space – where a fantastic £421.84 was raised, this will help run and fund drop in sessions and counselling for those in need of help and support.