Events

Aylesbury town is a diverse and wonderful place to live and visit. As your Town Council we are proud to bring you an event programme full of variety, colour, fun and entertainment that reflects and enhances our fabulous town and local history. Encompassing music, dance, education and history with a generous helping of FREE fun for all the family.

From, all day live music concerts with its roots firmly in the 70’s Friars Club, which started right here in Aylesbury and featured performers like Queen, The Who and David Bowie; to bringing a touch of seaside laughter to a town that is reputably the “furthest from the sea” and an exhilarating Soapbox Derby which takes place on Father’s Day.

At Aylesbury Town Council we enjoy expanding and improving our events and links to the community. One way in which we achieve this is to work in partnership with other local authorities, businesses, charities and organisations – including Aylesbury Vale District CouncilBuckinghamshire County CouncilTown Centre PartnershipBuckinghamshire County Museum, Buckinghamshire Disability Services (BuDS), Tesco Community Champions and the Scouts.  In addition, through our website and social media pages, we offer the opportunity for other charity and community events taking place in the area to be promoted to the residents of Aylesbury on our Community Noticeboardclick here to submit your event details.

Our events are constantly evolving, changing and developing. We take your opinion very seriously and your ideas can often be translated into the following year’s programme. Please do get in touch if you would like to share any views about our events by emailing the team – please click here

Please see the Upcoming Dates, to the right of this page for details of events throughout the rest of the year, put the dates in your diary and remember to check back for more details of all the activities and entertainment once they have been confirmed (about 3 months before each event).

Pictures, videos and information from past year events are shown below – do take a look to get an insight into our FREE community events.

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Here’s what’s already happened in 2017

St. George’s Celebration and Scout Parade

A celebration of England’s patron saint St George was held in Aylesbury on Sunday 23rd April, 2017.

It was a day steeped in traditional English history and culture, dowsed in good-old family fun and entertainment.  The ever popular Morris dancing took place in the centre of Market Square, performed by Aldbury Morris.  Children (of all ages) tried their hands at archery, sword fighting and even learn the skills required to be a successful jouster.   Arrows were forged on an open fire and many took part in a traditional Mummers Play.   Children from the local primary school, Thomas Hickman, did battle with our larger than life St George.  Lots of games, arts, crafts and a colouring competition was held, alongside pottery painting and crafts from the experts from the Queens Park Arts Centre, there really was lots of fun and entertainment for all the family.

The annual scout parade left Market Square at 2:45pm, led by The Amersham Marching Band, St George and the school dragon with over 200 Scouts, the Mayor, Town Clerk and many dignitaries, including the High Sheriff and Deputy Lord Lieutenant joining in, marching to St Mary’s Church, for the annual affirmation service.  Before returning to market square to be formally dismissed by the District Commissioner.

More pictures are shown on our Facebook page

Soapbox Derby

This exhilarating amateur Soapbox Derby took place in the blazing heat on Sunday 18 June, 2017.

27 karts took part in Aylesbury’s third Soapbox Derby, in an attempt to take home an amazing trophy.  We saw some truly inspired karts race through Whitehill Park, from the fast and furious, sleek and lean karts made for speed, to the bizarre and obscure karts which were designed, built and decorated purely for the fun of the day.  These lean mean, racing machines were powered by sheer courage, the gravity of a hill and the big push that it was give at the start line.  With three minor crashes and no serious injuries, all participants and spectators had a fantastic day, watching the races, enjoying the face-painting, crafts and inflatables in the sweltering heat of this sunny June day.

With thanks to our official event supporters – Rogue Racing who are our time keepers and scrutineers for the day.

Thanks also to The Queens Park Arts Centre for supporting the event with craft and a street art display and to  TVP Aylesbury Police Cadets for marshalling and parking assistance.

More pictures and event video are shown on our Facebook page, along with the full results table.

Please do get in touch if you would like to register your interest to take part in 2018

Aylesbury on Sea

This year’s annual Aylesbury on Sea was bathed in sunshine and happy families on Sunday 2 July, 2017

This year’s Aylesbury on Sea hosted all of the activities and entertainment which you have come to know and love, with the addition of a few new surprises.  Thousands of people joined us for donkey rides, to play in the sand-pits and relax in the deckchairs; entertained by a brass band, Punch & Judy, and the wild and wacky “Day Trippers”, who rode into town on their pink motorbike and sidecar whilst playing the trombone and singing classic Elvis songs, with their own unique twist.  There was face painting, balloon modelling, a dedicated craft / activity area for the under 5’s as well as crafts for the older kids, supplied by The Queens Park Arts Centre.  Some children took to the surf simulator,  whilst others enjoyed the very popular tea cup ride and lots of families pitched and putted against each other on the crazy golf course.  Children also played skittles, chanced their luck on the traditional penny slot machines, tried to hook-a-duck or land a hoop on the giant rock, as well as meeting a couple of very funny cross channel swimmers.

More pictures and event video are shown on our Facebook page

Live in the Park – part of Parklife Weekend

The biggest and best Live in the Park to date.  Saturday 26 August, 2017

Wow, what a weekend for local live music and coming together as a community.  This year’s Live in the Park was visited by approx. 11,000 local people who enjoyed a wide variety of activities and entertainment, organised by Aylesbury Town Council and supported by a number of local businesses, charities and organisations.  Visitors enjoyed free fun fair rides, inflatables and activities in the Community Involvement Area, as well as 9.5 hours of continuous live music performed across 2 stages, which included (for the first time) the Sportif Citroen Second Stage.

With so much praise for all of the acts, it’s hard to single out anyone to specifically mention, however Billy Watman a 16 year-old guitarist from Princess Risborough and Callow Saints have received huge amounts of praise following their sets and raptures of applause on the night.  Headline act – The Bon Jovi Experience had the crowd bouncing all the way to the end.

We would like to thank all of the individuals and companies who ensured that this was a fun, safe, enjoyable and fabulous community event – from musicians, volunteers, sponsors, partners, suppliers and of course you, the visiting public.

More pictures and event video are shown on our Facebook page

Proms in the Park – part of Parklife Weekend

3,500 people attend Proms in the Park on  Sunday 27 August, 2017

The fabulous sunshine and warm evening brought thousands of people and families to the park for the annual Proms in the Park concert, with many attending for the first time.  3,500 of you enjoyed your picnics and waving flags to the engaging performance from the Aylesbury Concert Band accompanied by Alison Langer and Lawrence Thackery.  There was a surprise and guest appearance from a Stormtrooper during the StarWars medley, which many children (and adults) enjoyed.  This year’s rendition of Land of Hope and Glory was a delight to hear, with everyone’s voices coming together in a true celebration of unity and community.

Aylesbury Town Mayor, Cllr Tom Hunter Watts, “It was a fabulous couple of days. Huge numbers came, way past my expectations. It was a spirit of pure love and sunshine, and we raised lots of money for Inspire All. They are the mayoral charity for this year, and they do really important work. Live music is music in its proper sense. It gives a generous beating heart to our town. We hope to build on this year’s success and make our live events better and better in the years to come!”

Local resident Emma Bisset commented about Proms, “Amazing event, so much sense of community and belonging in the park last night. The band were amazing.  You should all be so proud, I know I am!”

More pictures are shown on our Facebook page

Tudor Fayre

We brought the Tudors to life at interactive historical fayre on Sunday 10 September, 2017

The history of the Tudors was brought to life at the Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury, with a wide range of interactive historians who submerged visitors into the Tudor times!

For the first time ever in Aylesbury visitors helped to power a model replica of Leonardo Da Vinci’s flying machine – unfortunately we didn’t manage to get it to fly  – maybe we will another time.  Also on display was a host of Leonardo’s other forward thinking life changing inventions, drawings and predictions.

We did however manage to fly 2 stunning birds of prey, where these beautiful creatures owed the crowd and stunned the volunteers.

There was the opportunity to meet the “common folk” whose skills in leather work, felt making, medicine and barbers skills helped keep the country on it’s feet.  There was also the “grand folk” with their fine hats and silk clothes who enthralled visitors with tales of the high seas, exquisite banquets and the life of luxury.  King Henry VIII was in attendance, and some children even dared to ask him about any of his wives and how they met their fateful ends?

To lighten the mood, a court Jester made an appearance in the garden with hearty laughs all round, especially when he made a Jesters hat from a rubber glove!! And if all that wasn’t enough then the there was dancing, traditional music, swordsmen, stilt walkers, demonstrations, historians and crafts (with The Queens Park Arts Centre) to help you navigate through Tudor Aylesbury!

More pictures are shown on our Facebook page

Halloween Fun

The Town was filled with little monsters, ghouls, witches and wizards at the Halloween Fun event on Thur 26 October

The very popular Pantoween, entertained the crowds, with “It’s behind you” gags and “Oh no it isn’t” jokes.  Along with spooky magic and circus skills from the Great Gappo.

Artists from The Queens Park Arts Centre gave lessons on how to make a Halloween lanterns which the children took home, as well as demonstrating the skills needed to create fabulously carved pumpkins.  There were games and activities to while away the afternoon, and amazing face painters to inspire your creations for the witching hour the following week.

Prizes were won for the best Halloween fancy dress costume and carved pumpkin, which was judged by the Mayor of Aylesbury, Cllr Tom Hunter-Watts.  The winners were

Under 8 Girls – Karina (7) / Lilly (6) / Kheshmika (3)
Under 8 Boys – Zach (7) / Frankie (4) / George (7)
Over 9 Gilrs – Skye (11) / Soledad (10) / Amber (11)
Over 9 Boys – Tom (13) / Aedhan (11) / Eric (9)

Congratulations and thank you to all those that took part.   More pictures are available on our Facebook page