Aylesbury Town Council have worked closely with BuDS (Buckinghamshire Disability Services) since 2015, to gain advice and support about making all of our events even more accessible for all.

It is our aim to make your visit as accessible as possible by implementing changes – let they be large or small – so that you can enjoy the day with all of your family.

At each and every event

  • Staff and volunteers are briefed to support the needs of all visitors – adapting the games and activities to suit an individual’s needs. Let that be wheelchair use, reduced gross or fine motor skills, or communication difficulties.
  • All printed material is available in large print versions.
  • Signs are displayed detailing all of the performance times, so that you can plan your visit and avoid times of high noise and stimulation, if necessary.
  • Seating is available in our information marquee, should a quiet, seated space be required.
  • Games and crafts are provided for those with reduced fine motor skills.
  • Radar key is held at ATC information marquee.
  • Should you require any help or assistance at any time, please just ask anyone in a bright green Event Crew T-shirt. If they can’t help you directly, they will find someone who can.

Please see below dates and details about this year’s events programme with the types of additional amenities available.  We are always looking to improve our offering, if you feel that there is any additional steps we could take, then please do get in touch.  Also do check our Facebook page prior to the event for all of the up-to-date information and details.  Please note that all of the events are entirely free, with no charges made for any element of the event – excluding refreshments which you may purchase, when available.

St George’s Celebration Fun Day and Scout Parade

Sunday 22 April, Market Square, 11am – 4pm. Parade at 2:45pm.

A free family fun day in celebration of England’s patron Saint George with entertainment, demonstrations, craft, games and activities.  The annual scout parade, led by a marching band, takes place from Market Square at 2:45pm to St Mary’s Church and returns to Market Square for dismissal at 4:15pm.

  • Please be aware that this event takes place on cobbles, so some areas are uneven.
  • No pre-recorded music will be plaid across the event, so attention is able to be focused on each activity and presentation.
  • Scheduled performances of a condensed Twelfth Night will be provided with a hearing loop.
  • Scheduled performances of a puppet show and May Pole dancing with music.
  • Should you wish, there is a reserved viewing area to be marked off along the parade route to ensure good sight lines for the parade – this will include a number of chairs and space for wheel chairs (please note that this will not be raised).  It is also possible to view the parade along the entire route.

Soapbox Derby on Father’s Day

Sunday 17 June, Whitehill Park, 11am – 4pm

A day packed with family fun and entertainment.  Watching each of the karts complete three timed runs of the track.  With inflatables, face-painting, arts and crafts.

  • This event takes place in Whitehill Park.  There are a number of paths around the park which will enable access, however the majority of the spectator space is grass.
  • Should you wish, there is a reserved viewing area to be marked off along the race route to ensure good sight lines for the race– this will include a number of chairs and space for wheel chairs (please note that this will not be raised).  It is also possible to view the race along the entire route.
  • A host and DJ will play music throughout the event, this will be loud and continuous.
  • Mobile disabled toilet is available on site.
  • 6 to 8 blue badge parking spaces will be allocated in Whitehill Dr’s Surgery, this will be manned by parking stewards, please show your blue badge when entering the site via Oxford Road.

Aylesbury On Sea

Sunday 1 July, Kingsbury, 11am – 4pm  HP20 2JA

A day at the seaside comes to Kingsbury.  This very popular, family fun day brings you an array of traditional seaside games, activities and entertainment.  With sand pits, a tea-cups ride, face painting, arts and crafts and much more.

  • This event takes place in Kingsbury.  Roads are closed to ensure visitor safety, however blue badge parking in Kingsbury and George Street will remain open, with road closure stewards allowing access to blue badge holders only.
  • We will be joined by the team from BuDS, who will be providing a dedicated quiet area along with information, help and assistance on all access issues.
  • Performers will be using microphones, will include a hearing loop around the deckchair seating area.
  • Donkey rides are available with the following guidance from the skilled provider – “We do a lot of work with children with additional needs and our only restriction is the same as with able bodied riders, namely they must be under eight stone to ride. If a child is over eight stone, they are encouraged to either walk with the donkey or the donkey can walk alongside their wheelchair, so that they don’t miss out. Once the child is on the donkey, if the child doesn’t have good balance or core stability, the carer/parent must walk on the other side to provide additional support.”

Live in the Park

Saturday 25 August, Vale Park, 12noon – 8:30pm

An entire day of continuous live music and family entertainment – with music, bands, fun fair and lots of free family fun, including a Community Involvement area.  Refreshments are available to purchase.  Full line-up and details to be announced closer to the event.

  • We are joined at this event by the team from BuDS who provide a lot of the services, information and advice on offer
  • 2 disabled toilets are located closest to the main area and directly off a level concrete path
  • Should you wish there is a dedicated viewing area in front of the 2 main stages, including a number of chairs and space for wheelchairs. It is possible to enjoy the event from anywhere within the park.
  • A “Welfare Unit”, which will provide quiet and confidential space
  • Additional disabled parking in public spaces at AquaVale swimming pool, this will extend around the full curve outside the pool and extend into the coach parking bay.  To be manned by BuDS volunteers
  • Tracking over the grass, across the middle of the park, improving navigation around the event
  • Printed versions of compere notes in both regular and large print
  • Large print version of the performance times and band information
  • Participants of the Community Involvement Area will be briefed to make suitable adaptations to their activities, to be all inclusive and accessible for all, whenever possible. As these services are provided by external companies, the level of service cannot be guaranteed.  However should you require any additional assistance in this area please mention it to any of the Event Crew, in bright green T-shirts, or BuDS volunteers.
  • Dedicated BuDS information point, where help and assistance about this event and other services can be found

Proms in the Park

Sunday 26 August, Vale Park, 7:15pm – 9:30pm

Arrive with your picnic, friends and flags from 6:30pm for a traditional open air proms concert.  The weekend finishes with a fantastic FIREWORK display at 9:30pm

  • We are joined at this event by the team from BuDS who provide a lot of the services, information and advice on offer
  • 2 disabled toilets are located closest to the main area and directly off a level concrete path
  • Should you wish there is a dedicated viewing area in front of the stage, including a number of chairs and space for wheelchairs. It is possible to enjoy the event from anywhere within the park.
  • A “Welfare Unit”, which will provide quiet and confidential space
  • Additional disabled parking in public spaces at AquaVale swimming pool, this will extend around the full curve outside the pool and extend into the coach parking bay.  To be manned by BuDS volunteers
  • Tracking over the grass, across the middle of the park, improving navigation around the event
  • Printed versions of compere notes in both regular and large print
  • Large print version of the words for the songs in the finale
  • Song words will be displayed on large LED screens either side of the stage
  • Dedicated BuDS information point where help and assistance about this event and other services can be found

Tudor Fayre

Sunday 9 September, Bucks County Museum, 11am – 4pm

During Heritage Open Days, featuring a wide variety of Tudor themed activities, entertainment, crafts and games taking place in Bucks County Museum.  This is an interactive history day with many performers in period costume.

  • This event takes place in Bucks County Museum, where they have a full range of services available including disabled toilets and lifts to upper floors.
  • Most of the activities and entertainment are on the ground floor and gardens with just a small number taking place upstairs
  • There is a dedicated quiet area, located upstairs in one of the galleries.
  • Access to the museum is either from Kingsbury or along Church St, both have uneven paths, including cobbles in Pebble Lane leading to the entrance of the museum, but once there, access around the site is fairly flat and level.

Festive Family Fun

Sunday 9 December, Friars Square & Market Square, 11am – 4pm

Get into the festive spirit with our Festive Family Fun Day, packed with seasonal entertainment and joy for the whole family.  With games and entertainment in Friars Square and Fun Fair rides in Market Square

  • This event takes place across 2 locations – Friars Square and Market Square. Friars Square have a full range of services available including smooth flooring, disabled toilets, additional seating and lifts to upper floors.  Market Square is cobbled so some areas are uneven
  • All of the rides are located in lower Market square with the more gentle rides positioned closest to the smooth red brick road
  • The Fun Fair supplier has worked with us at a number of events and is briefed to assist all visitors to be able to ride, whenever it is safe for them to do so
  • Outside there will be a large Barrel Organ, playing continuous loud mechanical music
  • In Friars Square there is a continuous programme of entertainers performing in the main arena
  • There will be walkabout entertainers around the event too, which may include stilt walkers and people in costumes

Carolfest

Sunday 9 December, St Mary’s Church, 6pm – 7pm

Grab a song sheet and sing along to your favourite Christmas carols, accompanied by a brass band and local choir.  Hot chocolate and mince pies are also served.

  • This event takes place in St Mary’s Church, where they have disabled toilets and smooth even surfaces
  • Access to St Mary’s Church is either from Kingsbury (cobbled) or along Church St, both have uneven paths leading to the entrance of the church, but once there access around the site is fairly flat and level.
  • Limited Blue Badge parking is available directly outside the church, please note that the driving access to this is very narrow.
  • A dedicated area will be reserved at the front of the church (approx. 25 chairs) for those who require to be seated throughout the event, as the main event is standing only.
  • A dedicated area will be allocated for those in wheelchairs, if desired
  • Cushions will be available at the front of the church, to sit on the floor directly in front of the performers.
  • Large print versions of the song sheets are available.