Here’s what happened in 2018

St. George’s Celebration and Scout Parade

Sunday 22 April, 2018

This was a great day-out, steeped in traditional English history and culture, dowsed in good-old family fun and entertainment. There was St George riding his magnificent steed, as well as a puppet dragon who was more sweet than scary.  Queens Park Arts Centre provided interactive sessions featuring a variety of traditional crafts  including willow weaving, crochet, lace making, tapestry, pottery, wood carving and blacksmithing – with many visitors taking up the opportunity to have a go. Children, of all ages, tried their hands at archery, sword fighting and May Pole Dancing. Skills were tested in our cricket simulator and many enjoyed the traditional board games, alongside arts, crafts and a range of games and activities. There was a St George and Dragon puppet show and a special condensed version of Twelfth Night, (by Queens Park Arts Centre)

The annual scout parade was led by The marching Amersham Band, and St George on horseback with over 200 Scouts, marching to St Mary’s Church, for the annual affirmation service.

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Next years event will take place on Sunday 28 April, due to the Easter Weekend.

Soapbox Derby

This exhilarating amateur Soapbox Derby took place on Sunday 17 June, 2018.

Not only was there brilliant racing, there was also a host of other activities on offer including music, go-karts, Ride-on Little Tikes for the little ones, swing boats, drumming, crafts, games and much more, all for FREE. We had a BBQ, along with The Works with their very popular ice-cream bike, and The Coffee Stop, for those that didn’t bring a picnic.

The winners were……..

Senior Race
1st – Purple Pig / 2nd – Roy’s Rollers / 3rd – Red Rocket

Junior Race
1st – Rebel Racing / 2nd – The Dark Side / 3rd – Meglodon

Best Looking Kart – as voted for by visitors on the day
1st – The Dark Side / 2nd – Axel Roses / 3rd – Pebblebrook School & Bees Knees

We would like to thank all of the teams who took part in the race and congratulate them on designing and racing totally brilliant karts. Our thanks also to the volunteers on the day – cadets and officers from TVP Aylesbury Vale, Rogue Racing, Queens Park Arts Centre, HW DRUMS, FBL Broadcasting and to all of our suppliers who kept you all safe, entertained and catered for.

To register your interest to take part in the 2019 race, please email Ruth.  Registration will open on 1 March 2019 and places are limited to 30 karts.

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Aylesbury on Sea

Sunday 1 July, 2018

There were Palm Trees to climb, donkeys to ride, sand pits to play in, a performance of Wind in the Willows to watch, tea-cups to ride in, singing to enjoy, deck chairs to relax in, a gyroscope to spin in for those that were brave enough, a caricaturist to pose for and a visiting family out for a “Jolly Holiday” who had everyone in stitches.  On top of all this seaside entertainment there was face painting, balloon modelling, make and take crafts and a wide range of games to play, suitable for all ages and abilities.

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Live in the Park – part of Parklife Weekend

Live in the Park, Saturday 25 August, 2018

When the rain clouds drifted in, we could have had a wash out, but the Aylesbury crowds cam out in force, with around 10,000 visitors enjoying all of the free music and family entertainment.

The Main Stage featured music from EverusA Little Bit CountryInto The SouthToffeesSerenade The Stars & Nikki Loy and on the Mix96 Second Stage we saw The White Tips, Lost & Found, Craig Live, Casey Leigh_OfficialInlak’esh and Sinfiction.

Headlining the evenings music were 2 local bands Bustin Loose and Skamungas – who were a huge hit with the entire crowd.

In addition to the live music there were traditional fun fair rides and loads of free activities in the CIA (Community Involvement Area), including face-painting from Zoomania Aylesbury, safe sun-gazing with UK Astronomy Events, music lessons from XYZ Music Academy and badminton skills with Affinity, prize hoopla with Tesco Aylesbury 2 Community raising fund for the Mayor’s charity Carers Bucks, along with a huge range of fun, games and activities provided by 30 local businesses and organisations.

Thank you to all of those who help make this a wonderful, local, free, community event.

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Proms in the Park – part of Parklife Weekend

Proms in the Park on  Sunday 26 August, 2018

The rain fell in buckets for the entire day, but as the band entered the stage for the final rehearsal the clouds parted and the sun tried to creep through.

Visitors arrived with picnics, flags and umbrellas – they were treated to a array of compositions from across the world, as Aylesbury Concert Band, took the audience “around the world in 80 minuets”  Interval performance was by the Hartbeat African Drummers.

The entire weekend’s free festival was rounded off by a fantastic firework display.  We were pleased that the rain clouds stayed away (for most of the time).

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Tudor Fayre

We brought the Tudors to life at interactive historical fayre on Sunday 9 September, 2018

King Henry VIII, was wandering the grounds, with visitors joining him as he was entertained by his comical court Jester.

There were a host of informative, historical performers  – The skinner, whose knowledge and skill ensured the common Tudor folk were fed and clothed. A gamesman brought a variety of traditional games for visitors to try. A wood turner, whose pedal-powered pole-lathe showed exactly how technology and innovation assisted in modern production methods.  The archers provided an impressive display and taught visitors how to shoot a long bow and (to the lucky few) a cross bow. Inside the museum there was code breaking, coin making, purse sewing and so much more.

Queens Park Arts Centre, provided make-n-take crafts.

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The Clock Tower Strikes Again – a walking play

The Clock Tower Strikes, was an interactive walking play that wound it’s way around Aylesbury’s old town on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October, 2018

Visitors were entertained by local actors brought together by David Pustansky of Spark Buddy Productions, who wrote, directed and stared in the production.

A story of murder, deception, truth and lies unravelled as the audience followed the action as it happened.  With 4 shows over 2 nights, 2 in very heavy rain, were a sell out success.

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Festive Family Fun

Festive Family Fun took place on Sunday 8th December, 2018

There was so much for all of our visitors to enjoy – all for FREE

Outside in Market Square, you could…..
– Pose for a picture in Cinderellas Glass Carriage
– Try the 5 different fun-fair rides
– Eat hot roast chestnuts
– Listen to the traditional barrel organ

In Friars Square there was even more fun to be had, with a continuous programme of static and walkabout entertainment, alongside games, crafts and activities.
– Ride the Rodeo Reindeer
– Race your friends on the reindeer, roller-ball derby
– Pose in the Christmas photo booth with pictures straight away
– Gaze at the marvellous Simon Says Magic
– Listen to the warm tones of Lashayah Byfield
– Join in carols with the children from Broughton and Turnfurlong Junior Schools
– Dancers from Susan Diane School of Dance Public Page show case their pantomime routines
– Laugh at the Tap Dancing Turkeys and Cheeky Penguins
– Face painting and glitter tattoos
– Balloon modelling with The Party Poppers
– Make and Take craft with Queens Park Arts Centre
The Sword in the Stone pantomime cast from the Queens Park Arts Centre will guide you round a treasure trail, as you try and win a family pass to this year’s pantomime.
– Help create a giant penguin sculpture
– Try your hand at a range of games, including those especially for the under 5’s