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 trained and encouraged 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, in suitable contrast colours.
  • 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.
  • All ATC staff are dementia friends, and use the skills acquired with this training to assist all visitors with memory or communication difficulties.  

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 Day and Historical Fayre, with parade

Sunday 26 April

Historical Fayre – Bucks County Museum 11am – 3pm

  • The historical fayre takes place in Bucks County Museum which is has it’s own range of accessible facilities and services.  Including disabled toilet, smooth flat surfaces and a lift to the second floor.
  • Activities take place on the ground floor and in the garden.
  • All performers will be in period costumes relating to Medieval times.
  • Performance schedule will be readily displayed.
  • Ferret races will be taking place in the garden – this includes live animals.
  • St George on horse back will be riding around the entrance to the museum and in the town centre / market square.
  • All performance times will be clearly displayed to avoid high sensory periods if required
  • Quiet room is available upstairs in the Tudor rooms.

Parade – 3pm – 4pm Church Street into Market Square

  • Lead by a marching band (very loud and continuous), St George on horse back and a large “puppet” dragon.
  • Parade will contain large flags, lots of people and those in uniforms and historical costumes.
  • End of the parade will feature pipers and drummers.

Laws of Time a walking play

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May.  Judges Lodgings.  Shows at 4pm and 6pm both days 

  • This event takes place inside an old building.  Their are restrictions including multiple stairs, un-even flooring and small toilets that can not be amended or altered.
  • This makes this event unsuitable to those with extended mobility issues or who require a disabled access toilet.
  • We are sorry, this event is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Those who use a stick or have other mobility requirements, please be aware that their are 2 flights of steep stairs that will need to be navigated with in the main area.  In addition small sections of narrow stairs and corridors will also be used during the event.  Seating is not available and you will be standing / walking for the entire 1 hour performance.
  • The performance is written for families.  It may contain the occasional “jump” – but nothing that is intended to scare or frighten.  Please let the Event Crew know if you are concerned about periods of loud or sudden noise and they will be able to advise when they might arise.
  • The story is told my cast members who are within the crowd, so the story will come from multiple angles, this can be confusing for some people, but we hope that you enjoy the show.

Soapbox Derby on Father’s Day

Sunday 21 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 family entertainment, 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, which is un-even in places, the grass can be long and the ground un-even with hills and dips.
  • Should you wish, there is a reserved viewing area 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.
  • Rides, games and activities will adapted to assist you, please make any requests to the activity provider who will be happy to assist.

Aylesbury On Sea

Sunday 5 July, Vale Park, 11am – 4pm  HP20 1RJ

A day at the seaside comes to Alyesbury.  With 60 tonnes of sand, with seaside themed games, crafts, activities and entertainment.

  • This event takes place in Vale Park.  There are a number of resin bonded and concrete paths around the park.  The majority of the event takes place on the grass, which is usually cut short, on firm ground and relatively easy to cross – this can’t be guaranteed.
  • Punch & Judy show plays on 4 occasions with amplification, but no hearing loop.  One of the performances will be BSL interpreted, time will be advertised prior to the event start and at the event.
  • Mobile disabled toilet is available on site.
  • The main area of sand is large, open and often very busy.  There are 5 smaller sandpits available for small children and those with sensory issues and who require a more gentle environment.
  • approx 10 blue badge parking spaces will be allocated in Aqua Vale swimming pool car park.  This will be manned by BuDS parking stewards, please show your blue badge when entering the site.
  • Seating is limited.
  • This event can get busy, please expect queues at the major activities.
  • The land train is able to accommodate disabled visitors
  • The Tea-cups ride will be adapted to assist as many visitors as possible, please note that you will have to step-up to the ride. Should you require this to go at a slower speed, please advise operators when you arrive.

Live in the Park

Saturday 29 August, Vale Park, 12noon – 9:30pm

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
  • BSL interpretation on stage for the duration of the event, including compere and song lyrics
  • 2 disabled toilets are located closest to the main area and directly off a level concrete path
  • Should you wish there is a dedicated raised, covered 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 on suitable contrast paper
  • 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 – this includes games, dog bowls, flexi straws and lots more

Proms in the Park

Sunday 30 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
  • BSL interpretation for the entire event, including compere and lyrics (when necessary)
  • 2 disabled toilets are located closest to the main area and directly off a level concrete path
  • Should you wish there is a dedicated raised, covered, 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

Festive Family Fun

Sunday 13 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 8 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.

  • BSL interpretation for the entire event
  • 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.