Three weekends of festive events

Tryphena Foster at Canvas promoting Buckingham traders' Christmas shopping.'131128M-C464
Tryphena Foster at Canvas promoting Buckingham traders' Christmas shopping.'131128M-C464

Buckingham traders are pushing the boat out in the run-up to Christmas, with three weekends of festive shopping and merriment.

Tomorrow, Saturday, thanks to a joint effort between Buckingham Town Council and Shop Buckingham, there will be an afternoon of Christmas shopping leading up to the Christmas lights switch-on outside the Old Gaol at 6pm.

From 2pm to 7pm, a Christmas artisan food and gift market will be on the Cattle Pens with hot food and drink stalls, live music, face painting and pop-up shops from some of the town’s retailers. Clays butchers will be opening up the old courtyard to the side of the shop to create a ‘Victorian kitchen’.

Staff dressed in Victorian costume will serve old-fashioned foods from the Clays kitchen, including unique sausage rolls, mutton pies, cakes, puddings, cookies and cheeses. There will also be a hog roast, mulled wine and cider.

Sunday Christmas shopping comes to Buckingham for its third year on December 8, with the town’s stores open from 10am to 4pm.

Entertainment will go on throughout the day, including school choirs, a brass band, local dance groups and children’s rides.

Town mayor Ruth Newell will be opening the event and Santa will also be making an appearance at the old Gaol.

Then on Sunday, December 15, Buckingham will host a Christmas Artisan Market on the Cattle Pens.

Gyre And Gimble coffee shop on Market Hill will also be celebrating its first birthday with a huge party.