Town gets in the Jubilee spirit

Former Mayor of Buckingham Mike Smith with a signed portrait of The Queen received in time for the Jubilee celebrations
Former Mayor of Buckingham Mike Smith with a signed portrait of The Queen received in time for the Jubilee celebrations

THERE’S no shortage of entertainment going on in Buckingham over the Jubilee weekend.

Music In The Market on Sunday, June 3, is once again sponsored by Buckingham Town Council and organised by the Buckingham Acoustic Club.

It will be running in the town square from 1pm until late and this year’s headline act will be Oxon-based ska band Hope & Glory, with a set featuring hits from Bad Manners, the Specials and the Beat.

During the day, there will be free music for all, featuring the best of local bands and soloists, from folk to blues and country to jazz. The line-up and timings are still being finalised.

Buckingham’s biggest Jubilee street party will be held on Castle Hill outside Buckingham Parish Church on Monday, June 4.

Food for 300 people will be served under bunting in a 1950s-themed Big Lunch being organised by local volunteers with the help of Churches Together and the town council.

After a lunch of hog roast or fish and chips, an afternoon of activities will keep families entertained, with bouncy castles, face painting, a coconut shy, sack races and egg and spoon races.

Rev Will Pearson-Gee said: “We are really excited about having a community event up on Castle Hill to celebrate The Queen’s amazing reign.

“We hope that everyone, young and elderly alike, will join us and have a wonderful time.”

The event will be opened by the new Mayor of Buckingham, Ruth Newell.

Tickets are available today, Friday, from the Old Gaol for a suggested donation of £2.50 per adult and £1.50 per child. Under-twos go free. Refreshments will be on sale at the event.

Buckingham Table is co-hosting Buckingham’s first Beer Festival from Saturday to Monday, June 2 to 4, at The Woolpack in Well Street, in a bid to raise more than £1,500 for local good causes.

Choose from 30 carefully selected beers and ciders, including well-known names such as Timothy Taylors and Black Sheep, as well as a selection of local and award-winning beers.

Buckingham Table will be hosting the event from noon on the Saturday and all day on the Sunday, with proceeds going to the Buckingham Table Charity.

A £5 entry charge will get you a specially engraved pint glass, an event programme and beer guide and your first half pint of choice.

For another £10, you can get tokens for a further six half pints.

Buckingham Table is looking for local businesses and individuals to sponsor a barrel.

Visit to register an interest or call Andy Vooght on 07919 557003 for more details.

There will also be a hog roast and tug of war competition with children’s garden games on the Saturday.