Buckingham’s annual Charter Fair rolls into town over two coming weekends.
Buckingham’s first charter to hold the annual market/fair, was given by Mary I in 1554 and the second charter was given by Charles II in 1658. The charter was only granted to the town to hold fairs on a Saturday and not any other day.
Today, the fair arrives on the Friday to set up, and leaves early on the Sunday morning.
Buckingham Town Council once again welcomes Nichols Brothers Amusements, who have been bringing the fair to town for over 80 years.
In the past, Nichols Brothers have given to local charities and donated a tree and bench to North End Court in memory of Trevor Pateman, past mayor of Buckingham and district councillor, who loved the fair.
Current mayor Ruth Newell will declare the fair open at 1pm on Saturday, October 12.
For the first hour, free rides will be available to local disabled children, courtesy of the showmen. If you have a disabled child and would like them to join in the free rides, contact Buckingham Town Council.
Market Square, Market Hill and High Street will be closed to traffic from 6am on Friday, October 11 to midda y on Sunday, October 13, and again from Friday to Sunday, October 18 to 20.