Hardly a month goes by without some special event adding colour and enjoyment to town life. This page concentrates on events that are organised by the Town Council’s events team. For details of other events, please see the ‘Your Community’ pages.
Events for everyone
The Town Council delivers a programme of community events throughout the year, all very unique in their own way, something for all ages. From music, history, shopping to entertainment, fun and food.. stay local, shop local, play local!
The Councils programme of community events starts in June…
Music in the Park is a long running initiative which offers an enjoyable Sunday afternoon in the towns largest, award winning park, Parson’s Close Recreation Ground.
Quality brass and silver bands from around the region perform every Sunday afternoon from June – September. Starting at 3pm, the concerts are free and visitors can purchase light refreshments during the concert interval. There is some seating available but you are advised to bring your own chair.
Big Lunch Food Festival held on the first Sunday in June celebrates not only local food and produce but a wide variety of foods from other cultures. Originally established to coincide with the Nationwide Big Lunch initiative, the festival celebrates all things food and drink well as offering the community to enjoy dining “al fresco” and the opportunity to catch up with family and friends in their local High Street. A large number of stalls offer hot and cold food, savouries and snacks, drinks and other food related produce.
Closely followed by July….
One of the most popular events organised by Leighton-Linslade Town Council is the Leighton-Linslade Canal Festival which is traditionally held on the last Saturday of July each year. This one day event takes place in Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, Linslade and combined with the easy access to the Grand Union Canal, provides a truly unique setting. Attracting around 9,000 visitors, this event offers a diverse selection of hand craft products, traditional rural craft demonstrations, colourful narrow boats and a selection of food and drink stalls and live entertainment for all ages.
And then from October….
One of the Town Council’s longest running events is themed around Living history which takes a look back at the town’s history and historical moments in time using re-enactors, local historians and entertainers. The variety of different themes has provided the local community the opportunity to explore and learn about life at particular periods in history, from the Romans to Medieval, WW1 to the 1960s. Recent events have focussed on local buildings and business.
The last event of the year is Leighton Buzzard Christmas Festival taking place during the first weekend in December. Working with local independent business group, LB First and other community based organisations, the event launches the season of Christmas shopping and festive fun. Along with the official switch on of the town’s festive lights there is also a programme of entertainment, attractions for all ages and the opportunity to sop local and buy that unique Christmas gift.
The weekend is a truly festive time with not only the light switch on, a firework display, shopping and amusements but there are other events including the Christmas Tree Festival, Santa’s Grotto, a Christmas Fayre and a Santa Dash.
Believe it or not preparations has already began for next years.. watch this space!