Event Information
October and November
Leighton Buzzard High Street

Living History 2020

The Living History Event scheduled for 5th October was replaced with a Living History Business Trail which could be undertaken throughout October & November. Due to the national lockdown, the trail around the shops and businesses has been cut short, however, the content is still available below.

Follow the trail around the town centre to learn the history of some of our oldest buildings and the businesses that now occupy them.

To complete the trail you will need to download the map & question sheet using the button below, and when you have completed the trail, you can come back here and use the second button to check your answers.

All participants in the trail should undertake this virtually with videos of all of the businesses taking part uploaded here during October & November, with a new video being uploaded each week. They will also be available on our social media channels (links in the page footer below).

All of the answers to the trail questions can be found in the videos.

We hope you enjoyed taking part in the trail in the Town Centre. If you have answers still to complete, these should now be answered virtually using the video’s to find out the correct answers.

Living History Business Trail video clips – a new trail clip every Thursday at 3:00pm!


Living History Day 2019

Last year’s Living History Event took place on Saturday 5th October in the High Street and showcased life in Victorian Britain. We were honoured to be graced by Her Majesty Queen Victoria with her private secretary appearing during the day, alongside Cavalryman on horseback, providing talks and demonstrations throughout.

Visitors were able to see first-hand the skills and crafts which were developed and honed in Victorian Britain which included candle and yarn making, as well as fibre weaving and fabric dyeing.

For those wishing to sample some of the cuisine of the time, a roast chestnut seller adorned the High Street with sounds and smells of cooked delights.

Throughout the day visitors were treated to appearances by Victorian characters providing an insight into life at all levels of the Victorian society and the daily struggles which they faced. Could you live in the bygone era?

For all the information on last year’s event and more details of what happened on the day visit our Facebook Living History event page.

The previous year’s annual Living History day commemorated the WW1 Centenary with an insight into life as a British solider at home and away from home. Located in Leighton Buzzard High Street, displays and interactive demonstrations of wartime took place. Visitors to the event saw how soldiers would cook, what weapons they used and what their first aid  post would consist of. There was also an Army Signal School for Children and the opportunity to take on board some WWI training including drill experiences and marching!

For more information please contact the Events Team on:
01525 631918

See some pictures from previous years below: