Event Information
Leighton Buzzard High Street

Living History

The Living History Event scheduled for October was replaced with a Living History Business Trail which could be undertaken throughout October in the high street and online from November onwards.

There is still time to complete the virtual trail by following it around the town centre to learn the history of some of our oldest buildings and the businesses that now occupy.  Watch the video’s from nine of the shops and businesses within the Town Centre, answering questions from the trail sheets to discover the fascinating history of our town.

To complete the trail you will need to download the virtual map & question sheet using the button below. When you have completed the trail, use the second button to check your answers.

Living History Shop Trail video clips:


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: