Leighton-Linslade boasts a large calendar of many free events and activities throughout the year, from large events attracting thousands of visitors to smaller more informal social events catering for all residents.
Events and Projects
Events and projects whether small or large, within the town centre, a park or community hall all bring a ‘feelgood’ factor to the town. As well as promoting local businesses, societies, groups, artists and entertainers many events and activities also raise awareness of healthy living, educate and encourage participation from residents of all ages.
Leighton-Linslade Carnival is a community event, held annually. It has run in various forms for over 70 years, attracts a large number of visitors and is organised by a group of volunteers who form the Carnival Committee.
Proceeds from Carnival go to Charities and organisations that provide a benefit to the people of Leighton-Linslade and funding the next year’s Carnival.
Carnival includes the Carnival Queen and Princesses, procession through the town, arena events showcasing local groups, music on the bandstand, stalls from charities, groups and local small businesses, funfair, sideshows and food & drink stands. The main event is held in Parsons Close Recreation Ground in the town centre.
Carnival produces a full colour free programme which is financed by the support of local traders and companies who advertise in it.
To find out more information: http://www.leightoncarnival.moonfruit.com/
May Day Fayre
This popular event is organised by The Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade and has been taking place in Leighton Buzzard for over 20 years.
There is trade, food and charity stalls along the top of the High Street with a funfair at the bottom which extends around into Church Square. Parsons Close is usually full of inflatable slides and bouncy castles for the children plus many more stalls offering everything from a coconut shy to bungee rides. There was something for all the family.
The Leighton Buzzard Oxjam Music Festival is an annual extravaganza of music which takes place in March and raises money for Oxfam. Since 2009 the festival has grown in size and last year (2014) there were 39 different musical events which together raised over £6,500. Further details can be found at: www.oxjamleightonbuzzard.org.uk or on the Oxjam Leighton Buzzard page on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/oxjamleightonbuzzard
Beer Festival, Superheroes Day, Vintage Vehicle Rally
The Narrow Gauge Railway runs a number of events annually to suit a large range of people. 2015 sees events such as a beer festival, super hero’s day to the annual vintage vehicle rally. Please visit the website for full events calendar and details: http://www.buzzrail.co.uk/
The Town Crier
The Town Crier, Peter Hailes, is happy to assist local charities, organisations and community festivals in bringing their events to the notice of residents. The services of the Crier at local functions is non-chargeable unless the event is commercial. There may be a small charge if an event is held outside the town of Leighton-Linslade. To further discuss please get in touch.
The Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish meeting is held each March and is an opportunity to find out more about what your parish council does and to ask any questions of your Councillors.
Leighton-Linslade in Bloom
Leighton-Linslade in Bloom has been in existence for five years and has maintained a silver gilt award in the Anglia in Bloom competition for the past three years. Leighton-Linslade in Bloom is a charitable campaign that aims to create lasting improvements to the local environment for the benefit of local residents, workers and visitors, now and for future generations to enjoy rough Imaginative planting of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping.
Visit the Leighton-Linslade in Bloom page for more information.
Conservation and recycling projects
A whole host of activities that, at any moment in time, might include the following:
• Removal of eyesores such as litter, graffiti and vandalism
• Supporting many local community horticultural projects.
• Improving the environment through diversity and sustainability
• Bringing tourism to the town.
• Making Leighton-Linslade beautiful
• Projects that raise money for charity.
Public Access Defibrillators
Leighton-Linslade Town Council, Leighton-Linslade First Responders, the Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade, LB First, Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Community Heartbeat Trust, have been working together since June last year to raise funds to provide these lifesaving pieces of equipment to the area. As part of the project funding was also received from the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation and Albert Inwards of Leighton Buzzard.
Five units have been purchased and installed across the town in the following locations…
- The Library
- The Multi-story car park
- The Post Office
- Mentmore Pavilion
- Astral Park
See the Defibrillator launch day video below:
If you would like to discuss a community event or project you are involved with please get in touch.