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Celebrating creativity, culture and stories

Celebrate creativity, culture and stories this July with the launch of Buckinghamshire’s first ever Open Weekend

The new co-ordinated event, which will take place between 22-25 July, is organised by Buckinghamshire Culture in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council and includes activities being run by Waddesdon Manor, Buckingham Town Council, High Wycombe Bid Co (HWBIDCo) and many others.  The four-day event will see a host of creative and cultural activities taking place across the entire county, from Stowe to Marlow. 

There are currently over 70 activities taking place, with many others expected to be added over the coming weeks. From literary walks and storytelling festivals to textiles and dyeing workshops – visitors can find out what’s happening by visiting the Buckinghamshire Cultural website.

In addition to the events on offer, a Story Stall will also be visiting various locations throughout the Open Weekend – so come along to Discover Bucks Museum (22nd July), Bourne End Library (23rd July), Story Telling Festival on Frogmoor (24th July) or Chiltern Open Air Museum (25th July) to share your stories with a selection of friendly artists.  There will also be a series of FREE downloadable story-themed activities available on the website as part of the Summer of Stories Story Pack.

Bill Morris, Buckinghamshire Culture Co-Chair said: “It is fantastic to see so many creative activities taking place for Open Weekend!  We are really excited about the stories that people of all ages and background might share as part of the Open Weekend.’’ Adding This feels like a great opportunity to welcome people back to our town centres and cultural venues after lockdown.”

Clive Harriss, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure added: “This really is a wonderful way to showcase the creative and cultural activity taking place across the county, in museums, libraries and other venues and spaces. I’d encourage people of all ages to take a look at what’s on during the Open Weekend and to participate in some of the available activities. I’m sure it’s going to be a weekend that is fun for everyone.”

Many events are free and many are aimed at children and families – making Open Weekend a great choice for those seeking summer holiday entertainment. 

For any groups or organisations still interested in contributing an event, there is still time – head over to the website to find the registration form

This programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and funding from Buckinghamshire Council, Heart of Bucks and Rothschild Foundation. 

For more information about Open Weekend follow Bucks Culture on Twitter and Instagram

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