High Wycombe gears up for an action packed final few months of the year, as the town centre welcomes a host of socially-distanced activations right up until Christmas!…
As we wave goodbye to a sunny Summer, the end of this crazy year is in sight…but we’ve been busy making plans for the town centre, to celebrate this Autumn & Winter in the best way possible – right up until Christmas!
With social-distancing at the forefront of everyone’s minds, this year’s activities will look a little different, but there’s still plenty of fun and ‘days out’ for all the family to enjoy.
September will see the first activations with the ‘ShowBus Flyby’ – the World’s Biggest Bus Parade coming to High Wycombe High Street on Sunday 27th September from 10am – 3pm.
Sunday 27th September will also mark the launch of ‘FiveFest’ – a two-week campaign (27th September – 11th October) with shops & restaurants across the town centre promoting special deals & services for just a ‘fiver’. Participating retailers will be displaying a poster in their windows, plus keep an eye out on HWBIDCo social media for extra special promotions.
As the spooky Halloween season approaches, the town centre will host a series of ‘Halloween Walks’ with a professional ghost-hunter leading the way, to unearth the ghoulish past of High Wycombe. Taking place on Sunday 25th October & Saturday 31st October at 12noon, 2pm & 4pm, the 45minute family-friendly tours will take participants through some of town’s grizzly past. Will you spot Brother Gilbert, the famed historical hospital ghost or perhaps you’ll feel a presence in one of the All Saints graveyard hot spots? Tickets are FREE through Eventbrite & must be pre-booked in advance. Get your ticket here.
Eden Shopping Centre is hosting ‘spook-tacular’ family-friendly pumpkin trail between Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, November 1. The trail will begin at Eden’s Famous Faces Pumpkin Patch. Little ghosts and ghouls can follow the Covid-safe Halloween trail around Eden Centre to locate answers to cinematic clues and be in with the chance of winning a family meal at Nando’s. More info on the trail can be found here.
There’s a feast for foodies on Sunday 8th November, as the ‘Vegan Market’ returns to High Wycombe once more, with 30+ specialist stalls from the across the UK, showcasing a huge array of healthy eats, artisan savouries, sweet bakes, craft cheeses, handmade cosmetics & ethical clothing.
With Christmas well on the way, the activity will start to display a more festive flair. High Wycombe’s traditional ‘Light Switch On’ Event will be suspended this year in favour of an immersive ‘Lights Experience’ installed and ‘lit up’ around the town centre from Thursday 26th November. Buildings in Frogmoor, Desborough Road & the High Street will be bathed in festive hues, and projected scenes & enchanting dancing lights will be scattered throughout the town. The ‘Lights Experience’ can be enjoyed every evening until Christmas.
Get crafty this Christmas with Wycombe Art Centre at their Christmas Art & Craft Fair. The COVID-secure event will take place on Saturday 14th and Sun 15th November! Enjoy over 30 craft stalls in a safe and friendly environment. More details on the event, as well as a full list of stallholders, can be found on the website.
Festive film buffs will also be in for a huge treat with a GIANT LED CINEMA SCREEN popping up in Frogmoor from Thursday 17th to Wednesday 23rd December. The ‘Festive Film Club’ will be screening two Christmas classics each day at 12noon & 2pm, featuring all the greats including Elf, Polar Express, Home Alone & more. Screenings will be FREE to attend for all and seating will be available – so grab a fluffy blanket and join in for some festive family fun.
Finally, on Saturday 19th December, the Guildhall will play host to a special ‘Spin & Win – Festive Wheel of Fortune’ from 11am – 4pm, with shoppers trying their luck to win Christmas goodies galore. Simply show a receipt obtained from a town centre shop or restaurant that day, and take a spin – every player is a guaranteed winner, but will you hit the festive jackpot?
Chief Executive of HWBIDCo, Melanie Williams, is excited for the coming months. “We’ve put huge consideration into our calendar for the remainder of 2020, balancing the need for social distancing with engaging and exciting activations. Whilst it’s been a tough year for everyone, we want to continue celebrating High Wycombe – from roadshow tours, pop up markets and even a giant outdoor cinema this Christmas, there’s so much going on – we’re excited to welcome the community into the heart of the town centre this Autumn & Winter.”
Steve Bowles, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Town Centre Regeneration, said: “I’m very pleased that, despite the coronavirus pandemic, residents and visitors to High Wycombe will still be able to enjoy a range of activities and events over the next few months. From Ghost Walks to a Vegan Market to the Lights Experience, there’s definitely something for everyone.”
For more information on town centre events and activities sign-up for our newsletter