Come along to Buckinghamshire Open Weekend 28 to 31 July – first list of activities announced!

The event aims to showcase the breadth of creative and cultural venues and things you can do across the county. We can now share more details of what’s happening, from creative workshops to walks, performances and open days all linked to this year’s topic of ‘trees and green.’

This subject has inspired institutions, groups and individual artists to register their events as part of our collective celebration. Activities are taking place across the county. You might want to join Discover Bucks Museum, Wycombe Museum, Garsington Opera, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire Archives or Milton’s Cottage for their events. And there are lots of opportunities to discover something new, such as: Storytelling events, backstage tours at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, painting with natural colours, walking tours around cultural content or photo walks, performances of songs to poetry readings – and much more. The full What’s On Guide and event list can be viewed on the Visit Buckinghamshire website.

Julius Weinberg, Buckinghamshire Culture Co-Chair said: “We would like to thank all those who have come forward with such interesting and varied projects. We are very proud of the wide range of activities there are to shout about this year. This shows the success of this county-wide concept and how Bucks organisations and individuals value being part of something bigger than themselves!“

Clive Harriss, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, added: “The quality of projects Buckinghamshire Culture received is really outstanding and it is great to see how the theme of ‘trees and green’ has been interpreted so creatively! Open Weekend will be full of things to do for families, but also for everyone else who wants to experience something exciting in Buckinghamshire.”

This is the second ‘Open Weekend’ event in Buckinghamshire, taking place over four days from 28 to 31 July. This year’s topic of ‘trees and green’ was originally inspired by the Platinum Jubilee 2022 ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’ project. It will encourage people to engage creatively with nature, trees, green spaces, landscape, and their heritage. Activities are inspired by, or take place near, local trees, in woodland, parkland and other green spaces. Combining cultural activities with being outside also gives this year’s Open Weekend activities the potential for particular benefit for residents’ health and wellbeing. Organised by Buckinghamshire Culture with the support of Buckinghamshire Council and Visit Buckinghamshire, it will be a celebration of all things creative and cultural that Buckinghamshire has to offer.

This programme is supported through funding from Buckinghamshire Council and the Rothschild Foundation.