Programme of Events
In the High Street
9.30 Heath Band
10.00 Opening Ceremony
10.05 Heath Band continues
10.30 Maypole Dance (Pulfords School)
11.00 Stackyard Stompers Jazz Band
11.50 Leighton Buzzard Rock ‘n’ Roll
12.30 Pop ya Collar (Street Dance)
13.00 Secklow Brass Band
14.00 Zumba Kids
14.30 Leanne Hughes Theatre School
15.15 Tai Chi
In the Recreation Ground
11.00 Grafton District Scout Band
11.30 The Mighty Smith (Strong Man)
12.00 BMX Stunt Bikes
12.30 ATC Demonstration
13.00 The Mighty Smith (Strong Man)
13.30 BMX Stunt Bikes
14.00 Naval Cadet Corps Demonstration
14.30 Grafton District Scout Band
15.00 BMX Stunt Bikes
15.30 Fire Cadets Demonstration
On the day keep an eye
open for the Dakota FlyPast,
Phileas Fogg, Zoot,
Balloonatics, Revellers Steel
The Rotarians BBQ.
Visit the Leighton Buzz Radio stand for free
Cafe In the Park Open Ahead of May Fayre
‘Café in the Park’, is an exciting project that will bring the community together at a new café facility in Parson’s Close Recreation Ground, at the very heart of Leighton Buzzard.
As well as the café providing freshly-prepared and healthy home-cooked food and Fairtrade beverages at reasonable prices, Community Action Bedfordshire’s staff will be at the cafe providing information on local services, community groups and organisations. They will also share opportunities for all residents to get more involved in their local community, to become part of new local networks, or get involved in park activities. The café will provide free Wi-Fi and also a ‘Chatter and Natter Table’ that will offer a space for people to talk: whether it’s for five minutes while they drink a brew, or an hour of good conversation.
The project has been led by Community Action Bedfordshire, who have contributed £10,167 towards the project funding, together with £113,000 from Central Bedfordshire Council’s Developer Contributions Fund and £7,673 from Leighton-Linslade Town Council who have also provided the facility. The Developer Contributions Fund is money that is agreed between Central Bedfordshire Council and housing developers for investment in local community facilities.
Central Bedfordshire Council’s funding has been used to equip and update the existing kiosk building and provide a canopy at the front. Leighton-Linslade Town Council have funded a storage area to the side of the building and additional tables for the outside seating area, where visitors will be able to sit and relax whilst enjoying quality home-cooked food from the café.
Speaking about the forthcoming opening, Andrew Davie, Assistant Director of Development Infrastructure at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We want Café in the Park to be a community meeting place for new and existing residents, where they can eat healthy and home-cooked refreshments. They’ll be able to sit and relax in the alfresco seating area and share the space within the park with friends and family and others in this lovely open-air setting.”
Mark Saccoccio, Town Clerk of Leighton-Linslade Town Council, added that “The café will also help realise a long-held aspiration of the town council to provide a quality facility within our premier park, which attracts over 500,000 visitors a year”.
The café location is ideal for commuters and children on their way through the park to work or school; residents enjoying the Town Council’s popular Splash ‘n’ Play, beach and playground; as well as the many visitors to the park events, such as the May Day Fayre, the Carnival and Music in the Park.
Café in the Park will open from 8.00am – 6.00pm daily. To find out more, to keep up to date with what’s happening, or to volunteer at Café in the Park, follow @cafeintheparklb on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.