Open Weekend – celebrating creativity, culture and stories
The first ever Bucks Open Weekend includes over 70 events and activities so far!
Open Weekend is a new co-ordinated event taking place 22-25 July and organised by Buckinghamshire Culture in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council. This celebration of creativity, culture and stories includes activities being run by Waddesdon Manor, Buckingham Town Council, High Wycombe Bid Co and many others. And events are taking place across the county, from Stowe to Marlow. There are lots of opportunities to get involved and do something fun or creative!
Take a look at the Open Weekend What’s On (www.buckinghamshireculture.org/Open-Weekend-Whats-On) to find out what’s happening – and try something new this July. It could be a literary walk, a textiles workshop, a dyeing workshop, or a story telling event.
Our Story Stall will also be visiting various locations during 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 our friendly artists. If you want to stay home, our artists are each designing a story-themed activity, all downloadable as part of our 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 our website to find the registration form: www.buckinghamshireculture.org/Open-Weekend
This programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and funding from Buckinghamshire Council, Heart of Bucks and Rothschild Foundation.
Look out for Open Weekend updates on our website: www.buckinghamshireculture.org / Twitter: @BucksCulture / Instagram: @Bucks_Culture. We’ll be using the #BucksOpenWeekend for Open Weekend content and #SummerOfStories for Story Project content.