'Shop local' plea

Aylesbury is offering an alternative Christmas experience this year that will have people’s well-being and safety at its heart.

‘Aylesbury Small Businesses Countdown to Christmas’ will be at the centre of this year’s seasonal campaign, encouraging people to visit the town, shop and dine locally.

Christmas-themed activities will fill the streets in town on Thursday 19 November from 12noon-7pm – an opportunity for late-night shopping. The day will include hints and tips on how best to be prepared for Christmas, children’s activities, competitions and more.

An artisan food market will set up on Sunday 29 November on Market Square with live music and entertainment. This will be followed by the national campaign Small Business Saturday on 5 December.

This day will also see the launch of a fun Christmas Safari trail around the town – aimed at keeping children amused while parents shop.

The Christmas Craft & Gift Fair will take place on Market Square on Sunday 6 December, but due to the ongoing pandemic, it will be slightly smaller than on previous occasions. However, there will still be opportunities for people to buy gifts.

On Saturday 19 December – the last Saturday before Christmas Day – an enhanced market with additional stalls located around the town will give people a perfect opportunity to buy last-minute gifts.

Steve Bowles, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Town Centre Regeneration, said: ‘This year, more than ever, it’s essential to support our local businesses. Fortunately, there will be plenty of opportunities to shop and dine locally, while at the same time staying safe and having some festive fun.’

Free parking on certain days and times will be available for visitors to the town centre:

  • Thursdays with effect from 3 December up to and including Thursday 24 December from 3.30pm in Buckinghamshire Council-owned Aylesbury town centre car parks (some exclusions apply).
  • Friars Square is offering free parking from 3.30pm on late night trading. See the Friars Square website for more details.
  • On Sundays, with effect from Sunday 6 December up to and including Sunday 20 December, free parking in Walton Street Car Park.

More information on events and activities in Aylesbury can be found on Visit Aylesbury.