What's On in Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard diary. Festivals in Leighton Buzzard, concerts in Leighton Buzzard and great family days out and events in Leighton Buzzard and Linslade



Picnic in the Park - Parsons Close, Leighton Buzzard

Wednesday 21 June 2017 10am-2pm

Bring the kids to Picnic in the Park for a great fun filled family day out aimed at 1 to 5 year olds.

There will be shopping stalls, craft and activity stalls, an entertainment stage, hot drinks, snacks and ice cream, soft play area and more. Parsons Close is a 'Green Flag' park and has a great play area, splash park and 'beach'.


Proms in the Park - Summer Band Concerts in Leighton Buzzard

Sundays from June to September

There are free concerts in the park held at the bandstand in Parson's Close Recreation Ground in the centre of Leighton Buzzard on many Sundays throughout the summer. They begin in June and continue throughout the summer until September. The concerts feature top brass and silver bands from the surrounding counties.

View 2017 programme here


Leighton Tea Dances

Wednesday 21 June 2017 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 26 July 2017 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 23 August 2017 2pm to 4pm

If you like dancing, making friends, listening to music and a spot of tea then why come along to a Wednesday tea dance at Leighton Library Theatre. This is your opportunity to waltz, tango, cha cha cha and quickstep. You will be entertained with a wide range of music and will receive complimentary tea or coffee and biscuits which will be served throughout the dance. If you are a bit rusty or if you haven’t danced before, no need to worry as there will be a workshop so you can learn all of the right moves. The Tea Dances are organised by Central Bedfordshire Council. For more information contact Loren Barnard via email loren.barnard@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 5125.

Doors open at 1.15pm. Admission is £3 - Telephone 0300 300 8125, call in to the box office or book online


Vintage Vehicles Rally

Sunday 25 June 2017

Leighton Buzzard Railway present their popular annual Vintage Vehicles Rally at Pages Park off Billington Road. There will be a large range of vintage and classic cars, commercial, military and other service vehicles on display.


Dream On - Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre

Friday 30 June 2017 6.00pm

Fantastic musical adaptation of Midsummer Night's Dream- made even more fun for young performers by Craig Hawes in association with Musicline. With fairies fun comedy Shakespeare song dance

Venue: Leighton Buzzard Theatre. Telephone 0300 300 8125, call in to the box office or book online


Barnstormers Stand-up Comedy - Leighton Buzzard Theatre

Saturday 1 July 2017 8pm

Barnstormers Comedy is one of the leading promoters of stand-up comedy with 15 comedy clubs in theatres and arts centres across the Midlands and South. Each month their compere introduces three different top acts from the London circuit, usually Comedy Store regulars. Because of the bawdy nature of the shows they not may suitable for those of a sensitive nature. And over 18s only please unless accompanied by a responsible person.

Advance tickets £10. Telephone 0300 300 8125, call in to the box office or book online


Meet Paddington Bear - Leighton Buzzard Railway

Sunday 2 July 2017

Paddington Bear is visiting the Leighton Buzzard Railway at Stonehenge Works – ride on a steam train to meet him.  The railway will also be running non-stop, double-headed 7-coach trains. This means they will not be stopping at level crossings and will have two locos on each train instead of one and trains will be double the normal length.

The train trip takes 90 minutes, including 50 minutes at Stonehenge Works where, as well as Paddington, there is the Stonehenge Trail covering static engines and wagons, including a sand train as it would have run on the railway from the 1920s to 1970s. There is a steam loco called “Penlee” where children can climb in the cab and pretend to be the engine driver. There is also a bomb train from an RAF ammunition depot, and a logging train, as well as displays about sand quarrying and military railways. 

A special timetable will operate full details here


Leighton Buzzard Linslade Carnival

Saturday 8 July 2017

The procession of floats through the town will leave Cedars School in Mentmore Road at about 12 noon then follow the route: Mentmore Road, Wing Road, Leighton Road, West Street, Leston Road, Hockliffe Street, Hockliffe Road, Brooklands Drive, Brooklands Avenue, Stanbridge Road, Lake Street, Grove Road, Parsons Close Recreation Ground. After the procession, the carnival floats will assemble in Parsons Close Recreation Ground where there will be an arena for events plus fairground rides, trade stalls, community stalls, displays, food and much more.

This is a great family day, the kids can watch the float procession try the fairground rides meet friends and neighbours. This is also a great fundraising day helping support local charities.

Watch videos of previous Carnivals


Steel Magnolias - Leighton Buzzard Drama Group

Friday 7 July 2017 8.00pm
Saturday 8 July 2017 8.00pm
Friday 14 July 2017 8.00pm
Saturday 15 July 2017 8.00pm

Coming to the Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre in July 2017 is LBDG’s production of ’Steel Magnolias’. This well-known play, based on the film with Sally Fields and Julia Roberts, tells the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together in Truvie’s beauty parlour. Filled with humour and heartbreak, this production will make you laugh and cry as the realities of their lives in tiny parish of Louisiana unfolds.

Telephone 0300 300 8125, call in to the box office or book online


Leighton Buzzard Linslade Canal Festival

Saturday 29 July 2017 11am-5pm

The biggest event in the Leighton Buzzard calendar. Set along the canal and in the beautiful Tiddenfoot Waterside Park in Linslade this popular day out attracts thousands of visitors every year. Amble along the canal towpath and take a look at the many boats that arrive for the event. Keep a look out for boats selling traditional crafts, artwork, cheeses and of course the Sweet Boat. There will be a large selection of stalls selling all types of crafts from ceramics and jewellery to hand turned wood items. There will be demonstrations of traditional rural crafts and a selection of food and drink stalls. Live music and entertainers, food vendors, narrowboats and much more.

Watch video of previous Canal Festival


Retroplay - Movie, Gaming & Comic Festival, Leighton Buzzard

Sunday 10 September 2017 10am - 5pm

This spectacular Movie / TV, Gaming and Comic Book themed family fun day will immerse visitors in a world of silver screen fantasy. Interact with an incredible collection of iconic replica vehicles, from Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1, Back to the Future Delorean and Lightning McQueen. Meet and greet your favourite superheroes and legendary movie characters and even a T-Rex!

There will have a range of attractions for all the family, TV and film props as well as stalls selling all kinds of toys, collectibles, comics and more. There will be competitions, special guests and a Retro-Gaming area with a range of retro consoles and games. This fantastic event will be raising funds for local charity, Autism Bedfordshire.

Venue: Brooklands Middle School, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3PF. Visit festival website for more information.


Sand & Motorcycles Day

Sunday 28 September 2017

The Leighton Buzzard Railways' annual bike show 'Sand & Motorcycles' will be held in Pages Park Leighton Buzzard on Sunday 28th September 2012. Fascinating range of motorcycles, vintage and contempory will be on display, the criteria is "anything that can be legally ridden with a motorcycle licence" so be ready for anything. There will also be trade and club stands and live music.

See video of previous 'Sand & Motorcycle' day here


Movies for the More Mature (MMM)

Wednesday afternoons

If you are a resident of Leighton Buzzard or Linslade why not join the Leighton Buzzard Over 55's Film Club. This is a great opportunity to see a film at a great price - all tickets are just £2.60 which includes refreshments. These can be purchased in advance from Leighton Buzzard Theatre box office. Membership forms are available from the Town Council at the White House in Hockliffe Street or call the Events Team on 01525 631920. Please bring some ID with you when joining. Films are shown at the Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre on Wednesday afternoons.