See Waterside burst into life with an abundance of colour and entertainment with the introduction of Aylesbury’s Waterside Festival.

Waterside Festival will be a celebration of Aylesbury’s canal heritage coming together with its new and exciting developments. The event will be packed with a boatload of new features and activities, and will be yet another enjoyable occasion to bring communities together in Aylesbury town centre.

It will be taking place on Saturday 8 September between 11am and 6.30pm in Waterside, the canalside public space surrounded by Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, University Campus Aylesbury Vale, Waitrose, Travelodge and of course, Aylesbury’s town centre canal basin. For its first year, the event will include an extensive continental market of over 30 stalls, a floating market, canal trips with ‘The Little Trip Boat’, water-based activity taster sessions, historical heritage walks through the town centre, arts and crafts, face painting, a pieces-of-eight treasure hunt, food tasters, refreshments and so much more!

Waterside Festival is a new initiative led by Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership.

Lee Duffy, General Manager Aylesbury Waterside Theatre:”We are delighted to be part of the town’s first Waterside Festival. It’s an undiscovered part of Aylesbury which is truly beautiful and deserves to be put in the spotlight. With the line-up of activities planned and goodies that are going to be available to buy at the floating market and on the continental stalls, there is no doubt this will make for a fantastic day out.”

Ian Harper, Chief Executive of University Campus Aylesbury Vale, said:”University Campus Aylesbury Vale was the final phase of construction completing the Waterside basin and we’re now proud and excited to provide a great backdrop to this eagerly-anticipated community event.

“Students and staff enjoy our location in one of Aylesbury’s most picturesque settings and we’re looking ahead to contributing further to the area’s vibrancy, welcoming more students and providing start-up spaces for small businesses.”

A spokesperson for Roving Canal Traders Association commented:”The RCTA is extremely happy to have been asked to organise a Floating Market to be part of Aylesbury’s canal event, Waterside Festival.

“As modern day trading boats have become more popular, the RCTA’s floating markets have continued to grow from strength to strength. Our members are varied, vibrant and immensely talented. We have artists, photographers, knitters, sewists, bag makers, cake makers, wood crafters, leather crafters, jewellery makers, vintage clothes traders, herb boats, beer boats and lots more at many of our events.”

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