PICTURE SPECIAL: Fun by the Waterside at new festival

Aylesbury's first ever Waterside festival took place on Saturday September 8 and proved a great celebration of the town's canal heritage.
General view of the Aylesbury Waterside FestivalGeneral view of the Aylesbury Waterside Festival
General view of the Aylesbury Waterside Festival

Activities on offer included the chance to try various water-based activities included kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and fishing.

Land-based activities included a treasure hunt, a floating market, live entertainment and food stalls to browse and sample.

Aylesbury's Waterside Festival - a wood crafter in actionAylesbury's Waterside Festival - a wood crafter in action
Aylesbury's Waterside Festival - a wood crafter in action

Aylesbury town centre manager Di Fawcett said: “We’re delighted with the number of people who attended this new festival and the positive feedback received on the day.

“A big thank you must go out to everyone involved in the planning of this festival.”

Lucy Dowson, Visit Buckinghamshire’s tourism development manager added: “Visit Buckinghamshire was very excited to be part of the inaugural Waterside Festival.

“The event was a great success with so much for visitors to see and do.

Aylesbury's Waterside Festival - participants try out canoeingAylesbury's Waterside Festival - participants try out canoeing
Aylesbury's Waterside Festival - participants try out canoeing

“It was also a great opportunity to discover the Aylesbury Basin, a beautiful, undiscovered area that hopefully has now been put in the spotlight.

“A big thank you to Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership and local businesses who did an amazing job of bringing the community together for a fantastic day out.

“I do hope this event becomes an annual one.”