Open Weekend – 28th-31st July 2022

Article contents: What is the Open Weekend? / How will it work? / What kinds of events or activities can be included? / What are the benefits of taking part in Open Weekend? / How can I/my organisation get involved? / Where did this idea come from?

Open Weekend 28th – 31st July – Find out what’s on!

We are pleased to share the list of Open Weekend 2022 events! You can find Open Weekend events, creative workshops, walks, performances and open days all linked to trees and nature on the Visit Buckinghamshire website.

Find the ‘What’s on’ here:

This is where you can find the details for all events.

For everyone who prefers a downloadable file, we also have a short programme version available for download here:

We also have regional versions of the programme for the North and South of the county:

This year, activities are taking place all over the county from Buckingham in the North, to Iver in the South. You might want to join Discover Bucks Museum, Wycombe Museum, Garsington Opera, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire Archives or Milton’s Cottage for their events.  And there are lots of opportunities to discover something new, such as: Storytelling events, backstage tours at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, painting with natural colours, walking tours around cultural content or photo walks, performances of songs to poetry readings – and much more.

Take a look at the Open Weekend What’s On ( ) to find out what’s happening – and try something new this July!

Open Weekend – Evaluation Workshop (online)  – Wed 13th July 11-12.30pm

Speaker Lisa Davenport from Arts & Heritage Consultancy Bright Culture will share best practice on how to evaluate your projects and activities in this 1.5 hour online Zoom session. The workshop will be informal and engaging and aim to give participants a confidence boost in evaluating their projects. The workshop will develop participants understanding of evaluation and how embedding good data collection practice across their organisation can enhance and support their work. It will benefit those who are new to evaluation and provide advice and tools for those with limited resource and capacity.
Bright Culture: Arts & Heritage, People & Places, Stories & Spaces 

Deadline to sign up for this workshop was Friday, 8 July and the registrations have now closed.

Please note that we will ask you to complete short two-minute survey prior to the session and tell us what you need from this workshop, it will help us to provide a more informed and bespoke session which meets the requirements of all participants.

29th JuneOpen Weekend Marketing – Online Info Session

We ran a marketing information session on Wednesday 29th June, 3-5pm for organisers of Open Weekend events/activities.

Megan Williams, Campaigns & Marketing Officer Buckinghamshire Council held an online info session to share best practice on how to market Open Weekend activities and maximise local marketing/promotion activities. The session ended with a Q&A to answer specific questions on how to promote the Open Weekend events successfully.

Open Weekend –2022 submissions opened 25th April!

It is the second time the Open Weekend is taking place and this year it will happen over four days, from 28th-31st July. Organised by Buckinghamshire Culture with the support of Buckinghamshire Council and the Rothschild Foundation, it is an opportunity to showcase the range and breadth of creative events, activities and initiatives taking place in Buckinghamshire. The applications for the micro-grants are now open. We have a limit number of grants that can go towards the events and activities.

Submissions for events/activities were open until the deadline on 1st June. The registrations have now closed.

Is your activity/event eligible for a micro grant?

  • Activity is taking place in Buckinghamshire
  • Activity will be delivered during 28th– 31st July as part of Open Weekend
  • Not-for-profit organisations who want to pay an artist/creative/freelancer to deliver a creative or cultural activity that meets the ‘trees and green’ theme
  • Artists, creatives or freelancers registered as sole traders or businesses delivering an activity for Open Weekend
  • You can apply for grants of up to £250

Applications for the micro-grants had to be submitted by 1st June. The applications are now closed.

Key dates:

  • Open Weekend event and activity submission opens – 25 April 2022
  • Deadline for event and activity submissions – 1 June 2022
  • Deadline for all What’s On information and images – 12 June 2022

All forms and information will be published here in due course.

2022 Theme:

The theme for Open Weekend 2022 is ‘trees and green’ inspired by all the celebratory work and activity taking place for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June. To be part of Open Weekend this year, you will need to come up with a creative or cultural activity that is linked to ‘trees and green’.

You might take inspiration from:

  • A local tree, wood, park or garden – telling stories, delivering creative workshops, outdoor performance, or transforming spaces
  • Stories about trees – encouraging people to think about our landscape heritage, exploring folk tales, sharing stories and memories linked to trees
  • The environment and green agenda – encouraging people to think about re-use, recycling and sustainability
  • The colour green itself – monochrome painting workshops, nature inspired creativity, green objects from collections to base activities around.

What kinds of events or activities can be included?

Face to face « In person « Outdoors « Walks « Trails « Tours « Town Centre or High Street activity « Performances « Music « Online « Live streamed « Recorded « via Social Media « Free « Nominal charge.

The only criteria are that your event must:

  1. Take place in Buckinghamshire (or online but delivered by a group or organisation based in Buckinghamshire)
  2. Include activity that is creative or cultural (including: arts, crafts, heritage, music, performance, dance, cooking, baking, writing, spoken word and poetry)
  3. Align to the theme of trees and green.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information and frequently asked questions, please download the PDF document here:

How will it work?

We will ask interested organisations, groups or individuals to register their event or activity with us, outlining when it will take place and how people take part.  We will compile a programme that contains all of the events and promote/market this through our combined networks and via social media.

We will provide marketing collateral to show each event is part of the Open Weekend.  We will provide a communication toolkit to make it as easy as possible to promote your event and contribute to the cross-promotion of the Open Weekend.

We will ask you to do some light-touch evaluation and feedback numbers of attendees and other data directly to us so that we can collate the overall engagement and impact of the event. 

What is the Open Weekend?

The first ever Open Weekend for Buckinghamshire took place over a long weekend – 22nd-25th July 2021 (in celebration of Buckinghamshire Day). Open Weekend is back for 2022, taking place 28th-31st July.

Open Weekend is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the range and breadth of creativity and culture taking place in Buckinghamshire. 

In 2022, Open Weekend will have theme of ‘green and trees’ – sharing, collecting and celebrating stories of our landscape and green spaces, and inspiring fun creative activity. 

Open Weekend 2021

Headline statistics from 2021:

  • 73 events
  • 51 organisations running events
  • Over 3500 attendances across the 4 days

Overall contributors reported that:

  • They valued being part of a larger initiative
  • Open Weekend allowed them to try something new/different
  • It was good to be part of a county-wide initiative – something bigger than themselves
  • They felt the model was flexible and overall liked the theme of stories
  • Branding, collateral and joint publicity well-received.

What are the benefits of taking part in Open Weekend?

This county-wide initiative will be a celebration of stories and creativity which aims to help you to re-engage with audiences, visitors and customers in the aftermath of lockdown.  As the town centres, high streets, shops, cafes and cultural venues re-open, we want to help you to encourage people back to public spaces and cultural venues. 

We aim to help you to increase footfall and engagement and promote creativity and culture and the benefits it brings for our residents.  By taking part in this co-ordinated event, you will both contribute to, and benefit from, a critical mass of activity and promotion across the county.

Umbrella marketing will include:

Programme of events « Open Weekend web page « Cross-promotion from others taking part « Social media via Buckinghamshire Council and Buckinghamshire Culture channels and supported by participating organisations  « Use of the Open Weekend logo and brand to promote your event and show you are part of the wider initiative « Press releases for Open Weekend to raise awareness « Communications toolkit « Marketing collateral to help promote and identify your event, such as: posters, stickers, balloons…

How can I/my organisation get involved?

Contribute an event or activity to the Open Weekend programme – this could be:

  • An event you are already running that meets the theme.
  • An event you have adapted to meet the theme.
  • An event you have developed and put together specifically for the Open Weekend.

Where did this idea come from?

This idea has come out of discussions about the Buckinghamshire Cultural Strategy, and how we can make creativity and culture in the county more accessible to more people.  We have lots of inspirational cultural organisations running fantastic activities, but we know that not everyone feels comfortable going into them and we want to change that by encouraging people to drop in and have a go.  We want to celebrate the range of creative activities that happen here – showing off what our residents make, bake, create, grow and produce.  So, if you can team up and put on an event, talk, walk etc you can take part too. 

Please note that Buckinghamshire Culture is not endorsing activities included in the Open Weekend programme and each event organiser is responsible for the smooth running of their event.  Buckinghamshire Culture is taking the lead on co-ordinating and promotion activity in partnership with Buckinghamshire Council.