Olney Special Events

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013 in Stuff to Do | Comments Off

Olney Special Events

While every Shrove Tuesday is the annual Olney Pancake race, the food-carrying foot competition is not the only holiday affair in the Town. There are also the Cherry Fair in spring and the Dickens of a Christmas celebration in the winter.

The Cherry Fair occurs every year during the summer and is entirely a local volunteer event administered and managed by the St Peter & St Paul’s Church. Always scheduled on the last Saturday of the month of June, the event consists of a village fete along with food and celebration. The next day there is a following floating duck race, dubbed aptly the “Duck Race.” A multitude of rubber ducks are dumped from the bridge on one end of town to float down the river until reaching the main bridge. The first rubber duck to cross wins the prize. Then there is a town raft race which puts to the test some of the residents’ creativity on a floating device.



In the winter holiday season the Dickens of a Christmas event is put on by the Olney Town Council. This includes art vendor stalls, indoor and outdoor entertainment, and everyone dressed in a Dickensian-style costume to give the town a feel of old, old England at Christmas. Many visit the event from the surrounding region and even further across the U.K. Attending the even can almost feel a bit like walking into Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Story, coming to life.