Events & Festivals
Events and Festivals – bringing vibrancy to Leamington
Events and festivals in Leamington drive footfall to the town bringing benefit to the businesses and helping to make the town an interesting place to live, visit and work.
The annual Food Festival, now in it’s 14th year, and the Lantern Parade for 12 years have been making memories for families attracting people into the town. Bespoke events are regularly created by BID Leamington to celebrate specific occasions such as the Jubilee Tea Party in 2012 and the Right Royal Picnic in 2022.
Our BID members are helped to maximise the opportunities that events and festivals bring, through advertising and offers in goody bags or a free stall at the Food Festival. Maps and local guides are distributed featuring businesses and local offers books.
BID Leamington also supports local third party events and business activities. This can be through promotion on our extensive social media platforms, assistance with licensing, event management plan, volunteer recruitment and health and safety etc. These events include annual events with partners such as Cars at the Spa, Art in the Park and EcoFest.
Key Project Areas
We deliver a number of very popular annual events that attract thousands of people, as follows:
- Leamington Food Festival
- Leamington Lantern Parade
- Christmas Events e.g. Elf Workshop, Elf Hunt, Late Night Shopping entertainment
- Halloween, Easter and School Holiday entertainment
We also devise bespoke events throughout the year to attract visitors and enhance the experience:
- Right Royal Picnic 2022
- Student Lock-in 2011-2017
- Bepuzzled High Street Safari 2021
- Mystery of the Star Eaters 2017
- RHS Chelsea Homecoming 2015
- Jubilee Tea Party 2012
- Leamington Live 2010 & 2011
- Independents Day 2013 & 2009
Supporting Other Events
Leamington is fortunate to have many other local people and groups who deliver events. Each summer we are pleased to promote them collectively as part of our ‘Summer of Fun’ advertising and support the organisation, promotion, volunteer recruitment and delivery of these events in various ways. We also encourage local event organisers to use the services of and/or support local businesses. We provide helpful contacts and connections, and where possible, look for the opportunity to distribute maps, guides, goody bags and literature promoting BID member businesses at these events.
Some examples include:
- Art in the Park
- Cars at the Spa
- Warwickshire Pride
- The Peace Festival
- Leamington Photo Festival
- Leamington Eco Festival
- The Japan Festival
- The Good Times Festival
- Open Art Festival (OAF)
- Leamington Late Night Cinema
- The Covent Garden Quarter Eco Market
If you are a local events organiser, or have an event idea and would like some advice, please get in touch.
Projects from BID Leamington
The BID team is here to keep you posted with all things that we’ve been doing. Below are some of the projects that we’ve recently been working on. If you have a project that you would like help delivering please contact us.
Enjoy Our Showreels
Leamington Food & Drink Festival 2014
The Leamington Food & Drink Festival is a firm favourite in the town’s culinary calendar. It attracts thousands of visitors from far and wide and provides an opportunity for us to showcase local eateries. BID member businesses receive free or significantly discounted space. For details please see www.leamingtonfoodfestival.co.uk.
Leamington Lantern Parade 2019
Our Leamington Lantern Parade has been delighting families and visitors in Royal Leamington Spa town centre since 2010. We run lantern making workshops with families throughout November and the parade is early December. Thanks to John Davies from Blackfire Films for making this film. Find our more at www.leamingtonlanternparade.co.uk