Civic Day June 17th (2017)

Civic Day is a national celebration of civic pride. It is a day when communities across the country say "we care about where we live".

In 2009 the Yorkshire Association of Civic Societies launched Civic Society Week, an annual event that encouraged civic societies to celebrate where they live. In 2011, fully supportive of this initiative, Civic Voice organised the first ever national Civic Day. Last year it was held on June 18th 2016 and it  turned out to be a great success. You can see all the stories and pictures from Civic Day 2016 below. Civic Day is a unique opportunity to stimulate new interest and generate a renewed sense of civic pride for communities across the country. See below some of the events which civic societies and community groups across the country have organised for this year's Civic Day.  It has been announced that Civic Day 2017 will be held on Saturday 17th June. Get your plans into .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) now and we will publicise them for you. 

Civic Day 2016 events

Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society 

To mark Civic Day 2016 a free Guide to Bowdon Parish Church and the Surrounding Area will be published on 21st June at the induction of the new vicar. The booklet describes the significant features of the church and also highlights notable historic buildings and residents of the surrounding streets. A map depicts the historic pathways of the area. It is one of several projects undertaken by Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund in order to explore, celebrate and share our area’s rich heritage.

Bedford Park Society

Bedford Park Festival will be held from Friday10th June to Sunday 26th June 2016 in the world's first garden suburb in Chiswick/Acton, London.

Blandford Civic Society

As part of National Civic Day, Blandford Civic Society is holding a celebration of the town and the work being done by groups and individuals to preserve its heritage. More here.

Blackpool Civic Trust

A week's worth of activities to celebrate civic pride in Blackpool with the Blackpool Civic Trust Blackpool Civic Week - 12th to 18th June 2016

The Buckingham Society

John Bercow MP is set to hand out the Good Citizen of the Year Award to a local civic champion.  More here.

Buntingford Civic Society

Don't forget there are two special events coming up very soon - Sunday 12th June will see the Queen's 90th Birthday street party celebrations and the following Saturday, 18th June, is the Buntingford Carnival. Both are 'not to be missed' events.

Buxton Civic Association

Buxton Civic Association will be holding an open exhibition to showcase our ‘places and spaces’ project. We will have to hold this on 16th June at Poole’s Cavern visitor centre, and will take a smaller version of the exhibition into Buxton on 18th June. This comes as part of the celebrations for the Buxton Civic Association reaching it's 50th anniversary. 

Cheltenham Civic Society

Visit the Cheltenham Civic Society website for latest information on their contribution to Civic Day here.

City of Rochester Society

As part of the City of Rochester Society’s Civic Day celebrations, families are invited to enjoy free bridge building activities at the Guildhall Museum, provided by the Rochester Bridge Trust. More here

Cockermouth Civic Trust

On Civic Day itself we are organising & leading a tour round Cockermouth Castle, which isn't normally open to the public. On the following weekend, to coincide with Cockermouth Live Festival, we are leading a further 3 tours round the castle.. These tours are always sellouts and are good publicity for the Civic Trust.

Corsham Civic Society

Corsham will be celebrating the whole weekend with Corsham Walking Festival. More here.

Coventry Society

For 2016 the Coventry Society are organising a guided tour around the public art in Coventry City Centre. During the walk they will engage the public in the value of the public art works and will consider  which works of art should be submitted to Historic England for listed status. More here.

Dunbar Civic Week

A week of civic celebrations in Dunbar More here.

Durweston Parish Council 

Durweston and Bryanston Church fete, Durweston House, 2.30 to 4.30pm, stalls, children’s games, country dancing, Bryanston School Band, cream teas. More here.

Ealing Civic Society

In collaboration with the University of West London, Ealing Civic Society have arranged guided tours of the St Mary’s Road, Ealing campus. Student ambassadors will take visitors round the newly updated and extended site, completed only last year.

Epsom Civic Society 

Woodland Trust have announced an opportunity to find out more about their proposed planning application for Langley Vale Centenary Wood, near Epsom. Find out more here.

Finchley Society

Ever since 1911 the “Statue of Peace” has stood in Friary Park in Friern Barnet, N London. It is dedicated to King Edward VII but very few people either knew what the statue was, what it stood for or anything about it because there was no plaque or information board.

The Finchley Society has been erecting plaques at local features for a couple of years so that residents and visitors can better understand the heritage of the area. On Saturday 18th June, Civic Day, Councillor David Longstaff, the Mayor of Barnet, will be unveiling the latest plaque in Friary park beside the statue.

The plaque gives details of Joseph Durham, the well-known Victorian sculptor, of the part played by Sydney Simmons, whose generous donation led to the creation of the park and explains the tragic event on 7 th May 1910 that was the inspiration for the statue. In addition to Barnet’s Mayor, many local residents, groups and councillors will gather at 11.30 am to join in and witness the event.

Formby Civic Society

Formby Civic Society will be holding an exhibition on Civic Day to highlight the condition of the present day area, how well it has been protected and what can be done to preserve its character and its historic value. More here in the Southport News.

Goole Civic Society

Goole Civic Day Big Quiz & Treasure Hunt – The Goole Times are running the feature on the 16th June and the Society will be holding a stall to advertise the quiz and treasurer hunt on Civic Day in Goole Precinct.

Grantham Civic Society

Grantham Civic Society are set to host an information stall and book stall in the Isaac Newton Shopping Centre in Grantham. More here.

Hale Civic Society

Hale Civic Society are organising a great litter pick to promote civic pride in their area as part of the Civic Day celebrations.

Hartford Civic Society

A circular walk around the village on Friday 17th June 2016 around the village to learn about the local area. More here

Hunstanton Civic Society

Hunstanton is in the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan and are holding a Public Presentation / Participation Day on Saturday 18 June from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm in the Community Centre to gauge the community's thoughts on the plan. This is part of the wider national neighbourhood plan awareness campaign. 

Ilkley Civic Society

Past, present and future members and guests are meeting for a heritage walk followed by a celebratory tea on the afternoon of 16 th June 2016. This comes as part of the celebrations for Ilkley Civic Society reaching it's 50th anniversary. 

The Isleworth Society

As the society’s contribution to Civic Day, to celebrate completion of the renovation of a local memorial, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the memorial, overseen by Hounslow’s Mayor and the Society’s Vice President, followed by refreshments at a nearby hostelry for invited guests. This will take place Wednesday 29th June.

The Isle of Wight Society

Isle of Wight County Press editor Alan Marriott will be speaking about the campaign at the Riverside Centre, Newport, at an event hosted by the Isle of Wight Society. Entitled The Financial Future of the Isle of Wight, it will be a chance for people to find out more about the budget crisis facing the Isle of Wight Council and its impact on town and parish councils, businesses and services, such as health and housing.

More here in the Isle of Wight County Press


IHBC North West Branch Regional Meeting. More here.

Kettering Civic Society

On the evening of 17th June, Kettering Civic Society are holding a fundraising dinner to help bring the Kettering Mosaic back to the town! Read here.

Lamorbey and Sidcup Local History Society and Bexley Civic Society

Lamorbey and Sidcup Local History Society are organising a living history event in Sidcup called Sidcup’s Great War Pageant. It will be held on Saturday 18th June 2016 10am-4pm and its purpose is to commemorate life on the Home Front in Sidcup during WW1.

Lancaster Civic Society

Lancaster Civic Society are hosting their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15th June, at 7.30 pm and have invited Guest speaker, Mark Cassidy to deliver a speech.

Leeds Civic Trust

Leeds Civic Trust has lots of events planned for Civic Day including; Talk on the latest plans for Leeds, photo archive of Leeds and the amazing Leeds time machine which will allow the public to have a sneak peak at what Leeds 2066 might look like.

Lichfield Civic Society

Lichfield Civic Society are hosting a BBQ, Garden Games and Sing Along around the camp fire event as part of their Civic Day celebrations. Celebrate all that has beenaccomplished by the society and take some time to enjoy the simple things in life!

Littlehampton Civic Society

We will have an exhibition stand at the Littlehampton Community Day. More here.

Long Eaton Civic Society

Saturday 18th June 10am til 1pm - Romarantin Fountain fun day. A fun day to help launch the project to turn our local landmark which has been in a state of disrepair for a decade into a community garden.
Long Eaton Civic Society in collaboration with East Midlands Homes Housing Association. 

Maidenhead Civic Society

Maidenhead Civic Society will be launching their art competition Maidenhead and Me for the third year. This time they are asking artists to show “why they love Maidenhead” in the medium of their choice – painting, drawing or photography.  It's a good example of community collaboration. We're using a "pop-up" shop in the town's shopping centre which the Rotary have taken over to promote an initiative called Friends of Maidenhead. The aim is to encourage public interest, support and engagement in the town's regeneration programme, in which the Civic Society is a key player. More here.

Malvern Civic Society

Malvern Civic Society are set to host a whole week of events for their Civic Day celebrations. Starting onSaturday 25th June, they will be hosting the week full of activities for the Malvern community to get involved with including, walks, tours and talks. It is set to be a carnival atmosphere all week in Malvern! Read more here.

Merseyside Civic Society

Merseyside Civic Society are hosting their State of the City for the third year running. They want to bring people from throughout the region together for informal conversations about the state of their environment, exploring opportunities for individuals, communities and organisations to work together to intiate change in the area. More here

Mitcham Cricket Green

Mitcham Cricket Green are celebrating Civic Day 2016 with a guided “3.8 million pound walk” around The Canons. Starting from outside Mitcham’s historic cricket pavilion at 10am on Saturday 18th June the walk will explore the grounds of The Canons. More here. 

North Lincolnshire Council

The best kept garden in North Lincolnshire. More here.

Oswestry and District Civic Society

On Civic Day the society in co-operation with Oswestry Town Council and the Advertizer Newspaper will be mounting an exhibition in the Central car park in Oswestry showing many of the ways in which individuals can reduce their carbon emissions.

Oxton Society - Secret Gardens

On Sunday June 19th, over 20 gardens will reveal their Summer delights to raise cash for cancer sufferers, youth work and mother and child victims of violence and abuse on the Wirral. Organised by the Oxton Society, the Secret Garden scheme took root in 2001 with just a handful gardens raising around £2,3,00 for Arrow Park Hospital ‘s Scanner appeal. Since that first tentative event, a remarkable £264,000 has been raised for local charity partners and over 46,000 people have discovered Oxton's garden secrets. Read more here

Potteries Heritage Society

Potteries Heritage Society will be celebrating Civic Day and their 30th Anniversary as Stoke-on-Trent’s civic society by bring their award-winning* Pride of Place walking seminar to Stoke town centre. Stoke Pride of Place will start at 10am, Saturday 18 th June. 

Ramsgate Civic Society

The Ramsgate Society is holding an open day at the Customs House. Read more here.

Retford Civic Society

The society is further developing a project to encourage primary age children to take an interest in their local heritage – buildings and people. All six primary schools have been invited to participate over three days – 20th, 21st, 22nd June. Following this local artists will be working in school and showing pupils techniques on how to portray heritage buildings. The pictures produced will be displayed in East Retford Parish Church on Heritage Open Day.

Rolleston Civic Trust

Civic Trust Summer Event - Andrew Griffiths “My Life as an MP”. 7.30pm JoR Alderbrook Site (25th June)

Sheffield Civic Trust

Sheffield Civic Trust is 10! Sheffield Civic Trust is 10 years old and on June 22nd they're having a birthday party! Join them to mark 10 years since they set up the Sheffield Civic Trust and celebrate their achievements. 

Shrewsbury Civic Society

Shrewsbury Civic Society are hosting an event to raising awareness of Shrewsbury’s wonderful streetscapes by hosting free guided walks and an exhibition of Shrewsbury Civic Society materials telling the “town’s story”. Read more here. 

Southgate Civic Week

A series of events for residents of Southgate, Winchmore Hill, Palmers Green, Oakwood, and Cockfosters including new building award and local heritage walks. Read here.

St Andrews Church, Aston

St Andrews Church are celebrating creativity for this year's Civic Day.  There will be a rare opportunity to see the Church Aston over the weekend of18th/19th June. Additional attractions include a display of flowers, patchwork, quilting, and sewing and embroidery. 

Timperley Civic Society

Timperley Civic Day to celebrate where we live. More here

Tithe Barn Trust

Friday 17 June 2016 - 7-9pm: Open day at the almost 500-year old Tithe Barn in Landbeach, Cambridgeshire (entry opposite 2 Waterbeach Road, CB25 9FA) - celebrate with us major milestones helping the restoration quest of the Grade II Listed Building at the historic heart of Landbeach - speeches, guided talks and refreshments on offer - enjoy a step back into history within a thatched timber-framed building overlooking a tranquil grazed common - a truly special setting!

Please support us and meet the volunteers - we need to raise approx £250,000 to safeguard this wonderful rare building for future

Waltham Forest Civic Society

Saturday 18th June Civic Day. We would like some photos please, to display on that day in Walthamstow Town Square. The theme is " proud of Where You Live" .  More here.

Wellingborough Civic Society

Saturday June 18th 2016 was National Civic Day and in company with the majority of Civic Societies up and down the country who mark this occasion on or near to this date, Wellingborough Civic Society is to host an event for the occasion. We are certain many of you will remember our popular Strawberry Tea Party held last year for National Civic Day, this is to be repeated and we very much hope all members, friends and guests can attend.

Withington Civic Society

Partnership with the The Friends of Ladybird Park for a celebrate Fun Day on Saturday 18th June

Some Media Coverage


You make it!

Although the co-ordinating work is done by Civic Voice, what really makes this event happen is the fantastic effort of thousands of volunteers. These people give guided tours, put on exhibitions, arrange street parties, organise competitions and help thousands of visitors understand the area they live in just a little bit more.

The first ever Civic Day was held on June 25th, 2011 and involved over 200 community groups across England who put on over 350 events to celebrate where they live.