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Visiting Buckley

Buckley is situated on the range of hills which extends between the valley of the River Alyn and the narrow plain beside the Dee Estuary boasting views of the Clwydian Range in one direction and the River Dee in the other.

There has been some form of civilisation in or near present day Buckley for hundreds of years. Remains are still being discovered and investigations show evidence of habitation in the Bronze Age. Invasion after invasion brought a stormy succession of Celts, Romans, Anglo Saxons and Normans but from each tribe the civilisation and culture of the district developed. Religion and justice, mine works and potteries, land cultivation and road communications were among the many benefits which accrued making Buckley an industrial centre for pottery, bricks and coal.

The heritage trail in Buckley guides you around the areas and buildings of historic interest, identifying the public amenities in the area. Enjoy taking in the history of the area. There is also the Town Trail. Both trails can be joined at any of the locations and has been divided into two colours, blue for the Town Trail and red for the Heritage Trail. The town and heritage trail guide can be found here.

Buckley also has a proud tradition of bringing the community together with the Buckley Jubilee. This day is traditionally held on the second Tuesday in July which was founded in 1857. It is an institution in which the citizens of Buckley are justly proud. It is suggested that the Jubilee was initiated by the endeavours of various non-conformists intent on promoting temperance in the community. To this end a procession was organised to demonstrate unity followed by a field day and gala of games for the children together with food and non-alcoholic drinks. In 2006 the Jubilee celebrated its 150th year. The Royal Buckley Town Band accompanies the singing at the open-air festival held on Higher Common to begin the event and banners are displayed by individual Churches. The Anglican Sunday Schools joined the Jubilee in 1933. Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church joined the Jubilee procession in 1970.

Buckley is no stranger to nature reserves with two within Buckley itself; Lane end and Spon Green; as well as the beautiful Buckley common where you can enjoy walks or recreational course fishing.

Padeswood Gold Club and the Bannel Driving Range are on the outskirts of Buckley Town. The golf course is set in beautiful surrounding with tree lined fariways and quality greens. The River Alyn, streams and lakes mean that water comes into play on eleven of the holes. All this on a course set in the picturesque Clwydian Countryside.

Buckley also has a live music venue called The Tivoli Venue. With a history as a theatre and cinema since the 1920’s the venue has undergone a number of transformations since its beginnings. This much-loved live music venue has a unique and underground atmosphere – as opposed to that of a modern (and somewhat soulless) concrete arena. It is actually two venues in one – an intimate 500 capacity room and a larger 1000 capacity hall. During the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s the venue had a tremendous run of bands through its doors and it was often cited as one of the best places to play on any tour. It is in its current form trying to achieve this goal after a fifteen year spell as a more mainstream nightclub. 2010 was a great leap in the right direction and the club is currently enjoying a bouyant resurgence on the live music scene.

Buckley has a pedestrianised town centre with a modern shopping precinct to which a variety of shops are located. There are also cafés, restaurants and public houses located throughout the town and surrounding areas making it a great place to visit.

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