15 right royal knees-ups for Jubilee weekend
Break out the bunting - the big weekend is just around the corner! In honour of HRH it only seems right to give you a regal run-down of the Jubilee parties in Wilts this bank holiday. One is in for an excellent time.
Kick the festivities off by taking the kids on this augmented reality story-trail. Sounding a bit like like Pokemon at the Palace, they’ll use QR codes to find seven magical characters located around the city centre who are part of a bigger tale. Your little explorers will be able to see 3D images of the story’s stars and be even able to decide what happens next.
This impressive historic home near the Cathedral will be lit up in red, white and blue each night of the Jubilee weekend. Bound to give my Christmas lights a run for their money.
THURSDAY 2 JUNE
In 1977, the Royal Institute of Surveyors (RIS) lit a chain of beacons across the country for the Silver Jubilee – a ritual which has now expanded into a nationwide community event. However, the RIS still get the privilege of going first and start theirs 15 minutes earlier than everyone else. Salisbury’s RIS will light the touchpaper at Old Sarum and the City Council are inviting 70 members of the public the chance to join them via a prize draw.
You can’t do more justice to Queen E than a bone-fide street party with tea, cake and plenty of Union Jacks. In Marlborough you bring your own food and decorations and the council will hire you a table and chairs along the high street for just £5 each, plus they’re providing entertainment in association with Radio Wiltshire. Naturally there’s plenty for kids to do too like crafts, crown-making, face painting and a Children’s Fancy Dress Parade.
Each year the beautiful village of Box holds a weekend of fun celebrations over the last bank holiday in May – a tradition dating back to the middle ages. This year, however, they’ve moved it to Jubilee Weekend. Their regally responsible volunteer committee has already decked the streets with bunting in anticipation of a packed programme that launches on the 2nd, including a craft market, Street party, Royal Variety Banquet, Traditional Revels fete, Village Cricket and more.
FRIDAY 3 JUNE
Three days drinking Summer’s finest punch in a park? Delighted to oblige. Those lovely folks in Swindon are filling one of their favourite green spaces with live music, entertainers, street food vendors, a funfair, games and a car club display – and of course, Pimms – from Friday 3rd-Sunday 5th. Entry is free and there’ll be plenty of fundraising for charity too.
Those witty peeps down at The Chapel booked the perfect band for the occasion, singing covers of – ahem – Queen. So once you’ve had enough of tea and cake and Rule Britannia, start singing ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and head to the dancefloor for G&T and plenty of bad behaviour.
SATURDAY 4 JUNE
Starting at 1pm till late, this fab local country pub is hosting a Jubilee Festival with BBQ, Hog Roast, Prosecco and Pimms Bar. There’s also loads for the kids to do, but for you they’ve provided hot indie-rock covers band, Karport Collective as a headline act, playing everything from Pink Floyd to Oasis.
Channel your inner Strictly pro, and swot up on your swing for this special tea party with tunes by the Calne Silver Band
Join the Devizes Rotary Club for a free day of outdoor games like the Olympic Push, Pull, Dribble and Catch events, the Tug of War and additional other sideshows. Bring your own seating.
In honour of her majesty’s love of horses, don’t miss this night of virtual horse racing plus Ploughman’s and a disco with music from the past 70 years.
SUNDAY 5 JUNE
One of the county’s prettiest towns has its own Jacobean grand house, once owned by a local manufacturer and innovator, now looked after by a charitable trust who open the gardens for special occasions like this! Moulton Hall has invited Glastonbury Brass Band and Wiltshire Jazz Academy to play for visitors who can also enjoy cream teas and picnic boxes from Fresh Kitchen, a stylish bar run by indie wine emporium Cru Wines and ice-cream from Lacock Dairy. There’s also Punch and Judy for the kids.
Bring your own picnic, chairs and blankets for an afternoon of free live music from Devizes town band, children’s rides and inflatables.
South Swindon Parish Council is just one of many organisations across the country hosting a Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year. Get to know the local Swindon community while enjoying a picnic in a beautiful park.
Sling a sausage roll in your Bento box and head to Cloister Gardens if you’re in or around Malmesbury as they’re holding a community picnic with children’s entertainment and fancy dress parade.
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