From Pageants to Picnics: 20th Anniversary Day Trip

Pageants and parties, London

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend – formal celebration – Beginning June 2 at 10am, in colour at the Riding Guards parade in central London (also on the big screen in St James’s Park and live on TV). At 9pm, the main lighthouse will be lit: a 21-meter “tree of trees” made up of 350 small trees. A further 1,500 beacons will be lit in the UK, Overseas Territories and Commonwealth areas. Other official events include the Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, the Royal Palace on June 4 by the Queen (with Adam Lambert), Alicia Keys and Eurovision’s Sam A party hosted by Ryder, and a beauty pageant at Buckingham Palace on June 5. The pageant includes the River of Hope Parade: 200 silk flags made and carried by schoolchildren, themed on the climate crisis, to represent their future 70 years desire.

Picnic in the park, Windsor

This Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is the main focus of the revelry, centred on the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park. Events include a lighthouse and fireworks lighting on June 2, a concert at St. George’s Church on June 3, a free “bring your own picnic” anniversary party on June 4 – music from seven decades, Sports and cars – and a big lunch on June 5th.

1950s Takeover, Belfast

On June 4th, cultural venue 2 Royal Avenue will return Belfast in the 1950s, with art workshops, live music, storytelling, film screenings, photo exhibitions and dance.Cafe will serve dishes from the decade (free, some Ticketing event). Elsewhere in the city, the Jubilee Lighthouse outside the Titanic in Belfast will be lit, while City Hall will be lit in royal purple on June 5 for a tea dance.

Garden Party, Bath

Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa Gardens
Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. Photo: Jason Ingram

Bath goes a step further, lighting up many landmarks in purple on June 2, including Pulteney Bridge, Town Hall, Roman Baths and Abbey (free at 10pm). Bath on the Beach will open for summer at Royal Victoria Park on June 2 and is giving away Free Pimm’s Weekends (reservation required). On June 5, the Big Jubilee Picnic takes place on the lower lawn of the Royal Crescent, offering free face painting, children’s shows and crafts (free, 12-5pm).The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is hosting a garden party, Afternoon tea, live music and lawn games (£55).

Double deck chair, York

York City Centre
Photo: Gareth Buddo/The York BID

York is bidding The most bunting during bank holidays: It will take more than two miles to travel through the city center. At St Sampson’s Square, archival footage of the Queen’s visit to the North will be shown on the big screen, alongside daily screenings of the animated film Queen’s Corgis (2-4 June). Other green spaces around the city have huge Union Jack loungers big enough for two, including Dean Park, St Anthony’s Garden and Museum Garden.This Spring Market and Food Festival York Racecourse includes over 40 traders, DJs, bands, vintage playgrounds, lighthouse lighting and a Jubilee lunch. Celebration at York Minster on June 4; also on June 4, Jubilee Outdoor Market at Carlton Towers, selling Pimm’s, strawberries and cream; many gin tastings at York Gin Hotel (June 2-5).

Announcement and Palace, Norwich

Quayside and River Wensum, Norwich.
Quayside and River Wensum, Norwich. Photo: eye35.pix/Alamy

In various towns in Norwich and Norfolk on June 2, town shouters will read announcements to the Queen when lighthouses are lit. Chantry Place shopping centre will be transformed into Chantry Palace over the weekend, with royal guards on guard, thrones and red carpets, and a corgi-themed family walk (2-5 June).At Norwich Cathedral, there’s a show Handel’s Coronation Carol 4 June (adults from £15 / children from £5).The meeting room is serving the Queen’s favourite afternoon teawhich includes a chocolate chip biscuit cake with gold leaf (£24.95 until 30 June).

Band and Beer, Bristol

Bristol Cathedral
Photo: Michael Brooks/Alamy

Bristol hosts all-day events Jubilee lunch Live music and events at College Green on June 5, including making the Royal Paper Boat fleet while raising money (free) for local food charities. The Mall is a bar in Clifton that has Platinum Festival June 3, live band and food stalls (free, 1-10:30pm). Berwick Lodge has a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Party, with The Pianist, Berwick Bake Off, Garden Tours and more (from £29.95).new Bedminster Beer Road Launching on Bank Holiday Weekend – drinkers collect stamps from independent pubs, pubs and breweries along the way to claim a free festive beer at Bristol Brewery’s tap room (2-5 June).

castles and palaces

Play at Hampton Court Palace.
Play at Hampton Court Palace. Photo: Ian Bottle/Alamy

Several castles and palaces in the UK are hosting special events.exist Hampton Court Palace In South West London, there are Jubilee Equestrian In the Garden where the Cavaliers will compete for the Jubilee Cup (June 1-5, included in standard admission).

This year’s exhibition is in the ballroom Balmoral Castle Aberdeenshire features a dress worn by the Queen in her final jubilee, and coffee shops are serving up specials afternoon tea (2-5 June, entry fee £15 + afternoon tea £30).

Balmoral Exhibition.
Balmoral Exhibition. Photo: WPA/Getty Images

Cardiff Castle is holding a Platinum Jubilee Concert June 4th, choir, orchestra and singers including Bonnie Tyler (adults £32.50, children free).

exist Lincoln CastleVisitors can join Great British Jubilee Picnic Inside the venue, the Castle Bandstand offers entertainment (free June 2-5).

Evening Concert, Birmingham

This Birmingham City Symphony Orchestra Performing work presented by John Suchet, including music for the coronation, pieces dedicated to the Queen and Princess Margaret, music from across the Commonwealth and some of the Queen’s favourite tunes (2 June, from £13).Other activities in Birmingham include four-day celebration At Victoria Square, there are family games, playgrounds and live music (2-5 June).

Great British Band, Skegness and Mablethorpe

two seaside resorts in Lincolnshire, Skegness and Mablethorpe, is celebrating the British band formed during the Queen’s reign, paying tribute to Coldplay, the Spice Girls, Oasis, The Beatles, Madness and, of course, the Queen. The free concert will begin on June 4th at 1pm with all bands performing at both locations. The event ends with a fireworks display on the beach at 10pm.

Fleet, Humber Estuary

A fleet of 70 ships procession 2 June from Hull’s Victoria Quay to Humber Bridge including cruise ships, harbour tugs, lifeboats and trawlers. Viewpoints (free) include Hull’s Pier and St Andrews Pier; Barton-upon-Humber’s Waterside Country Park; and Hessel Foreshore. The event re-enacts the 2012 Humber fleet to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which in turn is based on one built for Queen Victoria in 1897. The event begins with a family evening at Hessler at 3pm, followed by an early evening fleet and culminates in the lighting of the National Lighthouse at 9.45pm.

Platinum Street Party, Bishop of Oakland

11Arches Park in the Diocese of Auckland, County Durham claims to be throwing one of them Biggest Jubilee Street Party in the country (4 June). The afternoon begins with the horse stunt FINA and the Golden Cape, a family-friendly story that includes gladiatorial combat, horseback riding, vaulting and chariot racing. The show is followed by live music and a large party on the lake, seating up to 2,500 people in and out of the Arches Hall. Guests can choose from a hamper at the outdoor communal table (£30 for adults / £20 for children) or a three-course indoor wine dinner (£59). There are themed bars, an open-air dance floor, live streaming of the Jubilee concert, and finally a fireworks light and water show.

Manchester Flower Show

Manchester Flower Show
Photo: Karl Sukonik

this Urban Flower Show (June 2-5, free) This year’s Jubilee-themed flower offerings will be offered across the city. The Queen’s Jubilee Trail has 10 specialty displays for you to explore, from giant queen bees to floral displays of the crown jewels. Florists, artists and community groups showed more displays on topics such as the Queen’s Strategy in shop windows, doorways and flower beds. The Fringe Festival has alternate shows, such as Sex Pistol-inspired punk poses, at venues like Noma, the Museum of Science and Industry, First Street, and the Great Northern Warehouse. Bars and restaurants will open outdoor pop-ups and host floral cocktail parties around 10 venues: Harvey Nichols x Manchester Gin Bar’s Summer Garden Sprite sounds perfect for celebration (raspberry gin and rose absinthe, 8 GBP).

Exmouth Festival in Devon

This Exmouth Music Festival (Free, June 2-5) Usually held in May, this year’s June Carnival has been postponed.Specified Jubilee Day It’s June 5th. There will be a Jubilee lunch, a public art attempt, workshops on circus skills, and theatre and live music including jazz and swing dancing.Elsewhere in Exmouth, there is a big band concert At the Exmouth Pavilion (2 June, £17) and the Jubilee Lighthouse trail around town.

Jubilee Elgar Festival, Worcester and Malvern

This Elgar Festival Concerts, street performances, lectures and workshops at venues in Worcester and Malvern (3-5 June, buy tickets). It includes music related to the Queen, including Elgar’s Nursery Suite and Vaughan Williams’ Te Deum, performed by the British Symphony Orchestra and Worcester Cathedral’s Elgar Festival Choir. Other performances include the English Strings Orchestra performing Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro; and the Elgar for Everyone Family Concert; and the Anniversary Prosecco Tea Party and Swing Concert at Henry Sandon Hall.

Blenheim Palace Food Festival in Oxfordshire

This Food Festival (From £20.50, 2-5 June) Coinciding with this year’s Jubilee, along with the usual guest chefs (Raymond Blanc, Gennaro Contaldo), master classes (pasta making, cocktail mixing), vendors, street food and bars , there is a special Jubilee Garden. Here you can enjoy a pint, soda or cream tea while listening to lollipops, retro vocal trios and resident brass bands.

Corgis and Cupcakes, Warwick

Market Square is center point A celebration in Warwick on June 2, with decades of free live music, classic cars and steam trains. Local businesses provide food and beverages, including picnic boxes. Schoolchildren have been baking Jubilee-themed cupcakes and cookies for a cake competition, with the winner announced at the event. Finally, there’s the Wiggle of Corgis: Families can see corgi stickers in shop windows around town until the anniversary – and the real thing wagging their tails in the square that day.