Got your Diamond Jubilee plans all sorted? No? Well, keep calm and carry on reading…
If you want to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and you haven’t made any plans yet, there’s plenty going on all over England for what is going to be a four-day weekend to remember (yes… four days off). Here are a few suggestions.
Sip royal cocktails in the Lake District
The luxury Overwater Hall Hotel in the Lake District is launching its Royal Tea cocktail to mark the Diamond Jubilee. If you’re lucky enough to be in The Lakes this time of year then a visit to this award-winning hotel near the idyllic Bassenthwaite Lake might be the perfect start to your celebrations – overnight guests who correctly guess the secret blend of ingredients can enjoy free cocktails every night of their stay!
Pull up a chair at a Diamond Jubilee street party!
After the success of the Royal Wedding street parties across the country last year, many, many more are planned to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
In London you’re already invited to the largest street party Westminster has ever seen. Seating 500, tables will run up and down Piccadilly and you can bring along your own food and drink to join in the fun. Local residents include the Royal Academy of Arts, The Ritz, Fortnum & Mason and BAFTA so you can expect some world-class entertainment from your massive table.
Sprouting up all across the land, you’re bound to find a seat at the table of any number of the community-led events for the biggest Sunday lunch in England. Find out more at The Big Lunch website.
Have a vintage Diamond Jubilee weekend in Looe
Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to take a 50s slant on proceedings as the town of Looe in south-east Cornwall goes all out to mark the occasion. On 2 June, guests (in retro costume or not) can join in with traditional sports day fun on the beach from 11am to 4pm. Just Be careful not to overheat in byour waistcoat and braces!
The following day sees a coast-to-coast bike ride involving hundreds of cyclists to raise money for the North Devon Hospice. Also on 3 June will be a Children’s Day Party from 12-1pm at The Jolly Sailor and a grand flotilla of small boats at 4.30pm. And on Monday 4 June (if they’re not partied out) you can take the kids to a Children’s Tea Party in the Rose Garden from 1-3pm with the grand lighting of a beacon at 6pm – part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons event – to kick off yet more celebrations. Wow! This Looe is occupied!
Break out the Jubilee china in Stoke-on-Trent
Britain’s craft companies have been hard at work creating the perfect pieces to capture the moment in time. Wedgwood, the name most often associated with British-designed fine china, has released special editions for the Diamond Jubilee, ranging from mugs to a £5,000 Satyr Vase. On 3 June you can celebrate in regal style at the Emma Bridgewater Diamond Jubilee Courtyard Party in Stoke-on-Trent with tasty treats, fun, games and events to entertain the whole family. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for the kids.
Join Wallace & Gromit for a grand day out with the National Trust
The Queen won’t be the only one having a grand day out. The National Trust has teamed up with another national treasure Wallace & Gromit to help ring in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Over the course of the weekend over 70 Jubilee tea parties will be held at National Trust properties across the country where the duo’s new mini animation will be exclusively screened for the first time ever. Watch the teaser of A Jubilee Bunt-a-thon.
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