Find the perfect destination for your Jubilee Celebrations
Still not decided how to spend the bank holiday weekend on June 2, 3, 4 and 5 to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations?
Below is our guide to some of the Jubilee-themed events taking place in town and cities up and down the country. It just so happens that we have one or more lovely B&Bs, guest houses or restaurants with rooms right on the doorstep. Select your preferred destination on our search facility and take your pick of places to stay!
A free celebration will be taking place in Victoria Park on 5 June. Two giant screens will be set up to allow people to picnic and watch the Jubilee celebrations, and a variety of performers will entertain the crowds, including Bath Philharmonic Orchestra and leading ABBA tribute act Björn Again. Everyone is encouraged to dress up in retro 70s clothes from 1977, when the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee. Other Jubilee events will be taking place throughout the weekend. Visit: www.visitbath.co.uk for details.
Chichester City Council is organising a Diamond Jubilee Gala and Family Fun Day on Saturday 2 June. The Gala Procession will begin at 11am at the New Park Road Recreation Ground and will be led by the Band of the Prince of Wales’ Division. The Family Fun Day in Priory Park will start at midday and include a mini fun fair, ferret racing, a mini zoo,a falconry display, alpacas, a vintage tea tent, a hog roast, games and much more. The afternoon will end with a community ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert at 5pm. Admission is free.
The iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom is the venue for a Diamond Jubilee Gala Concert on Monday 4 June, starting at 7pm. The Diamond Jubilee Orchestra, directed by Mike James, will perform music from throughout the Queen’s reign, from the classic tunes of the war years to popular tunes of today, building towards a grand finale of flag-waving standards, with songs such as Land of Hope and Glory. Some of England’s finest musicians will perform throughout this evening. Tickets are £16 in advance or £20 on the door. Find out more about this and other Jubilee events at www.visitblackpool.com
From 1 to 4 June, Norwich Cathedral will be the venue for a huge Flower Festival as part of a weekend of Jubilee celebrations in the city. Visitors will also be able to browse at a ‘Produced In Norfolk’ market in the Cloisters selling goods from around the county.
There will be a ‘Picnic in the Park’ event in Bancroft Gardens on Monday 4 June from 12 noon until 4pm. Visitors are encouraged to take along a picnic and enjoy entertainment from a brass band.
Traders in the Montpellier Street area of the city are holding a vintage-inspired Jubilee Fete on Saturday June 2, from 11am until 3pm. It’s free of charge and open to everyone. Attractions include a vintage car display, fancy dress parade, dog show, treasure trail, history tour, herb garden talk, Mad Hatter’s tea party, live music and food.
A midnight bonfire is planned in Oban on Saturday June 2; the event has been dubbed ‘Obang!’ and will take place at McCaig’s Tower.
A Jubilee Parade and ‘Tea Treat’ planned for Monday June 4 at 2pm is the culmination of an action-packed weekend of celebrations. Visit: www.padstowlive.com for more information.
If you’re planning to stage your own celebratory party, picnic or barbecue and would rather get away from the crowds, remember that we have plenty of gorgeous places to stay in picturesque rural areas too. Whether you prefer coast or countryside, we have B&Bs in locations to suit all tastes.
Kirsten and Lucy
The Boutique and Breakfast Team