The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June, commemorating 70 years of service and becoming the first British monarch to celebrate such an event. As a result, the nation is enjoying an extended bank holiday weekend, from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5.
So what have you got planned for the extra long break and how will you celebrate the occasion? Private street parties across the county have already been held, but if you’re more of an “organized event” type, there’s plenty more to do.
Here’s a list of what’s happening in Notts during the bank holiday.
- Saturday June 4 – Queen’s Jubilee Fair at Arnot Hill Park from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Sunday, June 5 – Large picnic lunch at the King George V Recreation Ground in Hallams Lane.
- Friday June 3 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Queens Jubilee Afternoon Tea for people aged 65 and over living in Awsworth – tea, cakes, games and a good old song.
- Sunday June 5 – From 2 p.m. Awsworth Picnic In The Park – Open to all Awsworth residents, bring your own picnic, blanket and chairs
- Thursday, June 2 – Lighting of a lighthouse
- Sunday June 5 – From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be lunch in the Market Square Square. Residents are welcome to bring a picnic and drink and enjoy live entertainment and a quiz.
- Thursday June 2 – 7pm to 10pm South West Notts Scouts are hosting a Platinum Jubilee Picnic and Jubilee Beacon Lighting at Hemlock Scout Campsite in Bramcote.
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- Sunday, June 5 – 2 p.m. to late. Afternoon Tea Party on the Bunny Village Green. Wear your best red, white, blue or purple – best dressed prizes.
- Thursday 2-5 June – Art exhibition in the village hall.
- Thursday 2 June – Cream teas in a Jubilee marquee on the school playground.
- Friday, June 3 – Treasure hunt in the village with prizes to be won.
- Saturday, June 4 – Procession of children dressed as kings and queens. Afternoon sports day followed by a snack. In the evening there will be a Ceilidh under the Jubilee marquee.
- Sunday June 5 – Service in the parish church followed by a large Jubilee lunch, which begins at 1.30 p.m. under the marquee – participants take their own food to share.
- Thursday, June 2 – Lighting of beacons. Cotgrave Town Council have planned to light a beacon on the lawn outside the shopping center at 9.45pm. There will be a bagpiper and possibly a bugler marking the event.
- Sunday June 5 – ‘Big Lunch’. Once again, the town hall organizes and offers an afternoon of music and dancing from 11:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. as part of the national “Big Lunch”. There will be a stage and a small range of food and drink stalls with local restaurant Strezza providing food and an outdoor bar on the green space opposite the shopping center on Candleby Lane.
- Friday, June 3 – 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Taste the village hall with charity stands, children’s entertainment and crafts area. There will be a dance show, dog show, barn dance and barbecue during the evening. All-day tickets cost £5 for adults and children are free.
- Thursday June 2 – An evening picnic in the recreation ground and with food stalls is organized by the parish council. A bagpipe player will play Diu Regnare and bugles and cornets will play Majesté before the lighting of a lighthouse.
- Thursday June 2 – Lighting of beacons at Gedling Country Park. Carlton Brass will perform in front of Café 1899 from 8 p.m. and the lighthouse will be lit at 9:15 p.m.
- Friday, June 3 – Queen’s Green Canopy Tree Planting. Gedling Country Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday June 2 – From 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Gotham Parish Council is hosting a “Picnic in the Park”. The event takes place at Gotham Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground, Nottingham Road, NG11 0HE.
- Thursday, June 2 – 9:45 p.m., a flashing light will be on
- Thursday June 2 – The official Jubilee beacon will be lit at 9.45 p.m. near the village hall
- Saturday June 4 – From 10am to 2pm there will be a series of events across Keyworth Village Hall and the ExChanging Rooms, including wildflower seeds and trees to distribute to interested residents and family and craft activities, including including local nature and wildlife illustrators and artists. Keyworth. The Garden of Abundance will also be open
- Sunday, June 5 – The Big Keyworth Picnic: An invitation to residents to take part in a community picnic in the center of the village with family entertainment offered.
- Sunday 5th June – Service at St Mary Magdalene Church in the Square at 4pm.
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- Friday June 3 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kimberley Picnic In Park. Admission is £2 for adults, £1 for children and under 5s free. Head to the Stag Football Ground.
Kirkby to Ashfield
- Sunday June 5 – Jubilee Grand Luncheon at Kingsway Park in Kirkby. There will be music, food and drink, stalls and activities for the whole family. Bring your picnic to Kingsway Park and have fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Thursday June 2 – Picnic in the park. Bring your own picnic and enjoy entertainment at Yeoman Hill Park from 12-2pm.
- Friday 3 June – Jubilee balls and picnic in the park. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. An afternoon in Berry Hill Park with live music, Punch and Judy shows, 50s-style dancers and traditional children’s games.
- From Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrations at the castle and its grounds will include outdoor installations, artwork among the trees, craft workshops on the Middle Bailey and impromptu storytelling.
Nottingham city center
An exhibition titled 70 Glorious Years – The Queen in Nottingham will be a large-format outdoor photographic exhibition organized on the Place du Vieux Marché from Friday May 27th to Sunday June 5th.
A collection of 22 images will celebrate the Queen’s visits to Nottingham over the past 70 years, from the Coronation Tour in 1955 to her last visit for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The images also show how the people of Nottingham celebrated important royal occasions. over the years. People coming to visit this exhibition can reminisce or discover for the first time the queen and her links with the city.
- The village will be dressed in red, white and blue and a display of life in Ruddington throughout the Jubilee decades will be displayed on the Green and at key locations around the village.
- Thursday June 2 – Lighting of the beacon on the village square, officiated by a local dignitary, at 9.45 p.m. Light refreshments will be available on site.
- Saturday June 4 – A royal oak, donated by a local resident, will be planted in the village square at 11 a.m., during the monthly village market.
- Saturday June 4 – Saint-Pierre church is organizing a craft session for children in the Saint-Pierre rooms.
- Saturday 4th June – In the afternoon there will be village tours led by Gavin Walker of the Ruddington Village Museum and the Ruddington Historical Society, followed by an afternoon of barbecue style food, music from the Carlton Brass Band and drinks at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre. Tickets for the Heritage Center event cost £8 and can be purchased at the Heritage Café.
- Sunday, June 5 – A mass on The Green at 10.30 am organized by the Saint-Pierre church. This will be followed by a community take-away picnic from midday, featuring live music from the Nottingham Concert Band, games/activities for children and a raffle. A covered cinema for children will be available in the afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the Saint-Pierre church.
- Thursday, June 2 – Green’s Windmill will light a Beacon at 9:45 p.m.
- Sunday June 5 – 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Great Jubilee Luncheon, Southwell Minster. The West Walk in Cathedral Park will host a street party open to all.
- Thursday June 2 – The Big Veterans Breakfast will take place at Thoresby Court Yard. Bring your own chair or blanket. Rolls served from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Entertainment includes: 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – Pipes and Drums. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Live screening. 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Daisy Belles. All day parking £3.
- Thursday June 2 – Beacon Lighting at Torworth Park, Nottinghamshire – 8pm-11pm. Bring your picnic, there will be free hot drinks and pastries, music and the flashing light will be on at 9:45 p.m.
- Sunday June 5 – Torworth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Sunday, June 5 – Platinum Jubilee Street Party on Central Avenue. Picnic benches will line Main Street for the Big Jubilee Lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your own picnic. The entertainment program for the mini stage and Croquet Lawn includes a DJ, dancers, drummers, comedy servers, punch and Judy, Morris dancers and more.
Willoughby on the Wolds
- Thursday, June 2 – 9:45 p.m. Lighting of the Lighthouse/bonfire in the Park.
- Sunday 5th June – 11am St Mary’s and All Saints Service – Willoughby School ‘crowns’ display in the church
- Sunday, June 5 – Noon. Picnic in the park. Bring food and refreshments and enjoy Tug of War, Heads and Tails, and face painting in the park. Live music in the party hall
- Friday June 3 – A special service at Worksop Priory of Our Lady & St Cuthbert’s Church at 10.30am, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
- Saturday, June 4 – From 11 a.m. The Place du Vieux Marché will be fitted out with a table and chairs, two marquees, a bar and a discotheque for the Worksop Jubilee Celebration. There is a range of family entertainment.
- Sunday June 5 – The Big Lunch street party on the Place du Vieux Marché, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you have a public event organized for the Jubilee, let us know in the comments below