Jubilee Celebrations

Published on: 26/05/22

From Windsor right up to Balmoral, there’s a veritable red carpet of Royal palaces, homes, gardens and venues you can visit this Jubilee summer. But the celebrations don’t have to end there, with many of the country’s heritage venues, houses, parks and city centres hosting Jubilee events this summer, especially over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Walks, talks, behind-the-scenes tours, tea parties, battle re-enactments, concerts, fireworks, fairs and festivals, or just a Right Royal knees up; there’s an event for everyone, from stately promenade to full-on party. Check out your local area and venues via Let’s Go Out to see the most desirable, delicious and daring events to fill and thrill any high society social calendar- you don’t even need to wait for a Royal invitation!

Leighton Live, Leighton Hall, Carnforth, Lancashire

Fascinating home of the famous Gillow furniture-making dynasty to this very day, Leighton Hall certainly knows a bit about family history! For the Jubilee weekend it’s throwing the Queen of all parties, featuring events for all the family and acts from pop to classical, including UB40, Ministry of Sound Disco, Sister Sledge and Manchester Hacienda DJ sets. Complimented across the three days by premier regional street food and craft beer, guests can also explore Leighton’s beautiful grounds, gardens, woodland walks and adventure playground.

An all day picnic marks the final day of the festival on Sunday 5th June with plenty of fun family activities. Then thrill to the very special Last Night of the Proms finale performed by the Halle orchestra with special guest soprano Laura Wright. There’ll be plenty of sing-alongs and flag waving, culminating in a magnificent firework display. A truly explosive way to celebrate Jubilee weekend!

Hampton Court Jousting

Royal magnificence, excess, intrigue, drama and skullduggery come thrillingly to life in this spectacular baroque palace built for William III and Mary II. From the tapestried Great Hall and Tudor kitchens to 60 acres of gardens, it embodies the public dramas and private lives of Henry VIII, his wives and children, and the world of the Tudor court. Meet mysterious beasts, storm the battlements, and discover the secret grotto in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court

And for some real “heavy metal” action, experience the sport of kings, as knights from around the country joust to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over 5 days of knockout competition, Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th June. Who will joust the hardest? Who will fall? Or cheat?! Pick your favourite knight and cheer them on as they compete for the coveted Jubilee Cup in this family-friendly event packed with pomp, ceremony, entertainment and splendour!

Household Cavalry Museum

The Trooping of the Colour at Horse Guards Parade has marked the official birthday of the British Sovereign for over 260 years, including many iconic ceremonies featuring the Queen. Situated in central Whitehall between Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey, the Museum lies at the heart of historic London in magnificent mid-18th century vaulted stables. Dazzling displays of uniforms, weaponry and other prized exhibits present a celebration and history of the Queen's mounted bodyguard, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, including the magnificent steeds themselves and their gleaming equipment.

Starting the official Jubilee celebrations off at a gallop, a special Platinum Jubilee Trooping the Colour is set to be even more spectacular than usual, with 1,400 officers taking part alongside army musicians and horses. Starting at Buckingham Palace, the Parade will move down The Mall and will close with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by the Queen and members of the royal family from the Buckingham Palace balcony. Secure your place at Horse Guards’ Household Cavalry Museum, and be at the hoof and heart of the action!

Jubilee Woods, Leicestershire

If you’d rather celebrate the Jubilee a little more quietly and immersed in nature, then why not head to Jubilee Woods, a 460-acre woodland, planted in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, with lots of hidden treasures to discover. A bird watcher’s paradise, the wood has an abundance of wildlife, including skylarks, buzzards and the rare hen harrier. With many art features, fun trails and even a pond-dipping platform, kids big and little will love to explore this wood.

The Queen has shown her enduring love of the countryside by launching ‘The Queen’s Green Canopy’ initiative to celebrate her Jubilee year. A unique tree planting initiative inviting people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”, and also dedicating a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identifying 70 Ancient Trees, to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. A Jubilee woodland stroll is a great way to get into the Jubilee spirit, and enjoy the fruits of British nature.

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