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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is set to be a bank holiday extravaganza with street parties and special events taking place throughout Yorkshire. Jubilee Beacons will be lit and peals of bells will sound around the county.
Big Jubilee Lunch
Organisers of The Big Lunch are encouraging people across the UK to get into the community spirit and have lunch with their neighbours on Sunday, June 3rd. Events will be held throughout Yorkshire from Millennium Square, Leeds and New Civic Square, Doncaster to a Jubilee Picnic in Dalby Forest.
Burton Agnes Hall in Driffield is inviting people to have lunch on the lawns with homemade cakes, music and games such as Pin the Tail on the Corgi (burtonagnes.com).
Elsewhere, Heeley City Farm in Richards Road, Sheffield has painted bunting making and craft making using wool from their own Soay sheep, the Maypole Committee in the village of Elmet,
Leeds is organising a traditional-style lunch and in Hessle there is music and dancing in the main square as well as The World Caf with chefs offering tips on healthy eating.
One of the most poignant events is at Catterick Garrison where the army wives and families are holding a regimental Big Jubilee Lunch for the Royal Dragoon Guards, who are being deployed to Afghanistan in August. There is a fancy dress and best hat competition and traditional welly wanging. For more information visit thebiglunch.com.
Vintage Jubilee Tea Party at the Hepworth Wakefield
Inspiring new art gallery The Hepworth Wakefield is promising a day of retro fun on June 2nd with a Jubilee Tea Party in the garden (11am-4pm) with family games, giant sculpture making and a chance to sit back and relax in the Pop up Vintage Tea rooms. Expect homemade treats, retro tunes and a traditional tea dance from 6pm-9pm. Visit hepworthwakefield.org.
From Hamlet to Hollywood: the Diamond Jubilee Celebration
Barley Hall in York is hosting an exhibition of historic costumes on June 2nd when visitors can see the actual outfits worn by Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Keira Knightly and Ralph Fiennes. See the costume worn by Colin Firth as Mr Darcy as well as props from the box-office hit filmsThe Duchess and The Kings Speech.
Diamond Jubilee Car Rally
Scampston Hall in Malton is full of 1950s nostalgia on June 3rd with a vintage car display from the North East Club for Pre War Austins. The owners are getting into the spirit sporting 1950s costumes. Take a picnic and stroll around the beautiful grounds including the Walled Garden, Palladian Bridge, old Ice House and Cascade.
Street party and Marcus Adams exhibition at Harewood House
Harewood House in Leeds is holding a Diamond Jubilee Weekend Street Party on June 2nd 5th with picnic food at the Courtyard Cafe and television screens on Sunday. Theres also an exhibition by royal photographer, Marcus Adams, providing an insight into the life of the child destined to become Queen. Look out for two vintage prints of Prince Charles and Princess Anne taken in October 1953 which will be on show for the first time. Visit harewood.org
Hebden Bridge Blues Festival
If coronation anthems arent quite your thing, but you love live music, dont miss the Hebden Bridge Blues Festival (June 1st-3rd). The event features up to 50 bands from across the UK, Europe and the US including Todd Sharpville and Cherry Lee Mewis among the headliners.
Queens Tea Party
Sewerby Hall and Gardens is planning two days of entertainment for the whole family (June 3rd-4th) including a tea party with toastmaster, live music, magic and Punch and Judy shows. Look out too for appearances by the Mad Hatter and Posh Toff Penny Farthing Riders. Visit sewerby-hall.co.uk.
Jubilee Jazz Jamboree
Briggate in Leeds is buzzing with the Jubilee Jazz Jamboree on June 3rd with street entertainment including salsa band Las Cameradas, Ben Lowmans Django Project, the Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra and the New York Brass ensemble.
A Right Royal Weekend in Doncaster
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens is rolling back the clock on June 3rd-4th to the Edwardian era and the year 1912 when the gentleman of the house is preparing for a special royal visit from King George V and Queen Mary. Expect falconry displays, costumed performers, Punch & Judy shows and a travelling cinema not forgetting that all-important visit from the King of courseVisit english-heritage.org.uk
Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebratory Concert
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus is putting on a special performance in Leeds on June 2nd, featuring the talented young Ukrainian pianist, Alexej Gorlatch and soloists Sarah Ogden (soprano) and Heather Ireson (mezzo soprano).
Leeds Town Hall, 0113 224 3801 and visit leedsphil.org.
Jubilee street parties
Street parties are taking place throughout Yorkshire with some villages such as Fishlake near Doncaster planning a whole weekend of celebrations. Fishlake Cricket Club is holding cricket matches for different age groups on the Friday, followed by a junior football tournament and street party on the Saturday featuring a procession of floats, brass band, male voice choir and good old British sing-along, before a hog roast and disco in the evening. Skipton high street will be closed for a giant street party on June 3rd with five live bands, an exclusive Royal Enclosure and television screens.
On bank holiday Monday, Beverley is having entertainment and a stage in the Saturday Market, culminating with a concert in the evening, along with fairground rides, a firework display and the lighting of the Jubilee beacon at the Minster.
Stainforth Community Resource Centre is organising a childrens party with a disco, bouncy castle and party games. Theres a Jubilee sports day and gala at Memorial Sports Ground in Bawtry and in Edlington, theres a Jubilee firework display and fair at the Yorkshire Main Recreation Ground on the bank holiday Tuesday.
Check out your local area and stock up on balloons and bunting from the local supermarket or online such as partypieces.co.uk.
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations: Two Elizabeths
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden is holding a weekend of festivities from June 3rd- 5th celebrating not one, but two Queen Elizabeths. Visitors will have the chance to recreate the famous coronation photo, knight loyal subjects and even create their own crown jewels as well as taking tea on the lawn and a celebratory service in the abbey on the Tuesday. Visit fountainsabbey.org
Jubilee celebrations at Ripley Castle
Ripley Castle is promising a fun day out for the whole family on June 5th with a fancy dress prize for children dressed as the best king and queen. The courtyard will be buzzing with entertainment from Ripley Church and school including a bouncy castle and tombola stall, a barbecue and guided tours of Ripley Castle and grounds.
Animal Jubilee at Malham Safari
The Safari Animals at Malham in the Yorkshire Dales are also celebrating (June 2nd- 7th) with a quiz and face-painting for children. Visit malhamdale.com. Wildlife lovers should also check out the gannet and puffin cruises at Bridlington where the cliffs of Bempton and Flamborough play host to more than 200,000 seabirds.
If theres one thing not to miss its The Humber Diamond Jubilee Flotilla at the Humber Bridge on June 4th.
Up to 60 craft will take part in the event with celebrations on the foreshores into the evening, culminating in the lighting of thousands of beacons around the world to commemorate the Queens 60-year reign.
Diamond Jubilee Service
Ripon Cathedral has been chosen to host a service for North Yorkshire to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee on June 3rd at 3.30pm. It includes fanfares and special anthems and is attended by the Bishops of Ripon and Leeds. Everyone is welcome.
The print version of this article appeared in the June 2012 issue of Yorkshire Life
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