2022 – From Parade to Picnic: 20 Great Days on the Road | day trips

Festival and Party, London

Central Queens’ official platinum jubilee celebration – the official celebration – begins on June 2 at 10am with a color show at Horseguards Parade in central London (large screens are also shown in St James’ Park and shown live on TV). At 9 pm, the main lighthouse is lit: a 21-meter “tree of trees” made up of 350 smaller trees. Another 1,500 beacons will be lit in the UK, Overseas Territories and Commonwealth of Nations. Other official events include a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, a palace party on June 4 led by the Queen (with Adam Lambert), Alicia Keys and Eurovision’s Sam Ryder and a pageant at Buckingham Palace on June 5. The competition includes the River of Hope Parade: 200 silk flags, made and carried by schoolchildren, addressing the climate crisis and representing their aspirations for the next 70 years.

Picnic in the park, Windsor

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is a major attraction for celebrations centered around the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park. Events include a campfire and fireworks on June 2, a concert at St George’s Chapel on June 3, a free party to commemorate your picnic on June 4—with music, sports, and cars from Seven Decades—and a big lunch on June 5.

Captured in the 1950s, Belfast

On June 4, 2 Royal Avenue’s cultural venue takes you back in time to 1950s Belfast, with art workshops, live music, storytelling, film screenings, and a photography and dance gallery. The cafe serves dishes from the contract (free, some events with entrance fee). Elsewhere in the city, a jubilee bonfire will be lit in front of Titanic Belfast, and City Hall, which will be lit up in royal purple on June 5, is set to host tea dances.

Garden party, bathroom

Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. Photo: Jason Ingram

Bath goes one step further by lighting a variety of attractions purple on June 2, including Pulteney Bridge, Guildhall, the Roman Baths, and the Abbey (free, 10 p.m.). Bath on the Beach opens in the summer on June 2 at Royal Victoria Park and offers free Pimms on the weekends (reservations required). On June 5th there’s a big anniversary picnic in the lower lawn of the Royal Crescent with free face painting, children’s artists, and arts and crafts (free, 12pm-5pm). The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa hosts a garden party with afternoon tea, live music and games in the garden (£55).

Double chaise longues, York

Photo: Gareth Bodeau/The York BID

York is bidding for the most bunting during Bank Holiday: Downtown will be supplied with more than two miles of it. Archival footage from the Queen’s visits to the North will be shown on a large screen in St Sampson Square, along with daily screenings of the animated film The Queen’s Corgi (June 2-4). Other green spaces around the city will feature giant Union Jack lounge chairs big enough for two people, including Deans Park, St. Anthony’s Garden and the Museum of Gardens. The Spring Market and Food Festival at York Racecourse includes over 40 vendors, DJs, and bands, a vintage amusement park, bonfires, and a major anniversary brunch. The festival service takes place in York Minster on June 4th; Outdoor Jubilee Market at Carlton Towers, also on June 4, with Pimm’s, strawberries and cream; And many more gin tastings at York Gin Store (2-5 June).

Advertisements and mansions, Norwich

Wensum Pier and River, Norwich.
Wensum Pier and River, Norwich. Photo: eye35.pix / Alamy

City bartenders will read a proclamation addressed to the Queen when Norwich and cities across Norfolk are set ablaze on June 2. Chantry Place shopping center transforms into Chantry Palace for the weekend, complete with royal guardsmen, red carpet thrones, and Corgi-style family path (June 2-5). Norwich Cathedral presents Handel’s coronation hymns on 4 June (from £15 for adults / £5 for children). The Assembly Rooms serves the Queen’s favorite afternoon tea, which includes a gold leaf-covered chocolate chip cookie (£24.95, until 30 June).

Bands and Bears, Bristol

Bristol Cathedral
Photo: Michael Brooks/Almy

Bristol hosts a grand all-day Jubilee Dinner at College Green on 5th June, with live music and activities including making a Royal Paper Fleet while raising money for local food charities (free of charge). The Mall, a pub in Clifton, presents Platin Fest on June 3 with live bands and food stalls (free, 1pm-10:30pm). Berwick Lodge has an afternoon tea party at Platinum Jubilee, which includes a pianist, Berwick Bake Off, garden tours and more (from £29.95). The new Bedminster Beer Trail starts over Banks Weekend – drinkers collect stamps from pubs, bars and independent breweries along the way for a free festive beer at the Bristol Beer Factory taproom (June 2-5).

Castles and palaces

The fencing at Hampton Court Palace.
The fencing at Hampton Court Palace. Photo: Ian Bottle/Almy

Many castles and palaces in the UK host special events. in Hampton Court Palace South West London has the Jubilee Tournaments in the Gardens where riders compete for the Jubilee Cup (June 1-5, included with regular admission).

This year’s exhibition in the ballroom Balmoral Castle In Aberdeenshire, it shows a dress worn by the Queen at the Queen’s Jubilee Party, and the café offers a special afternoon tea (£15 for entry + £30 for afternoon tea, 2-5 June).

Balmoral Gallery.
Balmoral Gallery. Photo: WPA / Getty Images

Cardiff Castle It hosts the Platinum Jubilee Concert on 4 June featuring choirs, orchestras and singers including Bonnie Tyler (£32.50 for adults and children free).

in Lincoln CastleVisitors can join the Great British Jubilee Picnic in Castle Park, with entertainment from Castle Bandstand (free, 2-5/6).

Gala, Birmingham

The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra presents a program of works by John Suchet, which includes music from the coronation, works dedicated to the Queen and Princess Margaret, music from across the Commonwealth and some of the Queen’s favorite songs (June 2, from £2). 13). Other Birmingham events include a four-day celebration at Victoria Square with family games, cabarets and live music (2-5 June).

Great British bands, Skegness and Mablethorpe

Two coastal towns in Lincolnshire, Skegness and Mablethorpe, celebrate the British bands formed during the Queen’s reign by commemorating Coldplay, the Spice Girls, the Oasis, the Beatles, Madness and, of course, the Queen. Free concerts start at 1pm on June 4th and all bands play at both venues. Events end at 10pm with fireworks on the beach.

Fleet, Humber Estuary

A fleet of 70 vessels will be on display from the Victoria Pier in Hull to the Humber Bridge on 2 June including pleasure boats, harbor tugs, a lifeboat and a fishing vessel. (Free) Views include Pier and St Andrews Pier in Hull; Water’s Edge Country Park in Barton upon Humber; and Hessell Foreshore. The event recreates the 2012 Humber Flotilla to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, again based on one from 1897 for Queen Victoria. It begins at 3:00 p.m. with a family party in Hessle, followed by the fleet in the early evening and the highlight at 9:45 p.m. with the National Fire.

Platinum Street Festival, Bishop Auckland

11Arches Park in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, claims to have thrown one of the largest street jubilee parties in the country (June 4). The afternoon begins with the stunt horse show, Fina and the Golden Cape, a family-friendly story featuring fencing, stunt riding, jumping, and chariot racing. The show will be followed by live music by the lake and a massive 2,500-seat party inside and outside the Arches Hall. Guests can choose between baskets at the outdoor communal tables (£30 for adults / £20 for kids) or a three-course dinner inside with wine (£59). There are themed bars, an outdoor dance floor, live broadcast of the anniversary party and a light and water show with fireworks at the end.

Flower show in Manchester

Flower show in Manchester
Photo: Karl Sokonek

This year’s city flower show (June 2-5, free) is designed for the anniversary by honoring flowers citywide. There are 10 professional exhibits to explore along the Queen’s Jubilee Trail, from a giant queen bee to a floral display of crown jewels. There are many windows, doors, and other displays by florists, artists, and community groups on topics such as Queen’s Gambit. The fringe festival has alternative exhibits at places like Noma, the Museum of Science and Industry, First Street, and the Great North Depot, such as sex pistol-inspired punk poses. Bars and restaurants will have outdoor pop-ups, and a floral cocktail crawls across 10 venues: The summer garden at Harvey Nichols x Manchester Gin Bar looks suitably festive (raspberry gin and rose vermouth, £8).

Exmouth Festival, Devon

The Exmouth Festival (free, June 2-5), which usually takes place in May, has been postponed this year to take part in camp in June. The designated anniversary holiday is June 5. There will be a big anniversary lunch, a collaborative art experience, circus workshops, theater and live music, including jazz and swing. Elsewhere in Exmouth there is a big concert at the Exmouth Pavilion (June 2, £17) and the Jubilee Beacon Trail through town.

Neighbor Jubilee Festival, Worcester & Malvern

Elgar Fest holds concerts, street performances, lectures, and workshops at venues across Worcester and Malvern (June 3-5, tickets). It features music related to the Queen, including Elgar’s Nursery Suite and Vaughan Williams’ Te Deum, performed by the English Symphony Orchestra and the Elgar Festival Choir at Worcester Cathedral. Other performances include the English String Orchestra playing the introduction to Elgar and Allegro; and Elgar for Everyone family party; and the annual Prosecco Tea Party and Swing Party at Henry Sandon Hall.

Food Festival at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

The Food Festival (from £20.50, 2-5 June) coincides with this year’s remembrance, as do the usual guest chefs (Raymond Blanc, Gennaro Contaldo), master classes (pasta making, cocktail mixing), boutiques, street food, and bars. Anniversary garden. This is the place to go for a pint or some soft drink or cream tea while watching popsicles, an old trio and a resident band.

Corgis and cupcakes, Warwick

The market is the focal point of celebrations in Warwick on the 2nd of June with free live music through the decades, vintage cars and a steam train. Food and drinks are available from local businesses, including picnic boxes. School children bake cakes and biscuits themed for the anniversary of the Cake Contest, the winners of which will be announced at the event. Finally, there’s a flurry of corgi dogs: Families can spot corgi posters in shop windows across town in the lead-up to anniversaries—and real animals wag their tails in the plaza back in the day.