Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Shakespeare’s England

This year Her Majesty the Queen celebrates an iconic 70 years on the throne.  She is the first ever British Monarch to achieve this milestone, and the country will come together for an exciting four-day weekend of festivities to mark the occasion.

Across Shakespeare’s England, our towns, villages, hotels and visitor attractions are staging a series of exciting events in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.  Whether you are local to the area, or you are visiting for a short break, you can join in with the fun!

Here is our guide to Platinum Jubilee celebrations across Shakespeare’s England:

The Stratford-upon-Avon Platinum Jubilee Festival

Stratford upon Avon Jubilee logo

 

Join the festive atmosphere as Stratford upon Avon celebrates the Platinum Jubilee with a host of street parties, music and live performances across the town.

Amongst the partying will be a huge Royal Artisan Market and Street Food Court boasting over 100 traders that will span across the town on Bridge Street, Bancroft Basin, Waterside, Wood Street and High Street.  The market will run Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th June from 10am-9pm and on Sunday 5th June from 10am-5pm.

Other highlights of the Jubilee weekend in Stratford include:

Family Workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company

The Dell Theatre Garden, Wednesday 1st – Thursday 2nd June, 2pm-4pm
Take part in environmentally friendly crafts, writing activities, and Citizen Science, hosted by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Jubilee Poetry Trail

Explore Stratford on foot and discover the Stratford Jubilee Poem!  Lines of the poem (Written by Coventry City of Culture Poet Laureate Emilie Lauren Jones) will be displayed at various locations around the centre of the town. Piece them together to discover the key word to be in with a chance to win a prize.

Poetry trail maps and entry forms are free and will be available from the Escape Arts’ family activity stall during the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th June.

Jubilee Picnic in the Park

On Saturday 4th June between 2pm-6pm visitors can soak up the party atmosphere on Bancroft Gardens at a giant picnic in the park.  The Picnic in the Park will include fun and creative activities with the Royal Shakespeare Company including flag making, and memory making crafts.  Indulge in a bit of nostalgia with an outdoor temporary display that will give people the chance to find out more about Her Majesty The Queen’s visits to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Stratford-upon- Avon.

Memories of Her Majesty Exhibition

On Friday 3rd June, head to Stratford Town Hall for ‘Memories of Her Majesty’ (10am–4pm). This is a colourful and evocative one-day exhibition in partnership with Stratford community groups and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It shows how the Queen’s reign has brought families, friends and the people of Stratford-upon-Avon together, with photographs from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Royal Shakespeare Company collections on display for the first time. An online gallery will also be launching on Thursday 2nd June.

For a full programme of Jubilee weekend events in Stratford-upon-Avon click here.

Hymns and Crowns for the Queen at Holy Trinity Church

On Sunday 5th June at 5pm, Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon will host a very special service for the local community to mark the Platinum Jubilee. During the service, crowns decorated by local community groups will be presented to the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon. The service will also include singing of the Queen’s favourite hymns and a thanks giving for her many years of service to the nation.  More information can be found here.

Lighting of the Jubilee Beacon – Stratford-upon-Avon

Head to The Obelisk, Monument Field on Stratford’s Welcombe Hills on Thursday 2nd June for the ceremonial lighting of the Queen’s Jubilee Beacon at 9.45pm. This will be followed by a Firework Display at 9.50pm – a wonderful way to kick off a weekend of Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon!

Travelling to Stratford-upon-Avon for the Jubilee Bank Holiday

Road closures will be in place across Stratford-upon-Avon for the Jubilee weekend so make sure to allow extra time if you are travelling by car.  You can find a list of local road closures in Stratford District here.

Stratford Park & Ride will be operating during the following times throughout the bank holiday weekend:

Thursday 2nd June – 10am – 6.45pm

Friday 3rd June – 10am – 6.45pm

Saturday 4th June – 10am – 10pm

Sunday 5th June – 10am – 7pm

The Park and Ride service offers a great opportunity to avoid the traffic, and explore Stratford on foot.

Jubilee Celebrations in Warwick

On Thursday 2nd June from 12pm until 7pm, Warwick town will celebrate the Jubilee in style with a fun-filled Jubilee event in Warwick Market Place. Families and friends are invited to bring a picnic to the event which will include live music and fun for families! Find more information here.

Children can also join in with the Jubilee fun by following a trail around Warwick town centre to find the hidden Corgis!  Corgis sponsored by individual retailers and businesses will be visible in windows across the town from Friday 27th May 2022 and throughout the Jubilee weekend. The trail is free to enjoy, trail sheets can be downloaded for free here.

Join the Jubilee Beacon Lighting in Royal Leamington Spa

A flaming jubilee beacon

Royal Leamington Spa will be joining in with the national celebrations in the lighting of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons with a traditional ceremony set to take place in the Pump Room Gardens on Thursday 2nd June.

Warwick District’s Beacon will be one of thousands to be lit across the UK to mark the start of the Jubilee celebrations. The event which will take place from 9pm will feature bagpipes and a bugler ahead of the official lighting at 9.45pm by the Chair of Warwick District Council, Mini Mangat and Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa, Nick Wilkins.

In line with a long-held tradition the Warwick Town Crier will make a public proclamation to announce the event at 2pm.

There will also be an all day Jubilee celebration with a Right Royal Picnic at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa, on Saturday 4th June from 11am to 6pm.  The event will include a Bake Off Competition, a Best-Dressed Competition, A Jubilee Colouring Competition, and a Jubilee Crochet Corgi Show.  There will be live entertainment, food stalls, and fairground rides.  Entry is free and all details are listed on the event website here.

Have a Royally Good Time in Kenilworth

On Friday 3rd June, Kenilworth will celebrate the Jubilee in royal style with a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Street Party on Warwick Road from 11am – 4pm.  Anyone attending this free event is invited to bring their own picnic, or enjoy a bite to eat from one of the fantastic vendors and local businesses.  During the festivities will be an opportunity to relax and enjoy live music from popular local artists.  More information is available here, or by emailing kentc@kenilworth.org.

Jubilee Street Parties in Warwick District

A group of people celebrating the Queen's Jubilee at a street party in Lillington, Warwickshire

New memories of traditional Jubilee street parties are set to be made for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday across Warwick District with a whole host of street parties in the area.  Communities can come together to celebrate in true British style with a delicious picnic, traditional games, competitions and plenty of fun!  A full list of street parties and road closures in Warwick District can be found here.

Jubilee Events in Bidford on Avon

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Bidford on Avon from Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th June, with a whole host of activities for everyone to enjoy!

The fun festivities include: A Torch relay around Bidford, a decorate your house and garden competition, a fancy dress competition, a Queen’s Jubilee concert and Bidford Show of Talent.  There will also be a lighting of the Queen’s Jubilee beacon on the evening of Thursday 2nd June, and a Street party on Bidford High Street on Sunday 5th June from 3-6pm.  Find the full programme of Jubilee events in Bidford here.

Jubilee Events in Alcester

festive red white and blue bunting to celebrate the platinum jubilee in Alcester high street

The Roman town of Alcester knows how to hold a great party, and the Platinum Jubilee is no exception!  Alcester Town Council is hosting a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting on Thursday 2nd June. Picnics are welcome on Centenary Field, Alcester, from 6pm. Entertainment on the evening includes a fancy-dress competition and parade, complimentary Jubilee cake, Alcester Victoria Silver Band and Alcester town choirs performing the Jubilee Anthem, the beacon will be ceremoniously lit at 9.15pm.

On Sunday 5th June there will be a Jubilee Street Party on Alcester high street between 1pm–4pm. Residents are invited to bring their own tables, chairs and picnic, with entertainment provided.  More information on Alcester’s festivities can be found here.

Enjoy a Jubilee Themed Day Out in Shakespeare’s England

falconers quest display at Warwick Castle

 

To really get into the Royal spirit of the Jubilee, we recommend a visit to a real-life Castle, and Shakespeare’s England boasts two of them!

At Warwick Castle there are endless activities to enjoy, from the new Zog live show which launches during May half-term holidays, and the new Zog Playland and trail, to being awed by the falconry displays at the UK’s biggest bird of prey show.  You can also take on the Horrible Histories Maze, meet the resident bowman and visit the Princess Tower.  Not forgetting the 64 acres of stunning grounds and gardens to explore. You can truly pretend to be a Royal for the day!

Meanwhile, at Kenilworth Castle, families can immerse themselves in memorable moments from English Royal history with tales of Queen Elizabeth I’s visit to Kenilworth Castle, and stories about young monarchs through history. There is also a chance to take part in sword-fighting lessons at Sword School! Find out more here.

Take the family along to a ‘Right Royal Day Out’ at the British Motor Museum which is celebrating the royal cars in its collection. A number of vehicles from the Royal household are on display including the first bespoke royal Land Rover state review car, one of the fleet of vehicles used for Queen Elizabeth II’s first Commonwealth Tour and a 1971 Rover P5B, the personal property of HM the Queen but on long-term loan to the museum.

A free Family Tour of the museum takes place each day from Saturday 28th May – Sunday 5th June at 1.30pm, where children can help ‘royal reporters’ Jim and Claire find the next scoop on their tour around the royal cars.  The kids can also get creative and will be able to make a ‘royal car’ to take home from their visit!

Buzz along to Compton Verney for their Queen’s Ju-Bee-Lee Family Fun Days with bee-themed activities celebrating the Platinum Jubilee on Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June. Inspired by the Queen’s Green Canopy – a unique tree planting initiative – the gallery will celebrate the pollinators who help to keep the planet green, with drop-in sessions across two days. Learn more here.

Dine like a Royal for the Platinum Jubilee

Jubilee afternoon tea at the rsc rooftop restaurant

With all of this excitement you will need lots of delicious food and drink to restore your energy levels, and in Shakespeare’s England you will be spoiled for choice when looking for amazing places to eat and drink!  Here is just a selection of those who have pulled out all the stops for the Platinum Jubilee!

At The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon you can celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a delicious picnic hamper  while listening to live acoustic music from Bird & The Badman on Sunday 5th June ( performances are 1pm – 1.45pm and 2.30pm – 3.15pm). Picnics will be available from 12pm to 4pm, charged from £30 per person. Details are available here.

You might prefer to take a Platinum Afternoon Tea  which includes extra fabulousness with a glass of Veuve Cliquot Champagne for £42 per person! Book your bubbly afternoon tea treat here.

At Mallory Court Hotel and Spa, Leamington Spa you can truly dine like royalty for the Jubilee with a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea experience which includes a glass of Champagne and canapes on arrival served in the hotel’s stunning gardens, followed by delicious traditional afternoon tea and a glass of fizz in a private dining room! The experience is charged at £60 per person and you can book here.

Alternatively, you can opt for a Platinum Picnic Afternoon Tea, which includes a glass of fizz for two, traditional afternoon tea, picnic blanket to use outdoors and a game of croquet on the lawn for two. This quintessentially British experience costs £75 for two people and can be booked here.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will be offering a special Jubilee Afternoon Tea in its Rooftop Restaurant on Sunday 5th June between 12.15pm – 3.30pm featuring a range of seasonal savoury and sweet delicacies for £24.95 per head,  £29.95 (with a glass of Prosecco) or £34.95 (with a glass of Champagne). Bookings can be made via www.rsc.org.uk/rooftop-restaurant or by calling 01789 40344.

The Coach House, Stratford-upon-Avon have a great programme of free, live entertainment taking place throughout the Jubilee Bank holiday weekend. With Swing Jazz on the evening of Thursday 2nd June (8-10pm), Live Motown from 9pm on Friday 3rd June, local singer/songwriter Matty Coles on Saturday 4th June (9pm), and live music from 5pm on Sunday 5th June. Great food from their recently launched summer menu and a wide selection of drinks are just another reason to visit! Find them on Rother Street.

Throughout June, you can also take a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea at the quintessentially English Billesley Manor whilst enjoying the tranquil surroundings of their topiary gardens.

A bottle of Shakespeare Distillery Jubilee Gin

If you are searching for the perfect way to raise a toast to Her Majesty, look no further than the limited edition Jubilee Gin from Stratford based Shakespeare Distillery.  It has a striking royal blue colour, created with Butterfly Pea flowers, and is described as a beautifully delicate and well-balanced gin that takes inspiration from a summer’s garden. We can’t wait to have a taste! The Jubilee Gin can be purchased online, from the Distillery shop, or from their shop at No.1 High Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.

The perfect place to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

Whether you live locally to Shakespeare’s England, or you plan to visit for the Jubilee bank holiday there is a Jubilee event to entertain the whole family.  If you decide to extend your stay, you can choose from a wide selection of places to stay across South Warwickshire.

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Enjoy a visit fit for a monarch in Shakespeare’s England for the Platinum Jubilee!  We would love you to share your photos with us on social media with #MyShakespearesEngland.