A right Royal knees up! Fun stuff to do this weekend
Bunting's up, Pimms is on ice and you're dressed head to toe in red, white and blue (or not). Here's 47 unmissable events to fill your four days with fun.
Platinum Jubilee Flotilla, Windsor, 4 June
Heave, heave! The flotilla, led by Gloriana, The Queen’s Row Barge, is back for the Platinum Jubilee. Find your spot and see this epic sight between 11am and 12pm as it glides through Windsor. Setting off from Boveney Lock, opposite Windsor Racecourse, it will glide downstream through Windsor to Staines. Lycra-clad six packs from local rowing clubs will be taking part, along with rowers from the Windsor Boys School.
Jubilee Party in the Park, Long Walk Windsor, 4-5 Jun
Pack your Coronation chicken sarnies, Victoria Sponge and lashing of fizz for a totally free event. Jubilee Party in the Park will take place down the Long Walk where there will be cars, music and sport from across the decades of Her Majesty’s reign. Bring your own picnic, find your spot or grab a bite to eat and make sure your Union Jack flag waving game is strong. On Sunday 5 June, is Big Lunch day in Windsor. The aim is to create the longest picnic table ever – one very long table running from Cambridge Gate, down the Long Walk towards the Copper Horse.
Jubilee Concert in St George’s Chapel, 3rd June 2022, Windsor Castle, Windsor
Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting and Fireworks, The Long Walk Windsor, 2 June
Light ’em up! The Windsor Beacon is one of over 2,022 being lit in the UK and the Commonwealth, and you’ll find at Cambridge Gate. The Mayor of the Royal Borough and Admiral Sir James Perowne, Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle will do the honours before the oohs and aahs of the firework display over the Castle.
Jubilee Proms, The Lexicon, Bracknell, 1 June
Who needs the Royal Albert Hall when you have The Lexicon’s Jubilee Proms. Pack up the hampers and champers, drape yourself in a Union Jack and party in Bond Square to music by the D-Day Darlings, Chelsea Pensioner and BGT winner Colin Thackery and more.
Lovely Jub(i)lee Come Together, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 4 June
A free outdoor extravaganza of music, dancing, market stalls, food and drink. There’s also free Kite Making Workshops from Community Kite Project. Spaces are limited and can be pre booked on the Norden Farm website here.
THE OTHERS: Live music, stalls and entertainment at Compton Platinum Jubilee Festival in the Park (2 June) The Recreation Ground, Compton, Queen’s Platinum Party in the Park (4 June) at Elms Field, Wokingham and Binfield Platinum Jubilee Summer Party (4 June). Over at Victoria Field in Sunninghill Platinum Party in the Park (2 June) music, fun fair and stalls, followed by the Platinum Jubilee Concert (3 June) from St Michael and All Angels Church. Join the Sonning Scarecrow Trail (2-3 June) and then head to the river fo the regatta events. Over in Hurst limber up for the Jubilee Sports Day (3 June), followed by the Hurst Jubilee Concert (4 June) at Martineau Green. Down at Caversham Lake you can swing into action at the Jubilee Dance (4 June) and Tea Party at The Lakes (5 June). Pimms, proseccos and a party atmosphere at Holyport Platinum Jubilee Party (4 June) and Hungerford Platinum Jubilee Picnic (5 June). It could be a record breaker at the Goring and Streatley Street Party (5 June) as they aim to run picnic tables from village to village. And who can resist a Donkey Derby. Over at King George’s Field in Twyford the Scouts Donkey Derby and Jubilee Picnic at King George’s Field (5 June).
FAMILY FUN DAYS
Jubilee Jousting, Stonor Park Henley, 3-5 June
Fun that’s also “educational” — instant smug parenting. At Stonor Park’s Jubilee Jousting you and the kids will be whisked back to the days of chivalry and entertainingly dangerous sport. The knights throw in slapstick humour, encourage the audience to take sides and to boo and hiss aplenty, and there’s all sort of japes with swords and balls and chains. Oh, and a dress-up competition, judged by the real knights themselves, so the littlies should raid the fancy dress box for their finest knight, dragon, princess, royal regalia. See our full breakdown of the weekend here.
Jubilee Farm Festival, Bucklebury Farm, 2-5 June
Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.at a four-day festival of fun at the Farm. From circus performers, musicians, arts and crafts, lots of delicious food and drinks. Not forgetting all the usual faves including tractor rides to feed the deer, play areas and more! Pre-Booking online is essential as spaces are limited for each day. Tickets Children £13.95, Adults £15.45.
Head In the Clouds Festival, South Street Arts Reading, 2-4 June
An exciting new festival for families and kids. Head In The Clouds, supported by Arts Council England, will feature work by several nationally acclaimed theatre companies. From musical comedy for new parents and their babies, to a family-friendly drag cabaret party, there’s dynamic and inclusive shows for all ages. Plus FREE taster sessions to sample South Street’s Youth Theatre for School Years 1-13. Grab your tickets here.
A Right Royal Jubilee Party, Beale Park Lower Basildon,
Cuteness overload. Beale Park is hosting a four-day party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including Berkshire’s biggest ever teddy bears’ picnic. Bring a your best teddy, a picnic go wild at Beale Park with an inflatable slide, stilt walkers, bubbleologist and all the animals.
Jubilee Party in the Paddock, Holme Grange Craft Village Wokingham, 5 June
Picnic, Pimm and a party in the paddock. Holme Grange Craft Village will be firing up the barbie for a day of fun with the whole family. Free games, face painting, balloon modelling, bubble and snow machines. Plus, a sweet petting farm.
Yattendon & Frilsham Fete, Yattendon, 4 June
Ah a brilliantly bonkers fete that’s going big on the red, white and blue. Where else can you enjoy men dancing with handkerchiefs, steel bands, dog shows, Christmas tree tossing and a slightly dodgy Punch and Judy show with copious amounts of cider? Yattendon and Frilsham Fete (yes I’m biased, it’s my local). Race you to the hog roast or escape the madness in the Royal Oak’s stunning garden. Fun starts at 1pm.
You can also join Theale Village Jubilee Fete on the 5 June 12pm-4.30pm at Theale Recreation Ground, Theale.
Sonning Festival, Sonning, now – 5 June
Fancy messing about by the river? After a long absence, the Sonning Festival is back with nine days of events including some special Queen’s jubilee celebrations. The Sonning Regatta is the main event and there are races for all ages and paddling abilities, pond dipping, football and tennis for kids. Plus a posh picnic, a street party and more.
Reading Children’s Festival, Various locations, now – 5 Jun
Now in its 33rd year, Reading Children’s Festival is a fun packed few weeks of events and activities for children. There are free arts and crafts sessions, free boat rides, steel drum taster workshops and more, closing with the Jubilee Children’s Concert from the Trinity Concert Band on Sunday 5 June. Check out the full programme here.
ROYALLY GOOD SHOWS
A Right Royal Evening of Burlesque, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 3 June
Burlesque is going red, white and a bit of blue for Queen and country. The fabulous guys and gals from the Hundred Watt Club return to Norden Farm with a glittering and Champagne soaked evening of saucy entertainment. Starring sparkling, elegant showgirl Serafina Hart and featuring comedian Elliot Mason. Plus stunning Bollywood inspired burlesque artist Pat Elle with mind boggling circus stunts from human pretzel Bella Diosa. Hosted by mouthy North Eastern prize export Cheryl Coal.
The Jubilee Tribute Show, Abbey Ruins, Reading, 3 June
Reading’s Biggest Platinum Jubilee Celebration- and Queen is headlining. Not Her Maj, but a tribute act. Sound-a-likey acts joining Faux Freddies and pals include The Beatles, George Michael and Ed Sheeran. The Abbey Ruins will also be rocking with live DJs, entertainers and street food.
Pimms Regal Garden Party Race Night, Windsor Racecourse, 6 June
Why not make four days of Jubilee fun, five. Head to Windsor Racecourse for Monday night racing, with a Pimms Regal Garden Party vibe. Expect vintage rock and pop music, Jubilee themed food and lashings of Pimms.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Reading Museum, until 4 June
Last chance to see the Duchess of Cambridge’s 40th birthday portrait at Reading Museum. Taken by photographer Paolo Roversi in November 2021, it can be seen in the Welcome Gallery. The museum was chosen due to the Middleton family’s connections to the area, having been parishioners of St James the Less Church in nearby Pangbourne for several generations.
Rock n roll on the riverside. The Swan at Streatley will be popping Rocketman on the movie reel on 2 June. A film about Sting… only joking, Elton John obviously, with Brit star Taron Egerton (above) donning the silly specs. Lush location, brilliant film and you can sing-a-long – no-one will hear you as you’ll all be wearing headphones. Drinks and snacks available. Bring a blanket to stay warm. Gates open at 7.45pm. Film starts as soon as it gets dark from 9.15pm, and finishes at 11.15pm.
Old McDonald & the Three Pigs Plus, Norden Farm Maidenhead, 4 June
Featuring a 5m wide book with 2m pop ups, bright colourful pages and lots of silly animal props. Old McDonald and the Three Pigs Plus weaves the well known story of the Three Pigs with the easy to learn rhyme Old McDonald Had A Farm. A fun, interactive show, for ages 4-7.
Gifford’s Circus, Blenheim Palace Woodstock, 2-6 Jun
Roll up, roll up, Gifford’s Circus is coming to town! From the imagination of the brilliant late Nell Gifford, the trope’s new show ¡Carpa! has a Mexican vibe, featuring Mexican performers alongside Gifford stalwart (and my all time favourite clown) Tweedy. Adult tickets from £20, Kids from £10.
Water Fest, Forbury Gardens Reading, 4 June
WaterFest stretches from Reading’s Abbey Ruins, Forbury Gardens, Chestnut Walk and Riverside Walk. Expect a party atmosphere in Reading that day with entertainment, fun for the kids, waters activities, boats and craft stalls more more.
Festival of Food and Music, South Hill Park Bracknell, 3 June
Festival season is about to swing into action. Any excuse to squeeze into your Daisy Dukes and stagger around with a pear cider. South Hill Park is hosting a family-friendly Food and Music Festival (with a special Platinum Jubilee twist) and –it’s totally free to enter. So there’s no excuse not to go and sample the international street food, kids entertainment and chilled atmosphere in the beautiful grounds of South Hill Park. Sunshine’s been ordered, but take a Pac-A-Mac just in case.