In June the Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee for 70 years of service.
It’s a remarkable achievement and with a four-day Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5, the whole country is set to celebrate in style, not least in Swindon.
Here’s a look at some of the exciting Platinum Jubilee events taking place all across Wiltshire’s biggest town.
Pimm’s in the Park, Friday June 3 to Sunday June 5, Lydiard Park (12-10pm Friday/Saturday, 12-8pm Sunday)
The free-to-attend community event to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee will have all its profits donated to good causes in Swindon. MK Garrison’s cast of Star Wars characters will be entertaining the crowds, and there will be live music, classic cars, arts and craft stalls, a tombola, a raffle, a treasure hunt, and Steven Hill’s Funfair.
The All British Brunch at Boom Battle Bar, Saturday June 4, 2pm-6pm
Swindon’s brilliant Boom Battle Bar is planning an awesome All British Brunch in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, with this games and live events bar hosting a big Bank Holiday celebration. Join Boom Battle Bar for a bottomless brunch experience that would even impress the Queen and enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless drinks and food. Boom Battle Bar will undergo a Royal transformation for this special event and will also feature a British Classic DJ performance and the Ultimate British Quiz! Tickets £25.
Swindon and Cricklade Railway Beer Festival, Friday June 3 to Sunday June 5
Join Swindon & Cricklade Railway for a Platinum Jubilee beer festival celebration taking place across the Jubilee Bank Holiday. Serving 15 real ales and 10 different ciders provided by the wonderful Hop Kettle Brewing Company, pints will be priced at just £3 each with live music taking place on Friday and Saturday. The beer festival will run from 11am until late on Friday and Saturday, and 11am until 5pm on Sunday. Tickets are priced at £5 each which also includes your pint glass.
Jubilee Celebration, Mechanics’ Institute Trust, Friday June 3, 11am-3pm
The local community centre will be hosting a Jubilee party focused on children at the Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square with a mixture of fun activities such as face painting and bouncy castle. As a heritage charity, the local Railway Village Museum will be open and there will also be a small craft fair.
Jubilee Picnic in the Park Wroughton, Saturday June 4, 12.30pm-4.30pm
Come along and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with this family friendly picnic event on the Weirfield, Wroughton. There will be children’s activities, entertainment, refreshments and youth activities too. Bring along your own picnic or enjoy tea and cake made by our local girl guides. Wear Royal themed fancy dress or red, white and blue.
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Events Highworth, Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5
Highworth is putting on a big, two-day party to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
Saturday, High Street Highworth – Air Cadets Parade, Craft/Produce Stalls, Walking Float Parade, Art Display, Music Performances, Silver Band, Caricature Artist, Walking Magician, Food Vendors & Cocktail Bar, Photo Display by Highworth Historical Society, Storytime Reading in Visit Highworth, seating area to sit & enjoy the celebrations and much more.
Sunday, The Elms Rec, Highworth - Large Screen to Display London Platinum Jubilee Pageant, falconry Display, VR Simulator Classic Car Display, Inflatable Sports, Funfair, Farmer Gows, Face Painting, Interactive Trail, Police Car (including finger printing), Warneford School (Game Through The Ages) and much more.
The Big Jubilee Lunch, Queens’s Park, Sunday June 5, 11am-2pm
On Sunday June 5, South Swindon Parish Council are hosting a Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70th year on the throne and you're invited! Join us for an opportunity to get to know your local community while enjoying a picnic in our beautiful park this summer. Pre-registrations are now open via Eventbrite, so make sure you sign up and mark your calendars!
Stratton St Margaret’s Parish Council Jubilee Event, Sunday June 5, from 12 noon
Stratton St Margaret Parish Council are inviting members of the public to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the Grange Field on June 5. The Jubilee celebration day will have an English ‘street party’ feel with marquees, table and chairs and outside bar facilities. Activities and attractions attendees can enjoy include food outlets, afternoon teas, music (an hour of each era for the Queen’s reign), best cake competition, Pimm’s Tent, welly throwing, tombola and raffle, and a dog show.
Old Town Street Party, Sunday June 5, 12pm-5pm
The Old Town Business Association is organising a party on Wood Street on Sunday June 5. Live music throughout the day will feature iconic and classic songs from across the reign of the Queen, from the 1950s to the present day, as well as dance performances, street performers plus some ‘Royal’ guests who will be hosting a singalong with the children.
Queen’s Jubilee Fun Day at Stanton House, Sunday June 5, 12pm-5pm
Join Stanton House Hotel for a super fun family day out for all on Sunday June 5 at their gorgeous hotel and gardens where there will be plenty or entertainment! Expect bouncy castles, face painting, carnival games, live music, ice cream and so much more for the whole family to enjoy: £25 for a family ticket or £10 per person (under 2s go free).
Fun Day Cricklade Leisure Centre, Sunday June 5, 11am-4pm
A jam-packed fun day is in store with Cricklade’s Got Talent, a funfair, an ice cream van, go-karts, tug of war, fitness class displays, face-painting, e-scooters, stilt walkers, petanque, arts and crafts, gifts, the Cricklade choir, Cricklade sports teams taster sessions, a barbecue, Siggy the Dog display, a bar, Minety dance performance, an electric vehicle stand, and more.
Community Choral Festival, Old Town Bowl, Town Gardens, Sunday June 12
The Open Door Centre is organising a Community Choral Festival which will take place at the Bowl in Town Gardens. The purpose of the festival is to showcase the diversity of talent in Swindon, providing a family day of music in the town’s iconic venue. There is no charge for choirs to perform and no charge for the audience to attend. There will be food on sale – hot dogs, burgers, tea, coffee and cake – and a licenced bar. There is also a singing workshop prior to the event run by local Natural Voice practitioners.