THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE 2022 – WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY…
Posted by Francesca De Franco on 07 May 2022
🇬🇧 This year, The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. The extended bank holiday weekend runs Thursday, 2 June to Sunday, 5 June and plenty of events are happening in May and June to commemorate this amazing milestone.
Here’s our roundup of what’s going on in and around the area. Check back regularly as this will be constantly updated. 🇬🇧
Age Concern’s Platinum Jubilee themed market stall
Age Concern’s Platinum Jubilee themed market stall will be in Epsom market place every Thursday throughout May (8.30am-4.30pm). It will provide inspiration, creative activities, demos and decorations to help you prepare for your celebrations.
Hat making for the Jubilee
Drop into Epsom Library (the atrium) from 11am onwards on Saturday, 14th May to create your very own millinery masterpiece for the Jubilee. This is a FREE event.
Create Your ‘Royal Hat’ Workshop
Age Concern Epsom and Ewell’s ‘Create Your ‘Royal Hat’ Workshop’ will take place on Wednesday, 18th May at the Old Town Hall. They’ll be up-cycling hats with ribbons and bows ‘anything goes!’ For further details or to register interest email: email@example.com
Age Concern Epsom and Ewell Online Dog Show
To tie in with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Age Concern Epsom & Ewell is running an Online Dog Competition (we know that HM the Queen is a big Corgi lover!).
There are a number of different categories you can enter. The competition will close at 12pm on Sunday 29th, May with winners announced on Thursday, 2nd June. For further details and entry, go to: https://www.facebook.com/ageconcernepsom/posts/359854982838827
Epsom Music NHS Staff Benefit Concert
Epsom Music Charity will host an NHS Staff Benefit concert, featuring the Salieri Quartet, as part of local Jubilee celebrations on Friday, 27th May at midday (one hour long) at the Epsom Playhouse.
Tickets are £10 donation. For more details and booking go to: www.epsommusic.org
Kings and Queens of Epsom and Ewell
As part of events marking the Queen’s Jubilee, Bourne Hall is making the past come alive. At this free event on Saturday, 28th May (9.30am-5pm), you’ll learn about the local connections of past Kings and Queens and get an insight into the medieval period.
In the afternoon there will be a display of how to arm a knight followed by a full tournament. Finishing with a Grand Melee when all the knights fight to the last man standing.
For more details see above or go to: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/visitors/whats-on/event/past-comes-alive-kings-and-queens-epsom-and-ewell
Epsom Jubilee Family Festival
Go Epsom is starting its Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Wednesday 1st, June (from 1.30pm-8pm) with its Jubilee Family Festival, which will be hosted across Epsom Marketplace and Epsom Square. It will include:
- Free Children ride and Face Painting
- Spectacular Stilt Walkers
- Bubble Shows by the world’s best Bubbleologist
- Live Music
- Living statue
- Balloon Modellers
- Local Charity Stalls
Jubilee Stamp Design Competition
Children are invited to design a postage stamp to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The lucky winner will have the chance to join the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell for tea in the historic parlour at the Town Hall.
There are two age groups:
- ages 4 to 7
- ages 8 to 12
You can download a template for your design or visit Ewell Library at Bourne Hall and pick one up. From 26 April, the library at Bourne Hall will have all the materials you’ll need, so you can complete your design there and then.
Designs must be in by Wednesday, 1 June. For more details visit: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/visitors/whats-on/event/jubilee-stamp-design-competition
Queen’s Jubilee CATS Club (in partnership with Kids Club)
There are two extra special CATS Clubs on Wednesday, 1st June (11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm) for the Jubilee. Children will get the chance to make themselves a very special commemorative souvenir of this historic event. They’ll learn about gems and how to draw them and have a go at decorating crowns with jewels.
The cost is £7.50, and with limited availability booking is essential. Email firstname.lastname@example.org at Bourne Hall Museum to book your spot.
Suitable for for ages 5-11 years. More details here: https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/visitors/whats-on/event/queens-jubilee-cats-club
Tower of London – ‘Superbloom’
To celebrate a little further afield, why not head to the Tower of London?
In spring 2022, over 20 million seeds were sown into the tower’s moat and from June 1st until September 18th you can see the resulting spectacular, colourful, vibrant field of flowers.
On arrival, visitors can grab a mat and slide down into the moat on their Superbloom slide and follow the visitor route through the display (there is another more conventional entry into the blooms) and continue by weaving past flowering displays filled with colour and scent along a winding path. A specially commissioned sound installation and sculptural elements accompany.
For more details go to: https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/whats-on/superbloom-at-the-tower-of-london/#gs.z05tqj
Well House Inn
The Well House Inn has a variety of Jubilee events and festivities taking place. On Thursday, 2nd June they’ll be serving a classic English menu all day: Pie mash and liquor, fish & chips, strawberries and cream and, of course, chicken tikka masala 😆
On Friday, 3rd June, they’ll be lighting up the barbie (12-5pm) with Jazz from 1-3pm.
Finally, on Saturday, 4th June they’ll be hosting a Derby day breakfast from 9am-11.30am.
Visit the website for further details: https://thewellhouseinn.co.uk/
Arts Network Sutton – Make a Jubilee Souvenir Mosaic Tile
On June 2nd (10.30am-12pm and 1.30pm-3pm) at Whitehall Historic House, visual artist, Maria Pia Jamie will show you how to decorate mosaic tiles inspired by the Queen’s jewels for you and your children to take back home.
It’s £6 per person; spaces are limited and advanced booking is required: https://make-a-mosaic-whitehall-house.eventbrite.co.uk
Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend at Polesden Lacey
They’re turning back the clocks at Polesden Lacy – Thursday, June 2nd to Sunday 5th June – to the era of the Queen’s coronation with a fifties-themed Jubilee celebration.
Explore the house, visit the exhibition, complete the treasure hunt and then head to the South Lawn where there’ll be live music on the terrace from 1pm. A different band will be performing each day playing swing, jazz and fifties rock’n’roll so there’ll be something for everyone.
More details can be found at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesdenlacey
The Jockey Club’s Platinum Jubilee Launch Party including the Beacon Lighting at Epsom Downs Racecourse will begin on Bank Holiday Thursday, 2nd June when the racecourse will open its doors free of charge, for a ticketed event with live entertainment from the Parade Ring. There will be food and drink options available and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
For dull itinerary and to book tickets go to: https://jubileecelebrations.co.uk/platinum-jubilee-launch-party-and-the-beacon-lighting/
Jubilee Fun Day
Merland Rise Church‘s Jubilee Fun Day is on Friday, 3rd June (12pm-4pm). It’s free to enter and there’ll be lots of delicious food, fair games (from hook-a-duck to wooden stocks where you can soak a friend!), crafts, live music, face painting and a bouncy castle. It promises to be lots of fun.
Check out their Facebook page for more details. Merland Rise Church, Tadworth, KT20 5HR.
Epsom Playhouse – Neil Sands Presents Happy & Glorious
Come and enjoy a regal and patriotic afternoon and celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style at Epsom Playhouse on Wednesday, 29th June (2.30pm).
Neil Sands and his wonderful West End cast are back to celebrate the 70 glorious years of Her Majesty’s record breaking rein.
“This uplifting afternoon will bring back golden memories with songs made famous by many of her favourite singers and stars from her Royal Command performances. From show tunes to the golden days of rock & roll and into the swinging sixties, sing along to a cockney knees up, a rousing section from Last Night of the Proms, and of course our signature flag waving finale in a tribute to the veterans of her armed forces, with those legendary Songs That Won The War.”
More details and booking: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/neil-sands-presents-happy-glorious
Can you help?
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
Epsom and St Hellier University Hospitals NHS Trust are looking for donations of red white and blue bunting for their celebrations. They’re also calling out to any of you knitters out there for knitted bunting. Here’s the pattern.
If you can help out, drop your bunting off at the main reception at St Helier (B block) or the PALS office at Epsom (Headley Wing). For more details visit their Facebook page.
Remember to keep checking back regularly and if there’s an event in the area that you think should be included do let us know by emailing: email@example.com
Enjoy the celebrations and don’t forget to get that bunting on order!