The start of June promises to be a monumental time in the country’s history, as the Queen becomes the first British monarch to celebrate 70 years of service with a platinum jubilee.
With that comes a bank holiday and a four-day weekend, allowing plenty of time for activities and celebrations to take place. And if the sun is up, there may be a few barbecues.
Whether it’s a street party, a fun day out, or just putting some garlands on the house, there are endless ways to pass the period – all while giving yourself time to enjoy a rare Thursday evening without fear of working with a headache the next day!
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Here we have taken a look at some of the Jubilee events taking place in County Durham.
Making paper flags and crowns at Durham Cathedral
During these fun workshops, visitors can learn how to hand sew a patchwork “boro” flag to take home and wave for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The workshops, led by Sharon from the Raggy Robin sewing company in Durham, will take place on Saturday June 4 at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Sunday June 5 at 10 a.m.
Between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from May 28 to June 5, visitors can also make a Jubilee-inspired paper wreath to take home. But workshops are just some of the things on offer at Durham Cathedral with a host of activities and events planned.
Visitors can also enjoy a ‘Picnic in the Cloisters’ from Saturday May 28 to Sunday June 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grass of the Cloister. It’s a rare opportunity to celebrate in style, as this space is open especially for this historic occasion.
On June 4 at 3 p.m. there will be a special service with a special performance by the Durham Cathedral Choir who will sing Hubert Parry’s coronation hymn ‘I was glad’. On the evening of June 2, Durham Cathedral will also be lit up in red, white and blue to celebrate. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website here.
Jubilee Street Party Trail at Raby’s Castle
Majestic Raby Castle is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee by opening up its picturesque Deer Park from Saturday 28th May to Sunday 5th June for a new street party themed course.
Visitors can also enjoy a picnic, which can be pre-ordered in advance, in the beautiful castle grounds. The picnic boxes include a delicious selection of sandwiches as well as scones and cakes. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website here.
Fina and the Platinum Street Party
Visitors can enjoy two iconic live shows, a giant platinum street party, live music and fireworks. Kynren – An Epic Tale of England returns to its spectacular outdoor stage where audiences embark on a journey through 2,000 years of history, myth and legend as they join young Arthur on his quest.
Doors open at 6:45 p.m. before the live show at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, June 3, allowing visitors to enjoy live jazz by the lake and an exclusive new dining experience available in the beautiful newly constructed Arches Hall.
Then, on Saturday June 4, back by popular demand, the critically acclaimed show, Fina and the Golden Cape, returns for a very special afternoon and evening of live entertainment, street food, music and a final fireworks display.
Doors open from 4.45pm for one of the biggest Jubilee Street parties in the country with performances by Fina and The Golden Cape from 5.30pm. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website here.
Turntable in the Park at Dalton Park
Dalton Park is hosting a shopping experience with a royal touch, with live music from Back Chat Brass on Saturday, June 4, and plenty of surprises fit for a queen or king at the free event.
Visitors can take a selfie in the throne room in its Jubilee Coronation Hall, located next to Trespass from May 30 to Sunday, June 5, where you can also create a crown and bunting. You can find out more here.
Turntable in the Park at Hardwick Park
At Hardwick Park, visitors can take part in a celebratory session with stories, creative activities, games and a route during the May 31st celebrations. The fun workshops last one hour and can be reserved for certain time slots (25 children’s places per session).
Reservations can be made online by visiting the council’s online store and searching for “Platinum in the Park” in the outdoor learning category. Select the time you want to participate and add it to the cart. You can add multiple sessions or children at a time. You can find out more here.
Jubilee Tea Dance at Durham Town Hall
It doesn’t matter if you’re Patrick Swayze or have two left feet, the June 1 Tea Dance is open to all ages and abilities. Hosted by Diane Ross Dance Academy, visitors can enjoy a Platinum Jubilee Tea Dance followed by afternoon tea.
Jubilee Afternoon Tea will be provided and served by New College Durham Catering and Hospitality students. Tickets cost £7.50 each – and numbers are limited, so book yours well in advance. Tickets are available from Toast Coffee, Unit 27 at Durham Market Hall, or can be purchased through Eventbrite here.
Consett Festival 2022
On June 3, visitors can enjoy live music, children’s activities, market stalls, and hot and cold drinks and food at Consett Festival 2022 to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Children get free entry with an adult and there is a small adult entry fee which contributes to the fund for small local charities. You can find out more here.
Jubilee Street Party at Seaham Hall
Seaham Hall throws the ultimate royal celebration with a street party. Visitors can sit down and enjoy their favorite teatime treats, from Victoria sponge cake to trifle and strawberry tarts, plus a glass of Pimm’s on arrival. Ali Adair will provide live music to set the mood and kick off the festivities. You can find out more here.