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Celebrations fit for a Queen in Nottinghamshire

The county of Nottinghamshire is getting set to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style this June, with a range of festivities and events for visitors to enjoy.

Highlights include a very special beacon lighting event at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham – the only event nationally featuring a floating beacon on water, the Monarchy Royal Exhibition at Southwell Minster, a Royal celebration at Sherwood Forest and an English Civil War re-enactment in the beautiful grounds of Newstead Abbey, Lord Byron’s ancestral home.

Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will continue celebrate the Diamond Jubiwith lee a visit to Nottingham on Wednesday 13 June. You can find out more information here.

Did you know? The iconic Robin Hood Statue in Nottingham also celebrates 60 years in 2012!

For a full list of Nottinghamshire events visit our website: http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/diamond-jubilee

Monarchy exhibition at Southwell Minster, Southwell, Nottinghamshire
(Saturday 19 May – Sunday 17 June)

Monarchy: Icons and Imagery of Royalty, is a very special exhibition at the beatufiul Southwell Minster, featuring 26 paintings on loan from the Royal Collection as part of the Queen’s official Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Royal loans, of English monarchs from Edward III to Victoria, are complemented by a set of seventeenth-century paintings from Ripon Cathedral, also of early Kings and Queens. Other exhibits include a pair of Charles II’s gloves, never before shown in public, and the exhibition additionally celebrates the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Admission for adults is £3 with children under 16 going free.

Other celebrations at the Southwell Minster include the Diamond Jubilee Craft Fair on Saturday 2 June from 10am until 4pm, where more than 60 specialist craft stalls will be located within the beautiful surroundings of Southwell Minster, and an organ recital on Monday 4 June at 3.30pm by Rector Chori, Paul Hale and Assistant Director of Music, Philip White-Jones. Bank holiday celebrations will also be taking place on Tuesday 5 June when the live broadcast of the service in St Paul’s Cathedral will be broadcast in the Nave.  http://www.southwellminster.org/diamond-jubilee.html

English Civil War re-enactment at Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire
(Sunday 3 June, 11am – 5pm)

Join the Sealed Knot on Sunday 3 June for a brilliant re-enactment of the 17th century siege on the ancestral home of the Byrons. Thousands of participants will help relive the English Civil War battle which saw the Parliamentary forces of Colonel John Gell of Derby take on the troops of Lord John Byron.

Demonstrations, arts, crafts and pre-battle displays make the whole family feel like they’re are reliving a piece of history. Parking is £5 and re-enactment is £2 per adult, £1 per child. http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5569&eventId=1686

In Celebration of Royal Sherwood
(Sunday 3 June – Tuesday 5 June, 11am – 4pm)

In this weekend of royal celebration to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Sherwood Forest and Nottinghamshire County Council invite visitors on a journey back through time to when Sherwood was once one of the finest Royal Hunting Forests in the country. The forest will echo with the sights, sounds and smells of medieval forest life with displays of cooking and traditional skills, archery and combat. The centre is open from 11am to 4pm and entrance is free, with weekend parking charges of £3 applying. http://www3.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/enjoying/countryside/countryparks/sherwood/

Diamond Jubilee Beacon Lighting and Bonfires across Nottinghamshire
(Monday 4 June – 10pm)

Nottingham will join the rest of the nation in celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by lighting beacons across the city. The beacons will form a chain of at least 2,012 spanning across the country. A public bonfire event will take place at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park at 10pm. Smaller community events will also be taking place around beacon lighting at Woodthorpe Grange Park, Bulwell Bogs, and Green’s Windmill and Science Centre. 

Nottinghamshire will also be hosting the only floating beacon event in the country at The National Water Sports Centre at Holme Pierrepont. A specially commissioned fireworks display will coincide with the beacon being lit on the lake. Live music, children’s rides, food and drink, a craft fair and a 1950s themed promenade will be at the event. It is free to attend but there is limited car parking at £5 per vehicle. The event will be from 7.45pm until 11pm but visitors are advised to arrive early. Presented by Nottinghamshire County Council.

If you wish to stay the night or the entire bank holiday weekend why not consider camping at the National Water Sports Centre camping site facilities.www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/jubilee

Rufford Abbey: Rufford’s Right Royal Extravaganza Exhibition, Nottinghamshire
(Tuesday 15 May – Sunday 10 June)

Photographs and memorabilia from the Queen’s Coronation, Silver and Golden Jubilees. Venue: Rufford Abbey Country Park. Time: 10am – 5pm. Cost: Free. For more information,
Tel: 0115 9774589 Email: artsadmin@nottscc.gov.uk Presented by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Autokarna and The Nottingham Post Motor Show at Wollaton Park, Nottingham
(Saturday 2 June – Monday 4 June, 11am – 4pm)

Enjoy a celebration of classic and vintage cars at the popular Autokarna event in Nottingham, which celebrates 40 years at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park this year. Classic and vintage cars will be on display alongside motorcycles and commercial vehicles. The golden days of caravanning will be remembered, as well as tractors and buses from a bygone era.

There is plenty for children to do too with fairground rides and attractions, Mr Punch, a brass band, street theatre, and plenty of refreshments. Car parking charges apply but admission to the event is free. http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17562

The Big Jubilee Lunch and Bunting World Record Attempt at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
(Sunday 3 June – Monday 4 June, 11am – 4pm)

Beautiful National Trust property Clumber Park will host a community street party and Big Jubilee Lunch to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The whole family is invited to bring a picnic blanket and enjoy games, music and activities. The park is also encouraging members of the public to help in its attempt to break the world- record for the longest piece of bunting. Bunting triangles for the attempt can be dropped at Clumber Park or at the Nottingham Tourism Centre.

Film screening: The Queen at D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre
(Friday 1 June – 11:00am)

Watch Helen Mirren’s Oscar winning portrayal of The Queen as the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre celebrates the Diamond Jubilee. The film depicts a fictional account of events following the death of Princess Diana. Certificate 12A. Tickets are £3. http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4750

The Queen’s Jubilee Variety Night at the Royal Concert Hall
(Friday 1 June – 7:30pm)

Enjoy a night of royal variety-style entertainment. The Idolins and Subway Circus join Lady Gaga tribute act House of Gaga and the Rollo Academy of Performance Arts for a night of enjoyment and fundraising for the charity Nottinghamshire Pride. All tickets are £10. http://www.trch.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17995

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Holiday Celebrations at Thoresby Gallery
(Saturday 2 June and Wednesday 6 June)

Visit Thoresby Gallery on the Thoresby Estate and make a crown, a flag or design a Diamond Jubilee postcard on Saturday 2 June between 11am and 4pm. Tea, biscuits and old fashioned lemonade will also be served at the Jubilee refreshment stand.

Then on Wednesday 6 June from 1pm the coronation robes of Earl and Countess Manvers are on display as visitors learn about the colourful history of the restoration project of the robes and the Pierrepont Collection. Admission to each event is £4.http://www.thoresbycourtyard.com/

Found within the Thoresby Gallery, The Regimental Museum will be exhibiting the histories of Her Majesty The Queen’s regiments on Wednesday 6 June at 2pm. The museum holds a large collection of arms, uniforms, medals, silver and paintings that illustrate the regiments’ part in some of the greatest battles of the last three centuries. Artefacts can be found from the American War of Independence, the Battle of Waterloo, the Great War, the Second World War and many others. Tickets cost £4. http://www.qrlassociation.co.uk/m_home.htm

Jubilee Celebrations with cBeebies Mike the Knight at Twinlakes
(Tuesday 5 June – 10am to 9pm)

Meet Mike the Knight from cBeebies and join in the Jubilee celebrations at Twinlakes. Mike the Knight will be saying hello throughout the day near the picnic area. Gem106’s Sam and Andy will also be there enjoying the event. The famous Twinlakes fireworks celebration will conclude an action packed night. All rides and attractions will be open as usual.

Southwell Folk Festival
(Friday 1 June – Monday 4 June)

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring Gilson Lavis and guest vocalists Ruby Turner & Louise Marshall will kick off this year’s festival on Friday 1 June. The festival takes advantage of the Jubilee Bank Holiday and treats you to a programme full of folk and roots music.

To celebrate the Jubilee the Southwell Folk Festival will host a Mad Hatters Jubilee Tea Party on the afternoon of Monday 4 June. Children are invited to create and decorate their own hats which they can then wear during the tea party.

For full details on weekend and day tickets please visit http://www.southwellfolkfestival.org.uk/tickets/

Jubilee steaming at Papplewick Pumping Station
(Sunday 3 June and Monday 4 June – 11am until 5pm)

The Papplewick Pumping Station will be in full steam, with Jubilee-themed activities to celebrate the Queen’s anniveresary. The Engine House and grounds will be decorated in Jubilee colours, with last admission being at 4.15pm. www.papplewickpumpingstation.org.uk

Brass Band Performance at Rufford Abbey Country Park
(Monday 4 June – 2pm to 4pm)

The Thoresby Colliery Brass Band is performing at Rufford to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  See them in the main Rufford Abbey courtyard against the impressive backdrop of the Jacobean wing of the Abbey. The event is free to attend. http://www3.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/enjoying/countryside/countryparks/rufford/

Coronation Lunch at Langar Hall Hotel, Nottingham
(Sunday 3 June)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation lunch menu was a loaded 12-course menu. Langar Hall will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee by hosting six of the courses with a glass of a coronation cocktail upon arrival for £47.50. Langar Hall is a beautiful hotel in Nottinghamshire, recently named by Jools Holland as one of his favourite hotels in the UK. Bookings are advised. http://www.langarhall.com.

Newark Carnival and Jubilee Celebrations
(Sunday 3 June, 2pm)

The annual Newark carnival will parade through the town’s streets with more than 1,000 people participating in this year’s ‘Best of British’ themed event. A Jubilee Picnic will take place at the Riverside Park from 2.30pm with live bands, family shows and displays and an exciting firework finale in the evening. The events are free to attend and visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic. www.newarkcarnival.com

Erin Huckle, PR Manager
Experience Nottinghamshire www.experiencenottinghamshire.com
erin.huckle@experiencenottinghamshire.com / Tel: 0115 962 8300

Posted on 23 May 2012

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