Things to do this Diamond Jubilee Weekend, 1-5 June 2012
This weekend is a big bank holiday weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We have two days holiday in addition to our usual Saturday and Sunday to enjoy Nottinghamshire and get out and about. There’s lots to see and do.
A Beacon Spectacular will take place at the National Water Sports Centre on Monday 4 June. The event is free and includes entertainment and fireworks display. You’ll also find a fantastic display at Wollaton Deer Park on Monday night, with a celebratory beacon and live performances of music and street theatre.
More Jubilee Beacons and Bonfires take place across the county including Calverton Village, Papplewick andLinby Village, Ravenshead, Mellish Rugby Club and Woodborough. For more information on these specifically, go to the Gedling Borough Council webpage.
On Sunday, you’ll find special celebrations at Newark Carnival which includes a ‘Best of British’ street parade and Jubilee picnic at Riverside Park.
The former home of the poet Lord Byron has an intriguing history and his ancestors took the side of the King in the English Civil War. Sealed Knot present an authentic Civil War re-enactment of battle at Newstead Abbey on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Clumber Park is hosting a Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday. As part of the celebrations throughout the half term week, an attempt is being made to break the world record for the longest line of bunting.
Over 500 vintage, veteran and classic cars are on display at Wollaton Hall’s Autokarna on Sunday and Monday.
Lovers of our industrial heritage will enjoy the miniature railway Duchess Rally at Great Central Railway Nottingham. It’s well worth noting that Papplewick Pumping Station is in steam too and the sight of the James Watt engines in full flow is a huge spectacle.At the Framework Knitters’ Museum in Ruddington there is a free exhibition of local art and textiles on from Saturday to Monday.
On Monday, enjoy Maypole dancing at Wellow Maypole, one of only a few permanent maypoles in the country, this picturesque village knows how to celebrate in true traditional style!
Outside of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, you can find the Dot to Dot Festival taking place at several venues in the city with headline acts The Drums, Pulled About by Horses and Dog is Dead.
You’ll find more live music at The Southwell Folk Festival which starts tonight with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra kick starting the celebrations.