In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.
Celebrations and events will be taking place across the UK, here in Newark and Sherwood, and around the world, with an extended Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June.
Events in the district
Lots of exciting events are planned across the district with more than 60 towns and villages celebrating the Jubilee over the June bank holiday.
Newark and Sherwood District Council is host to many events including fun days in many of their parks and open spaces.
On Thursday 2 June, there will be a Play in the Park at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark while on Friday 3 June, there will be another Play in the Park at Yew Tree Park in Ollerton. Both free to attend events have been organised by Newark and Sherwood Community Hub and take place between 1pm until 3pm.
At both events families will be able to get involved with a whole host of activities ranging from fairground games, crafts, archery and more! Those attending can also bring a picnic to sit in the hopefully sunny weather too.
On Friday 3 June there will also be a family fun day at Thorpe Oaks playing field from 2pm until 4pm with Coddington and Winthorpe Cricket Club. They’ll be organising a friendly game for all to join, plus activities with Newark and Sherwood Play support team where there’ll be crafts and balloon modelling.
On Sunday 5 June there will be a tea and cake event at Millgate Community Centre on Pelham Street in Newark. The free event starts at 1pm and finishes at 3pm. There will be Jubilee crafts, songs, food and lots more!
Other events are also taking place at the District Council Extra Care schemes with afternoon teas taking place at Gladstone House, Broadleaves and Vale View.
On Wednesday 1 June between 4pm until 6pm, the District Council is organising a free Jubilee celebration event at Chatham Court Community Hub. There will be refreshments, games and much more.
Other events the District Council is supporting on include the Southwell Minster Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5 June from midday to 3.30pm. The Minster’s bells will play the national anthem at 12noon to kick off the celebrations, and all guests are most welcome to join inside the Minster at 3.30pm for an Evensong service.
Local Parish Councils are planning lots of other events too from street parties to outdoor picnics, to find out what’s happening near you, check your local Parish Council website to see what's planned.
The National Civil War Centre will be getting involved too as their Family Saturday on Saturday 4 June celebrates the Jubilee with themed craft sessions. Visitors will be able to create artwork inspired by books published during the year of the coronation as well as taking part in usual Family Saturday activities including family-friendly tours and storytelling.
In addition, tourism attractions and businesses across the district will also be hosting their own exciting Jubilee events. Further details and information are available on the Visit Newark and Sherwood events calendar here: www.whatson.visitnewark.co.uk/events/
Beacons will also be lit across the county on Thursday 2 June during the evening to kick off the bank holiday weekend. If you are lighting a beacon, please consider registering it on the official beacon website here: www.queensjubileebeacons.com/
Residents are also being encouraged to plant a tree to improve the environment and create a legacy to honour the Queen. Newark and Sherwood District Council has already planted their own tree at Sconce and Devon Park earlier this year
The brand new plum tree aptly named ‘Jubilee’ was planted by Newark and Sherwood District Chairman Councillor Penny Rainbow at a special ceremony on Friday 11 March. A plaque was also added to commemorate the planting of the tree.