Live outdoor performances, indoor shows, story trails, bunting and craft workshops, a light ceremony and The Big Lunch in the Castle Grounds are some of the celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Tamworth. The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.
Cllr Rob Pritchard, deputy leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “We are excited to bring some great community events together to mark such a momentous occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“Bringing the community together in celebration is something 12 months ago we would not have thought possible. How amazing it is to be celebrating 70 years of the reign of our Queen, especially as we now move out of the pandemic. We have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to celebrate! ”
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The Castle Grounds is playing host to a Platinum Jubilee Celebration from 11am on Saturday June 4, with royal festivities including The Platinum Path with bandstand performances from local community choirs, a dog show, kids’ jubilee themed story trails and games. In addition, there will also be royal walk around characters, a jubilee themed balloon arch selfie station, kids’ magician, balloon sculptors and food vendors on site.
All families are invited to take part in The Big Lunch on Sunday, June 5, from 11am – 5pm. This event is part of a countrywide Jubilee Big Lunch.
Locals and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to the lower lawn and enjoy an afternoon of live music at the bandstand, meet with friends and family for an informal lunch party. Food vendors will also be on site along with face painters, street magic and fun for the whole family. Entry is free.
Preparations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will commence from Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3, with free craft workshops with Maggie Carney at Ankerside Shopping Center. Join Maggie to create jubilee themed artwork.
An spectacular evening will take place on Thursday, with a Beacon Lighting Ceremony at Tamworth Castle from 9.45pm.
A projection of flames will transform the outside of the castle into a ‘Beacon’ of light, accompanied by live entertainment including a jubilee song performance titled ‘Song for the Commonwealth – A Life Lived With Grace’, in the bandstand by Tamworth Voices; and a bugler to play the specially created jubilee bugle call ‘Majesty’ at 9.40pm.
Families can also take part in bunting making workshops. All ages welcome. This workshop will take place inside Tamworth Castle, from Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 3. Normal admission prices apply. More details are on the website here: www.tamworthcastle.co.uk/events.
Live indoor shows are being hosted across the bank holiday weekend at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms, as part of the jubilee celebrations. A Right Royal Knees Up is an afternoon performance starting at 2pm on Thursday, June 2. Jimmy Cricket and Leah Bell, plus full supporting company, are hosting a feel-good variety performance. Packed with show-stopping scenes, sing-a-long memories and spectacular footage, this show will take audiences down a nostalgic journey through the 70 year reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second.
Back by popular demand is The Best of Queen – The Break Free Tour on Friday, June 3, at 7.30pm. Get ready to break free with the UK’s biggest Queen tribute band – Majesty, in a brand-new show – The Break Free Tour!
The third jubilee celebration performance at the Assembly Rooms is on Saturday, June 4, with a 2pm matinee showing of The Queen’s Knickers.
TaleGate Theater Productions present this regal children’s musical full of songs and silliness.
For more details about the shows and to purchase tickets go to: www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/whats-on.
Also on Saturday is a Queen’s Jubilee Proms at St Editha’s Church. For tickets go to https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/Church-Of-St-Editha/Queen-Elizabeth-IIs-Platinum-Jubilee-Proms-Evening/35960103/
Groups, communities and individuals who want to celebrate in their own way or plan a party, can find a host of helpful resources at: www.tamworth.gov.uk/queen’s-platinum-jubilee.
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