Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Wiltshire
Lots of events planned over the bank holiday weekend
Communities across Wiltshire have been busy planning lots of events to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee over the bank holiday weekend 2-5 June.
From street parties, beacon lighting, fetes and 'Big Jubilee Lunches' there are many things planned and there are several ways to find out what's happening in your area. Check your local town or parish websites for details of what they have planned or visit the national map of events to see what's listed in your area.
Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton said; "The Platinum Jubilee weekend is nearly here! It is going to be wonderful chance for everyone in Wiltshire to join in a host of celebrations marking Her Majesty The Queen' s 70 years on the throne. In between our local events there will of course be wonderful TV! We can watch Trooping the Colour, the Red Arrows and a Balcony appearance, a Service at St Paul's Cathedral, The Platinum Party at the Palace, The Derby at Epsom, culminating in The Platinum Jubilee Pageant down the Mall on Sunday afternoon featuring performances from Ed Sheeran, Sir Cliff Richard and of course Basil Brush.
"Here at home, even more is going on starting on Thursday 2 June of course with lots of Beacons all over the county being lit on the dot of 9.45 pm honouring our Queen's unique reign. Do try and get to a spot where you can see one. Over the weekend our towns and villages, big and small, will be putting on their own community events for all ages to enjoy - Fetes, Jubilee Lunches, Church Services, Teas and much more. Has anyone tried making the Platinum Pudding? My thanks to everyone who has helped organise what is going to be a very special and busy weekend, and please join in as much as you can. I hope you will join me in sending Her Majesty every possible good wish for her historic Platinum Jubilee."
Wiltshire Council libraries have lots of fun family activities taking place to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee taking place from 28 May to 4 June. From Crown making, to communal colouring, Celebrating 70 and a library hunt - there is something to keep everyone entertained this half term.
All activities are drop in, so there is no need to book. More details can be found on individual Libraries Facebook pages for times and days.
All libraries will have Jubilee themed book displays and are celebrating the Reading Agency and BBC's Big Jubilee Read. The book list is available on our website.
On Jubilee Saturday library staff across the southwest will be wearing hats or red, white and blue and will be sharing pictures using the social media tags #SWCrownsForAll and #SWLibrariesJubilee.
The Department for Culture Media and Sport has launched an activity pack for children to help them learn about The Queen's reign, including articles about how the country has changed in the last seven decades, opportunities to colour in a corgi or crown and bunting to decorate for street parties. The activity pack can be found on the Platinum Jubilee website.
The government has also produced a Platinum Jubilee celebration toolkit support communities with their celebrations. The toolkit includes lots of useful items that will support any event. Examples include; download and print bunting, recipes from well-known celebrities and a Spotify playlist.