Jubi-glee! 20+ brilliant Platinum Jubilee events near you in Cornwall
It's the knees-up of the century. Jubilee celebrations are taking place across a four day Bank Holiday from 2 to 5 June. Want to know where to take your tiara? Try these. From garden parties and parades to beacons and flotilla. Spiffing!
Four days of partying you say? That calls for our mega-guide to Her Madge’s remarkable anniversary. There’s something for everyone in our curated guide. Read on and make it a royally memorable weekend.
THURSDAY 2 JUNE 2022
Kicking off the weekend is the May bank holiday that we should have had on Monday which marks the start of the official Platinum Jubilee events. First up of the official events is The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) where (as you of course know) more than 200 horses, over 1400 foot soldiers and more musicians than it would seem possible will parade from Buckingham Palace and down the Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade. Catch it from 10am on BBC1.
The Greenbank’s Jubilee Afternoon Tea, 2 – 5 June, £25pp
Throughout the bank holiday, The Greenbank will be clinking glasses at the Water’s Edge and savouring high tea that even her Maj would approve of. Head to the panoramic restaurant where classically British sweets and treats will be on offer, alongside a regally refreshing summer cup cocktail – so you can cheers to her majesty in style. From delicate finger sandwiches and savoury delights to classic cakes and perfectly portioned morsels, The Greenbank’s Jubilee afternoon tea is the ultimate way to enjoy the bank holiday. Booking essential.
Platinum Jubilee Picnics at Cotehele, until 5 June
Bring a picnic, pick up a blanket from reception and follow the afternoon-tea trail to the orchards to join the fun. At the Mill, try tasty Royal bakes.
Right Royal Train Rides, Bodmin & General Railway, 2 – 5 June
Book a decorated private compartment that seats up to 8 people and 2 dogs? Passengers will receive a bottle of Prosecco and a box of chocolates – running twice a day (10.30 and 1.30, the train heads up and down both branch lines in a two hour round trip). Or, if you fancy a more substantial eat while you enjoy the Cornish countryside, treat yourself to a Platinum Afternoon Tea or Right Royal Brunch.
A Night by the Prom, Jubilee Pool, Penzance, 7pm
The evening will start with live music from Jubilee Strings a collection of string players from Penzance Orchestra, a local group who have put together some classic, well known music. Later we are excited to host a good old Cornish sing song from shanty singers Bryher Boys. The evening will all lead up to the lighting of the beacon at the deep end of the pool to commemorate the Queens years in the commonwealth.
Speaking of beacons, look out for beacons being lit across the Duchy – there is a long history of communities lighting beacons to mark coronations and jubilees. The official lighting up time is 9.15-9.45pm local time and alongside the actual beacons, like Chapel Carn Brea (above), almost all villages and towns will be lighting bonfires – check out your local Facebook page for your nearest. A principal beacon will be lit at Buckingham Palace and there will be BBC coverage if you don’t fancy finding a torch and wellies to attend your own.
FRIDAY 3 JUNE 2022
Friday is our bonus bank holiday and for avid Royal watchers (or those that want to get a glimpse of Harry and Meghan) will have eyes on the BBC at 11.10am for the live stream of the service of thanksgiving from St Paul’s Cathedral.
The rest of us will find community events up and down the Duchy in parks and village halls, gardens and beaches. We’ll be here until the next century listing them all out so check your local Facebook group for more info. Also look out for Falmouths Jubilee Parade at 12.30pm,
Jubilee Party and Flag Ceremony, Antony, 3 and 5 June
Don’t miss the raising of the flag ceremony at 1pm each day to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee. The flag pole has been restored especially for this momentous occasion. Jubilee party bags can be purchased from the welcome team for £3 and include a paper crown, union jack flag, red, white and blue seeds for planting and a garden quiz. Join the garden party picnic where there will be music, deckchairs and garden games.
The Jubilee High Tea, Bodmin Jail, 3 – 5 June
Serving up amazing cakes, scones and finger sandwiches, The Platinum High Tea is topped off with a glass of Champagne and a further selection of cakes. A special children’s High Tea is also available. The High Tea celebration will be served in the courtyard, surrounded by over 250 years of history. There will be three sittings daily running from June 3-5 at 12, 2 and 4. Afternoon Tea will be served under canvas in case the Cornish weather does not get the memo about this historic weekend.
Mad Hatters Tea Party, Wheal Martin, 2 – 4pm
Join an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party on the cafe terrace at Wheal Martyn. Find crowns in the outdoor treasure hunt, and dress up as your favourite Alice in Wonderland characters for this fun filled afternoon at Wheal Martyn.
Rock Sailing and Waterski Club, Jubilee Sail Past, 6.30pm
All boats welcome for this sail past – dinghies, shrimpers, gigs etc – with bunting and decoration encouraged. Gather in the vicinity of St Saviour and Cassock, leaving the channel clear. Or, watch from the beach!
SATURDAY 4 JUNE 2022
On Saturday afternoon you’ll find scores more community events – Wadebridge has a Carnival Fun Day planned in the aptly named Jubilee Park, there’s a Crafting Connections exhibition at Unit K, White River Place, St Austell hosted by the School of Make, make crowns at workshops at Flambards and pretty much every village, town and beach has something of interest.
The Alverton’s Great British Tea Party, Truro 2-5pm, £25
Guests will get to enjoy a delicious curation of sweet and savoury treats and enjoy a regal afternoon on the charming sun trap terrace. From delicate finger sandwiches and savoury delights to classic cakes and perfectly portioned morsels, this is the ultimate way to spend the bank holiday. Enjoy a free jubilee cocktail on arrival and listen to live music from a selection of Cornwall’s most talented local musicians.
Big Afternoon Tea, The Headland, Newquay
The Headland has a Jubilee themed afternoon tea available every day until the end of June, with all the bits you’d expect such as coronation chicken sandwiches, strawberry trifle, raspberry macaron and Jubilee shortbread biscuit, but the star of the show is The Queen’s chocolate biscuit cake, described by royal chef and former personal chef to The Queen, Darren McGrady, as Her Majesty’s “favourite cake by far”. For those fancying a tipple to toast her 70-year reign, there is also a delicious selection of cocktails. The Platinum Martini mixes HM-appointed gin, Lillet 1872 and edible platinum, whilst the Duketh Kernow combines London style gin, orgeat, sherbet and Earl Grey. On 4 June family and friends are invited to dine on large communal tables whilst watching The Queen’s Platinum Party live from London.
Round the Mount Flotilla, 6pm
Weather permitting, a flotilla of around 60 wind, oar or paddle powered craft will be circumnavigating St Michaels Mount at Marazion, which is also open for a charity garden day from 1.15pm.
Saturday evening sees the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace concert at 8pm, live streamed on the BBC and also in village halls across the Duchy.
The unique Platinum Party stage design consists of three stages, linked by walkways, which create a unique 360 experience in front of Buckingham Palace and The Queen Victoria Memorial. Linking the stages together into one overall design are 70 columns representing the unprecedented 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. Each column signifies the importance of each year Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne. During the concert, they can each light up until all 70 animate in a full formation of lights and beams.
SUNDAY 5 JUNE 2022
One of the UK’s biggest celebratory events for decades kicks off on Sunday – the Platinum Jubilee Pageant will take to the streets of London, and even features a “specially-written fairy story There Once Is A Queen” by author Sir Michael Morpurgo (not actually Cornish but so many of his stories are set here he is much loved here). Again, screened live on the Beeb at 1pm.
The Big Jubilee Lunch at Eden
More locally, join in with The Big Jubilee Lunch. First started by the Eden Project and made possible by The National Lottery Community Fund, this idea has been bringing people together across the country on the first weekend in June each year since 2009.
Eden itself will be hosting one of the largest. Among the entertainment on offer on Sunday will be a samba band, circus entertainer, bubble performers and a 30-piece brass band. In addition, live music will add to the captivating ambience of the Mediterranean Biome.
Visitors are encouraged to take part in The Big Jubilee Lunch by bringing their own food and enjoying a picnic with their family, friends and community. They can either pull up a chair at a long table in the centre of the Arena or pick a spot on one of the provided picnic blankets.
Alternatively, there are also a limited number of special Jubilee Picnic Boxes available for pre-order now via the Eden Project website. Visitors can choose from either a standard of plant-based box. Both options are made for two people to share and cost £32.50.
Eden isn’t the only lunch taking place of course, with thousands of individual and community events organised – across the Duchy are countless Big Jubilee Lunches, picnics and street parties – again check out your local Facebook pages for details.
Fresh from a sell out performance at The Minack theatre, Intune Choir performing for us on Sunday 5th on the terrace at 1.00pm. Come and take part, join in or just relax on the terrace for what will be a memorable occasion for all.
The Royal Celebration Spa Day, Headland Hotel & Spa, Newquay, £355 / Platinum Jubilee Stay
Begin the day with fresh pastries and a juice for guests on arrival in the spa lounge, after which you can relax into the traditional spa thermal journey and the hotel’s stunning Aqua Club, with six pools to choose from. After a morning of water therapy, enjoy a two-course lunch in the spa lounge with a glass of Ruinart Champagne.
Refuelling is followed by a bespoke 55-minute Elemis Facial and a heavenly 85-minute body treatment including a full body exfoliation and massage tailored to individual needs. Then change into your finery for an evening overlooking the Atlantic whilst dining in award-winning restaurant, The Samphire, where you will complete your wonderful day with a delightful two-course dinner and a glass of wine.
Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail, Newquay
To take part in the trail is very simple, players do not need to download an app or even register beforehand. They must simply go online to find the trail map and visit the venues in their location, in any order. When they visit a venue, they simply find the window vinyl and scan its unique QR code. A digital stamp will automatically pop up on their phone’s browser and tell them about that decade in The Queen’s reign. Players can then choose to see the character who is on a day out to Newquay from Buckingham Palace! The character will appear life-sized in the player’s environment, leading to perfect selfie opportunities. Once players have collected all seven of the digital stamps, they will be given information about where and when their local beacon will be lit and encouraged to share this with their friends and family.
Find more ideas near you on the official Platinum Jubilee site here.
It just remains to say a ‘very happy Jubilee to you Ma’am!’…..