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Jubilee: Top ways to celebrate across the area

Looking for ways to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee? From a thrilling day at Huntingdon Racecourse to a ‘right royal tour’ of Ely, here’s some ideas for toasting Her Majesty’s magnificent milestone

What: Queen’s Coronation Dress Exhibit

Ely Cathedral TheCrown credit Alex Bailey (56256903)
Ely Cathedral TheCrown credit Alex Bailey (56256903)

Where: Ely Cathedral

When: June 3-5

More: To commemorate the Jubilee, Ely Cathedral will display the official replica of HM The Queen’s Coronation Dress, commissioned by Harrods in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, and worn by Claire Foy in the sumptuous Netflix drama, The Crown. There’ll also be floral tributes to the Queen inspired by her passions, from horseracing to The Royal Yacht Britannia. Make a day of it and add a tour, followed by a Champagne Jubilee Afternoon Tea at the Almonry.

More: elycathedral.org

What: A Right Royal Tour

Where: Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely

When: June 2 (approx. 1.5-hour tour)

Get involved: Do you like celebrity spotting? Well, join this Platinum Jubilee tour, and meet a fine selection of ‘royal’ dignitaries, linked to Ely. Start your regal pilgrimage with Mrs Cromwell (at her house), then head into Ely, where you’re likely to bump into Henry VIII, William the Conqueror and Queen Victoria, to name but a few. Finish the tour at Ely Riverside, with a glass of ‘fizz’ to toast the Queen!

More: visitely.org.uk/whats-on on olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

What: Cambridgeshire County Day

Where: July Course, Newmarket Racecourses

When: June 23

Get involved: Later in the month, Cambridgeshire County Day will be a spectacular celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, showcasing the best of the county’s business, charity, community and public sectors. There’ll be a garden party, music, theatre performances, horseracing, and a proportion of the proceeds will go to the new world-leading Cambridge-based Regional Children’s Hospital. Perfect.

More: cambridgeshirecountyday.org

What: Ely’s Jubil-Eel Day

Where: Jubilee Gardens, Ely

When: June 5

Get involved: Don red, white and blue and party likes it’s 1952 at the Big Ely Street Party, which will feature live music, dancing and street food galore. Part of the ever-popular Ely Eel Day, which this year celebrates both the rich history of Ely and the Queen’s momentous milestone, the action fittingly takes place at Jubilee Gardens! Look out for the colourful Eel Parade as it snakes its way through the city.

More: visitely.org.uk

What: Platinum Jubilee Garden Party

Where: Huntingdon Racecourse

When: June 3

Get involved: The Patron of The Jockey Club, Her Majesty would surely approve of this day of celebrations at Huntingdon Racecourse to mark 70 years of loyal service! Enjoy an afternoon of exhilarating racing on Bank Holiday Friday, with a host of activities taking place in recognition of this historical royal achievement.

More: thejockeyclub.co.uk/huntingdon

What: Choral Concert

ORA Singers, Picture Nick Rutter (56256843)
ORA Singers, Picture Nick Rutter (56256843)

Where: St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

When: June 11

Get involved: Part of year-long celebration, the Festival of Suffolk 2022, the ORA Singers perform choral works written during both Elizabethan periods, in this special show to commemorate The Platinum Jubilee.

More: festivalofsuffolk.org

What: Art Installation

Rowan is creating a Jubilee installation for Grand Arcade (56814453)
Rowan is creating a Jubilee installation for Grand Arcade (56814453)

Where: Grand Arcade shopping centre, Cambridge

When: May 27-June 5

Get involved: Camera at the ready as Grand Arcade has worked with Cambridge charity Rowan, to create a stunning backdrop in homage to the queen. Rowan supports adults with learning disabilities, offering a creative and enriching environment where arts are used as a tool to tackle social exclusion. Rowan’s art tutors and students, commissioned by Grand Arcade, have designed a wall featuring a giant crown made of purple flowers. Pop along to get your patriotic picture on your next trip into town!

More: grandarcade.co.uk

What: Picnic in the Park

Where: Cottenham Recreation Ground, Lambs Lane

When: June 5

Get involved: Dig out the picnic basket and pack yourself up a feast fit for a Queen (Corgi-print rug anyone?). Lay down your own picnic blanket or pop up a gazebo, then enjoy the ambience as you raise a toast to our monarch. If your fridge is bare, don’t despair, as there will be a bar and food stalls, plus entertainment. Various other events will be going on in the village over the Jubilee weekend.

More: cottenham.org/events

What: Platinum Jubilee at IWM Duxford

Where: Imperial War Museum Duxford

When: May 27, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Get involved: If parties aren’t your thing, you might prefer a trip to IWM Duxford, where a new programme explores the role of the crown in conflict, tracing the Queen’s personal experience of war, via an aircraft and object trail. It’s also worth checking out ‘The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Ready for Take Off’ which will allow you to get up-close to some of the world’s most famous aircraft.

More: iwm.org.uk

What: Suffolk Show

Where: Trinity Park, Ipswich

When: May 31 – June 1

Get involved: After a two-year absence, Suffolk Show returns to celebrate food, farming and agriculture, along with the Platinum Jubilee, of course. Walk through 70 years of Suffolk history in a fascinating new exhibition, then gaze skyward to witness awe-inspiring manoeuvres from the Red Devils, the British Army parachute display team, as part of a Jubilee Pageant. Behold our brilliant emergency services in the Superheroes Ring, walk down the new Jubilee Avenue – home to 70 Acer Campestre ‘Queen Elizabeth’ trees planted in celebration of the Queen’s 70-year reign - and check out free high-energy sports activities, mighty military machinery, and hands-on animal experiences.

More: suffolkshow.co.uk

What: Picnic on the Green

Where: Great Cambourne Cricket Field

When: June 3

Get involved: Get in the patriotic spirit at this Jubilee picnic where there will be live music, street food, art and games. Bring your own picnic treats, flags, and don’t forget the celebratory fizz!

More: facebook.com/cambournecommunityevents

New events are being organised all the time, so for all the up-to-date information on Platinum Jubilee events taking place near you, visit platinumjubilee.gov.uk/events

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