Would Jubileve it - 200,000 cups of tea and 30,000 scones!
|Author: Jeremy Owen, National Trust||Published: 28th May 2012 17:40|
As the Union Jack begins to line our streets, the National Trust is busy preparing for the Diamond Jubilee weekend in the most British of ways - with almost 200,000 cups of tea, 30,000 scones, 11,000 sandwiches and enough picnic rugs to cover six football pitches.
We've got a fun packed Jubilee weekend and half term lined up to get your Jubilicious June off to a flying start. After months of preparations, we've dusted off the bunting (more than 4.5 miles of it) and there's a real buzz in the air. Join us for a celebratory picnic, make the most of the party atmosphere at one of our big screen events or
Simply come and watch as we light one of our beacons.
Here are our Jubilee weekend and half term highlights:
Jubilee Fête with Wallace & Gromit
Monday 4 June, 11am - 4.30pm
We've teamed up with our good old pals, Wallace and Gromit for the Jubilee. Not only will we be showing their classic films throughout the day on our big screen, we will debut an exclusive Jubilee-themed mini-animation from Aardman productions and children will get the chance to make their very own Gromit during one of our animation workshops (small charge). There will be stalls scattered around the East Lawn offering good ole' fashioned entertainment, but the question is will you enter the 'knobbly knees' contest? Why not bring a picnic and enjoy the family atmosphere. Normal admission applies.
Queen Bee Party
Wednesday 6 June, 10.30am or 2pm
There's a right royal buzz about the place at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve this half term. Find out all about bees, honey and waggle dancing at our queen bee party! Why not come in costume? Child £4.75. Booking essential on 01353 720274.
A Cracking Day Out
Monday 4 June, 11am - 10.30pm
Felbrigg Hall is also excited to be teaming up with British treasures Wallace and Gromit. Come and enjoy the party atmosphere, watch Wallace & Gromit films on the big screen and have a go at model making with one of Aardman's animators (small charge). Then stay late to watch the BBC's Diamond Jubilee Concert live from Buckingham Palace - you won't want to be anywhere else. Food and drink will be available throughout the day, or you can bring along a picnic. The film, concert screenings and children's trail are all free of charge so what are you waiting for? Let's party!
Saturday 2 June - Wednesday 13 June, 11am - 4.30pm
We're looking forward to a double celebration here at Oxburgh. 1952 was the year Elizabeth II became Queen, but it was also the year that Oxburgh Hall was given to the National Trust. A special display looks at these twin anniversaries. Normal admission.
The Big Lunch (picnic style)
Sunday 3 June, 12 noon - 3pm
What better way to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee than with a good old British picnic? Enjoy this opportunity to picnic around the coronation tree. Bring rugs, chairs and lunch and celebrate with friends and family. Normal admission applies.
Diamond Jubilee Extravaganza
Saturday 2 - Tuesday 5 June
We kick off our Jubilee festivities on Saturday with our arts celebration day, then on Sunday we'll be hosting what we hope to be Bedfordshire's biggest lunch. You'll be spoilt for choice on Monday when the Vikings invade the Downs as part of our history festival. Join us to explore the living history camp, but watch out for the combat displays and weapons demonstrations - including a Viking duel by torchlight. Celebrate the history of England, which will culminate with the lighting of the beacons at 10pm. Finally join us on Tuesday for our Jubilee family fun day, which will be a right royal day out. Normal admission applies.
A Right Royal Exhibition
Monday 28 May - Sunday 10 June, 11am - 5pm
We're unveiling an exhibition of pictures, art and memorabilia to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. From original newspapers, presentation gifts and archive material from the Guildhall's attics, this unique opportunity will focus on Lavenham's royal connections through the decades. Normal admission.
The Queen's Knickers!
Saturday 2 June, 11am - noon
Join us for some storytelling and activities, as we hear Katie and the British Artists by James Mayhew and The Queen's Knickers by N.Allen. Followed by party based craft activities. Suitable for accompanied children aged 4-8yrs. Free event but please book in advance on 0844 249 1895 (booking fee applies)
Jubilee Crafts, Hats and Picnic
Monday 4 June, 11am - 4pm
Bring your picnic to Ickworth and join us for a family fun day out to celebrate this diamond occasion where you will be inspired to make flags, bunting, hats and other Jubilee related crafts. There will be cream teas on the lawn with music to celebrate 60 glittering years on the throne. Why not visit our restaurant to feast upon a host of Jubilee inspired dishes and drinks? £5 per child for craft activities, plus park and garden admission.
Get crafty: king's bling
Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 June, 11am & 2pm
Drop in and make your own piece of Sutton Hoo treasure to take home. A great place to explore, come face to face with the life and times of an Anglo-Saxon King who was buried here and go in search of his stunning replica treasures. What will your piece of treasure be?
King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone
Friday 8 June, 5pm - 8.30pm
Come and join us for a picnic and outdoor entertainment as Cambridge Touring Theatre take you on the mystical and often hilarious adventures of Arthur, a young Squire, and his tutor, the magical wizard Merlin. Help them solve their quest in order that the prophecy of the sword is fulfilled and Arthur becomes the rightful King of England. Children's workshop starts at 5pm. Performance starts at 6.30pm. Adult £15 (advance), child £10 (advance, additional £2 for workshop). Booking advisable on 0844 249 1895 (booking fee applies).
Bells ‘n' Beer
Sunday 3 June, from 2pm
Get the Jubilee celebrations off to a great start and welcome in the early summer at Hatfield Forest with some traditional dancing and music courtesy of the Doodle Oak Morris Dancers. The group, named after one of the largest Oaks in Britain, which once stood in the Forest will certainly get you in the party mood. There will be real ale and cider available from the café too. What more could you want?! Normal admission applies.
Dog Fun Day
Friday 8 June, 11am - 3pm
Why not bring your corgi?! Calling all dogs (and their owners) to our annual dog fun day. Develop a sense of belonging in this fantastic forest, take part in interactive competitions, watch the expert displays and show off your charming qualities in 'waggiest tail, shiniest coat' and bestest family! £6.50 per dog, booking essential on 0844 2491895 (booking fee applies).
National Trust visitors, young and old, will be able to celebrate the Jubilee surrounded by everything they love about Britain. It doesn't stop there... we have a whole month of celebrations and events to look forward to, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/jubiliciousjune to find out more.
Whatever you're doing this June, make sure it's Jubilicious!