Meet the Miniland Queen at Legoland, Windsor
May 24–June 10
All eyes will be on the balcony of Buck Pal, Miniland, as a diminutive Lego Queen comes out to wave to her adoring subjects. Standing 10cm high, she will be bedecked with her own real diamond encrusted crown, designed by jewellery designer Dinny Hall. Also joining her on the balcony will be the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Moving Sheep Portrait, Worcestershire
The Queen is no stranger to having her portrait done. However, this time her royal likeness will not be rendered in oil paints or watercolours. Oh no. Under the guidance of sheep farmer and performance artist Will Halford, plus dogs, a flock of 200 woolly souls will be herded across the Malvern Hills to form two images of the Queen, one portraying the way she looked at the start of her reign, and one showing how she looks now.
Eureka! Fairy Tale Kingdom
Royal folk from the land of fairytale will be on fine form for the Jubilee weekend at Eureka, the National Children’s Museum in Halifax. Learn to dance with Cinderella and Prince Charming at the Masquerade Ball, watch knights duelling in the courtyard, take part in fairytale crafts and settle down for storytime.
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon
Join the tea party in the Winter Garden, enjoy live music and family entertainment and admire some beauteous blooms. Also catch the current exhibition of work by Quentin Blake.
Fifties Fair, Leeds Castle, Kent
June 2, 3
It’s greased lightning a-go-go as Leeds Castle heads back to the Fifties. As well as a showing of the film Grease, there be a screening of the original Coronation and retro cars on display.
Wedgwood Visitor Centre, Staffordshire
Famed for their commemorative chinaware, Wedgwood is marking the grand occasion with Diamond Jubilee treasure trails, children’s workshops and factory tours. On June 5 children are invited to dress like princes and princesses, join a fancy dress parade and enter the Best Crown competition.
Jubilee Fun at the Palace Of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh
Take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch on June 3 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Plus follow the Queen Elizabeth II trail, try on regal clothing and make a sparkling set of Royal Crown Jewels.
Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, Staffordshire
Little creatives are invited to employ their artistic talents and decorate section of bunting. The bunting will then be strung together to create a huge bunting display around the museum.
Jubilee Weekend, Isle Of Wight
Beacons will be lit, a retro high street will pop up, boats will sail and fireworks will bang. Jubilee Weekend on the Isle Of Wight promises to be a lively occasion, with Applely Park in Ryde and the town of Cowes being particular hot-spots.
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
The stately home of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough provides a splendid setting for a host of Jubilee amusements. VIP guests including Rupert the Bear and Noddy will be putting in an appearance, there will be a celebrity cricket match, a brass band concert and afternoon teas.
Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Diamond Jubilee Party, London
Salubrious Fitzrovia watering-hole Bourne & Hollingsworth will be taking over Bedford Square Gardens for a day of Jubilee jollity, including swing dancing, sports day-style games, Punch And Judy shows and lots of lovely treats and tipples.
Jubilee Family Festival
in Hyde Park, London
An extravaganza of festivities will take place in Hyde Park, including The Magic Of Disney in concert, Strictly Come Dancing stars, music and lots of British grub.
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, London
A floating parade of over 1,000 patriotically adorned boats will take to the Thames for this historic spectacle. Join the flag-waving crowds on the banks to spot musical barges, a floating bell tower or even the Queen herself cruising by.
Alternative Village Fete, Battersea Park
As the name suggests the Alternative Village Fete puts an original spin on traditional celebrations, hosted by artists, crafters and other quirky creative-types. Children can dress to impress in the Bling Jubilee Court: Queens Of The Common-wealth, play The Safest Way To Carry The Crown Jewels and sing the National Anthem with Mrs Brighton.
Wallace And Gromit Top Tea Parties
Pour yourself a cuppa and cut a slice of cheese… Preeminent plasticine duo Wallace And Gromit will be lending their own special brand of Britishness to Jubilee celebrations at a host of National Trust properties. As well as watching a brand new Wallace And Gromit adventure, children can take part in model-making with Aardman animators, play giant games, follow nature trails and more. Participating properties include Wallington, Northumberland, Basildon Park, Berkshire and Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire. See the National Trust website for further details and venues.
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway, Ayr
The museum will be turning the clock back to the Fifties, transforming its gardens into a traditional tea party. Come arrayed in royal outfits for your chance to compete in the Best Dressed King And Queen Competition.
Jubilee crafts Helmsmore Mills Textile Museum, Lancashire
Crown-making and other crafty fun.
The Bingham, Richmond
Relax by the riverside in Richmond and tuck into a tantalising menu Best of British themed treats, including fish and chips and Eton mess. While adults sip Pimms, children can enjoy non-alcoholic fruit cocktails and there will be children’s entertainment.