Celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are being prepared in the upcoming weeks to include bunting and craft workshops, a light ceremony, live outdoor performances, indoor shows, story trails and The Big Lunch in the Castle Grounds.
Tamworth is pulling out all the stops to help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with parties, events and fun throughout the extended jubilee weekend.
The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.
The Castle Grounds is playing host to a Platinum Jubilee Celebration from 11am Saturday June 4, with royal festivities including The Platinum Path.
The Platinum Path is a community-based event taking place in the Castle Grounds to bring the residents of Tamworth together to mark the historic jubilee. It will include bandstand performances from local community choirs, a dog show, kids’ jubilee themed story trails and games.
In addition, there will also be royal walk around characters, a jubilee themed balloon arch selfie station, kids’ magician, balloon sculptors and food vendors on site.
All families are invited to take part in The Big Lunch on Sunday, June 5, from 11am – 5pm. This event is part of a countrywide Jubilee Big Lunch which encourages everyone to join for a picnic and celebrate. Locals and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to the lower lawn and enjoy an afternoon of live music at the bandstand, meet with friends and family for an informal lunch party.
Preparations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will commence from Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3, with free craft workshops with Maggie Carney in Ankerside Shopping Centre. Join Maggie to create jubilee themed artwork ready for the celebration weekend of events.
An evening spectacular will take place on the Thursday, with a Beacon Lighting Ceremony at Tamworth Castle from 9.45pm.
A projection of flames will transform the outside of the castle into a ‘Beacon’ of light, accompanied by live entertainment including a jubilee song performance titled ‘Song for the Commonwealth – A Life Lived With Grace’, in the bandstand by Tamworth Voices; and a bugler to play the specially created jubilee bugle call ‘Majesty’ at 9.40pm.
Families can also take part in bunting making workshops as part of the Platinum Path Celebrations in the Castle Grounds on Saturday 4th June. Come and make bunting that will displayed around the grounds. All ages welcome. This workshop will take place inside Tamworth Castle, from Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 3. Normal admission prices apply. For more details are on the website here: www.tamworthcastle.co.uk/events.
Live indoor shows are being hosted across the bank holiday weekend at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms, as part of the jubilee celebrations.
A Right Royal Knees Up is an afternoon performance starting at 2pm on Thursday, June 2. Jimmy Cricket and Leah Bell, plus full supporting company, are hosting a feel-good variety performance. Packed with show-stopping scenes, sing-a-long memories and spectacular footage, this show will take audiences down a nostalgic journey through the 70 year reign of Queen Elizabeth the Second.
Guaranteed to put you in the party mood, this once in a lifetime performance will get spirits soaring, hands clapping and voices bellowing out as it brings people to a flag waving finale.
Back by popular demand is The Best of Queen – The Break Free Tour on Friday, June 3, at 7.30pm. Get ready to break free with the UK’s biggest Queen tribute band – Majesty, in a brand-new show – The Break Free Tour!
Join Freddie, Brian, Roger and John as they take you on a magical journey performing The Best of Queen, whilst celebrating the music and showmanship of the UK’s favourite rock band.
The Best of Queen show will transport you to a Queen concert at the height of their power. With iconic sound and lights and featuring a selection of Queen’s Greatest Hits, this magical, live stage show is “guaranteed to blow your mind.”
The third jubilee celebration performance at the Assembly Rooms is on the Saturday, June 4, with a 2pm matinee showing of The Queen's Knickers.
TaleGate Theatre Productions present this regal children’s musical full of songs and silliness. Based on the best-selling children's book, the performance is a bouncy and colourful children's musical, that describes the story of a busy year for the Queen with lots of important events to attend.
But disaster strikes the palace as Her Majesty’s knickers have been nicked - call the royal guard! Meanwhile, a little girl is wondering what knickers Her Majesty will choose to wear on a school visit. Will they be her 'at home' knickers - adorned with corgis - or her 'garden party' knickers, or perhaps her woolly Balmoral ones?
For more details about the shows and purchase tickets here: www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/whats-on.
Cllr Rob Pritchard, Deputy Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “We are excited to bring some great community events together to mark such a momentous occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“Bringing the community together in celebration is something 12 months ago we would not have thought possible. How amazing it is to be celebrating 70 years of the reign of our Queen, especially as we now move out of the pandemic. We have a lot to be thankful for and a lot to celebrate!”
Groups, communities and individuals who want to celebrate in their own way or plan a party, can find a host of helpful resources here: www.tamworth.gov.uk/queen’s-platinum-jubilee.