The extended Queen’s Platinum Jubilee holiday weekend is almost here.
Many events in Marlborough over the four day holiday weekend and many in each of the villages around Marlborough.
Details of many of the events planned in Marlborough and the surrounding area are listed in the ‘Platinum Jubilee‘ section, and many of the events are also listed in the ‘Events’ calendar as well.
It’s going to a busy four days. Even St Peter’s Church will be holding Tower Tours between 10am and 4pm on the Thursday, Friday and Sunday of the weekend so that people can see Marlborough from this wonderful and unique vantage point – as the pic above shows.
Even the Post Boxes are getting in on the act. Marlborough’s mystery knitter(s) has/have excelled her/him/themselve(s) as Platinum Jubilee themed postbox toppers have arrived in the High Street overnight just in time for the celebrations tomorrow. Outside One Stop shop is a jewelled crown, with the Royal golden coach outside The White Horse Bookshop and the Queen herself with a corgi and a Royal guard outside the library. For nearly a year the post-box toppers have been delighting passers-by and these do not disappoint. Marlborough.news says a big thank you for putting a smile on people’s faces:
Not surprisingly the Queen has paid a visit to Kim Vine, at the St Peter’s end of the High Street and has taken up residence in the shop window:
On Jubilee Day, Thursday, celebrations kick off with the High Street Party between 2pm and 5pm. Music, Picnic, Stilt walkers etc. And much more to create what should be a memorable experience for everyone who attends.
During the afternoon the Town Mayor, Councillor Lisa Farrell will be planting a tree, part of the ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’ in Priory Gardens. This is scheduled to take place at 2.45pm.
In the evening, after the sun has gone down it’s up the hill to The Common for the Beacon Lighting. Using the Beacon basket that was installed for the Armistice remembrance in 2018.
On Friday, apart from recovering from the excesses of Thursday there will be a street party for the residents of Marleberg Grange, opposite the Business Park and also a tea party in the Recreation Ground on Salisbury Road.
Saturday is ‘petrol head’ day with the u3a organised Classic Car and Classic Motorcycle cavalcades, cars in the morning at 10:30 and motorcycles in the afternoon at 2pm. For families, there is a ‘Family Festival’ in The Parade, starting at 2pm and going on ‘until late’. There will be food, stalls and plenty of music with Jazz Festival favourite Chris Jagger starting things off at 2pm, and The Zoots wrapping up at the end of their set which starts at 8pm.
Also there will be walking tours around the College, between 09.30am and 12.30pm, pick up a leaflet at the gate and discover all the many ‘Royal Connections’ of the College.
Sunday, it’s Bake-Off day (in the Town Hall), Royal Platinum Picnic (organised by Marlborough & District Rotary) on The Common, running all through the afternoon and evening between 2pm and 10pm, and for those living in Manton there will be the street party throughout the afternoon. Many of the villages around Marlborough are holding picnics and parties on that Sunday afternoon.
For anyone entering the Bake Off competition on Sunday, judging will be led by the Devizes Constituency MP, Danny Kruger, who – we expect – will be displaying all the skill and knowledge of his Mum, Bake Off presenter and judge, Prue Leith.
A busy weekend, lots happening, everywhere. Most of the local village events haven’t been listed above but check out the ‘Platinum Jubilee‘ section for details of many of the events being held in communities around the area.
Have a great holiday weekend………