It probably won’t have escaped your attention that the Queen is celebrating this year. To mark Elizabeth’s record-breaking 70 years on the throne, her subjects have been gifted a bonus bank holiday at the beginning of June with celebrations taking place across Britain and the Commonwealth. If you’re in north Cornwall between June 2nd and June 5th, here are some events and celebrations to look out for in and around Padstow.
The Platinum Jubilee celebrations officially kick off at 9.45pm on Thursday 2nd June. Thousands of beacons will be lit across the country, accompanied by choruses of the official ‘Song for the Commonwealth’. Close to Kilden Mor, these specially designed shield beacons can be found at Padstow Stile Field, near the war memorial and on Trevone Green near the beach. Alternatively, head to Newquay, Bodmin, Perranporth or St Tudy.
If you’re old enough to have taken part in the Silver Jubilee of 1977, you’ll almost certainly remember the street parties that were a defining feature of those celebrations. For the Queen’s 70th, Sunday 5th June will see a predicted 10 million people get together with friends, neighbours and strangers to share a Big Jubilee Lunch.
There are several such events being planned locally, including one at Well Parc, Trevone. Bring your own food or buy something delicious from the caterers: Cornish Field Kitchens. You can also expect traditional games, face painting and live music.
Alternatively, Bodmin Jail is hosting a series of Jubilee High Teas from June 3rd-5th. Celebrate in the courtyard with scones, cakes and finger sandwiches in an event that aims to recapture the atmosphere of those street party celebrations from the past.
Saturday 4th June is Family Fun Day in Padstow. From 1pm-5pm, you’re invited to Wheal Jubilee Parc for music, crafts, games, face painting and other activities. Children are encouraged to come in fancy dress with a royal theme – with the best costume, of course, being crowned winner!
There’s live music on the 4th at Well Parc Marquee and Gardens in Trevone, provided by The Friday Night Band and an All Eras Disco. And head to Bodmin for a Music For All Free for All in the town centre where you’ll find six genres of music played across six different venues – all free!
At Port Isaac Village Hall on June 2nd, take part in an all-day event that includes breakfast, a Jubilee cake competition and a treasure hunt. Sea shanties will also be sung given this is the home of the world famous group Fisherman’s Friends.
There is another, not quite royal, anniversary worth celebrating this year – the Jubilee Queen turns 40! This Padstow-based boat, which has ruled the waves around North Cornwall since 1982, is the perfect way to see our dramatic coastline: discover hidden coves and spot puffins, cormorants and schools of dolphins. Long live the Jubilee Queen!