Fireworks, picnics, parties and a special beacon lighting ceremony – that’s how Stockton plans to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The borough will be hosting a bumper series of events across the extended bank holiday weekend beginning on Thursday, June 2.
Celebrations are being held across the nation and around the world to mark the historic 70 year reign of HRH Queen Elizabeth II. There is lots going on in and around our patch including many street parties and community gatherings. Here the key dates and events you need to know about in Stockton.
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Stockton’s beacon lighting ceremony takes place on Thursday, June 2 outside Stockton Town Hall at 8.30pm.
A free live music Platinum Jubilee Party will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 6pm until 10pm at Stockton’s Riverside featuring live music from bands playing songs from across the decades of the Queen’s reign ending with a short red, white and blue fireworks display at 10.30am pm. There’ll also be a vintage Jubilee double decker bus with a showcase of historical Royal photographs within Stockton-on-Tees and plenty of food and drink stalls on offer at the event.
Sunday, June 5 will see a Big Jubilee Lunch at Tees Barrage 11am to 3pm. Bring a picnic for plenty of musical performances, a British Legion flags display with Sea Cadets and a schools parade as well as a colorful canoe display.
A spectacular jubilee picnic will also be held at Ropner Park between 11 am and 3 pm on Sunday June 5 featuring Stockton musician Mike McGrother guaranteed to get people singing. Families are encouraged to take a picnic and there’ll be a range of fun games and entertainment.
Sunday, June 5 will also see Yarm gala from 11am to 5pm. Yarm High Street will have fun, food and festivities with songs from every decade of the Queen’s reign plus charity and local artisan trade stalls, street theater performances plus fair rides, balloon modeling and face painting. There will be an open air bar and food and drink from the High Street eateries and hostelries.
Across the whole half term week, Preston Park Museum and Grounds at Eaglescliffe will also be holding a jubilee celebration. The museum’s Victorian Street will be given a 1950s makeover with flags and bunting galore and visitors can take a picnic and pull up a chair at the Jubilee table on the street – 50s dress and crowns are encouraged. There will be lots of fun activities to mark the occasion, including flag-making, decorate your own crown, as well as 1950s food demos and tasting.
Don’t forget to let us know about any events and street parties you might be organizing – you can tell us in the comments below and send us your celebration pictures via our Facebook page at TeessideLive.