A long weekend of entertainment is taking place in Victoria Park to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer.
Live music, circus acts and cultural activities are all earmarked for the special Bank Holiday at the beginning of June - marking the 70 years Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll has been on the throne.
The proceedings will get underway with the lighting of a beacon in the park as part of a national event to light up the UK on the evening of Thursday 2 June. And food and drink throughout the weekend will have a royal theme including finger sandwiches and a jubilee cocktail and mocktail.
The four-day celebration is being organised by The Great British Experience Company who run Alberts Café in the award-winning park - and are the team behind other major local events such as the successful Drive-in movies at Sandon Hall and the park’s Christmas Ice Rink - in collaboration with Stafford Borough Council.
And residents and groups are being invited to hold events in their own communities with the borough council offering free road closures to encourage street parties to go ahead that weekend - and promoting potential Jubilee funding from their partners at the Community Foundation for Staffordshire.
All the events can be put on a dedicated website Events – The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022
Victoria Park has held a ‘Green Flag’ as one of the best open spaces in the country for 15 years and underwent a £2.5m Heritage Lottery funded restoration in 2020.
Councillor Carolyn Trowbridge, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “This will be an amazing weekend to mark the anniversary of our country’s longest reigning monarch - and I am pleased to be inviting our community to come together in the magnificent Victoria Park to mark this very special occasion.
“I know many residents, parishes or other groups will be looking to celebrate in their own way and that is why we are waiving charges for any appropriate road closures and encouraging people to apply for money if it would help make their celebrations bigger and better.”
It is the first time a British sovereign will have been on the throne for seven decades.
Councillor Trowbridge added: “The people of our borough have a deep affection for Her Majesty, and this was clearly demonstrated when she visited the county town in 2006 to mark the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter with many thousands welcoming her.”
Craig Wilkinson, from TGBEC, said: “What a perfect setting to mark this unique occasion in a beautiful park with royal connections and steeped in the town’s history. It will be a real privilege for us to put on an event in honour of Her Majesty and invite residents and visitors to come and make this a weekend we can all be proud of.”
More details of the Victoria Park bank holiday weekend will be available from both the Albert Café and council websites, and social media channels, when the timings and activities are confirmed.
To apply, or to find out more information on road closures, go to Road Closures for Events | Stafford Borough Council (staffordbc.gov.uk) or contact email@example.com
You can also post your events for free on the borough council website at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/submit-event
And to keep track of what is happening in the park go to www.alberts.cafe/
Press Release No 5854