From Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, the country will be coming together to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years since she ascended to the throne. There are loads of fantastic events taking place across Leicestershire from celebrations in the city centre and our market towns to great events at some of our fantastic attractions. Read on to find out more!

In the city

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee marks 70 years and seven decades of service from 1952–2022 and to celebrate this momentous occasion a spectacular dance extravaganza featuring some of the very best local dance performers will be held, fittingly, in Leicester's Jubilee Square.

The performance will kick off the long weekend of celebrations on Wednesday 1 June. It has been organised by Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Mike Kapur and will take place from 19:52–20:22 (7.52pm to 8.22pm) with a warm-up variety show starting from 6.30pm.

Seven local dance groups have each choreographed a stunning dance routine to a medley of iconic music tracks from the seven decades of the Queen’s reign. The show will be hosted by BBC Radio Leicester and streamed live online. Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils, De Montfort University, the University of Leicester and Curve are all supporting the event.

Throughout the four-day weekend, Jubilee Square will be decorated with bunting and picnic tables ready for people to celebrate.

Belvoir Castle

As befits one of the key locations of Netflix’s The Crown, which charts the course of the Queen’s long and storied reign, Belvoir Castle will be hosting a weekend of Jubilee activities. Expect the best of British, including a street party with delicious food and drink, stalls selling British produce, jousting, street performers, musicians and all-around entertainment!

There will be children's entertainment with a wonderful Punch & Judy show, craft area and re-enactments. Not to mention classic cars and a falconry show! The weekend will showcase the great things about our sceptred isle and celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary.

Book tickets for the Jubilee Weekend now.

Melton shows its royal connections

Melton Mowbray is a town with long history of Royal connections and for the Jubilee there are a range of activities starting with the inauguration of ‘Melton’s Royal Mile’ – a walk commemorating the 17 monarchs who have visited the town since 1194.

Melton Carnegie Museum is putting together a exhibition of local memories and links to the ‘House of Windsor’. Follow the Jubilee trail around the museum and make a souvenir Platinum Jubilee mug or crown fit for a king or queen. There is a charge of £3.50 per person to make a Platinum Jubilee mug, but the trail and crown making are free. In the skies, a Lancaster Bomber will stage a flypast of the town on Thursday and Friday with a Hurricane flypast on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday will feature the normal street market and the new Stockyard will host a ‘Makers Market’. Then on Sunday the vintage and craft fair takes over the town centre with Steampunk fashions, live music and dancing, classic cars, jeeps and bikes, plus a dog show at the market.

Fireworks and fun in Market Harborough

On Saturday 4 June, The Platinum Party brings a night of tribute acts and local bands ending with an amazing fireworks display choreographed to music. There’ll be delicious food stalls, a licensed bar and entertainment for all ages including a funfair and local craft stalls

Sunday 5 June is The Big Jubilee Lunch where communities are being encouraged to share friendship, food & fun with neighbours during. A day of family fun and entertainment includes the AeroSPARX aerial display team, who paint the sky with airborne pyro on their gliders plus another fireworks spectacular to finish the evening.

From 31 May, discover Harborough’s Royal connections in the Heritage Gallery at Harborough Museum. Follow the trail linked to objects and see how King Christian VII of Denmark, Queen Anne and Queen Elizabeth II have connections to Harborough. Free entry until 30 July!

Nearby Neville Holt Opera are holding their own Platinum Jubilee event in their unique surroundings. Featuring a Last Night of the Proms style concert performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra alongside a chorus of 16 outstanding opera singers, be prepared to raise the roof!

Live music and celebration in Hinckley

In partnership with Hinckley Round Table, Proms In The Park is an evening concert featuring Leicester's Bardi Wind Orchestra who will perform a programme of royal music as a part of the celebrations.

There will also be a beacon lighting on Argents Mead on Thursday 2 June at 9.45pm, and on both  Friday and Saturday from 1-3pm, there will be live music in the mead with free shows featuring a variety of 1940s and 1950s inspired acts.

Travel through time on the rails

Celebrate with the Great Central Railway throughout the weekend, with themed stations along the line, special events, flypasts and much more!

Loughborough is taking on a 1960s theme with live music, festival bar and photo exhibition. Quorn & Woodhouse was home to the 82nd Airborne Army Regiment during WWII so there’s a 1940s theme, with live tribute acts, music hall performances, a shopping village, plus Vintage Vehicle and military displays with re-enactments throughout. On the Saturday there will also be a free heritage bus to Quorn Village for their Jubilee celebrations.

Rothley goes back to the early 1900s and features a Vintage Funfair with 1920s Pricing - Shilling a Ride (5p), a Steam Powered Carousel, live music and burlesque plus Vintage Vehicle displays. Leicester North station recreates the silver Jubilee days of the 1970s and features live music from Andy Orlando the singing policeman.

Tickets are available now so don't miss out!

Coalville parties in the park

On Saturday and Sunday in Coalville Park, there are two fantastic free Platinum Jubilee events. Saturday evening from 6-9.30pm sees a concert with classic soul, funk and rock plus jazz from The Steve King Big Band. Then on Sunday, from 12noon to 5.30pm, there are Queen and Beatles tribute bands, kids activities, rides, and much more besides!

So much more

From a ride on the steam train at Abbey Pumping Station to special boat rides from Loughborough, there’s loads more going on in the city and county. The Century Theatre at Snibston have the D-Day Darlings Jubilee Celebration Show on Sunday 29 May, welcoming the UK's premier wartime muscial group. Beaumanor Hall have a Family Craft Fair on 4 and 5 June celebrating vintage crafts and with gifts to buy too. Loughborough's Bell Foundry are Ringing in the Jubilee with activities for your mini monarchs throughout half term.

You can also take a look at the Government’s map which has a full listing of all the public events taking place or the Big Jubilee lunch map for community events!

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