Upcoming events during May Midterm and Queen’s Jubilee


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is right around the corner and there are plenty of events you can attend to celebrate. The country will celebrate the Queen from June 1 to June 5.

And to mark the historic 70-year reign, there’s plenty to do with street parties, outdoor picnics, tea and croquet and family outings – let’s hope the weather is fine. Members of Shakespeare England will also prepare to celebrate with a few events over the mid-term and bank holiday weekends.

The Royal Shakespeare Company of Stratford-upon-Avon is hosting five days of special family events. Helen Peters, CEO of Shakespeare’s England, said: ‘It is palpable to feel the excitement building as we approach our first ever four-day Platinum Jubilee holiday and with so many brilliant events for people of all ages, we really are spoiled for choice. our region.

Read more: Full list of Queen’s Platinum Jubilee road closures in Nuneaton and Bedworth

“Her Majesty The Queen is wonderfully inspiring as a person and has done so much for Britain and tourism during her 70 year reign. It will be fantastic to be part of the celebrations in her honour,” he said. she adds. “Also very exciting is that the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit Warwickshire this summer, including a number of our members, as part of its route around Britain for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022.

“The Baton will spend 10 days in the West Midlands on her final voyage through England. On July 22, the Queen’s Baton Relay will visit the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, the Recreation Ground in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Castle of Kenilworth, Warwick and the Whitnash Civic Center and Library.

“This is in addition to the Birmingham 2022 bowling and cycling events taking place at Leamington Spa and Warwick, with half of the athletes’ camp being based at the University of Warwick in Coventry.”

The full list of Jubilee events includes:

warwick castle

A new live Zog show with puppets and interactive routines kicks off this semester joining the latest new Zog Playland and trail. Other attractions include the UK’s largest birds of prey show, Horrible Histories Maze, the Resident Archer and Princess Tower, with 64 acres of stunning grounds and gardens to explore. Learn more here.

Zog will be at Warwick Castle


Alcester City Council is hosting a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting on June 2. Picnics are welcome at Centenary Field, Alcester, from 6pm.

Entertainment includes a fancy dress contest and parade, free Jubilee Cake, the Alcester Victoria Silver Band and Alcester Town Choirs performing the Jubilee Anthem. On June 5, there will be a Jubilee Street Party on the main street between 1 and 4 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own tables, chairs and picnics, with entertainment planned. Learn more here.


The town council holds four days of celebrations between June 2 and June 5 culminating in a village street party on Sunday. You can find out more here.

British Motor Museum

Families are set for a ‘Happy Royal Day’ at the Gaydon-based museum which celebrates the royal cars in its collection. A number of Royal Household vehicles are on display, including the first bespoke Land Rover Royal State Examination Car, one of the fleet of vehicles used on Queen Elizabeth II’s first Commonwealth tour and a 1971 Rover P5B, the personal property of HM The Queen but on long-term loan to the museum.

A free family tour takes place each day at 1.30pm, where kids can help ‘royal reporters’ Jim and Claire find the next scoop on their royal carriage tour – and they can craft a ‘royal carriage’ to take home at home. .

The mid-term is crowned by the UK Slot Car Festival from May 28 to 29 and the National Metro and Mini Show on June 5. To learn more, click here.

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

Families can immerse themselves in England’s history by hearing tales of Queen Elizabeth I’s visit to Kenilworth Castle, hearing stories about young monarchs throughout history and taking part in sword fight at Sword School from May 28 to June 5. To learn more, click here.

Shakespeare’s Royal Company

Families can take advantage of an array of free midterm workshops in May and drop-in activities from May 31 to June 4. Highlights include stepping onto the RSC’s special Shakespearean Juliet Balcony in the newly restored Swan Wing for the very first time. You can find all the details here.

The RSC is hosting five days of free events to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee starting with Family Workshops in the Dell Forest Garden on June 1 and 2, 2-4 p.m. They include citizen science, writing activities and environmentally friendly crafts suitable for all ages.

Picnic in the Park, Bancroft Gardens, 2-6 p.m. – RSC will offer family-friendly activities including flag-making and memory crafts. Between 2 and 4 p.m., the RSC will also host a relaxed and accessible picnic in the Dell Forest Gardens.

A special Jubilee Afternoon Tea will be served in its rooftop restaurant on June 5 between 12:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Learn more here.

The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a delicious picnic basket to enjoy with family and friends while listening to live acoustic music from Bird & The Badman on June 5, performing from 1-1:45 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Learn more and book here.

Ragley Room

During the Jubilee Bank Holiday, the Midlands Air Festival will hold a special Platinum Jubilee event at Ragley Hall from June 2 to June 4. It will include the Red Arrows, Night Fire, Weekend Air Shows and Hot Air Balloon Launches.

Camping and glamping for four-night stays will also be available within the grounds of this historic estate. You can buy tickets and find out more here.

Mallory Court Hotel and Spa, Leamington Spa

Mallory Platinum Afternoon Tea
Mallory Platinum Afternoon Tea

Dine like royalty for the Jubilee with a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea experience which includes a glass of champagne and canapes on arrival served in the hotel’s beautiful gardens, followed by a delicious traditional afternoon tea and a glass of sparkling wine in a private dining room. You can book here.

Coombe Abbey

Adventure Cinema will screen three classic films. These will be Dirty Dancing, Grease Sing-a-Long and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

They will be screened outdoors in the scenic grounds of the Coombe Abbey Hotel, just outside Coventry, from May 27-29. Limited tickets will be available for the outdoor cinema.

Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or camping chair to watch three classic films over three evenings with doors opening at 8:15 p.m. and movies starting at 9:45 p.m. Adventure Cinema tickets start at £9.50 for under 12s and a standard ticket costs £14.50 with VIP options available.

Book your tickets here.

Stratford Butterfly Farm

Meet the Mini Beast handling sessions will run from May 28 to June 1, along with snake demonstrations and life cycle demonstrations of butterflies and beetles daily in the Discovery Zone. The butterfly farm has also released 22 rare Phantasmal Poison Frogs and several blue-faced parrot finches, first discovered in northeastern Australia in 1890.

The frogs, a species of Poison Dart Frog, are native to Ecuador and are brightly colored with green or yellow stripes. During National Insect Week, June 20-26, visitors can also take part in daily demonstrations about insects, their life cycles, and habitats from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Find more information here.

Coventry Transport Museum

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based play events for families will be held mid-May term under the theme “Crazy Colorful Cars”. They include Family Museum Engineers – Colorful Tracks on May 28, featuring colorful tracks and toys for all ages to enjoy imaginative play.

Magic Alley, Stratford-upon-Avon

Dive into Wonderland at Magic Alley this semester – a new take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland with a distinctly steampunk twist. It will launch on May 28 and will run all summer until early September.

Tickets start at £8. Book here.

Fairy Tale Farm, near Chipping Norton

This May half-term, from May 28 to June 5, families can take part in a magical “Once upon a unicorn” week. Children who come dressed up with anything unicorn-related will receive a treat upon arrival.

Events include Ribberty Rabbit Crafting in the Craft Corner, How to Train a Unicorn activity trail, an opportunity to meet the Unicorn Queen, and the chance to receive an Apprentice Unicorn Trainer award. Learn more here.


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