Four events in and around Derbyshire for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee events in and around Derbyshire - here's four events worth looking at

This is an image of Jubilee bunting in London
Many celebrations are planned this June for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Photo: Zefrog / Alamy

Back in 2012 – when Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee – there were parties in the street and events on everywhere, with lots of live music and food. 

Fast forward 10 years and it’s no different for Her Majesty’s 70th-anniversary celebrations – with multiple fun events billed for the upcoming week.

But which ones should you go to? We’ve listed four for you to consider which are taking place in and around Derbyshire. 

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1)  Traditional Village Fete and Poetry Festival

Take a step back in time to the 1950s down at Thistley Place Meadow, in Hatton, where you can see performances from local poets and schoolchildren – alongside a dog show, pony rides and some old-style market stalls. 

There’s also a picnic afterwards, with a free concert and inflatables, which starts at 6pm and finishes as the sun sets at 9.30pm. 

It will certainly be a more laid-back affair, perfect for the older folk rather than young families – with the focus mainly on the poetry. 

2)  Jubilee Vintage Fun Fair

Down at Elvaston Castle, there is a seven-day funfair taking place, ending on Sunday June 5.

Opening from 10.30am and closing at 7pm, there are plenty of hours to enjoy on the carousel, Ferris wheel or the always enjoyable helter-skelter. 

Aimed at young families, this event ranges from 1920s fun to modern-day classics – meaning you’ve got 100 years of rides to go on and try. As well as being fun for all, it is also a great opportunity to teach younger ones about the historical aspect if you’re wanting a more educational experience.

It’s also a FREE event, with each ride charging different fees. If you’re just wanting to soak up the jubilee atmosphere, you’ve just got to pay for parking. 

3) The Jubilee Concert –  Ockbrook and Borrowash Cricket Club

Another event perhaps aimed at the older generation; the Long Eaton Silver Prize Band will perform here on Sunday, June 5 at 1pm.

They plan to take centre stage to perform a tribute to the Queen herself, just as they did in 2012 when the country celebrated the Diamond Jubilee.

Formed in 1906, the band have been recognised on the national stage in 2006 and 2012 and are already popular among locals – with the group in line to switch the Christmas lights on this holiday season.

 4)  Erewash Lighting of the Beacon

With music playing from the past 70 years, ranging from Elvis Presley and the Beatles to Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran, Johnny Victory will lead the event as well as the lighting of the beacon.

The beacons have been lit on every anniversary since the Queen ascended the throne in 1977, 2002 and 2012. This event will take place on Thursday, June 2. 

Ceremonies will be held in Ilkeston Market Place and the grounds of Long Eaton Town Hall.
Both events will begin at 8.30pm, with musical performances and the handing out of flags.