Belvoir is hosting a ‘Best of British’ weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Expect the best of Britain at the Belvoir Jubilee weekend! A street party, stalls, jousting, buskers, musicians and traditional summer food and drink are lined up to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in the grounds of the Regency Castle, which has doubled as a Windsor in Netflix’s The Crown.
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June
The weekend will feature the Nottingham Knights thunderous horseback riding in close quarters action with thrills, rollovers and family fun.
Entertainment will also include a Punch & Judy show, a craft zone and re-enactments while classic cars and an encounter with the Belvoir Birds of Prey add to the vintage fun.
This event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II is part of the Belvoir revisited series of weekends recreating six different periods of history.
For those wishing to step back in time, an annual pass guarantees free entry to all six Belvoir Revisited events, as well as unlimited tours of the castle and gardens, from the 1940s weekend on 28 and 29 May until to the Medieval Renaissance. promulgation on September 3 and 4.
The Regency style Aviary tea room in the castle will serve delicate sandwiches and sweets for those who want to indulge in a traditional afternoon tea, or why not try the newest addition to the Engine Yard, the Duchess’s drawing room, and enjoy a glass of champagne on the outdoor terrace, open Saturday and Sunday.
At the Engine Yard, visitors can get into the Jubilee mood with market stalls to browse on Thursday June 2 and entertainment with The Blighty Belles, classic cars and Punch and Judy on Friday June 3.
Emma Stenning, CEO of Belvoir, said: “Our Jubilee celebrations will provide plenty of entertainment for all ages, led by the return of the popular Jousting Knights, all set in the grounds of our magnificent castle, and it surely cannot there is no better place to enjoy a pleasant afternoon tea than in his birthplace!”
Belvoir lights a Jubilee Beacon in Barkestone Woods on Thursday, June 2 at 9:45 p.m. It will be one of thousands of beings lit at the same time across the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, the British Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth, to come together in celebration this historic step.
It will be the first time a British monarch has celebrated a platinum jubilee, 70 years as a sovereign. In September 2015, the Queen overtook Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch.
Belvoir is also creating a special Jubilee Orchard. Charles, Marquess of Granby, son and heir to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, led the recreation of an ancient apple orchard using heritage varieties documented in the archives and has since planted 200 trees while a second field should be planted with a more than 200 apple and pear trees.
Belvoir’s Head Gardener, Tom Webster, said: “This is the Tree-bilee year, and to play our part in celebrating 70 years of our monarch’s reign, we are adding our newly planted apple orchard, the Jubilee Orchard.
“Some of the old apple trees from the original orchard remain and these are being rejuvenated to provide cover for new beehives – Belvoir honey production being another planned project.
“A large number of old lead tags have been found in these fields allowing us to acquire the same historic varieties where they still exist and to ensure that only trees compatible with this area are grown here.”
Tickets for the Queen’s Jubilee weekend cost £22 for adults; Child (aged 4-16) £10; Family (2 adults and 3 children) £55 and includes entry to the castle and garden.
For more information, the schedule of events and to book, visit https://www.belvoircastle.com
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