As the Platinum Jubilee celebrations get underway in Sussex, I wish I had a “me sized” drone into which I could jump and hover over the county for the next few days. With so many towns, villages, and hamlets hosting so many fantastic events, from street parties to beacon lighting and carnivals, I suspect Sussex from the air will be a truly spectacular vision this weekend. And whilst many of you will be hanging up the bunting as I type and heading to your nearest street party, if you’re still planning your weekend, here is your last-minute guide to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Sussex:
Rye Jubilee celebrations
Rye has been hosting a full calendar of events this week. One of the prettiest towns in Sussex, Rye always feels special with or without Jubilee bunting but head over that way for a Town Crier’s guided tour of the town and a “Jamboree Cabaret” on Saturday and Morris dancing at The Mermaid Inn on Sunday.
With different street parties taking place throughout the town, Hastings has lots of Jubilee activities going on during the weekend, including a special pop up street performance by the MSL and Barefoot Opera on Saturday, and on Sunday a Big Jubilee Lunch in Warrior Square Gardens and a Jubilee picnic and Art in the Park event in Alexandra Park.
Eastbourne sees the much-awaited return of Eastbourne Carnival on the 4th June, along with a number of other Jubilee activities which include a Great British Vintage Tea Dance on Saturday in the Town Hall.
On Saturday, Heathfield & Waldron Parish Council is organising a street party and procession for the town starting from Tower Rec.
Lewes always knows how to party, and their main event on Saturday starts at midday on the Malling Brooks field following on from the Lewes Farmers Market in the morning. There will be fairground rides, stalls, and a brass band as well as afternoon teas, with live music and an aerial firework display from the hills above Lewes in the evening.
With such royal connections, Brighton and Hove were always going to go big! In collaboration with the Brighton Fringe, on Saturday they are hosting a party in the Royal Pavilion gardens, which will include a full schedule of activities such as children’s workshops, theatrical storytelling, acrobatics, juggling, comedy and music. Head over to Palmeira Square in Hove on Sunday for their Platinum Jubilee Big Lunch and Celebration at 12 pm which will see a Bubbleologist, Silver Strings and reggae.
On Saturday, The Orchards in Haywards Heath is presenting a huge celebration for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with musical entertainment in the marquee, as well as games, art workshops and a bouncy castle. Meanwhile on Sunday, head to Victoria Park for more Jubilee celebrations with a picnic and afternoon tea style event from 12 pm to 4 pm which will include bands, performances and cake!
With the Crawley Millennium Band performing by the crow sculpture in the High Street on the 4th June, Crawley’s Big Jubilee Lunch is being held in the Memorial Gardens on Sunday.
Hurry, hurry to Horsham’s Friday night Jubilee street party in the Carfax which goes on until late with music in the bandstand, but if you miss that or want something quieter, pop into Horsham Museum and Art Gallery over the Jubilee weekend for some Coronation-themed crafts.
Worthing is hosting a special two-day concert and light show in the beautiful grounds of Steyne Gardens, Worthing, with Saturday including a Jubilee finale. You need to buy your ticket in advance.
Chichester is holding a Gala Day carnival procession on Saturday through the streets of the town, followed by a family fun afternoon at noon in Priory Park. There is also a special celebratory service to mark the occasion that will be held in the Cathedral on Saturday (pre-booking required).
Midhurst is hosting a Jubilee celebration on Saturday in front of the historic Cowdray Ruins with entertainment from local singers, choirs, dance troupes, magicians, bands and lots of local produce as well as fairground rides, face painting and craft activities. Those attending are asked to be seated no later than 2.15 pm.
Wherever you are in Sussex, enjoy the fabulous Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, and as always, we’d love to see your photos.
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