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Nottinghamshire Platinum Jubilee: Events across Rushcliffe

Nottinghamshire Platinum Jubilee: Events across Rushcliffe – Wonderful community efforts are taking shape too. Here’s what some of our communities are planning.

Celebrations in Rushcliffe communities

Nottinghamshire Platinum Jubilee: Events across Rushcliffe

Celebrations in Rushcliffe communities

Wonderful community efforts are taking shape too. Here’s what some of our communities are planning:


Thursday June 2 – Beacon lighting

Cotgrave Town Council has arranged to light a beacon on the grassed area in front of the shopping centre at 9.45pm with a bagpiper and possibly a bugler set to entertain the crowds.

Sunday June 5  – ‘Big Lunch’

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Cotgrave Town Council is providing an afternoon of music and dancing from 11.45am to 5.15pm as part of the national ‘Big Lunch’.

There will be a stage and a small range of food and drink stalls with local restaurant Strezza providing food and an outside bar on the green space in front of the shopping centre on Candleby Lane.

The Council have hired picnic tables and benches to use and suggest people bring picnic blankets and chairs to enjoy a lovely social afternoon. Please leave gazebos at home!

There will be a children’s corner with activities and games for all to play. All activities and picnic benches will be free and on a first come basis.

Visit Cotgrave Town Council for the latest.


Wednesday June 1

Tea Dance with Afternoon Tea – taking place at the Village Hall from 1.30pm. This event is organised by Lockton Dance School. For info & tickets, contact Julie Lockton (07977 298 559)

Thursday June 2

Jubilee Beacon Lighting – In line with national celebrations, Ruddington will do its part by lighting its own Jubilee Beacon on the Village Green on that evening.

The program is as follow:-

9.15 to 9.35pm Ruddington Community Choir will be opening the event with a selection of songs from their repertoire.

– 9.40pm Ruddington local bugler Pete Webster will officially announce the lighting of the beacon with a specially written bugle call, entitled Majesty

– 9.45pm exactly local time, former Chair of the Council Cllr Allen Wood will be lighting the Jubilee Beacon while Ruddington Community Choir will sing Song for the Commonwealth, which has been written and composed by Lucy Keily (from Australia) and Vincent Atueyi Conemelu (from Nigeria)

This is an open event and everyone is welcome.

Friday June 3

Ballroom Social with Supper – taking place at the Village Hall from 8pm. This event is organised by Lockton Dance School. For info & tickets, contact Julie Lockton (07977 298 559)

Saturday June 4

Royal Oak Tree Planting – During Ruddington’s Award-Winning Monthly Market, we will be taking a moment to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of reign by planting a Royal Oak Tree on the Village Green grounds. The tree has been kindly donated by resident Barbara Breakwell and it will be planted by a local dignitary in a brief ceremony at 11am.

In St Peter’s Rooms, the Little Ps will hold a morning session of activities for the children at 9.30am. Gavin Walker will be running a Historical walking tour, starting at the library at 10am. No booking needed In the afternoon, Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre will be holding a Jubilee, Brass & BBQ event.

Gates open at 5pm with the music from Carlton brass band starting at approximately 5.30 for the first of two sessions, along with BBQ style food and licensed bar. Doors close at about 8pm.

The tickets cost £8 each which does not include refreshments. Tickets available from the Heritage Cafe on site from Easter.

Sunday June 5

West Bridgford

Rushcliffe Borough Council will be hosting a community street party on Central Avenue, West Bridgford to celebrate the Queens 70th Platinum Jubilee on the Sunday 5 June from 11am – 4pm, as part of a nationwide weekend of celebrations.

Road closure to Central Avenue and bus diversions will be in place from 6am-8pm on the day.

The Mayor will attend the event for a photo opportunity at 11am.

The high-street will be lined with picnic benches and decorated; all picnic tables are available on a first come first serve basis. Visitors have been encouraged to bring along a picnic or use the event catering/bar and local high street restaurants, cafes and bars. Working with Economic Development we have linked in with some of these venues and visitors will be able to order take out from participating venues by scanning a QR code at their table.

Businesses offering tables service: Portello Lounge, Black Pearl

Businesses offering takeaway service/click n collect only:  Yumacha, Giggling Squid, Gilt

Businesses offering pre order in advance only, for collection on the day: White Rabbit Teahouse, Escabeche,

A full entertainment programme is in place giving visitors plenty to sing-along to and enjoy on the street and adjacent Croquet Lawn. There will be a variety of entertainment including:

DJ, Local Community Choir, Morris & Maypole Dancing, Jive dancing performance and have-a-go- sessions, themed street entertainers including London Guards, a 1950’s housewives style gossiping duo, comedy waiters and walkabout drummers with Punch and Judy shows throughout the day.

On the Croquet Lawn a craft tent providing jubilee inspired children’s craft activities, delivered by a local artist, a jubilee vintage market (Hopkinson LTD), a mini stage for static performances with a DJ playing music from across the decades to create atmosphere, a licensed bar and two hot food vendors (BBQ and fish and chips) are also available.

St Johns Ambulance will provide medical cover for the event and Streetwise will be in attendance for street cleansing before, during and after, with additional bins around the site to cater for any additional waste.

The usual town centre toilets located at Alfresco kiosk will be available for visitors and a contingency car park located on Bridge Field (parking – free of charge) will be stood up if town centre car parks become too busy.

Big Jubilee Picnic

St Peter’s Church is holding their Sunday service on the Green at 10.00am. Musicians amateur or otherwise, playing any instrument at all, that would be prepared to join the service and play/sing, please contact Cllr Jane Gray on 07967 443463 or

Ruddington will then be hosting its very own Big Jubilee Picnic on the Village Green at 12noon onwards. In order to make it accessible to everyone and in true community spirit, everyone is welcome to bring their own picnic treats to share with family and friends. While the children will be entertained by activities and games in the afternoon, the adults canjoin them or relax and enjoy some live music from Nottingham Concert Band & PRS Jazz Trio, freshly made coffee from Ginger & Blue or drinks from The Frame Breakers.

We’ll be having a puppet show, followed by an indoor cinema session for the children at 4.30pm in St Peter’s Church.

Other activities during the day include:

WI Display – The WI will be hosting a static display on the history of the Ruddington WI group in the

Framework Knitters Museum for all to visit.

As part of their Diamond Village Project, Framework Knitters Museum has commissioned a banner by artist Marie Jones displaying Ruddington Diamonds (a person who has in one way or another ontributed to what makes Ruddington, Ruddington, the character of the place) to be paraded.

A memory Tree will also be set up on the Green.

Visit Ruddington Parish Council for more information.


Bingham Town Council are working in partnership with Bingham Community Events on celebrations with a lighting of a beacon in the town on Thursday June 2.

There is then a Lunch Party on the Square at the Market Place in the town from midday to 6pm on Sunday June 5. Residents are invited to bring a picnic and drink and enjoy live entertainment and a quiz!

Visit Bingham Town Council or Bingham Community Events page on Facebook for the latest.


Gotham Parish Council is organising a ‘Picnic in the Park’, to be held on Thursday June 2 from 2pm to 10.30pm.

The event is being held at Gotham Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground, Nottingham Road, NG11 0HE.

For those attending there will be a ice-cream van, BBQ food, bar, tea and Coffee, playground, circus skills activities, Morris dancinh and a beacon will be lit at 9.45pm

To be confirmed are live music, spinart activity and craft stalls.

East Leake

The Parish Council are arranging an evening picnic on the Recreation Ground on Thursday June 2 with food stalls. A piper will playing Diu Regnare and buglers and cornets will play Majesty before the lighting of a beacon.

Visit or the Parish Council facebook page for the latest on the village’s plans.

Radcliffe on Trent

The Parish Council are encouraging resident street parties and decorating of homes. Visit Radcliffe on Trent Parish Councilfor all the info on the village’s plans.


Visit Keyworth Parish Council for the latest on celebrations in the village.

Willoughby on the Wolds

Flower boxes will be planted up by pupils from Willoughby School along with adult helpers in time for the Bank Holiday and Open Gardens.

Wreath making – join in the fun with Jane Edyvean to make celebratory wreaths. Workshops dates and venue to be announced.

Jubilee Trail – this will be available before the Bank Holiday up to and including Open Gardens weekend.

Thursday June 2 – 9.45pm Lighting of Beacon/bonfire at the Park.

Sunday June 5 – 11am Service St Mary’s and All Saints – display of Willoughby School’s ‘crowns’ in the church

Midday – Picnic in the Park – come with friends and family bringing food and refreshments, tents and windbreaks! Tug of War, Heads and Tails game along with face painting in the Park.

Live Music at the Village Hall – Non Commitments are booked from 5pm and bar available.

As application has been made for the closure of London Lane on Sunday 5 June, subject to Council approval.

See the Village Website and Facebook for more updates or contact Sue Punt

Cropwell Butler

A celebratory event will be held on Friday June 3 from 2pm to 8.30pm at the village hall and will see afternoon tea, charity stalls, children’s entertainment and craft area, dance display, dog show, barn dance and BBQ during the evening.

Tickets for the whole day are £5 for adults and children are free.

Organisers wish to express their thanks to Cropwell Butler Parish Council for their support with the event.


Costock Parish Council are staging an art exhibition in the village hall throughout the four days of celebrations from June 2-5.

On Thursday June 2 there will be cream teas in a Jubilee Marquee on the school playing field.

Friday June 3 sees a village treasure hunt with prizes given to those finding the highest number of the items and a food hamper to the individual with the most finds.

A procession of children dressed as Kings and Queens takes place on Saturday June 4 and then a sports day in the afternoon and a tea party later.

In the evening there will be a Ceilidh in the Jubilee Marquee with Fred’s Folk providing music.

On Sunday June 5 after a service in the parish church a Big Jubilee Lunch starts at 1.30pm in the marquee with attendees being serenaded by the Tuxedo Swing Jazz and with those attending to take their own food to share and ice cream van attending too.


There will be an afternoon Tea Party on the Bunny Village Green on Sunday June 5 from 2pm to late.

Entertainment will be on hand from Special Guests Bunny Nightingale, “The Golden Age of Jazz” Vintage style jazz singer bringing the sounds from the ‘20s to present day.

Aurora Saxophone Group and other entertainment from the village will be in place and there will be children’s entertainment all afternoon, including glitter artwork and games.

Event goers are invited to bring their own tables, food and refreshments with tea, coffee and squash available.

All are invited to wear their best red, white, blue or purple, bring your fancy hats, tiaras, sun parasols and royal gloves with prizes for the best dressed to be announced!


Plumtree Parish Council are organising celebrations for the village.

Thursday June 2 – Choir and beacon lighting at St Mary’s Church from 9.15pm.

Friday June 3 – a Society Jazz Band will play at Burnside Hall. 7pm.

Bring your own food/snacks and tipple for the evening. Tickets are limited to a total of 80 at a cost of £5. Phone or email Mike Elliott on 0115 937 6506 All proceeds and donations from tickets will go the Royal British Legion.

Saturday June 4 – Loxley Saxophone Ensemble will play at St Mary’s Church from 4pm-6pm. The finale will take the form of Last Night of the Proms. There will be an interval with tea and cake and a silent collection at the close in aid of Church funds.


Sunday June 5 – Village street party on Church Lane from 1pm onwards. The road will be closed to traffic from 11am to 7pm.

People are asked to take their own food and drinks. Tables, chairs and white tablecloths will be provided and people are asked to bring items to decorate their tables red,white and blue.

Games and activities are being planned, including a children’s fancy dress competition. It is hoped to have an ice cream van attend at about 4:30.

There will be a prize for the best decorated property in the village of an £80 meal voucher at The Griffin. Contact Mike Clark or on 0115 937 4915 for more details.

There is also a commemorative mug available to purchase is a. Details can be found on the parish council website or by calling Mike Elliott on 0115 937 6506.

West Bridgford

Central Avenue in West Bridgford will host a Platinum Jubilee Street Party on Sunday June 5 to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years on the throne!

In line with the national The Big Jubilee Lunch, from 11am to 4pm picnic benches will line the high street which will be closed to traffic, inviting families, groups and individuals to bring their own picnic.

They can also visit great local cafés and restaurants for food and drink or use the event’s food stalls, barbecue or bar.

An entertainment programme will then give the crowds plenty to sing-a-long to and enjoy on the street, adjacent Croquet Lawn or mini stage, including:

  • DJ
  • Boston Jive Dancers
  • The Tuneless Choir
  • Tailcoat drummers
  • Comedy waiters
  • London Guards
  • Juicy Titbits -The Gossips! 1950’s housewives’ humour
  • Punch and Judy
  • Comedy maypole
  • Morris dancers
  • Interactive crafts such as crown and flag making

To share information about a public event you are planning please email

Regional events

A Veterans’ Big Breakfast taking place on Thursday June 2 at Thoresby Court Yard.

The event will be picnic style, so event goers are invited to bring along their own chairs and blankets.

Breakfast rolls will be served from 8.30 – 9.45 a.m and entertainment will be on hand:

9.15am – 9.45am – Pipes and Drums

10am – midday – Live Screening

12.15pm – 12.45pm and 1.15pm – 1.45pm – Daisy Belles

Information Stands open from 8.30am-2.30pm.

Dress for Civilian wear is casual and Military wear: (cadets) MTP.

Car Parking is on the event field which will be clearly signposted and costs £3 all day.

National Events

Buckingham Palace has announced an exciting programme of events that encourage communities and people across the country to come together and celebrate.

Thursday June 2

  • The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) at Buckingham Palace
  • Platinum Jubilee Beacons lit across the UK and Commonwealth

For details and guidance on taking part visit Queens Jubilee Beacons

Friday June 3

  • Service of Thanksgiving at St Pauls Cathedral

Saturday June 4

  • The Derby at Epsom Downs
  • Platinum Party at the Palace

Sunday June 5

  • The Platinum Jubilee Pageant at Buckingham Palace
  • The Big Jubilee Lunch/ Street Parties

Further details about national events are published on the Royal Family website.

Educational Resources

You can watch rare and previously unavailable footage of royal jubilees from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 to Her Majesty The Queen’s Silver Jubilee. The films have been drawn from collections of the British Film Institute (BFI) national archive, and regional and national archives across the UK and have been made available to watch for free on BFI Player 

Plant a tree for the Jubilee

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique initiative which invites people from across the country to plant a tree and mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. You can find out more about how to get involved by visiting Queen’s Green Canopy website

Trees benefit us in many ways, including cleaning the air we breathe, slowing the impact of climate change, creating wildlife habitats, and improving our overall health. We would like organisations and people across the county to plant their very own tree for the jubilee.

Anyone can plant a tree for the Jubilee and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Free tree planting schemes are run by organisations such as the Woodland Trust . If you would like to plant more trees in your neighbourhood – whether you live in a rural or urban part of the county – your parish council, school, or community group may be able to help. Find out how you can get involved.

Thinking about planting a tree? Here’s some practical advice on tree planting 

You can add your jubilee tree to The Queen’s Green Canopy map 

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