Thursday, 31 May 2012

Best of Exeter's Jubilee Events

Exeter Cathedral from Princesshay
There is bunting absolutey everywhere and enough union jacks to make your eyes blurry, but it's finally here, the bank holiday we've all been waiting for, The Queen's Diamond Jubilee! Royalists and Republicans alike will no doubt be enjoying the extra few hours in bed, an absurd amout of cake and, fingers crossed, some good weather in Exeter. Though it's tempting to spend the weekend in bed, there are lots of great events around town this weekend, so grab a hat, put on your red, white & blue and go meet the neighbours.

Source: Radio Exe

Exeter Respect Festival @ Belmont Park, Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 June
The Respect Festival has come a very long way in just a few short years. From humble beginnings at the Exeter Phoenix to a regular Playday in the Park, to Exeter's biggest outdoor music event of the year. I am lucky enough to be part of two local bands that are playing on each day - The Bitterati on Satruday and Stalie & Knight on Sunday -  and there are lots of other awesome groups, dance troops, tasty food, community projects, arts and crafts there too. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing, Laid Blak, NUMB and Dakar Audio Club.

Crickey Queenie It's Vintage @ Exeter Thistle Hotel, Saturday 02 June, 10.30 - 4pm, £2
For their 1940's inspired vintage fair you can expect a host of delightful retro goodies with crafts, music, make up and more. Back in the day delights will include a vintage tea dance with Company B and DJ Louie Louie to complete with dance floor!  A raffle to help raise money for TheWomen's Land Army Tribute charity. Not to mention over 50+ stall holders of vintage and handmade goodies, new sellers added everytime, as well as the good old favourites! Two vintage fashion, Pop up beauty parlour, Retro photo-booth,  Make & take sessions with La di da presents The Sewing Sanctuary, and Rivka's fantastic fascinator workshop.

Lord Mayor's Street Party @ Exeter Guildhall, Sunday 03 June at 1:30pm
Pary frocks on! Hats at the ready! It's party time! The Lord Mayor accompanied by the Lady Mayoress, Deputy Lord Mayor & Deputy Lord Mayoress will host  a Diamond Jubilee Celebration Tea Party for local children in front of the Guildhall.

Source: Kim of the Topsham Food Festival

Topham Food Festival @ Topsham High Street, Saturday  to Sunday 3 June
Food music, and events, Topsham is readying itself for fabulous long weekend with their Topsham Food Festival. The centre piece of Topsham's Jubilee event will be 'Nello's Longest Table' taking over Fore Street from 2pm on Sunday where visitors will be able to enjoy communal meals of local and locally sourced food and drink in a unique atomsphere of community and interantional friendship. If you can't make in on the Sunday, be sure to tune into the live broadcast on Radio Exe 107.3 FM.

Jubilee Party on the Green @ QEII (formerly Wonford Playing Fields), Saturday 3pm
The Wonford Jubilee Celebrations Party on the Green will take over the newly named Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields with a fun day will be officially opened by deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Percy Prowse. Attractions will include a dog show, fairground rides, a bouncy castle, strong-man competition and a tug of war between local pubs. At 7.30pm, a major city-wide talent show, Youth Factor, will be held at Wonford Community Centre. A firework display will round-off the celebrations at the playing fields at 10pm.
Souce: National Trust

Last night at the Proms @ Killerton House, Monday 4 June
Celebrate the Jubilee in style and join us for this family concert in the park. Bring rugs and flags and enjoy a summer evening with one of the South West's premier brass bands.Adult £15, child £5, family £35. Call 0844 249 1895 to book or buy your tickets online.

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