Platinum Jubilee Weekend and tribute to Her Majesty The Queen


The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Double Bank Holiday Weekend

And so this long heralded very long weekend of celebrating is finally here: our long serving Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

First and foremost we honour Her Majesty, both for her outstanding life of service and duty and also for her continuing ability to lift spirits everywhere with her aura of calm and that wonderful smile -  exemplified by this lovely photo with the Duke of Edinburgh and Alan Titchmarsh, at the New Forest Show in 2012. (Photo credit to Yahoo News; see more images of Royal Visits to the New Forest here!)


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Lymington and New Forest celebrations range from simple street parties to Spitfire flypasts, as well as community picnics, children’s events and tree planting ceremonies for the nationwide four-day party running from 2nd-5th June. 

The Main Event for Lymington is of course Picnic in the Park, for which we've displayed below the full programme. 

Even if you can't make it in person to the Picnic, you can still take part in Lymington's Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Raffle. The amazing 1st Prize is a week's stay at Dar Louisa, Morocco for a party of 8 people, fully staffed and catered for, plus there's a host of other prizes incluing lunch and dinner vouchers, hampers, paintings and even a ride in a Ferrari! Proceeds to be divided between Lymington Community Association, Lymington Rotary Club and the Mayors Charity FundTickets; tickets available from Lymington Community Centre and the raffle will be drawn at the picnic, at 3.45pm. Full details here!

Beneath the programme for Picnic in the Park, we provide a summary of some of the other events and activities taking place locally from today and through the weekend.


Stop press as part of the Jubilee celebrations New Forest District Council is making the parking free in NFDC car parks on Saturday 4th June. In Lymington this includes:

Barfields: SO41 9BS
Cannon Street East: SO41 9BR
Cannon Street West: SO41 9BR
Emsworth Road: SO41 9BL
Gosport Street: SO41 9BE
Southampton Road: SO41 9NF
St Thomas Street: SO41 9NA
Town Hall: SO41 9ZG
Bath Road, SO41 3SE
Town Quay: SO41 3AT

Wishing you all a Wonderful Weekend, until next week's Weekly What's On we're signing off to join the festivities!

Click the programme below to enlarge it

Picnic in the Park Programme - Page 1

Picnic in the Park Programme - Page 2

Platinum Jubilee Weekend Diary

  1. Events highlighted in blue are links: you'll find more details when you click them!
  2. For events where there's no link, brief details are included below.
  3. As always there are more events on the Events Calendar - and do check for new events added after we've sent this newsletter
  4. Just to confuse you there's now a separate Events Calendar for Exhibitions, Activities and Long Running Events.


  • Thurs 2- Sun 5 Jun: RAF Beaulieu Exhibition for the Platinum Jubilee Weekend, East Boldre Village Hall
  • Thurs 2 Jun Ringwood: Beacon lighting ceremony at 9.45pm from the tower of the Church of St Peter and Paul in Market Place. Following the national programme which will start at 9.35pm with an individual piper playing Diu Regnare, a unique tune written especially for this historic event. Followed by a unique bugle call entitled Majesty and the lighting of the beacon at 9.45pm. A scratch community choir will sing the unique Song for Commonwealth which has been written for the occasion – the idea being ‘voices around the globe joining together in celebration'.
  • Thurs 2 Jun Fordingbridge: Jubilee picnic in the park at the recreation ground  3.30-10pm with bands, choir and disco. The event will see the installation of a new beacon on the recreation ground so the town can be part of the beacon lighting all over the country and the council is planting a Hornbeam tree to be a lasting reminder at 9.45pm.



  • Sat-Sun 3/4 Jun: Fawley Show
  • Sat 4 Jun: New Forest Makers Market in Lymington
  • Sat 4 Jun: Everton Community Association was awarded £1,630 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund towards the cost of hosting a Platinum Jubilee Party: 

    Everton Recreation Ground from 12.30pm- 5pm with live music, a classic car show, Zumba demonstration, a fun dog show, a fashion parade through the decades, a kids treasure hunt, petanque competitions, various stalls, a fancy dress competition and food and refreshments. Those attending are invited to dress in 1950s style to mark the occasion and bring along a chair or picnic blanket.


  • Sun 5 Jun: Platinum Jubilee Picnic in Woodside Park Lymington
  • Sun 5 Jun: Right Royal Knees Up community get-together East Boldre School Fields
  • Sun 5 Jun: Beaulieu Band and Zac and the Zeros live at the Turfcutters Arms 
  • Sun 5 Jun 11.30am-3pm Sway: Big Jubilee Lunch at Stanford Rise Green next to the village hall. Bring along a picnic to enjoy the fun, with races on the green, live music, a bar, story-telling, a jubilee celebration cake and a chance to make a crown and sit on a throne. If the weather is wet the event will move inside to the village hall.
  • Sun 5 June Hordle: party in the park style event at the village recreation ground 12-6pm with live music, children’s activities and food and drink stalls. 
  • Sun 5 June Ringwood: Party in the park at Carvers Recreation Ground 12-6pm with live music, family entertainment, food and drink.
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