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Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations gather pace

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Published: 20/07/2012

South Gloucestershire Council has been working with local Friends groups to enhance the district’s outdoor spaces for the benefit of residents and to improve their health and well-being and some areas have been chosen to become protected as Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Jubilee year. These include Deerswood Park in Kingswood, Springfield Park in Mangotsfield, Badminton Road play area in Downend and the Aubrey Meads play area in Bitton. Many groups have already organised their own events to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee – a list of current events is below.

Plans are also progressing for a Family Fun Day in Kingswood to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee whilst showcasing the services the council and its partner organisations such as the NHS provide to families in South Gloucestershire.

The free Diamond Jubilee Family Fun Day runs from 10.30am to 4pm on Thursday 7 June at

Kingswood Park, High Street, Kingswood, and will be opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucester Dame Janet Trotter.

Family Fun Day event organiser George Kousouros said: “Come along to our fun day in the park and enjoy a great day out for all the family. There will be lots of great activities throughout the day with live music from some talented young musicians as well as food stalls, face painting and some of the animals from nearby Grimsbury Farm will be dropping in.

“There will also be a variety of stalls with information about what services we offer to families and where to go to receive further advice and support. We hope to see as many people as possible and because this event is during the school holidays it is the perfect place to bring your children for a great day out.”

Some of the many other community activities in South Gloucestershire are below. A full list is available online at

26 May

Jubilee open day at Winterbourne Community Centre from 11am to 5pm with a concert at 7.30pm.

A range of activities for all the family including a craft fair, demonstrations of BMX riding, kick boxing, children’s fancy dress and painting competitions, bouncy castle, supervised gymnastics, 5-a-side football, refreshments and much more. Then at 7.30pm come and listen to the British Male Voice choir, tickets cost £6. For more information visit

1 to 3 June

Bradley Stoke Community Festival

This annual festival has been moved to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee weekend. There will be children’s games and activities, local bands, a 10k race, dancing and a football tournament will have special commemorative jubilee medals.

1 June

Coniston Parade Diamond Jubilee fun day, The Parade, Patchway, 3pm to 5pm.

Come and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with a good old-fashioned street party featuring old time songs, stalls, children’s activities and scrummy food. Fore more information contact Coniston Community Centre on 0117 923 6878 or email

2 June

Diamond Jubilee celebration and picnic, Lime Kiln playing field, Alveston, 11am to 2pm.

Alveston hosts a Diamond Jubilee celebration with something for everyone from those who remember the coronation through to children. Please bring a picnic and chair meet your neighbours and enjoy the crafts, exhibitions, music and games. There will also be an opportunity to try out the new climbing wall in the youth centre. Refreshments will also be available.

2 June

St Mary’s Green, Yate, all day

Yate Heritage Centre hosts an historic 1950s Diamond Jubilee celebration around St Mary’s Green. There will be traditional entertainment through the day, family activities, fancy dress and the obligatory street party and 1950s food, involving the whole community. Free children’s street party 3.00pm – 4.00pm. There will also be an evening barn dance – tickets available in advance from the Yate Heritage Centre. For more information visit

2 June

Village Jubilee art exhibition, Cromhall Village Hall, Talbot’s End, Cromhall

Residents of Cromhall Village are invited to submit entries by 25 May ready for a special Diamond Jubilee art exhibition on Saturday 2 June. For more information and how to take part visit

2 June

Page Park, Staple Hill

The Friends of Page Park are holding a community event at the park to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. There will be music, dancing, displays, craft and charity stalls, plus children’s entertainment.

2 June

Rodway Road street party, Patchway 12noon to 5pm

Patchway Royal British Legion and Patchway Community Centre are holding a joint celebration with a street party in Rodway Road with a variety of stalls, a BBQ and refreshments. Live entertainment on stage features “Trouble on the Green” as well as local acts. This will be followed by live music in the Community Centre in the evening, with the popular local group, Riff Toads from 7.30-12p.m. A bar will be available. Tickets are £3 available from the community centre. Tel 01454 868549.

2 June

Taylor’s field, Littleton-on-Severn, 6pm until late

Littleton-on-Severn will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with a Ceilidh on Saturday 2nd June on Taylor’s field… best spurs/cowboy outfits optional. There will be a Jubilee bonnet competition, village bar and a ploughman’s included. Adults £10, under 16s free.

3 June

Big Jubilee lunch, Falfield Village Green, 12.30pm-4pm

In Falfield there will be a special Diamond Jubilee Church service at 11am at St George church, and following on at 12.30pm a special Jubilee picnic on the Village Green opposite the church. You can come and join the celebrations for both or either activity. Bring along your picnic, a chair and come and meet your fellow neighbours.

For more details visit

4 June

Picnic in the park, Memorial Hall playing fields, Charfield, 2pm followed by a party in the park at 7pm.

Bring along your picnic and rug, get involved in the 5 a-side football, tennis, croquet and tug of war, plus have your photo taken with the ‘Queen!’ In the evening why not come along and watch the Jubilee concert on a giant screen. BBQ and bar also available.

4 June

As part of the national network of beacon lighting, Aust Parish will be lighting a huge bonfire at ‘The Lookout’ on Aust Cliff above the River Severn between 10pm and 10.30pm.

4 June

Various locations in Olveston and Tockington, 12pm until late

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Olveston and Tockington kick off with a carnival procession from the play area in Olveston to the parish hall in Tockington. Fancy dress to celebrate 60 years of the Queen’s reign, £1.50 entry and prizes for the best dressed. Then there is a special lunch and a fayre at Tockington parish hall. Then gigs and bands at Tockington parish hall in the evening and all wrapped up with a bonfire at Tockington Manor School at 11.30pm. For details on all these events please see the flyer under ‘read more’.

4 June

Grimsbury Farm, Kingswood, 3pm and beacon lighting around 10pm.

Join the Friends of Grimsbury Farm for an afternoon and evening of entertainment including music, children’s games, children’s entertainment, craft stalls, BBQ and ice cream. There will be bouncy castles, donkey rides and a number of displays and stalls. On top of this there will be the usual fun of the farm with the pygmy goats and Suffolk sheep. In the evening at around 10pm a beacon will be lit.

4 June

Jubilee Barn Dance, Falfield, 8pm to midnight

The Falfield Jubilee committee are inviting you to get your party shoes on and join them for a barn dance. There is a charge for entry with refreshments included.

For more details, including how to get tickets, visit:

4 June

Pomphrey Hill Pavilion, Mangotsfield, from 1pm. Beacon lighting at 10pm.

Free family fun event with community stalls, craft tents, games, Punch & Judy, 26ft climbing wall, food, drinks and also live bands. For more information visit

4 June

Stoke Gifford Jubilee Fete, The Trust Grounds, Stoke Gifford, 2pm to 5pm

Fun and games for all the family including arts and crafts, brass band, bouncy castles, teas and cakes plus competitions for best jubilee hat, flower arrangement and junk model. Fore more information visit

4 June

Deerswood Park, Kingswood, 12 to 5pm

Residents near the park are invited to a Jubilee celebration at Deerswood Park being held by The Friends of Deerswood Park and South Gloucestershire Council. Entry is free and there will be music, stalls, family games and more. Refreshments will be available. We’d like to keep this a local event so don’t want to play this up too much!


Kingswood Heritage Museum, open Tuesdays 2pm to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm)

In the main display area the museum is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a display of artefacts, programmes and photographs. This exhibition will be celebrating her 60th year since the coronation and runs until the end of 2013. For more information visit

For more information on any of these events visit

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