Date(s) - 05/06/2022
11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location link - Bitts Park
There will be celebrations across the country in 2022 to mark HM The Queen’s 70th year on the throne.
In Carlisle, the focus of the Platinum Jubilee will be in Bitts Park, where on Sunday 5 June from 10.30am a partnership of local organisations will be hosting a special celebration.
The Jubilee fun will last all day, including a Family Film Show on a giant screen in the morning at 11am, followed by the Big Jubilee Lunch, where everyone will be invited to bring their own picnic and join the party! And for those who prefer to let someone else do the catering, the Tribe food outlets will be offering a wide selection of delicious take-aways from the pop-up units by the children’s play area.
In the afternoon, at 2pm, the big screen will live-stream coverage of the Jubilee Pageant from outside Buckingham Palace. The London celebrations will include street theatre, music and dance representing all corners of the Commonwealth, performed by over 5,000 entertainers. A River of Hope will wind its way along the Mall, made up of 200 silk flags. It’s sure to be a colourful and vibrant tribute to the Queen’s record breaking 70-year reign and not to be missed.
The theme of the Bitts Park Jubilee celebrations is ‘Communities and Hope’ and the service of many people to their own local community will also be a feature. Carlisle City Council is one of the partners in organising the Bitts Park event.
The City Council has been joined by Carlisle Vineyard Church and Carlisle HealthCare Social Prescribing team in organising the celebrations.
Among the community groups taking part are Carlisle College, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Sustainable Brampton, Carlisle Cathedral, Multicultural Cumbria, Cumbria Organic Gardeners and Farmers and many others. There’ll be a ‘virtual village’ of stalls, stands and activities representing the range of community groups and organisations that help to shape the place we live in.
The programme for Carlisle’s Bitts Park Queen’s Jubilee event is as follows:
10.30am: The event is open to the public
11am-1pm: Outdoor cinema screen showing the family sing-along film ‘Encanto’.
1pm-2pm: The Big Jubilee Lunch. Bring a Jubilee picnic and visit our Custard Cream Café (one free drink and treat per person – subject to availability). You can also buy food and drinks from the on-site catering or from Tribe Carlisle. Please note that no alcohol is allowed at the event.
1pm-2pm: Entertainment and parade by Multicultural Cumbria.
2pm: Live screening of the Jubilee Pageant from London.
There will also be community stalls, children’s activities, Fun Fair rides (payment needed) and catering facilities (payment needed). Free activities include:
Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service will be bringing a Fire Engine and will talk about fire safety.
Cumbria Wildlife Trust – little actions for nature that can make a big difference for people, wildlife and communities.
Carlisle College – photo booth with dressing-up props, treasure hunt and face painting to commemorate the Jubilee. A jubilee themed canvass painting by local artist Paul Goffin will also be raffled off to one lucky winner (payment needed for raffle ticket/s). The artist has kindly produced this original painting for free and full proceeds will go towards the Carlisle Mayor’s Charity Fund.
People First – a festival of mini activities
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery – hands-on Coronation and Jubilee treasures and family activities.
Active Cumbria Park Play and Carlisle City Council – promoting walking, cycling and active play.
Carlisle Community Cycle Hub – with a selection of bicycles for people to try out along with a demonstration of cycle safety.
Carlisle Cathedral – a labyrinth mat to explore and kite making.
Multicultural Cumbria – a variety of cultural activities.
iCan Health & Fitness – wheels of wellness and miniature trampolines.
History and Hope – connecting care homes and primary schools to capture stories of the past and hopes for the future.
Space to Talk – opportunities to talk.
Food Carlisle – encouraging local food growing and using a ‘Smoothie Bike’ to make your own fruit smoothies. Plus, free vegetable plants to grow at home.
Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life and Duke of Lancs Regiment – Royal linked activities plus collections from museum to handle along with items for dressing up.
Cumbria Pride – Royal crafts and children’s activities (flag and badge making, decorating crowns).
Owl Magic – everything you want to know about owls.
Food at the Frontier – Roman Cooking with John Crouch and Roman activities with STEM Ambassadors.
Stu-di-doo – walkabout magic and puppets.
Lionel Playford – local artist offering mementoes of the day.
Football Cage – come and try out your soccer skills.
Rainbow Wishes Foundation – provides magical character entertainment that inspires hope, happiness and self-belief in children.
Nail bar – free Royal nail designs.
Image credit: Carlisle City Council