Knights, concerts and afternoon teas … where to royally enjoy yourself over the platinum jubilee bank holiday weekend
The Queen’s platinum jubilee central weekend – the official celebration – kicks off at 10am on 2 June with trooping the colour on Horse Guards Parade in central London (also shown on big screens in St James’s Park and live on TV). At 9pm, the principal beacon will be lit: a 21-metre “tree of trees” made from 350 smaller trees. A further 1,500 beacons will be lit around the UK, overseas territories and Commonwealth. Other official events include a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s cathedral on 3 June, a Party at the Palace on 4 June, headlined by Queen (with Adam Lambert), Alicia Keys and Eurovision’s Sam Ryder, and a pageant at Buckingham Palace on 5 June. The pageant includes a River of Hope procession: 200 silk flags made and carried by schoolchildren, themed around the climate crisis and representing their aspirations for the next 70 years.
The royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is a prime focal point for revelry, centred on the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park. Events include the lighting of the beacon and fireworks on 2 June, a concert at St George’s chapel on 3 June, a free “bring your own picnic” jubilee party on 4 June – with music, sport and cars from across seven decades – and a Big Lunch on 5 June.
On 4 June, the cultural venue 2 Royal Avenue is going back in time to 1950s Belfast, with art workshops, live music, storytelling, film screenings, a photography exhibition and dancing. The cafe will serve dishes from the decade (free, some ticketed events). Elsewhere in the city, the jubilee beacon will be lit outside Titanic Belfast and City Hall, which will be illuminated in royal purple on 5 June, is to host tea dances.
Bath is taking things a step further, illuminating a host of landmarks in purple on 2 June, including Pulteney Bridge, the Guildhall, the Roman Baths and the abbey (free, 10pm). Bath on the Beach opens for the summer on 2 June in Royal Victoria Park, and is giving away free Pimm’s over the weekend (booking required). There is a Big Jubilee Picnic on the lower lawn of the Royal Crescent on 5 June, with free face painting, children’s entertainers, and arts and crafts (free, 12-5pm). The Royal Crescent hotel & spa is throwing a garden party, with afternoon tea, live music and lawn games (£55).
York is making a bid to have the most bunting over the bank holiday: the city centre will be dressed with more than two miles of it. In St Sampson’s Square, archive footage of the Queen’s visits to the north will be shown on a big screen, alongside daily screenings of the animated film The Queen’s Corgi (2-4 June). Other green spaces around the city will have giant union jack deckchairs, big enough for two, including Dean’s Park, St Anthony’s Garden and Museum Gardens. The Spring fair and food festival at York Racecourse includes more than 40 traders, DJs, bands, a vintage funfair, the lighting of the beacon and a Big Jubilee Lunch. There is a service of celebration at York Minster on 4 June; a jubilee outdoor market at Carlton Towers, also on 4 June, with Pimm’s and strawberries and cream; and lots of gin tastings at the York Gin Shop (2-5 June).
Town criers will read a proclamation to the Queen as the beacons are lit on 2 June, in Norwich and towns across Norfolk. Chantry Place shopping centre is turning into Chantry Palace for the weekend, with royal guards on sentry duty, a throne and red carpet, and a corgi-themed family trail (2-5 June). At Norwich cathedral, there is a performance of Handel’s Coronation Anthems on 4 June (from £15 adults/£5 children). The Assembly Rooms is serving the Queen’s favourite afternoon tea, which includes a chocolate biscuit cake crowned with gold leaf (£24.95, until 30 June).
Bristol is hosting an all-day Big Jubilee Lunch on College Green on 5 June, with live music and activities including making a royal paper flotilla, while raising money for local food charities (free). The Mall, a pub in Clifton, has Platinum Fest on 3 June, with live bands and food stalls (free, 1-10.30pm). Berwick Lodge hotel has a Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea Party, with a pianist, a Berwick Bake Off, garden tours and more (from £29.95). The new Bedminster Beer Trail launches over the bank holiday weekend – drinkers collect stamps from independent pubs, bars and breweries along the way to claim a free festival beer at the Bristol Beer Factory tap room (2-5 June).
Several of the UK’s castles and palaces are holding special events. At Hampton Court Palace in south-west London, there is Jubilee Joust in the gardens where knights will compete for the Jubilee Cup (1-5 June, included in standard entry price).
This year’s exhibition in the ballroom of Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire features a dress the Queen wore on the last jubilee, and the coffee shop is serving a special afternoon tea (£15 entry + £30 for afternoon tea, 2-5 June).
Cardiff Castle is hosting a Platinum Jubilee Concert on 4 June, with choirs, orchestras and singers including Bonnie Tyler (£32.50 adults, children free).
At Lincoln Castle, visitors can join the Great British Jubilee Picnic in the grounds, with entertainment from the castle bandstand (free, 2-5 June).
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is performing a programme of works presented by John Suchet that will include music from the coronation, works dedicated to the Queen and Princess Margaret, music from across the Commonwealth, and some of the Queen’s favourite tunes (2 June, from £13). Other events in Birmingham include a four-day celebration in Victoria Square, with family games, a funfair, and live music (2-5 June).
Two Lincolnshire seaside resorts, Skegness and Mablethorpe, are celebrating British bands formed during the Queen’s reign, with tribute acts to Coldplay, the Spice Girls, Oasis, the Beatles, Madness and, of course, Queen. The concerts, which are free, start at 1pm on 4 June and all bands will be playing in both locations. The events conclude with fireworks displays on the beach at 10pm.
A flotilla of 70 vessels will parade from Victoria Pier in Hull to the Humber Bridge on 2 June, including pleasure boats, harbour tugs, a lifeboat and a trawler. Viewing points (free) include the pier and St Andrews Quay in Hull; Water’s Edge country park in Barton-upon-Humber; and Hessle Foreshore. The event re-enacts the Humber flotilla of 2012, celebrating the Queen’s diamond jubilee, in turn based on one from 1897 for Queen Victoria. The action starts with a family gala in Hessle from 3pm, followed by the early evening flotilla and culminating with the national beacon lighting at 9.45pm.
11Arches Park in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, claims to be throwing one of the biggest jubilee street parties in the country (4 June). The afternoon starts with an equine stunt show, Fina and the Golden Cape, a family-friendly tale with jousting, trick-riding, vaulting and chariot-racing. The show is followed by live music on the lake and a giant party, with seating for 2,500 people inside and outside the Arches Hall. Guests can choose from hampers at outdoor communal tables (£30 adults/£20 children) or a three-course indoor dinner with wine (£59). There are themed bars, an open-air dancefloor, a live broadcast of the jubilee concert and, for the finale, a light and water show with fireworks.
This urban flower show (2-5 June, free) is jubilee-themed this year, with city-wide floral tributes. The Queen’s Jubilee Trail has 10 professional displays to discover, from a giant queen bee to a floral representation of the crown jewels. There are many more displays in shop windows, doorways and planters, by florists, artists and community groups, on themes including the Queen’s Gambit. The fringe festival has alternative displays in venues including Noma, the Science and Industry Museum, First Street and the Great Northern Warehouse, such as Sex-Pistols-inspired punk posies. Bars and restaurants will have outdoor pop-ups, and there is a floral cocktail crawl around 10 venues: the summer garden spritz at the Harvey Nichols x Manchester Gin bar sounds suitably celebratory (raspberry gin and rose vermouth, £8).
The Exmouth festival (free, 2-5 June), which usually takes place in May, has held back to join the June jamboree this year. The designated Jubilee Celebration Day is 5 June. There will be a Big Jubilee Lunch, a communal art attempt, circus skills workshops, and theatre and live music including jazz and swing. Elsewhere in Exmouth, there is a big band concert at the Exmouth Pavilion (2 June, £17) and a Jubilee Beacon Trail around town.
The Elgar festival has concerts, street performances, talks and workshops at venues across Worcester and Malvern (3-5 June, ticketed). It includes music with a connection to the Queen, including Elgar’s Nursery Suite and Vaughan Williams’s Te Deum, and performed by the English Symphony Orchestra and the Elgar Festival Chorus in Worcester Cathedral. Other performances include the English String Orchestra playing Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro; and Elgar for Everyone family concert; and a jubilee prosecco tea party and swing concert in Henry Sandon Hall.
The food festival (from £20.50, 2-5 June) coincides with the jubilee this year, so as well as the usual guest chefs (Raymond Blanc, Gennaro Contaldo), masterclasses (pasta-making, cocktail-mixing), stallholders, street food and bars, there is a special jubilee garden. This is the place to have a pint, some fizz or a cream tea while watching the Lollipops, a vintage vocal trio, and the resident brass band.
The Market Square is the centre point of the celebrations in Warwick on 2 June, with free live music through the decades, classic cars and a steam train. Food and drink is available from local businesses, including picnic boxes. Schoolchildren have been baking jubilee-themed cupcakes and cookies for a cake competition, with the winners announced at the event. Finally, there is a Wiggle of Corgis: families can spot corgi stickers in shop windows around town leading up to the jubilee – and the real things wagging their tails in the square on the day.
Tattoo Artist, Entrepreneur, and Oil Painter Kirby van Beek Makes a Mark in the Industry
Kirby van Beek, a talented tattoo artist, entrepreneur, and oil painter, has emerged as a prominent figure in the world of tattooing, showcasing his expertise in black and grey realism. Known for his distinctive designs and captivating portraits with a dark twist, Kirby has established himself as a highly regarded artist, earning recognition both locally and internationally.
Kirby’s journey as a tattoo artist began at the age of 18 when he taught himself the art form while simultaneously pursuing his education in forensic science. During this time, he displayed unparalleled dedication, working at a morgue during the week and honing his tattooing skills during weekends and spare hours. Kirby’s passion for tattooing led him to work at various tattoo studios in the Netherlands, solidifying his experience and expertise in the field.
About Kirby van Beek:
Kirby van Beek is a talented tattoo artist, entrepreneur, and oil painter based in [City]. Renowned for his expertise in black and grey realism, Kirby’s distinctive designs and captivating portraits with a dark twist have earned him a prominent position in the industry. With a passion for tattooing and oil painting, Kirby aspires to become a globally recognized artist, leaving a lasting impact on the world of art.
«The things I love most about tattooing is meeting different clients and getting to know them on a personal level during a long tattoo session,» says Kirby. «There is nothing more rewarding than tattooing individuals who appreciate my art so much that they choose to wear it on their skin for life.»
Specializing in realistic black and grey tattoos, portrait tattoos, and horror tattoos, Kirby’s work has garnered attention both nationally and internationally. His talents have been showcased at several tattoo conventions abroad, and his captivating designs have been featured in prominent tattoo magazines. Additionally, he has been recognized by esteemed publications such as LINDA magazine in the Netherlands and the local newspaper BN de Stem. Furthermore, Kirby’s exceptional skills led him to participate as a tattoo artist in the Dutch version of MTV’s Just Tattoo of Us.
Looking ahead, Kirby aspires to become a world-renowned tattoo artist and oil painter, with a particular focus on portrait tattoos and dark horror tattoos.
His ultimate goal is to reach clients and famous individuals around the globe, sharing his unique artistry and leaving an indelible mark on the industry. In the future, Kirby envisions opening an art show to showcase his diverse body of work.
DJ Khenya Takes Center Stage at Blue Marlin Ibiza, Spreading Joy and Connection
The music of DJ Khenya pulsates with rhythm and emotion. A rich mélange of sun-kissed sounds that blend percussive beats with indie and deep house. The artist’s journey to Ibiza has laid the foundation for a musical expression that communicates joy and connectivity. Taking the reins at Blue Marlin Ibiza, Khenya’s vibrations will inspire dance floor dreamers to move and let go.
From the stage at Blue Marlin Ibiza, DJ Khenya has shared experiences alongside some of the most influential names in the music industry. When asked about the impact of these experiences, the artist responded humbly: «The truth is I feel lucky. I have total admiration for them as they are a source of inspiration for me.»
The energy at Blue Marlin Ibiza is unlike any other, according to DJ Khenya. He describes the place as «a life experience,» synonymous with summer and with all the ingredients to feel in a state of bliss when you’re there. He thanks the team for being like a family to him and for everything they’ve done.
This summer, DJ Khenya will take his audience on a journey filled with unforgettable emotions. He comments, «My goal is to transmit uplifting and unforgettable sensations. My audience is what sets my heart on fire, and I want them to feel my desire to make them dance.»
The path that led DJ Khenya to become a DJ began in Havacia, Cuba, where he grew up in an environment where rhythm, dance, and poetry are like the air we breathe. With son and salsa running through his veins, his first experience at an electronic music party in the early 2000s marked a shift in his life. Khenya recalls hearing ‘The Underground’ by Celeda and says, «It was a different Cuba, and I loved it. I think from that moment, something changed inside me. A seed had been planted, and life would take me in that direction.»
Having traveled the world and now based in Ibiza, DJ Khenya reflects on how these experiences have shaped his identity as an artist. He comments, «Traveling the world is a privilege that every human being should have, especially an artist because when you have these experiences, you can understand different ways of life and the musicality of each place. Creativity is born from that knowledge, and I still have a lot to learn in that sense.»
This summer, DJ Khenya promises to take Blue Marlin Ibiza to new heights with his unique music and his desire to make everyone dance. The experience is guaranteed to be a celebration of life, joy, and connection through music.
Oliver Rouz: Weaving Ink and Inspiration into a Legacy
Born on February 13th, 1988, Oliver Rouz’s path to success is one marked by determination, passion, and the pursuit of creative endeavors. From a young age, Oliver exhibited a profound love for various forms of creativity, which ultimately led him to become one of the country’s most celebrated tattoo artists.
During his school years, Oliver’s artistic talent set him apart. His favorite cartoon characters became his canvas as he tirelessly recreated them in his own style. However, drawing was merely a pastime during his teenage years, a source of pleasure until music took center stage in his life.
In 2005, Oliver formed the «Fairy Tale Jelissa Rose» band, a pivotal moment that expanded his horizons. Immersed in the music community, he developed a newfound fascination with tattoos and ink artistry, spurred by the band’s association with the tattoo culture.
A serendipitous encounter with Artem at the «Quick Silver» shop in Moscow in 2010 marked a turning point. Artem’s influence led Oliver to consider a life-altering decision. By 2012, Oliver, now ignited by a passion for tattoos, made a bold move to another city, all while nurturing his tattoo aspirations.
Artem’s transformation into a tattoo artist himself inspired Oliver further. As fate would have it, an opportunity arose in 2012 for them to collaborate and open their tattoo studio in Moscow. This venture required Oliver’s dedicated efforts, alongside his commitment to saving funds to fuel their creative endeavor.
Oliver’s tattooing prowess flourished within a year, prompting a return to his hometown to establish several home-like studios. Yet, he recognized that true growth beckoned him back to Moscow. Thus, in 2017, he joined Good Hands Tattoo, laying the foundation for his continued ascent.
Oliver’s indomitable spirit and devotion to his craft bore fruit, as evidenced by his stint at Black Point studio, born out of a collective dream. His trajectory exemplifies the power of dedication, leading him to become a recognized tattoo luminary within the nation.
Oliver’s journey, however, extends beyond tattooing. From his early affinity for music, highlighted by the formation of his punk rock band at 14, to his involvement in the music industry and flirtation with global recognition, his story embodies the resilience required to navigate creative industries.
A pivotal moment arrived in 2021 when Oliver, undeterred by previous setbacks, chose to channel his creative energy into designing game art. Leaving behind a stable job, he invested his savings of around $5,000 to embark on a transformative journey. Guided by Hexeth’s interview and tutorials, Oliver delved into the realm of game design.
Fueled by dedication and a newfound purpose, Oliver’s creative expression culminated in designing elements for popular games like CS:GO and RUST. Through unwavering commitment and rigorous self-education, he harnessed the potential of his artistic flair.
Today, Oliver Rouz’s name resonates as a testament to the potential of human determination. His path from a young artist with a penchant for creation to a revered tattoo and game artist serves as an inspiration to countless dreamers. Oliver’s legacy continues to evolve, as he pushes the boundaries of his craft and inspires others to chase their passions unrelentingly.
For more information and to view Oliver’s work, visit his Instagram profile: @oliverrouz.
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