Does anyone remember the Silver Jubilee? 1977, a long hot summer filled with bunting, long tables in the streets and countless flags waving at schools up! I recall it being a particularly ‘good year’ for me, I think I bought my first macho necklace at the village fete and a bag of gobstoppers that lasted an age. With such good memories, I’m feeling a little excited both personally but also for my children with the pending celebrations. If you have some fond memories do let us know either via Twitter (ManorCottages) or Facebook, we would like to hear from you!
It seems that since the Royal Wedding last year, we’ve been focussed on the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee and all the partying opportunities this offers us and here we are. The villages across the Cotswolds are beginning their preparations and the posters are going up announcing their plans. Some are gearing for a weekend of festivities, others a single day of activities.
The May Bank Holiday at the end of the month has been moved to the following week and added onto another Bank Holiday to give us all a four day weekend to celebrate the Queen’s remarkable rule on the throne. Sixty years is a long time and there are celebrations and events taking place up and down the country to mark this occasion. Only recently did I see on the news that some of the old fashioned activities of ‘bun throwing’ are being rekindled for the weekend – how bizarre is that?
The dates to remember are from Saturday 2nd June to Tuesday 5th June, and if you happen to be in the Cotswolds around that time you’ll have the chance to join in some wonderful celebrations.
So what's happening?
Broadway up in the northern Cotswolds, is certainly planning to celebrate in style, with a village party being held on the village green. This is a charming place to visit whenever you are staying in Cotswolds accommodation, but what better time to visit than this? There will be a Jubilee Beacon and Proms on the Green too, so there is plenty to look forward to. In fact you’ll find lots of information on all kinds of beacon lighting events taking place across the Cotswolds over the four day weekend.
Another street party will be taking place in the famous and delightful Bourton on the Water too, on Monday afternoon. There will also be a concert going on there, so keep your ears open for the music. Let your nose lead you to the mouth watering pig roast too!
Our local town, Burford, is holding its own street party and this will be cracking if past parties are anything to go by. Villages such as Combe, Fulbrook, Swinbrook and Kingham have huge plans.
Of course the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will be taking place on Sunday in London, so if you are in the Cotswolds you might want to set aside some time to watch it on TV if you want to put your feet up for the afternoon.
Where to stay? The region is renowned for its accommodation as the recent Cotswold Tourism Awards testify to – the options of hotels, bed and breakfast and self catering are amongst the finest the countryside has to offer. The hotels in Burford look to be busy judging by the conversations we’ve been having and I suspect that the same will be the case at all the Cotswolds’ hotspots’ such as Tetbury, Stow on the Wold and Chipping Campden.
From the self catering perspective, there is a great choice, but if you are looking for something then you had probably better move quickly. If Manor Cottages are anything to go by, we have just 14 properties left – you never know you might be able to get a deal on one of these too!
As you can see there is plenty going on and wherever you might be staying in your chosen Cotswolds country cottage you won’t be far from some of the celebrations. Burford is holding its own street party and lots of other villages across the region will be having similar events to enjoy and mark this special occasion.
While some may think the place to be over the Jubilee weekend will be in London, you can see that there is plenty to enjoy in the Cotswolds region too. If you take part in one of the street parties or watch some of the beacons being lit, you will feel just as much a part of things as you would do at home.
If you are travelling to the Cotswolds over the Jubilee weekend, find out where you are staying and then look for information on the celebrations being held in that area. Many pubs and restaurants have their own plans to celebrate, so you’ll be able to make bookings and enjoy the atmosphere there too.
Don’t delay though – it’s now just a few short weeks until the big event and you’ll want to make the most of it. What better way to enjoy the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee than to come to the Cotswolds?