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Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with SWT

03 May 2022 : Council news, Community, Art and culture

A party to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is being held in Taunton’s Vivary Park on Sunday 5 June.

Somerset West and Taunton Council is putting on the free event in the award-winning park fittingly referred to as the town’s Jewel in the Crown.

The Big Jubilee Lunch will run from 11am to 4.30pm with everyone invited to bring their own picnic, rugs, chairs and flags.

The event will be officially opened at midday by the Mayor of Taunton, Cllr Sue Lees, with outside broadcast support from Tone FM.

There will be entertainment to suit all ages with theatre performances, games and activities.

Music from the Wellington Silver Band, the King Alfred Concert Band and the Taunton Rock Choir will keep the celebrations in full swing.

During the afternoon there will be a Commemorative Pebble Treasure Hunt, a Competition of the Crown and a fancy dress parade with arts and crafts support and materials being supplied by Taunton’s GoCreate.

The Big Jubilee Lunch will close with a ceremonial toast to Her Majesty The Queen with the Somerset Opera leading a last night of the proms style sing-along of the National Anthem, Land of Hope and Glory, and Rule Britannia.

Members of the public are welcome to attend a Family Service of Thanksgiving at Taunton Minster (St Mary Magdalene) before the Big Jubilee Lunch at 10am and a Choral Evensong at Taunton Minster afterwards at 5pm.

Further information on the Big Jubilee Lunch with updates on activities and attractions can be found on our website and social media - search Taunton Jubilee or use the hashtag #TauntonJubilee.

There are a host of commemorative events being planned during the Jubilee celebrations when SWT will be decorating the district with red, white and blue planters and hanging baskets filled with plants from its own nursery.

The Council has also established a Beacon Trail in Taunton encouraging people to explore the town and spot seven characters from Buckingham Palace.

As you locate each of the characters displayed on window stickers by businesses around the town, you can scan a unique QR code to engage with the story and learn about a different decade in Her Majesty’s 70 year reign.

The trail runs until 12 June and information can be obtained from the Taunton Visitor Centre.