In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.
Celebrations and events took place across the UK, here in Newark and Sherwood, and around the world, with an extended Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June.
Events in the district
Lots of exciting events took place across the district with more than 60 towns and villages celebrating the Jubilee over the June bank holiday.
Newark and Sherwood District Council were host to many events including fun days in many of their parks and open spaces.
On Thursday 2 June, there was a Play in the Park at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark while on Friday 3 June, there was another Play in the Park at Yew Tree Park in Ollerton.
On Friday 3 June there was also be a family fun day at Thorpe Oaks playing field with Coddington and Winthorpe Cricket Club. They organised a friendly game for all to join, plus activities with Newark and Sherwood Play support team.
On Sunday 5 June there was tea and cake event at Millgate Community Centre on Pelham Street in Newark.
Other events also took place at the District Council Extra Care schemes with afternoon teas taking place at Gladstone House, Broadleaves and Vale View.
On Wednesday 1 June, the District Council organised a free Jubilee celebration event at Chatham Court Community Hub.
Other events the District Council is supported on included the Southwell Minster Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5 June. The Minster’s bells played the national anthem at 12noon to kick off the celebrations, and all guests were welcome to join inside the Minster for an Evensong service.
The National Civil War Centre got involved too as their Family Saturday on Saturday 4 June celebrated the Jubilee with themed craft sessions. Visitors were able to create artwork inspired by books published during the year of the coronation as well as taking part in usual Family Saturday activities including family-friendly tours and storytelling.
In addition, tourism attractions and businesses across the district hosted their own exciting Jubilee events.
Beacons were also lit across the county during the evening to kick off the bank holiday weekend.
Residents were also encouraged to plant a tree to improve the environment and create a legacy to honour the Queen. Newark and Sherwood District Council has already planted their own tree at Sconce and Devon Park earlier this year
The brand new plum tree aptly named ‘Jubilee’ was planted by Newark and Sherwood District Chairman Councillor Penny Rainbow at a special ceremony on Friday 11 March. A plaque was also added to commemorate the planting of the tree.