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Diamond Jubilee: Battersea Park throws a right royal to-do

battersea park_03_05_12If you’re stuck for ways to celebrate the 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in a way that befits a royal occasion, head down to Battersea Park on Sunday 3 June for a celebration of all things sovereign with their Diamond Jubilee festival, running from 12-7pm.

Situated on the southern bank of the Thames, the festival provides a perfect vantage point to cheer on the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant of 1,000 boats. You’ll also be able to marvel at a royal souvenir collection to rule all others, including 100 royal teapots, a portrait of her royal highness created using 3,120 cakes (one for each week of her reign) and a 1977 Silver Jubilee soda, appropriately named Jubilade.

Later, once the festivities get into full swing, like any festival worth its salt, multiple stages mean you can dance the day away to the likes of top DJ act Norman Jay and his Good Times Sound System (renowned for igniting dance floors with killer soul, funk and disco tunes), The Noisettes, The Selector, Fairey Acid Brass Band, Urban Soul Orchestra, The Boxzettes and Brassroots.

Other Jubilee-inspired activities for festival-goers will include supping top tipple at the Diamond Geezer pop up pub, with sing-a-longs and traditional pub games; public Knightings and a dance off featuring pearly kings and queens. Another highlight is hiding in the Tea Garden, where the Cake in the Clouds project, featuring world renowned engineers and architects, including Arups and AECON, will team up with bakers to construct towers of confectionary with prizes for the tallest cake and most daring creation.
Mr Hemingway, co-curator of the festival, says: ‘We’ll be creating a completely immersive environment, a timeline through the 60 years of our Queen’s reign. This will be a proper knees-up with dancing and plenty of activities – it’s a chance for people to put their glad rags on, polish their dancing shoes and take a sideways, creative and uplifting look at British eccentricity.’

Sounds like it’s going to be a day to remember!

To join in the Jubilee jamboree, tickets cost £5 for adults, and are available from Ticketmaster:

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