Performers joined onstage by Elizabeth II at the end of The Queen's Birthday Party
Performers joined onstage by Elizabeth II at the end of The Queen's Birthday Party, Royal Albert Hall, 2018 - Credit: Ralph_PH

GUIDE: Platinum Jubilee events in North Devon and Torridge

Joseph Bulmer

This year, 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.

Communities across North Devon and Torridge have organised a full roster of events to celebrate Her Majesty’s historic reign in the run up to the Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend, which takes place from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5.

The Gazette has put together a comprehensive guide to Jubilee celebrations in towns and villages across North Devon and Torridge:

North Devon

Barnstaple Library – Exhibit of Royal Memorabilia

May 24 – June 6: Exhibit of royal memorabilia on loan from North Devon collector Sarah Grant.

A curated collection of over 200 items will be displayed on the top floor of Barnstaple library at selected times from 24 May - 6 June.

Tickets for entry to the exhibition are £6 per person and can be purchased at the library or from Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/queens-jubilee-exhibition-tickets-306485354947.

Grosvenor Church, Barnstaple - Jubilee Family Holiday Club Day

June 2: £5 per child / doors open at 9.45am.

10am - 12.25pm Holiday club for Recpetion - Yr6 children. Pop-up café for family and siblings who want to stay around, including access to Noah's Ark - pay on the day.

12.30pm 'Street party' family lunch £2 per person.

1pm - 3pm Family activities around the church - bouncy castle, face paints, Jubilee crafts, quizzes and games.

Rock Park, Barnstaple – Lions Club Jubilee Picnic

June 5: Picnic in Rock Park between 11am and 4pm.

South Molton Platinum Jubilee Events

June 2: Jubilee Market 8am to 1.30pm with big screen to show Trooping the Colour.

South Molton Rotary Club Afternoon Tea Dance with cream tea, in the new Assembly Rooms from 2pm.

June 3: Arts Destination South Molton heritage crafts day in the Pannier Market, 11am to 5pm with new community charter song and royal lime tree planters dance in the square at approximately midday.

Live music with bar and street food from 4pm. Performances from Backtrax and vintage trio The Hummingbirds.

June 4: Jubilee market 8am to 1.30pm with more than 70 stalls.

South Molton Library - Birds of prey from 10am to midday, food and drink, raffle, shove ha'penny, lucky dip, colouring competition, guess the number of sweets and book sale.

June 5: Royal British Legion Jubilee Parade at 10.30am, from the Pannier Market to Mary Magdalene Church.

Ilfracombe Platinum Jubilee Events

Across the bank holiday: Pop- Up Musical Performances Ilfracombe Seafront every afternoon

Ilfracombe Museum – A unique display of bunting made by the 'Crafty Ladies' to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne and a photographic display of Ilfracombe's jubilee celebrations past. The museum admission fee is £5 for adults, £4 concessions and children are free of charge. No extra charge for the exhibition.

June 1: Jubilee Kids Craft Session at Ilfracombe Museum 10.30am-12.30pm. £4 per child, accompanying adult free (suitable for 3 - 11yr olds).

The Best of British @ The SPACE 7.30pm (also June 2). A Jubilee variety show, featuring hit songs and sketches from the past 70 years. Tickets £11 (YP£7) from www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-spaceilfracombe

June 2: St Philip & St James Flower Festival – 10am – 6pm – Daily until 7th June

Dinosaurs Adventure Live at The Landmark – 2pm & 4.30pm. Visit: http://www.landmark-ilfracombe.com/

June 3: A Treasure Hunt in the harbour area for children organised by St Philip & St James.

Lee Spring Fair from 1pm at the Memorial Hall and Meadow. Admission £1 adults, 50p children.  Stalls and games, guitar and ukulele performances, Ilfracombe Mayor and Town Crier, refreshments and beer tent, coconut shy, welly wanging and lots more! Parking in the village and at the seafront.  Everyone welcome – whatever the weather.

Decorating Competition at Ilfracombe Chocolate Emporium. Decorate a person made of chocolate with the best one winning a £20 voucher! £5pp to take part and you get to take your person home with you! Sessions are every half hour between 9.30am and 2pm. For more information phone Jeanette on 0777 4411 954.

June 4: Family Fun at the Landmark – 11am – 3pm – Drop In Circus Workshops, Children’s Crafts, Stalls and Activities plus Tin Can Alley.

Ilfracombe Lions Fancy Dress competition – 2pm at the Landmark.

Bicclescombe Mill Grand Re-opening 10am-5pm. Serving cream teas and a selection of homemade goodies across the jubilee weekend. Dog friendly and all are welcome!

June 5: Community Photo on Capstone Hill – 12 noon. Photography by Tim Lamerton.

The Big Lunch in Fore Street – a food and drink festival with music. 1pm – 6pm.

Joint Act of Worship – Several Ilfracombe churches will be involved in a joint act of worship in Pip and Jim’s car park at 3pm.

Rose Ash Village Hall

June 2: Rose Ash village will do a bring and share tea with keepsake presentation for the children of the parish and a celebration cake to be cut! A licenced bar to be followed by a beacon lighting when its dark enough! Hopefully a good village social! On the village green / village hall.

Martinhoe Parish – Beacon Castle, Killington

June 2: Lighting of the beacon. To be lit at 9.45pm. Bring own chairs/refreshments. Arrive earlier. Parking on site.

June 5: Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. Platinum celebrations from 2pm. Church Flower Festival. Unveiling of the Tree Plaques. Entertainment for the Children. Bring and Share Tea. A display of ‘Photos from the Past’. Martinhoe House Histories.

Bray Ford Lighting of The Beacon – Bray Common

June 2: Meet at Bray Common from 9pm for beacon lighting at 9.45pm.

Atherington and Umberleigh

June 2: Big Breakfast in Umberleigh Village Hall - please book at Pat Murch's Emporium or with Geoff at 540644.

8pm to 10pm barbeque and bonfire at the playing field

June 3: 11.30am to 12pm Service of Thanksgiving at the playing field

12pm to 2pm Countryside cafe at the Pavilion - serving ploughman's lunches and homemade bakes and cakes

7.30pm to 11.30pm Party at the Pavilion - live music by Blu Funk Allstars, outside catering by Devon caterers (Indian street food) and Country Ways (waffles, candy floss and popcorn). Tickets £5.00 per adult. Bring your own bottle.

June 4: 2pm to 5pm Celebrations and competitions at the playing field. Cream teas, pre-event competitions for children and on the day competitions for adults and children, including egg throwing and welly wanging.

Evening - Umberleigh party at the Rising Sun

June 5: 12.30 onwards - The Big Jubilee lunch - bring and share and bring your own bottle at the playing field. Dress code red, white and blue or something regal

Late afternoon - Barbeque at Umberleigh Village Hall - casual family get together bringing your own food and drink

Knowle Jubilee Street Party

June 3: From 14.00 there will be - Music from local musicians and bands (and all the eager open mic-ers, both children and grown-ups). Food - cakes and sandwiches galore. Games and activities - such as stocks, wellie-wanging, face painting, arts and crafts.

Braunton Annual Village Fair

June 3: Returning to Braunton Recreation Ground after two years, from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Free entry.

June 5: The Queen's Picnic in the Park at Braunton Recreation Ground - 12 noon to 6pm. Bring your picnic and have fun with your family, friends and neighbours. Open Mic Stage. Music all day. Free Entry. Tea and coffee tent will be run by the Rotary. Contact: admin@brauntoncaenrotary.co.uk

Brayford Jubilee Lunch and Duck Race

June 3: Brayford Dog Show takes place from 1pm at the Methodist Church car park. At the Duck Race, Joyce’s Field, you'll enjoy live music, traditional fete games, tea and cake stalls, plant sales, a BBQ and a kids pirate ship race. Wear your crowns, tiaras and red, white and blue for this fantastically fun jubilee theme Duck Race. Find out more in the village newsletter, at bulletin boards, at the library box - Brayford's book exchange by the bridge and online at www.brayford.org.

At Bayford Village Hall, Jamie's Band 'SoulCraft' and Russell's tasty hog roast. £8 advance or £10 on the door. Open at all. Takes place at Brayford Village Hall from 7.30pm, hog roast from 8pm and SoulCraft from 8.30pm.

Invite your friends to Brayford Village Hall for a good night out which includes a succulent hog roast bun with all the trimmings! Bar is open, dance floor is lit. Advance tickets available from Brayford Farmers' Market, at Duck Race or call Joe on 01598 710236.

June 5: Jubilee Lunch and Celebrations - Open to and free for parish residents. Tables must be booked in advance. A superb afternoon for the Parish villages to get together in celebration. Guests are invited to wear something red, white or blue.

From: 11.45am Open for early arrivals

12pm Seating of guests

12.30pm National anthem and jubilee lunch, family fun and entertainment follow lunch.

All day- The Platinum Jubilee Pagent live on the big screen

All day- Children's bouncy castle

2.30pm- Captain Coconut: children's entertainer and bubble-ologist

3pm- Kings and Queens theme fancy dress for children 12 years and under

3.30pm- Devonshire cream tea served

Details about requesting tickets for your party can be found in the village newsletter, at bulletin boards, at the library box - Brayford's book exchange by the bridge and online at www.brayford.org

Alternatively, contact brayford.tickets@gmail.com or call Joe on 01598 710236.

Marwood Jubilee Celebrations at the Old Rectory

June 3: From 4.00 to 9.00 pm - bring and share picnic, pop up pub and music. Free entry.

June 5: From 2pm to 5pm outside the Long House - Let's Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, please bring either a sweet or savoury plate of food and wear something including red, white or blue. If you have friends or family staying everyone is welcome.

Woolacombe – Woolacombe Meadow

June 3 to June 4: Woolacombe and Mortehoe residents are planning a walking procession of all residents in jubilee themed fancy dress, live music, craft stalls, dog show, bouncy castles, skateboard competition, face painting, toddlers playgroup fun, a bar, food stalls, football fun, a mass Zumba session, yoga and pilates workshops, a kids arts area, and a three-channel silent disco on both nights. All events start at midday until late with free entry.

Yelland - The Big Jubilee Lunch

June 4: From 1pm at Littlemoor Green - local residents to meet for a picnic on the Green, to celebrate the Jubilee as a community.

Bring your own chair, table and picnic blanket. Bring your own / bring and share food. Local residents plan to decorate the Green with homemade bunting and flags.

Swimbridge – Jubilee Celebrations

June 2: On the exact anniversary of her accession to the throne, Thursday June 2, the spotlight will be on the parish church of St James.

The church, where the Rev John ‘Jack’ Russell, originator of the breed of terrier that bears his name served for 48 years, will host a Platinum Jubilee Cream Tea, open to residents and visitors alike from 2.30pm to 5pm.

Apart from the traditional teas there will be floral displays, a prize draw and the opportunity to explore the church, where the richly-carved screen is described by Simon Jenkins as being ‘outstanding even for Devon’.

June 5: The usual 9.30am Communion Service at St James will feature specially-chosen hymns relevant to the Jubilee and will close with the singing of the National Anthem.

The three-day Bank Holiday will give people more time for leisure and an opportunity to visit Swimbridge's splendid new park, situated alongside the River Venn. In a purely informal manner, people are invited to gather together, with their own picnic, to celebrate the historic Jubilee and enjoy the facilities of the village's new community asset.

Torridge

Beaford – Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

June 2: The celebrations will commence with music and a BBQ at the village hall from 7.30. The lighting of the beacon will take place at 9:45pm.

June 3: Cricket match at the village cricket ground with cream tea from 2.30pm.

June 4: Family Fun Day with games in the afternoon. Childrens entertainment and fancy-dress disco from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Evening disco 8:00pm to 11:30pm for adults.

June 5: From midday onwards, people are invited to bring a picnic to the Village Hall for a fun day with entertainment including: a puppet show, bouncy castle, big slide and face painting etc. The Parish Council has also purchased Jubilee commemorative 50p coins. Each child in the village will be presented with one each.

Bideford – Jubilee and Beacon Lighting Celebrations

June 2: Available all-day - Face painting, glitter tattoos, vintage car display, vintage bus tours of the town, stalls, rides, games, entertainment and fun for all.

10.25am - Mayor’s procession from the town hall (Route: Allhalland Street, Mill Street, Cooper Street, Jubilee Square, The Quay, Victoria Park).

10.40am - Mayor’s Proclamation in Jubilee Square

11am – Bideford Fair opened by the mayor.

11.30am - Welly Throwing

12pm & 3pm – Jonathan Marshall’s Free Spirit Show

12.30pm - Tug o’ War

1pm – Dog Show

2.30pm - Bingo Blingo!

7pm - The party moves to the Pollyfield Centre in East-the-Water. Doors open at 7pm.

7.30pm - Bideford Pipes and Drums.

8pm - Soul Intention (first set).

9.30pm: Town Crier’s Proclamation.

9.35pm The Piper’s Tune ‘Diu Regnare’.

9.45pm - The Mayor Lights The Beacon.

10pm – Fireworks Extravaganza

10.15pm - Soul Intention (second set).

11pm – Finish

Great Torrington – Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

June 2: 1pm - Torrington will join the nation as our Town Crier reads the national proclamation in the town centre. The Cavaliers are organising a family fun afternoon at the Old Bowling Green with activities for children and all ages and will run up to the lighting of a Beacon.

9.10pm - A Piper will play "Diu Regnare". Lighting of a Beacon at 9.15pm followed by a firework display.

June 5: 3-5pm - The Town Council, in conjunction with the Town and Community Hall will facilitate a community picnic in the town centre which will also include some children's entertainment and local music.

Hartland – Celebrate The Queen’s Jubilee

June 2: 9.40pm - Lighting of the Jubilee Beacon at The Warren.

June 3: 2pm – Royal British Legion Cream Teas. Best decorated premises, judging takes place from 2pm onwards.

5pm – Jubilee Film Night at Hartland Parish Hall

June 4: 3pm until 6pm – Queens Jubilee Tea Party at The Square and Car Park. Take a look at the children’s Jubilee artwork in St John’s. There will be a community sing-a-long, face painting and children’s rides. Children can come in fancy dress, wearing a crown – prizes to be won. Hartland’s Carival Queen 2022 will also be announced.

June 5: 10am until 1pm – Hartland Farmers Market

Chruch Services at St Nectan’s - Holy Communion at 10am and a Civic Service at 11am.

7.30pm - Hartland Town Band and Jubilee Concert at Hartland Parish Hall

Parkham – Jubilee Celebrations

June 2: Community get together at St James’ Church, from 8pm, to include screening of the national beacon lighting television programme. A finger buffet will be provided. Bring your own alcohol if desired. No booking required.

June 3: Jubilee Procession starts at the church at 12pm. Horses will be leading the procession. Cars and tractors bringing up the rear. There will be a group photograph outside the church, before the procession starts off.

Thornbury – Jubilee Lunch and Bonfire

June 2: Jubilee Bonfire, 8pm at Kingsford Farm, Woodacott. BBQ available.

June 5: Jubilee BIG Late Lunch at Thornbury Holiday Park from 3pm.  Bring and share meal, cash bar, grand hamper raffle, tombola, free loyal toast!

Woolsery – Jubilee Picnic Party and church service

June 5: 11am – A service of thanksgiving and commemoration at All Hallows Church in Woolsery.

12pm: Jubilee Picnic Party at Woolsery Village Hall. Set up from 12 noon to start at 1pm. Bring you own picnic, chairs and rugs. Fancy dress through the ages, music, tug o’ war and entertainment.