15 Jubilee Celebrations to Attend this Weekend in Kent

The most patriotic bank holiday weekend of the year is here! Celebrating 70 years of Her Majesty’s Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, expect four days full of fun, frivolity and flag-waving. Whether you want to soak up the sunshine at a marvellous outdoor event complete with music, games and entertainment, or you are desiring something a little more refined at which you can raise a glass to Her Majesty, then look no further than insideKENT’s round up of the county’s top 15 events which are sure to inspire your celebrations. 


2 – 5 June

Fit for a Queen

Penshurst Place and Gardens

Time: From 10am | Price: General Admission from £11.50

Penshurst Place celebrates the Platinum Jubilee with fascinating personal Coronation memorabilia, bunting making craft sessions for flag-flying children, Tudor operatic performances in the medieval Baron’s Hall, Queens from bygone years in the Grade I Tudor gardens, traditional garden games on the South Lawn and royalty-themed live-action children’s storytelling in the Stage Garden.

2 – 5 June

Queen of Hearts

Groombridge Place, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Time: 10am – 5pm | Price: Adults £12, Children and Seniors £10, Family or Group of 4 people £40. Trips on the canal boat are £1.50 for adults and £1 for children.

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a family visit to Groombridge Place. Meet the ‘Queen of Hearts’ for which children are encouraged to dress up as ‘Kings’ or ‘Queens’ to receive a sweet treat from the Queen who has come all the way from Wonderland. With incredible birds of prey displays which take place daily throughout half term and Jubilee Weekend. Groombridge Place is a remarkable and beautiful country estate resting on the border between East Sussex and Kent, complete with a maze, pretty walled gardens and peacocks.  

2 – 5 June

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Hever Castle 

Hever Castle & Gardens, Edenbridge

Time: Various | Price: Included in Admission Ticket

Where better to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee than the home of two former queens of England? Over the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, see if you can find the Queen’s precious Corgis and spot what mischief they are getting up to as part of a free trail in the grounds. Take part in a hunt for the Queen’s crown and jewels in the castle or see how many different queens and queen mothers you can find. Enjoy The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail, a specially designed augmented reality activity where players visit seven characters that have ‘come to life’ from Buckingham Palace. Players, guided by Sir Barnaby Beacon, visit each character, learning about a different decade in Her Majesty’s 70 year reign.

2 – 5 June

Best of British Weekend with Kent and East Sussex Railway

Tenterden Town Station and Bodiam Station

Time: From 10am | Price: Various Ticket Prices – Please see website

Four days of fun to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Enjoy the first public service of the newly renovated and iconic Terrier engine ‘Poplar’ on 2 June. Get into the spirit with your best Royal themed fancy dress, bring your union jack flags and make the railway a-wash of red, white and blue. Collect a Best of British activity sheet to ensure the fun continues on board the train. Fun activities at the stations include face painting, giant games, Morris dancing displays and a selection of traditional British food to enjoy plus an English wine-tasting opportunity. 

3 June
Jubilee Tea Party
The Milk House, Tunbridge Wells

Time: All Day | Price: £30 per couple, £50 per family, £17 per person, £12 per child

The Milk House are hanging out the bunting and celebrating the very best of British with live music, a bouncy castle and face painting. Expect a ‘Street Party’ layout of long tables and a spread of traditional afternoon tea fit for a Queen. With cups of tea galore too and no doubt, raising many glasses to toast Her Majesty! It is essential to book your space, this can be done via the ‘book a table’ link on the website or by emailing or phoning 01580 720200. 

3 June

Hever Festival: Peter Pan

Hever Castle

Time: 2.30pm | Price: From £13.50

Families can also enjoy some swashbuckling fun in the woodland glade, Anne Boleyn’s Walk with Illyria’s production of Peter Pan. Wendy Darling is certain she saw the face of a boy at her bedroom window 3 floors up – yet no-one believes her. So who can blame her when she agrees to fly away to Neverland with him? But is Neverland as perfect as it seems? Featuring REAL flying!

 3 June

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland 

Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham

Time: 5pm | Price: £15, Under 16’s £12

Brand-new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s madcap adventure packed with merriment in the glorious grounds of Mount Ephraim. To see a rabbit is nothing remarkable… To hear it comment upon the time is quite remarkable… To follow it down a rabbit-hole into a strange new world not knowing how you’ll get out again is something extraordinarily remarkable indeed! As Alice encounters the weird, wacky and wonderful characters who live in the world at the other end of the rabbit-hole, she’ll experience an adventure like never before! 

3 June

Together Festival 

Mote Park, Maidstone

Time: 1pm – 10pm | Price: From £11.20

Featuring performances from 5ive, Rak-Su, Blazin Squad, Big Brovaz, Shola Ama, as well as Angelo Starr (brother of Edwin Starr), performing Edwin Starr’s greatest hits! The show will also play host to entertainment from our Best of British tributes; Queen, Elton John and The Beatles, with 80’s, 90’s and rock anthem performances from 80s HiFi, Lovin’ The 90’s and Marylebone Jelly. Kent’s biggest community celebration is FREE to the first 2,000 key workers with a small nominal charge thereafter to protect the longevity of the event.

4 June

Bekesbourne with Patrixbourne Jubilee Celebration

Bekesbourne Recreation Ground

Time: 12pm – 5pm | Price: Free, contributions appreciated 

Celebrate the Jubilee in true traditional English style at Bekesbourne with Patrixbourne’s Jubilee Celebration Fete. On Saturday 4th June take the whole family to enjoy all things ‘summer fete’, from tombolas to dog shows to beat the goalie and bric-a-brac stalls, there will be plenty of wholesome activities for the entire family to enjoy. 

4 June

Summer Love Ft. UB40

Mote Park, Maidstone

Time: 1pm – 10pm | Price: From £49.84

All new reggae and ska festival Summer Love comes to Maidstone’s Mote Park on the 2022 exclusive Jubilee bank-holiday weekend featuring performances from UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, ASWAD, The Dualers, General Levy, Kiko Bun + more!

4 June

First Night of the Hever Festival Proms 

Hever Castle

Time: 8pm | Price: from £30

Hever Festival Theatre will also be celebrating the occasion with the (First Night) of the Hever Festival Proms. The Guildhall Strings presents an evening packed with British composers including; Elgar, Walton, Holst and Henry VIII and a new work entitled ‘Majesty’. Bring your picnic with porcelain plates and best silver cutlery as well as your flags – the National Anthem will not be the same without them!

Hever Festival Theatre – Marriage of Figaro – Opera Brava

4 June

Royal Tunbridge Wells Cake Off

Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Time: 11am – 3pm | Price: Free

Bringing flour power to the town centre’s Jubilee celebrations! Members of the public will be able to sample a variety of free royal-themed cake from a selection of town centre hospitality businesses, and vote for their favourite. The event will also feature live music from vintage jazz bands, free face painting for children and goodie bag giveaways. The winner will be crowned on the bandstand at 3pm, and will receive the Cake Off glass trophy, specially commissioned by the BID with Monson Road Creative Glass by Claudia. Confirmed contestants include One Warwick Park, Taste Wells, Kumquat Café, the Cake Shed, the Tunbridge Wells Hotel, Zero Waste Company, the Plant Base and Il Vesuvio.

5 June 

Raver Tots Outdoor Festival 

Mote Park, Maidstone

Time: 12.30pm | Price: Children from £20, Adult from £25

The biggest and best family friendly outdoor festival yet, featuring the best in house, garage, drum and bass. Kent’s biggest family rave for the little ones where kids and grownups can hit the dance floor and rave together; featuring performances from Artful Dodger and friends! ‘Throw shapes, not toys.’

5 June

Walk Right Back

The Central Theatre, Chatham

Time: 7.30pm | Price: From £22.50

From the Producers of That’ll be the Day, this show tells the story of the most successful duo of all time – The Everly Brothers. Featuring hits such as Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dream and Cathy’s Clown, this unique concert-based musical entwines the wonderful, sad yet glorious story of The Everly Brothers around those trademark “harmonies from heaven”. Follow the brothers’ rise to fame, through their decade-long feud to the glorious reunion that gave them back to the world, and back to each other.

2 – 5 June

Jubilee Celebrations at Elite Pubs

The Poacher and Partridge, The Dirty Habit, The Great House, The Gun, The Lazy Fox, The Pheasant Plucker, The Pig and Sty, The Vineyard and The Potting Shed are all Elite Pub venues across Kent that will be hosting their own Jubilee celebrations. An extra bank holiday means an extra day filled with live music, cocktails, good food and great times at each of these venues!

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