The long Jubilee weekend is finally here! And it’s set to be a very busy one in Darwen Town Centre and at Darwen Tower. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy as we celebrate 70 years of service from Her Majesty The Queen.
Here’s what’s on…
Thursday 2nd June
Teas & Trees event
The Garden Maze CIC is hosting this event to bring the community together for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
They will have a space at the Community Celebrations where they will be assembling a HM Green Canopy Geodome on the green patch behind the peregrine falcon. You’re invited to come down and help co-create a giant Jubilee mural with the community!
There will also be a potting table where you can plant one of the Queen’s favourite plants to take home with you.
Community Celebrations by Blackburn and Darwen Band
Celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Darwen Market Square from 11am.
Fun activities for all the family including caricature artist, Punch & Judy, face painting, tombola, free food and drink, as well as a concert from an award-winning brass band, and much more!
This event is funded by the Community Lottery.
Lighting of the Jubilee Beacon at Darwen Tower
A Jubilee Beacon will be lit at Darwen Tower to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign on Thursday evening.
The beacon is one of thousands being lit in the UK and the Commonwealth and forms part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee weekend.
As part of the event, Jubilee Tower – which has undergone vital restoration works – will also be lit in red, white and blue.
Blackburn with Darwen Council has supported Darwen Scouts in arranging the event for residents.
1pm: Proclamation by Town Crier in Darwen Market Square
8:30pm: Blackburn with Darwen’s Running Mayor to leave Darwen Market Square with lantern lit earlier in the evening by Darwen’s oldest resident, Eva Carter, 103
Route to take him up Borough Road to Belgrave Road and on to the moors
8:45pm: Edie Turner, 8, to receive the lantern and walk it to the Tower. Edie has walked to Darwen Tower every day in May raising £3,000 for families in the Ukraine.
9pm: Tower to be lit in blue, white and red and music to start
9:10pm: Andy and Edie to arrive at Tower with lantern
9:20pm: Cormac Thompson to perform Snow Patrol’s ‘Run’
9.40pm: Proclamation by Town Crier
9.43pm: Fanfare on Cornets played by Darwen Brass Band
9.45pm: Lighting of the Jubilee Beacon by Janet Pearce
9.45pm: Singing of the National Anthem with Darwen Brass Band and raising of Union Flag on top of tower.
9.50pm: Darwen Brass Band to perform Queen’s favourites
* Please note, these are a guide and could be subject to change
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June
The legendary free music festival returns! Take a look at the main stage line up, and check out the Facebook page for more details.
Darwen Market’s traders will be taking a well earned break from Thursday until Monday, when the market will reopen at 8:30am. This was decided by a trader vote.
Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!