Jubilee weekend events

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Party fit for a Queen

A BUMPER spread of right Royal activities is being laid on at Hatfield Woodhouse.

Expect everyone to be full of beans at the coffee morning at the village chapel from 10am to midday on Saturday.

Then it’s time for the Big Tea event on Sunday from 3pm, followed by an evening service at 6pm.

A tombola, raffle, stalls and games will be on offer at the Diamond Jubilee Fair from 1pm to 5pm on Monday.

Children are invited to don their finest fashions for a fancy dress competition - entries must be placed before 2.30pm, with judging at 3pm.

In line with the Olympic beacons being lit across the country, Hatfield Woodhouse will be lighting a bonfire at about 10.30pm on Monday.

Over the weekend, there will also be a display of items entitled 60 Years of Change. There is also a house-decorating competition, to be judged on Saturday.

Diamond wonderland

DONCASTER’S Lakeside Village is set for a tea party with a regal touch.

The shopping outlet is putting on its very own Mad Hatters’ Tea Party - with two shows at midday and 2pm.

It’ll be a very British occasion with flag decorating, face painting, crown design classes and many other activities.

Centre manager Cheryl Sadler said: “We’re so excited to have the Mad Hatter and Alice at our very own Lakeside Village Tea Party.

“The Queen’s Jubilee is set to be a great community celebration and we look forward to welcoming everyone from the local area and those from far and wide to celebrate with us!”

The Mad Hatter and Alice will also be holding meet and greet sessions at 11am and 1pm.

It promises to be full of silliness, mayhem, music and audience participation.

For more information, visit the www.lakeside-village.co.uk website.

Royal-tea is order of day

GET those cucumber sandwiches at the ready for the Big Jubilee Picnic.

Everyone in the Kirk Sandall and Edenthorpe areas are welcome to attend on Sunday from midday to 2pm.

The picnic will be held on the playing fields of Canon Popham Primary and Nursery School.

Bring along your own picnic and seating and get ready for range of fun-filled activities.

Among the free Jubilee-themed excitement on offer is a Right Royal quiz, a rose-planting ceremony and a chance to try jubilee jelly.

Guests are invited to come wearing a home-made crown or wearing fashion from any of the decades of the Queen’s reign.

Call Rev Mary Gregory on 01302 882861.

Don’t miss sweet treats

GET an extra-special taste for the Queen’s milestone with a special jubilee treat.

Those with a sweet-tooth will get a chance to try home-made baking served up by Doncaster College catering students.

Visitors to the town centre will be able to sample the delights created by Meryl White - the woman behind Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking.

She has joined up with Doncaster Tourist Office and Doncaster College to put on the event.

A collection will also be taken to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

It is a free event supported by Sainsbury’s and Taylors of Harrogate.

The event will take place at The Blue Building on Doncaster High Street on Saturday from 11am to 3pm.

Castle Park’s picnic jubilee

PATRIOTIC fun is expected to draw a crowd at Castle Park on Monday.

The celebrations kick off at 4pm as Jubilee excitement hits fever pitch with a royal Picnic in the Park and Street Party in the Stadium.

At 5.30pm, an Abba tribute band swings into action on the first team pitch. Then it’s time for the big one at 7.30pm as the Jubilee Concert is beamed live onto the massive screen in the park.

The day will be packed with activities and events for all the family - and it’s all for free.

For further details or to book yourself into a hospitality stand from £24 per person, contact Chris Elliott, Scott Colbear or Gareth Alred on 01302 831388 for a top spot at this truly Royal affair.

A right royal knees-up

GET ready for a right royal knees-up this weekend - because pubs in Doncaster are being given the chance to stay open until 1am to toast the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Bars will be allowed to serve later both tomorrow and Saturday, giving drinkers the chance to party into the wee small hours.

The extended hours will come at the start of the four day Bank Holiday weekend as the nation marks the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

The decision, granted by the Government earlier this year, means landlords will not have to ask for permission from local licensing authorities and will be able to stay open without the usual red-tape.

The only other time this power has been used was for the Royal Wedding last April which helped the hospitality industry generate an estimated £600 million in revenue according to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of BBPA said: “Pubs bring people together in a unique way on these great national occasions, so extra hours will help keeps pubs at the centre of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, just as they were for the Royal Wedding last year.”

Lord Howe, the health minister, who placed the order in the House of Lords, said: “This small relaxation in licensing hours will allow celebrations to continue to a reasonable hour and give a more relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy their drink as they mark the occasion.”

The Old Angel in Cleveland Street will be serving up a specially brewed Celebration Ale by Greene King while Goose in Hall Gate has also lined up a summer of special events and drinks offers kicking off with this weekend’s celebrations and continuing through Euro 2012 and the Olympics.

Many pubs have already rigged up the red, white and blue bunting including the Misterton Sports and Social Club which be hosting a weekend beer festival featuring 14 beers and six ciders. The Angel Inn at Misson will also be celebrating, staging its first ever beer festival. There will also be a barbecue and classic car rally featuring up to 70 vintage motors on Bank Holiday Monday.