Maidstone Museum – Jubilee craft sessions

Shops and businesses across Maidstone are helping to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s incredible 70 year reign by holding a variety of events here is a selection of some of the wonderful things on offer.

Leader of Maidstone Borough Council David Burton said: “Wow, I am delighted to see so much going on in an around Maidstone this Jubilee weekend. Maidstone is the place to be, come along and try out as many of these events as you can!

“We have helped make the town centre look more patriotic, with Union Flag bunting and welcome lamppost banners as well as a number of cascading flower towers, hanging and barrier baskets, all colour themed red, white, blue and ‘platinum’ grey foliage.

“Our wonderful Council Grounds Maintenance Team have also created an ornamental carpet bed in Brenchley Gardens of a Jubilee themed Union flag with a 70 years motif.”

Saturday 28 May 3pm to 8pm – Whatman Park – Free Jubilee Proms in the Park – To kick off the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Maidstone a rousing Proms is being held at the magnificent Whatman Park Riverstage on Saturday 28 May. Come along for an afternoon and evening of classical music, dress up and wave your flags! Thanks to the kind sponsorship of Weston Homes the event is free of charge. For more info

Saturday 28 May to Wednesday 1 June – Kent Life – Half Term fun – Join entertainers across the site in their animal themed activities! Step back in time and visit the Vintage Village, from the Victorian Petts Farmhouse, through to WW2 Lenham Cottages, or enjoy the 1950s Sandling Farmhouse. There’s an outdoor play area, fun farm rides, a hunt around the site with a sweet treat and the chance to get arty in their Paint-a-Pot studio. Click for more details.

Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June 10.30am to 3.30pm – The Mall – Free craft activities – Get Jubilee Day ready by making and decorating your own crowns and flags in the craft bar, it will be located on the upper mall near Muffin Break.  The fun does not stop there, on Friday 3rd June, there will be a Face painter.  There’s also the chance to win an afternoon tea and BB’s Muffins in Maidstone. More info here

Monday 30 May to Wednesday 1 June 10.30am to 2.30pm – Maidstone Museum – Jubilee craft sessions for children – Head over to Maidstone Museum for three days of Platinum Jubilee themed ‘Make It’ sessions for children. There will be 3 sessions per day. Ideal for ages 4 – 11 years. Adult to stay with child/ren. Activities take 30-50 mins to complete. £3 per child. Book here

Wednesday 1 June to Saturday 4 June – Hazlitt Theatre – My Fair Lady  Kent Musical Theatre Society are really excited to be performing this timeless classic at the Hazlitt Theatre. The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady features one of musical theatre’s greatest scores. To book tickets

Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June 12 to 9pm – Lockmeadow Family Fun Day & DJ evening at The Feathers – Flaming Grill, Kids penalty shoot out, Sumo-wrestling suit competition, Picnic basket take-away, Outdoor eating, Cocktails, DJ mixing top tunes, Royal selfies as well as a DJ in Love Food – Friday 5-9pm. Info on Lockmeadow

Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June – Kent Life – A ‘Darling’ Celebration – Join Kent Life Heritage Farm Park as they celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne! With additional 1950s Darling Buds of May entertainment, there will be a real street party vibe, with bunting galore and a traditional village fete feel. All the favourite Kent Life activities will also be available – from the cuddle corner walkthrough, to a fun farm ride, outdoor play and plenty of animal encounters. For prices and more info

Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June  – Leeds Castle – Castle of Queens Jubilee Weekend  – Tocelebrate the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Leeds Castle are taking a look back at all the powerful, strong and cultured queens in our history. Take a journey through the Middle Ages, hearing the stories of the six most famous queens who lived at Leeds Castle. To book tickets

Thursday 2 June – Mote Park – Cafe Mambo Ibiza Classics in the Park June – The iconic Ibiza brand lands in Maidstone for a huge one-day festival on the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend! This is set to be one of the biggest and most spectacular Cafe Mambo Ibiza events this year. Featuring incredible festival production and a star-studded line up of legendary DJs & performers bringing a true slice of the White Isle to the UK. To book tickets

Friday 3 June – Maidstone town centre – Jubilee fun! The town will be alive with entertainment as One Maidstone provide the fun! There will be a Bubblologist – Making giant bubbles, Royal Guards will be placed around the town to set the scene for the royal occasion, can you make them laugh? Dancing cleaners will mop the floor and then burst into a full dance show, dancing round their mops, join in with some of their Best of British dance moves and songs. Stilt walking trees representing the Jubilee and fun farmers will be wheeling their barrows around Maidstone town centre handing out tree sees for children to plant a tree for the Queens special jubilee celebrations. For more information on One Maidstone click here

Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 10am to 2pm – Royal Star Arcade Maidstone town centre – Come and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at The Royal Star Arcade, see displays of some wonderful artwork created by the children of East Farleigh Primary School. On Sat 4 June, the monthly artisan market will be running from 10am to 2pm. Alongside this, there will be free face painting from 10.30am and then live music starting at 12pm. There will also be a cupcake and prosecco bar as well as our food outlets serving some delicious food. For Royal Star Arcade details

Friday 3 June 12pm to 10pm – Mote Park – Together Festival – A celebration to show our appreciation to the UK’s amazing frontline staff. Featuring performances from 5ive, Rak-Su, Blazin Squad, Big Brovas, Shola Ama, as well as Angelo Starr (brother of Edwin Starr), performing Edwin Starr’s greatest hits! To Book Tickets

Saturday 4 June 1pm to 10pm – Mote Park – Summer Love festival – All new Reggae & Ska festival Summer Love comes to Maidstone’s Mote Park featuring performances from UB40 ft. Ali Campbell, ASWAD, The Dualers, General Levy, Kiko Bun + more! To book tickets

Sunday 5 June 12.30 to 6.30pm – Mote Park – Raver Tots Festival – The UK’s biggest family friendly rave and festival brand where kids and grownups can hit the dance floor and rave together! There are never ending moments to engage kids and parents and huge dance spaces where you can hear the nation’s biggest DJ’s playing the best in all forms of dance music. Raver Tots has an ongoing charitable interest and supports an array of charities that help children with Autism and ADHD and more. To book tickets

To see a full list of events please see the Visit Maidstone website: https://www.visitmaidstone.com/

By Ed

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