Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Norfolk throughout June and beyond.
Norfolk is proud of its 1000-year association with the monarchy. The county is the perfect destination during Diamond Jubilee weekend and at any time of year to explore Norfolk's royal history.
Selected Diamond Jubilee events and activities
In the 150th year of Royal ownership of Sandringham Estate, the 2012 exhibition in the ballroom celebrates H.M the Queen and her great-grandmother Queen Alexandra's attachment to their dogs. ‘Faithful Companions' uses paintings, drawings, photographs, cartoons and other items from the private apartments, which capture the affection of H.M.the Queen and Queen Alexandra for their canine companions. The Queen's attachment to corgis and dorgis is well known. Queen Alexandra kept dogs of many breeds ranging from tiny Pekingese to tall and graceful Russian borzois.
A Diamond Jubilee exhibition featuring Royalty in west Norfolk over the past 60 years, will be on show in the Mayor's Parlour at King's Lynn Town Hall, opening 2 June and running until the end July.
Also on display is the Royal Connections exhibition at the King's Lynn Custom House and Tourist Information Centre, from 2 to 5 June.
Visit King Staithe Square on Monday 4 June and enjoy a free concert 'King's Lynn Festival Too' followed by fireworks at 10.30pm.
And the Lynn Museum will be holding a Royal Gifts exhibition from 12 May to 23 June. For further information visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk.
Norwich Cathedral celebrates the Diamond Jubilee with Flower Festival, 60 Years of Norfolk, from Friday 1 to Sunday 4 June. Norwich Cathedral will be host to thousands of flowers and four 12-ft-long aluminium diamonds as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Four 12-ft-long architectural-style aluminium diamonds will be suspended in the Cathedral's Nave, featured alongside around 100 Norfolk-themed flower arrangements.
Open Friday 1 June, 10am-6pm, Saturday 2 June, 10am-5pm, Sunday 3 June, 12.30pm-5.30pm, Monday 4 June, 10am-3pm. On Saturday 2 June, Jacqui Dankworth will be appearing in concert in the Hostry at 7.30pm.
Ancient House Museum, Thetford
Join costumed characters 'The Thetford Treasures' at the Ancient House Museum on Friday 8 June from 11am-2pm for 'House Alive - Hurrah for the Coronation' to explore how the town celebrated royal coronations over the years. For further information visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk.
Great Yarmouth St George's Park Village Fete and Food Fair takes place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June, based on the theme of the 1897 Diamond Jubilee, with brass bands, sheep shearing demonstration, traditional dancing, Punch and Judy, donkey rides, welly wanging, craft marquee and lots of tasty local produce.
Then on Monday 4 June from 8pm-10.30pm there will be live music followed by Great Yarmouth Diamond Jubilee Beacon lighting and fireworks at Anchor Gardens on the seafront, courtesy of the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority.
In addition to these events the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth is hosting a 'Right Royal Reminiscence' on Friday 1 June from 11am-4pm. This is drop in event gives visitors the opportunity to take a nostalgic look at royal celebrations and events. For further information visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk.
There will be festivities in Wymondham also, as they celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with the SmokeHouse Blue New Orleans Marching Band, at 10am on 2 June.
For more details visit www.wymfestival.org.uk.
Downham Market will see its 38th Downham Market Festival taking place from 3 to 10 June, and this year has 'Olympic Jubilee' as its theme. The main draw will be the Carnival Parade on 4 June, which will feature decorated bikes, a walking float, vintage tractors and classic cars.
Sheringham is staging a Big Picnic on Sunday 3 June from 10am-10pm on the town's sports field with entertainment throughout the day and a rock concert in the evening.
For more information visit: www.sheringhamjubileepicnic.co.uk.
Diocese of Norwich
The Diocese of Norwich is creating a trail featuring royal links with historic churches throughout Norfolk. See www.norwich.anglican.org for updates.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery will be hosting Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration, 7 July to 30 September. This major exhibition will comprise images drawn exclusively from the V&A's collection of photographs taken by royal photographer Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), depicting H.M. The Queen and the Royal Family on official occasions and ‘off-duty' at home.
Dragon Hall, Norwich
Visit Dragon Hall in Norwich from Tuesday 5 - Friday 8 June, 10am-3pm, where 'A Right Royal Drama - Dragon Hall' steps back to the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Help Good Queen Bess solve ‘The Riddle of the Missing Dragon Jewel', and on Friday 8 June feel honoured by a special audience with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I. For further information visit www.dragonhall.org.
Holkham Hall features a new exhibition in the hall, ‘The Ostrich and The Crown', celebrating the Diamond Jubilee and Holkham's connections with the monarchy, brought to life with displays from the archives and personal records, including a dress worn at the 1953 coronation.
In the Marble Hall on Friday 1 June, from 7pm-9pm, a charity concert will be held in aid of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. Featuring ‘Long May She Reign' music from the reigns of Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II, artists: Stephen Miles - baritone, Gill Smith - piano, Peter Trent - lute, Wensum Chorale, Holborne Recorder Consort.
Jubilee Celebrations continue at Holkham Hall from Sunday 3 June to Tuesday 5 June, 10am to 5pm, Holkham and Black Knight Historical celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The Hall's Bygones Museum and Courtyard will be alive with activities and events inspired by the 1950s. Events will include a flotilla workshop for families, 1950s inspired cafe menu and much more.
Visit Oxburgh Hall from Saturday 2 June - Wednesday 13 June to see their Jubilee Exhibition to mark H.M. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 60th anniversary of the gift of Oxburgh Hall to The National Trust. For further information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Visit Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse near Dereham on Sunday 3 June from 10am to 5pm and step back in time to the 1950s at the Norfolk History Fair. For further information visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
St George's Distillery, Roudham
A special edition Diamond Jubilee whisky has been produced by St George's Distillery, Roudham in celebration of this event. For further information visit www.englishwhisky.co.uk.
Norwich Archive Centre
Norwich Archive Centre have planned an exhibition of royal archives titled 'Royal Norfolk' which will run from 11 May through to 23 June 2012. It focuses on the Sandringham estate from the seventeenth century until its purchase by the Prince of Wales in 1862, and on royal links in the county since that date.
For further information visit www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk.
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