Platinum Jubilee Harrogate district: What’s On


Last updated May 17, 2022

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The Queen’s platinum jubilee will see a four-day extended weekend celebration in June.

Her Majesty will become the first British monarch to have reigned for 70 years.

From Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 there will be a holiday packed full of royal fun.

We have compiled a What’s On diary of events for the Harrogate district across those four days. Please send us details of your event for the extended jubilee weekend holiday so we can add it in.


Civic Celebration: 

Thursday to Saturday:   Part of the Stray will be transformed into Jubilee Square. It will include a large stage and video screens to broadcast the Queen’s birthday parade.

Films will be shown and there will also be a dog show and a Harrogate mastermind quiz.

The town centre will be adorned with 4km of bunting and there will be street entertainers performing across the four days.

Valley Gardens will host a free family festival, which will feature jugglers, magicians, choirs and fairground rides. For a full timetable of events in Valley Gardens click here.


Harrogate Harriers 10k Race

Previous 10k Harrogate runs

Saturday: Harrogate Harriers and AC has organised a 10k race over the Crimple Valley area of Harrogate.

The race will be multi-terrain, going over tarmac road and footpaths. People of all running levels will be suitable to join the race, with entry fees priced from £17-19.

All finishers of the race will receive a ‘goody bag,’ including a unique commemorative medal. To participate in the race on June 3rd, you can find tickets and information here.

Little Bird Artisan Market  

Friday to Sunday:  Little Bird Artisan Markets will be hosting an artisan market in Valley Gardens

The market holds stalls with an array of traders who sell baked goods, food, drink, arts, and crafts.

Palm Court Café Afternoon Tea

Friday and Saturday: Yorkshire Appetite have organised a guided walk and afternoon tea at 3pm.

The walk will include a short stroll through Harrogate central led by a local guide, keeping to the themes of the monarchy.

An afternoon tea will be held after in the Palm Court Café.

Tickets are £22.50 per person and can be booked here.

Cedar Court Hotel Tea Parties

Friday: Cedar Court Hotel is holding a Garden Tipi Jubilee Afternoon.

Priced at £16.00 per head the tea menu is extensive. For tickets book here.

Harrogate Street Parties

Currently, there are twelve officially planned street parties being held by the residents of Harrogate.

Rudding Park: 

Thursday to Saturday : Deer House Family pub at Rudding Holiday Park will be hosting a series of events such as a Jubilee disco and tea party.  For more information click here.


Knaresborough’s Platinum Jubilee Committee has planned a celebration and entertainment programme. Flags, bunting and shop window decorations are already up. There will be a children’s shop window trail around the town. 

From Thursday June 2 to Saturday June 4 there will be a community history display in Knaresborough House from 10am to 4.30 pm daily. Admission Free.

On Thursday June 2 Knaresborough Flower Club will be decorating the Market Cross in the Market Place for the Platinum Jubilee.

At 9 pm, along with more than 1,500 locations across the UK, the Mayor of Knaresborough will light a beacon on the castle top. All are welcome.

On Friday June 3 there will be a tea dance (1pm-4pm) at the Knaresborough Community Centre, Stockwell Avenue. It is a free event, but people are asked to register their interest in attending Tel. 01423 862702 

Saturday June 4. There will be an Artisan market in the morning, followed by an afternoon garden party and performances at Knaresborough House. Musicians and entertainers are booked for the free garden event with people encouraged to dress up in 1950’s attire.

From 10 am to 11 am, there will be a Children’s flag-making workshop at Gracious Street Methodist Church. The event is free and there will be refreshments at the workshop. 

At 11am there will be a flag procession from the Market Place led by the Town Crier to the grounds of Knaresborough House for the Jubilee Garden Party which opens at 12 Noon.

There will be a dog show. Entries are taken from 11am at the show ring. Entry £1 per class. Proceeds for Ukraine animal charities. Approximate times.12.00 Best Rescue.12.45 Prettiest Bitch.1.30Most Handsome Male. 2.15 Waggiest tail. 3.00 Fancy Dress.

Visitors can bring their own picnics, but a range of food and drink stalls will be available.

In St John’s Church, a specially commissioned film from Yorkshire Archives, looking at the Queen’s reign in Yorkshire and the Northeast, will be on a rolling programme with free entry. In the Knaresborough House gardens entertainment will be provided by, The Hummingbirds, Roundel Pop group, Meadowside School Choir, Knaresborough Youth Theatre, Studio 3 and a traditional Indian Dancer. Knaresborough Silver Band will provide a fitting end to the day with music from the Last Night of the Proms.

Sunday June 5. Christian’s Together in Knaresborough invite everyone to a Jubilee Celebration Service of worship at 10.30am in St John’s Church. Share with all the churches in the town as they come together to give thanks to for the Queen’s reign. 

Sunday afternoon is reserved for individually arranged Street parties.

Knaresborough Chamber of Trade has announced a fancy dress competition. Get into the spirit of things with your best 1950’s outfits and you could win £50 (and some free publicity for your business or group if appropriate). Upload a photo of yourself or your team in your best 1950’s or Jubilee themed outfit. Use the hashtag #knaresboroughjubileedressup

See for more details and terms. 


Bunting on High SkellgateRipon City centre will be adorned with banners knitted by Ripon Community Poppy Project.

Ripon’s Civic Celebrations

Thursday to Saturday:  The focus of festivities will be on Market Square where there’ll be musical entertainment alongside free fairground rides. The entertainment will run from 11am -11.30pm

To accommodate the crowds, road closures will be in place on Market Place roads.

At 9pm on Saturday, the Platinum Jubilee Horn commissioned by the council will be used for the first time in the setting of the watch ceremony. All four of the city’s hornblowers will be on duty.

Ripon Cathedral service and tea party

Thursday:  Ripon Cathedral, which is also celebrating its 1,350th anniversary year, will be the focus of North Yorkshire attention, as it hosts the civic service for the county between 11am and 12 noon.

Friday:  Platinum Jubilee Tea Party  2-4pm for invited guests, who were born in each of the 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

Ripon Hornblowers

Ripon’s new Platinum Jubilee Horn, will be unveiled to the public at 9pm on June 4

Children’s Entertainment in Spa Gardens

The focus on Sunday switches to Spa Park, where a day-long programme of family entertainment is being organised by Ripon Community Poppy Project.

Tractor Festival

Friday to Sunday: The UK’s largest tractor festival returns to Newby Hall, Ripon.

After experiencing a break for two years, the festival will be extended to three days to cover the jubilee celebrations.

On average, the festival attracts around 12,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibitions of vehicles.

The event will run from 10am – 5pm over three days.

Food, drinks, arts and crafts will be available to make the day more inclusive to children and families that wish to come down. Tickets are available on the Newby Hall website.


Friday: Great afternoon tea for the jubilee takes place at Boroughbridge Football Club from 3pm to 6pm. An afternoon of fund and games will raise money for the charity Dementia Forward.

Pateley Bridge

Civic Celebration

Saturday :  the main festivities in Pateley Bridge are focussed on a big party in the town’s recreation ground


Sunday 1- 4pm Pateley Bridge & Bewerley Memorial Hall. No need to book. Live music from 1pm. Raffle. Kids “design a crown or corgi” competition.


Civic Celebration

Masham Parish Council has organised four days of events for the town.

Thursday: 10am onwards Five-a-side football knockout tournament begins, plus bowls, snooker, quoits and a tug-of-war between businesses and community groups.

2pm Town crier will read the proclamation

7.30pm Church Bells Ring – a celebratory ring of Church Bells St Mary’s Church

9.40pm Lighting of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons – bugle call to fanfare

9.45pm Lighting of the beacon at on Roomer Common

Friday:  1pm Parade of Floats led by Reeth Brass Band – leaving from I’Ansons Mill, circling Masham.

2pm Fancy Dress Judging – prizes for ‘best’ 5yrs and under, 6yrs-10yrs, up to 16yrs, adults on Masham Market Place

3pm BYO BBQ on the Square – bring your own food and BBQ with friends on the square (dedicated veggie & gluten free BBQs available) please bring a chair on Masham Market Place

7.30pm Band on the Square – local popular band ‘The Doubtful Bottle’ on Masham Market Place

10pm Fireworks – what every celebration needs at St Mary’s Church yard to be viewed from the Market Place

Saturday: 10am Children’s Royal Crafts – craft a crown with Rev Sian Lawton at St Mary’s Church

3pm Afternoon Tea – enjoy a tasty light bite with a glass of fizz before the choir concert at St Mary’s Church (£10)

Jubilee Choir Concert – come and enjoy music from members of Masham Musical Society, Singing for Fun and St Mary’s Choir (£5)

7.30pm Jubilee Evening Concert

Sunday:  10am Royal Peal of Bells – honouring the Queen at St Mary’s Church 10.45am  Service of Thanksgiving

12noon  The Great get Together – bring your own food and share at this community luncheon, tables and chairs will be provided

For full details there’s more information on the Mashamshire Jubilee Programme website



Saturday and Sunday: The Birstwith Annual Village Show in Harrogate has planned separate events for both days.

Saturday 4: A royal pig race will be held at the Station Hotel gardens in Birstwith. The event is family friendly and will start from 4:30PM running onwards.

Food and drinks will be available, with attendees having to bring cash for betting and food.

Sunday 5: BAVS have organised a village picnic to mark the Queen’s jubilee.

Anyone is able to join, with participants required to bring their own picnic and drinks.


A programme of events have been organised and Dacre, like Ripon, will be taking part in the beacon lighting ceremony on the Thursday of the Bank Holiday .

It will be lit at Dover Castle, up the path near Low Hall, by locally-based firefighters and attendees are asked to arrive by 9.30pm.

Songs will be sung, including the National Anthem.

Family fun day

On Friday, a family fun day from noon until 4pm, will be held  at the Max Pullan Playing Fields.

In addition to the live music and refreshments, there will be an egg and spoon race,  coconut shy, bouncy castle, face-painting and  tug -of -war competition.

The playing fields will also be the venue on Sunday for a open air thanksgiving service starting at 11am.

It will be followed by a traditional village street party between the village green and church hall, from noon until 4pm attendees are asked to bring a picnic.

Throughout the week there is also a ‘Royal Treasure Hunt’ within Dacre Banks, with check in for the event at the village store.

Kirby Malzeard  

Kirby Malzeard Parish Council has organised a packed timetable of events across the four day bank holiday.

Thursday: A historical tour of the church has been organised, to begin at 3pm.  

Friday: Reeth Brass Band will be playing from 10:30am at Mowbray Crescent.  

The Mechanics Institute are holding a coronation music night, starting at 8pm. 

Saturday: A Royal parade will begin at 12 noon, where trailers and floats will lead the procession. The parade will start at the Market Cross, leading to the playing fields where the ‘Kirby Queen’ will present a gift to every child taking part.  

This will be followed by an afternoon of games, entertainment and a barbeque from 12:30pm.  

The Mechanics Institute are ending the day with a Royal quiz at 8pm.  

Sunday: A street party will take place from 1:30 – 4:30pm on Church Street. The Queens head will also be running a barbeque, and activities will be organised for the children.  


Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council is one of the villages to be awarded funding from Harrogate Borough Council to be used for the jubilee.

Thursday: A children’s party will start at 2pm at the cricket club, including a bouncy castle, hook a duck, a craft tent and a dunking stool. There will also be afternoon tea and a barbeque.  

At 9pm Spofforth will join other communities across the district in lighting the jubilee beacon. This will take place at 9pm in front of Spofforth Castle and will include music and singing.  

Friday: A tea party for Spofforth and Stockeld seniors has been organised in the Long Memorial Hall, starting at 3pm.  

Royal party in the park 

On Saturday, a party in the park will begin at 7pm outside the castle, where people are encouraged to bring their own picnics, or purchase a pizza from the Horsebox. The evening will include circus entertainers, a 50s style band, and an Oompah band. A disco and fireworks will bring the night to a close at 11:30pm. 



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