Next month, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will become the first ever British Monarch to have achieved 70 years on the throne and, in the Great British spirit, cities, towns and villages across the UK, including Harrow, are set for weeks of celebrations, including an extra bank holiday in honour of The Queen.
A friend of Harrow
The Queen is certainly no stranger to Harrow – in fact, she has paid a number of visits over the years, including in 2004 when she and her late husband, Prince Philip, attended an event to mark Harrow’s 50th year as a borough.
There are a number of exciting events coming up in Harrow in the coming few weeks and, some of these are:
A new view
From the first of June, the windows of some of Harrow’s favourite businesses will be doing a little more than just displaying goods for sale. Courtesy of We The Seeds and Harrow BID, Harrow Town Centre will be transformed into a walking window treasure trail with special window displays featuring hidden puzzles. There will be 11 puzzles to solve and, Harrow detectives who find them all will receive a special gift hamper. Treasure maps can be collected from a number of businesses including The Landmark, Boots Opticians, Virgin Money, Brian Cox Estate Agency Sue Ryder, St Lukes, Barclays Bank, Sony Centre, Greenhill Library, McDonalds and Buzz Gym.
Right royal festivities at Headstone Manor
Between the 28th of May and the 3rd of July, Headstone Manor & Museum will presenting two fantastic exhibitions: The first of these, Harrow: Queen’s Borough will showcase the Queen’s history as well as her connections to the people of Harrow and, the second, Harrow’s Jubilee: It’s All In The Details will display content and items from previous jubilees. Both exhibitions are free of charge to the public. On Monday the 13th of June, the popular venue will also be holding a Teddy Bear’s Picnic between 11am and 3pm and, under 5’s are invited to attend – and to bring along their own teddy bear to join in the festivities which include singing and crafts.
Art in the heart of Harrow
On Saturday the 4th of June, Harrow Arts Centre will be host to a Platinum Jubillee Celebration Day. Free for Harrow residents of all ages, the community day will include workshops, craft and food stalls, royal puppetry and a family theatre.
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Harrow’s libraries will be holding a number of events over the course of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations and, these include:
Greenhill Storytellers, 31st May – ages 5 to 10 11am to 3pm
Kenton Make your own bunting, 1st June - 11am to 11.45am
RoxethCrown Craft, 1st June, 11am to 11.45am
Online Creative Writing Workshop, 28th May 10am to 11.15am
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is rumoured to enjoy a Gin & Dubonnet and, if you fancy drinking to her health, head to Harrow’s popular Trinity Bar over the long bank holiday weekend for Never Mind The Bollocks: Here’s The Queen’s Jubilee Party. During the four days, the bar will be leading the celebrations with live music, cocktails and more.
Time to party
Over the last couple of years, we’ve all had our fair share of doom and gloom and, while we may not be out of the woods just yet, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee gives us all a long overdue opportunity to arm ourselves with flags and bunting and celebrate the 70 year reign of our much loved monarch.