By Radka Hostašová
Early summer days feel even better when you know there’s a bank holiday weekend approaching. The Platinum Jubilee bank holiday falls on Thursday the 2nd and Friday the 3rd of June, with the first weekend of June stretching over 4 days. On the occasion of Queen Elizabeth’s 70th anniversary as monarch, the whole country is bustling with different kinds of events devoted to celebrating the service of Her Majesty and the Royal family. In today’s feature, we are bringing you a selection of events celebrating the Platinum Jubilee in Liverpool.
1. Beacons of Light
Lighting beacons is a traditional event held in honour of the Queen and special anniversaries of the Royal family. For the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, seven beacons will be lit up on the evening of Thursday the 2nd of June in front of Three Graces in Liverpool. Each beacon signifies a decade of the Queen’s commitment. Beacons will be lit in each capital city of the Commonwealth nations. In Liverpool, the public can attend the lighting which also includes musical performances by Pipe Major James Axon and the Liverpool Scottish Regional Association band. The activities start from 9.15pm, building up to the lighting at 9.45pm.
2 .Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux
Liverpool has a bit of a reputation for amazing food and drink from around the world and in the collaboration with the city’s hospitality venues and the Bordeaux Wine Council and French Government, Liverpool will mark the Platinum Jubilee with the Taste Liverpool. Drink Bordeaux festival.
The french-infused festival runs from the 2nd – 5th of June and consists of 4 main pillars; Bordeaux wine tasting at Liverpool Town Hall, special festive menus paired with Bordeaux wine created by over 50 local restaurants, chefs demos at the Bombed Out Church and a local producers’s market. The programme offers a wonderful gourmet experience to visitors and highlights the gems of worldwide cuisines. The central hubs of the festival will be situated around Castle Street, Hope Street and Bold Street, all famous for their outstanding restaurants and bars. The tickets for the Bordeaux wine tasting are now on sale, however, the rest of the events are free to attend.
3. Afternoon Tea
There is no way the Platinum Jubilee celebration could happen without a proper afternoon tea. Therefore, a variety of fine Liverpool restaurants including Panoramic 34, Oh Me Oh My or Malmaison Liverpool will be celebrating by offering a unique tea party experience. Alongside tea and a selection of sweet and savoury snacks, diners can also enjoy special jubilee cocktails accompanied by a picturesque view on the restaurant’s rooftop terraces.
4. Platinum Jubilee Concert At The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Moving from foodie activities to a cultural experiences, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has scheduled a classical concert celebrating glorious British musicians and composers of past and present. The Platinum Jubilee concert takes place on the 31st of May and introduces the music written by great English composers, such as Frank Bridge or Vaughan Williams. Led by the Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Manze, the classical tunes will be performed by solo cellist Nicolas Alstaedt.
5. Cheshire Fest
And finally, another way to fill the bank holiday weekend with music and entertainment is paying a visit to the 2022 edition of the Cheshire Fest. Situated in the beautiful green Cheshire countryside, this year’s festival will take place in a new location of The Lambing Shed, Moseley Hall Farm in Knutsford. Visitors can expect a multi-genre lineup featuring both local and national outstanding artists. Legendary Liverpool band The Zutons will headline the festival on Saturday 4th June. Aside from the live music, on Friday 3rd June Cheshire Craft Beer Fest takes over the event for one day serving the finest ales and lagers.