What’s happening in and around Chiswick over the Jubilee weekend

Images above: ‘Stamps’ created by children in Chiswick schools to mark the Jubilee, organised by Abundance London and Make & Paint

People stopped at traffic lights on the Sutton Court Rd intersection with the A4 last Tuesday caught a fleeting glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on her way into London from Windsor to open the Elizabeth Line. Those cavalcades have become a familiar sight in Chiswick. She is an inspiration to many, a constant presence reliably doing her duty throughout her 70 year reign.

The four day Jubilee weekend, 2 – 5 June, falls at the end of half term week and many of the celebrations are focused on families and children. Abundance London and Make & Paint have organised art competitions in local schools. In all 13 schools took part in a project to design stamps to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee and the results are to be seen up and down the length of Chiswick High Rd in the windows of 70 participating businesses.

READ MORE: Chiswick Jubilee ‘stamps’ go on show

Image above: Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Richmond Park

Tuesday 31 May

Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Richmond Park
Organised by the Friends of Richmond Park there is a Teddy Bears’ Picnic taking place on Tuesday 31 May in the Isabella Plantation. A free event between 11.00 am – 1.00 pm, there will be live music and the opportunity to make a crown and plant some Jubilee seeds to take home. Bring your teddy bear and come and have fun! Read more.

Time Travel Craft Club: Jubilee (all ages), National Archives, Kew
The National Archives at Kew have regular events for children, especially during school holidays, in their Time Travel Club. On Tuesday 31 May they invite you to come and ‘get crafty for the Jubilee’. Create and decorate crafts which are inspired by the documents kept at the Archives on kings and queens in history.

This is a free drop-in event taking place between 11am-2pm in the National Archives’ public restaurant. Come along at any time; no need to book. Read more.

Image above: Jubilee bunting

The Weekend

Jubilee Bunting Craft Sessions, Osterley Park
Osterley Park is hosting bunting making sessions in the Stables Walled Garden from 11.00 am-3.00 pm on 2, 3, 4 & 5 June. They are asking everyone to get creative and make a bunting flag that reflects our community by celebrates something from the last 70 years.

If you’re planning a picnic for the Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5 June, you can bring it to enjoy at Osterley, where they’ll have live music to add to the celebratory atmosphere. Read more.

Which pub?

The Pilot on Wellesley Rd promises a Jubilee weekend of fun, promising Tipsy Tea cocktails, special Menu items, music in the garden from 7.30 pm on Friday, with surprises and giveaways. Saturday there will be live music from Piers (1pm-5 pm) and from Simone (5.30 pm-7.30 pm) and a raffle draw. Sunday features their traditional Sunday roast, quiz night from 7.30pm and a Royal Cocktail menu. Read more.

The Crown in Chiswick High Rd invites you to sample their special Jubilee menu and themed cocktails.

The Bell & Crown and the Steam Packet on Strand on the Green will be in the thick of things on Sunday, as the Bell & Crown have organised Fuller’s Suffolk Punch horses to be there and the Steam Packet is organising the live music and the rowing race.

The George IV on Chiswick High Rd will be providing a barbeque on Sunday as part of the Chiswick Flower Market’s Jubilee celebrations.

Thursday 2 June

Family craft activity, Hogarth’s House
In celebration of the Jubilee weekend, Hogarth’s House is taking a look back at the celebrations of Hogarth’s day. Explore the chaos of his depiction of Southwark Fair using imagination and character exploration. Follow on by making double-sided bunting to showcase revellers both in the 18th and the 21st century.

Suitable for aged 5-11. Tickets £12. Read more.

The Mississippi Swamp Dogs play in the Jubilee weekend at George IV
Our very own Jazz royalty, the magnificent Mississippi Swamp Dogs celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Showcasing the rich musical heritage of New Orleans and the Southern States, this classy band are superbly led by top swing trombonist & vocalist Jeff Williams together with one of London’s best soul voices Paul Miller on keys, Ned Bennett on saxophone, Dan Redding on guitar and Jonno Lee on drums for another of their exciting shows. Read more.

Image above: Tabard pub, opposite St Michael & All Angels Church, Bath Rd W4

Saturday 4 June

The Big Jubilee Sing
St Michael & All Angels Church
and The Tabard pub are inviting Chiswick residents to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June by singing some of the best-loved songs of her reign.

‘The Big Jubilee Sing: 70 Years of Songs’ will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 4 June 2022 on the piazza and lawn outside St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, starting at 4.40pm. Singers will be provided with song sheets and there will be a band and an outdoor bar. Free event, just turn up. Read more.

Platinum Playlist, Gunnersbury Park Museum
Gunnersbury Park Museum 
have had the same idea. Their sing-song is from 2.00-4.00pm. Free event, just turn up. Led by baritone Maciek O’Shea and soprano Sarah Minns.

Jubilee printing workshop, Hogarth’s House
To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee Hogarth’s House is taking a look at the Queen’s iconic profile that has appeared on our stamps and currency for the past seven decades. With her profile for inspiration, participants aged 16 + will be using the drypoint printing technique and the intaglio printing press at Hogarth’s House to produce a profile-inspired print. Sessions at 12.30 and 3.00pm, Saturday 4 June. Read more.

St Mary’s Summer Sale
St Mary’s Convent on Burlington Lane is celebrating the Jubilee with their summer sale on Saturday 4 June, from 2.00-4.00pm, featuring ‘Royal Teas’, a ‘Royal Raffle’ and stalls.

Image above: Fuller’s dray horses at Chiswick Flower Market last year

Sunday 5 June

Chiswick Flower Market celebration
The flower market, taking place as usual on the first Sunday of the month, is offering traditional (free) entertainment along with the flowers and shrubs. The entertainment includes a brightly coloured 1900 Victorian carousel for traditional Mary Poppins rides for children (free), Punch & Judy shows at 12.00 and 3.00pm and a brass band from the United Social Club among the musicians providing live music.

Sit outside in the middle of the flower market with all the hustle and bustle going on around you and enjoy the celebrations of Her Majesty’s 70 year reign. Bring your own food or buy from the George IV barbecue or other cafes and restaurants.

Strand on the Green Jubilee celebration
From 12.00 – 6.00pm Thames Rd from Kew Bridge will be closed for Strand on the Green’s Jubilee celebration, with Fuller’s beautiful dray horses giving rides, local school bands performing, Morris dancers, paddle boarding and local bands providing live music. Culminating in an inter-pub rowing race at the end of the afternoon.

Jubilee Picnic at London Wetland Centre, Barnes
The London Wetland Centre is organising an epic outdoor picnic on Sunday 5 June from 12 noon – 3.00 pm. They will have an enormous picnic area set up to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Free access to the picnic site. Bring your own picnic or pre-order one from the Wetland Centre’s Kingfisher café. Read more.

Prom in the Park: Ealing’s Platinum Jubilee celebration
Ealing Symphony Orchestra’s sixty musicians will be serving up a unique programme, combining Last Night of the Proms favourites alongside allusions to Ealing’s history and culture, and a chance for everyone to join in as the Jubilee weekend reaches it’s grand finale. Free event. Bring a picnic or pick up refreshments from local outlets. Doors open at 7.00 pm. Concert starts at 7.30 pm.

On into the summer

If you have decided to take advantage of the Jubilee weekend to go away, there are still plenty of Jubilee activities continuing into the summer.

Friday 10 – Saturday 26 June, Bedford Park Festival

The Bedford Park Festival opens with Green Days, the two day fete on Acton Green Common, with funfair, bandstand, beer tent, cake stall and craft village among its many attractions, on 11 and 121 June. Alex Jones, co-presenter of BBC TV programme The One Show will be opening the festival at 11.00am on Saturday.

Saturday 11 June

Fancy Dress Parade, Bedford Park Festival Green Days
On Saturday 11 June this year’s theme for the Fancy Dress Parade is the Queen’s Jubilee. Age 10 and under. Meet 10.30 in St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall (upstairs – entrance facing Acton Green Common). Parade 11.00 am on the Green (opposite Turnham Green tube station). Prizes. Read more.

A cake fit for a queen, Bedford Park Festival Green Days
On Saturday 11 June the refreshment tent is holding a “Cake fit for a Queen” competition, sponsored by The Chiswick Cinema. “Prizes are exciting” says cake stall organiser Jenny de Montfort, “as the Chiswick Cinema has not only donated some tickets but is offering a classic membership as the top prize.”

It is also rumoured that an actor from the Downtown film will act as judge to fit in with the film theme. Read more.

Saturday 18 June

Jubilee biscuit decorating competition for children
St Michael & All Angels Church. Biscuits will be supplied, and decoration takes place on site. Suitable for children aged 5-11 years. Read more.

Image above: The Enchanted Cinema Jubilee Special: Royalty, Rebels & Eccentrics

Saturday 26 June

The Enchanted Cinema Jubilee Special: Royalty, Rebels & Eccentrics
Join the Enchanted Cinema for a unique Jubilee celebration with award-winning international animation set to stunning live scores. Be thrilled by the stunning Big Underground Ball – 20 minutes of breath-taking stop-frame animation from 1987 featuring elf princesses and goblin princes, Lotte Reineger’s cut-out animation Prince Ahmed from 1926 (as old as the Queen!) and Where the Wild Things Are starring Max, King of the Wild Things from 1975.

All scores have been devised by live cinema composers Cabinet of Living Cinema, but they need your help… before the film you’ll be grabbing spoons, drums and even bicycle horns to make sound effects to enhance the film further! Suitable for children aged 6+ Tickets £10. Read more.

Image above: Party on the Pier at Chiswick Pier; library photograph, Anna Kunst

Sunday 17 July

Jubilee Party on the Pier
The annual party on Chiswick Pier has a royal theme this year. As usual there will be live music, a barbeque and beer tent, free boat trips and Amanda’s Action Kids to entertain the children. Read more.

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