When you’ve spent 70 years on the throne, a party is definitely in order! And at a a respectable (and pretty mobile!) 96 years old, it’s worthy of a celebration, in fact, given that old Queenie is, of course, the shining jewel in our country’s crown. Many of Liverpool’s favourite venues are getting the party started in style this June bank holiday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with plenty of fun, Jubilee-themed events in store for the people of Liverpool to enjoy. Check out our guide to some of the best Jubilee events happening in Liverpool over the June bank holiday.
1. Tuck into the best food and drink that Liverpool has to offer at Taste Liverpool Drink Bordeaux
Running for four days during the month of June, coinciding with the Queen’s Jubilee Celebration, the festival will see the city’s hospitality sector collaborate with the Bordeaux Wine Council and the French Government, promising to be “the most delicious weekend of 2022.” Taste Liverpool aims to redefine ‘street food’ as three of the city’s foodie destinations Hope Street, Bold Street and Castle Street will become immersive food experiences with takeovers by local restauranteurs and producers, wine tastings, cookery demonstrations, food inspired cultural events and venues creating special festival menus. Check out the programme here.
2. Join the Summer in the Square Jubilee party at Exchange Flags
Adding to the bank holiday excitement is Summer in the Square, an outdoor food and drink market, which is returning to Liverpool city centre this summer and will boast live entertainment, DJs, cocktails, pizza and more to make for a fun day or night over the long weekend. Located at Exchange Flags, the area will be transformed for Summer in the Square with the addition of faux grass, tables and benches, a canopy covering and atmospheric lighting. The Jubilee street party event will be running every day of the bank holiday weekend (Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June), 12 noon to 9pm.
3. Watch the beacons at the waterfront light up in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Seven beacons will light up Liverpool’s waterfront in tribute to the Queen’s 70 years on the throne and is part of a global event which will see beacons illuminated across the Commonwealth. Marking each decade of her sovereignty, the two-metre-high, copper gas beacons will be lit against the backdrop of the Three Graces, on the evening of June 2. Members of the public are invited to the lighting-up which will see activities start from 9.15pm, building up to the lighting at 9.45pm.
4. Experience a classic American yet boozy summer vacation at PINS’ Summercamp event
PINS Social Club has announced the launch of Summercamp, an experiential event drawing inspiration from the classic American summer vacation but strictly for adults. Taking place from Spring Bank Holiday on June 2nd onwards, Summercamp will ignite the ‘ol school nostalgia of summer camping daze, filled with whimsical days of discovery and wondrous nights of parties. Throughout the day, campers can enjoy a variety of immersive experiences on the city’s largest heated rooftop bar, as well as sip on camp-themed cocktails, slushies and sharers.
5. Get in the royal spirit with a Jubilee afternoon tea at Oh Me Oh My
Celebrating the Jubilee with an afternoon tea that’s fit for a Queen, Oh Me Oh My will be pulling out all the stops this coming bank holiday, with a special afternoon tea service featuring the finest offerings. The afternoon tea will take place on the final day of the long Jubilee bank holiday weekend and will be packed with show-stopping cakes, classic British sandwiches and proper English scones. Better still, if the weather comes through on the day you can enjoy your afternoon tea out on the Goodness Gracious roof garden allowing you to enjoy epic views of Liverpool.
6. Head down to Royal Albert Dock for a right Royal Weekender of food, drink and music
Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a feast for the senses, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool is set to host a Royal Weekender for visitors between 4th-5th June. Soak up the sunshine with al fresco dining whilst a variety of Liverpool’s finest emerging musicians immerse diners with an electric atmosphere, with performances from three sound stages around the dock bringing the quayside to life. Visitors can enjoy a lunch fit for royalty in one of the bars or restaurants which will offer the best seats in the house, all washed down with a refreshing cocktail from one of the pop-up bars. With its waterfront setting, Jubilee dressed Colonnades and live soundtrack, the dock is a great spot to celebrate the Jubilee weekend with a right Royal Weekender.
7. Sample plenty of local produce and street food at Southport Food & Drink Festival
This Jubilee bank holiday weekend there’s not one but two food and drink events in the Liverpool area you need to get yourself to. Over the four days to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, Southport Food & Drink Festival returns and it’s expected to be better than ever. Stimulate your senses and try food from different cultures from a range of street food stalls, sample different produce before taking them home with you and enjoy entertainment from local bands and musicians. There will be plenty of traditional British food on offer at Southport Food & Drink Festival in Victoria Park, including homemade pies, chutneys, local sausages, hog roast, and ice cream from a local dairy.
8. Feel like the queen of the castle by venturing over the Mersey to Leasowe Castle’s Jubilee festival
If the Queen gets to be in a castle during the Jubilee weekend then so can you! The stunning 16th century Leasowe Castle Hotel & Grounds in Moreton are hosting a Platinum Jubilee festival from June 2nd to 5th to celebrate the Queen’s remarkable 70 years on the throne. Expect a family fun-filled four days of live music, food and drink, live screenings of pageantry and concerts, exhibitions, arts and crafts, kids entertainment and more, including the lighting of the beacon on Thursday 2nd June. Early bird tickets for the full four days and nights inclusive are £25 for adults and £12.50 for children (age 5-16) with no entry fee for under 5s. Daily early bird tickets are also available from £10 for adults and £5 for children.