The Queen’s Jubilee Weekend in York – The best things to do

York Minster Jubilee Exhibition

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with an activity fit for royalty! There are some lovely events going on in and around York to mark the Her Majesty’s epic 70-year reign but be warned: go hungry, as they all seem to involve eating! So if you don’t fancy just staying at home and tucking into piles of scones and cucumber sandwiches (we’re in!), here are some other ideas for things to do. Keep an eye on our handy guide – we’ll add more events and activities as we get them.

York Minster Jubilee weekend

Family activities at York Minster

There’s a range of family-friendly activities at York Minster (free admission for children and any York resident): get crafty in Dean’s Park by creating your own bunting or doing some colouring (free) or join a drop-in family session with a Jubilee twist. Find all the details here.

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Platinum Jubilee Holiday fun at the National Railway Museum

Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee at the National Railway Museum, with special May half-term family activities, royal carriages you can peep inside and a new exhibition all about the royals’ love of train travel. The National Railway Museum has everything you need for a regal day out. Activities are free, unless otherwise stated. 2nd June to 5th June 2022 – Visit the National Railway Museum website for details

Woldies Lavender Farm

Queen Bee Quest at Woldie’s Lavender and Nature Farm

This half term celebrate the Queen Bee at Woldie’s with the Queen Bee Quest! To complete the quest. find the bees and reveal the Queen Bee’s secret code to win a prize! Bumble through Woldie’s NEW Bees & Friends Garden, track bees, pollinate the giant flower and dare to enter the giant observation hive to spot the queen bee and her hive making honey. Set in tranquil woodland, wildflowers, lavender and nature; fun for all the family! 28th May to Sunday 5th June – Visit the website for info and to book

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Celebrate at Murton Park

There’s a variety of fun activities going on at Murton Park, just outside York, to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Ride back in time on a vintage train, enjoy some Viking crafts and, on Sunday 5th June, join a street party. Bring a hamper or buy one on-site (pre-booking required) and enjoy some magic with Professor Dan’s shows throughout the day. 2nd June to 5th June 2022 – Visit the Murton Park website for details

York Spring Fair 2022

Beacon lighting at York Spring Fair 2022

York Spring Fair & Food Festival returns to York Racecourse for 10 days of Jubilee Holiday fun from 27th May to 5th June 2022, bringing together one of the largest vintage funfairs seen in North Yorkshire, a food festival, live music and family entertainment. It’s also a great place to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in York, with the lighting of York’s beacon on the evening of Thursday 2nd June and the opportunity for a Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5th June, where the array of food and drink stalls can provide a picnic to suit all tastes! Visit the York Spring Fair website

Bishy Road street party 2022

Bishy Road Street Party

Exciting news! The legendary Bishopthorpe Road Street Party is returning for the Jubilee weekend! Details are still being finalised, but put Sunday 5th June 2022 in your diary and watch this space. Follow Bishy Road on Facebook.

York Minster Jubilee Exhibition

Majesty: Monarchy and York Minster Exhibition

Discover York Minster’s royal connections and collections through a new exhibition exploring the cathedral’s centuries-old relationship with the monarchy in celebration of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The exhibition is free with admission to York Minster, and you can book a timed ticket in advance. Until 1st January 2022 – Visit the York Minster website for details

Raby Castle children

Jubilee celebrations at Raby Castle

The majestic Raby Castle in County Durham is pulling out all the stops to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee this May half term. From picnics in the park to a new street party themed trail to bunting competitions and special collections on display in the castle, join them for a week of family fun. Find out more here

Malton Food Festival 2021

Malton Food Lovers’ Festival

Home to artisan producers and award-winning independent businesses, visitors to the Malton Food Lovers’ Festivals this year can expect a huge array of unique stalls with tasty treats and gorgeous gifts, celebrity chef talks and demonstrations, live music and fun for all the family. Friday 3rd to Sunday June 5th 2022 – Visit the Visit Malton website for details

Harewood Food Festival 2022

Great British Food Festival at Harewood

Home to artisan producers and award-The Great British Food Festival is returning to Harewood for 2022. Take a good helping of local and artisan producers, a big serving of tasty hot food vendors, add a dash of bars, a sprinkling of children’s activities, a dollop of top chef demos, stir in some competitions, with lashings of excellent live music, and mix together to make a fabulous foodie family day out! Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June 2022, 10 am to 5.30 pmHarewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG Visit the Great British Food Festival website for more details

Castle Howard Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea at Castle Howard

Pull out all the stops and enjoy an exclusive afternoon tea experience in the Long Gallery at Castle Howard. 27th May to 12th June 2022 – Visit the Castle Howard website for details.

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