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Prepare for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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This year The Queen becomes the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. Attractions and businesses across the country will be planning and holding events in the lead up to and over the extended Bank Holiday weekend, from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June.

 

Royal Blood cover

Winchester district is steeped in royal history and so has good reason to celebrate the Jubilee. Follow the district’s royal connections as far back as the Early Middle Ages when it was the capital of Wessex under Saxon kings. Royal residences were built here and Winchester Cathedral has hosted many royal ceremonies.

To learn more about Winchester’s royal history, pop in to the visitor information centre on the ground floor of the Guildhall to pick up a Royal Blood leaflet and follow the trail around the city, taking in significant landmarks and attractions including the Westgate where Charles I was detained as a prisoner in December 1648, the Great Hall where Mary Tudor bought Spanish guests in 1554 for her wedding to Charles V’s son and Winchester College, which has enjoyed royal visits from the 15th century to the present day, including a visit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1955. Alternatively, follow the digital trail here.

 

Photo of Chawton Walled garden and roses

 

Attractions across the district will be holding events to celebrate the Jubilee. Watch this space for information as they are announced. Plus, if you’re interested in holding your own to bring people together to celebrate, click here for a guide. One event you may wish to take part in is The Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5 June. Click here for tips and ideas.

 

 

London range of gifts and souvenirs

Finally, if you’re looking for Platinum Jubilee or Royal Family souvenirs, the information centre stocks a wide range. Including a new book released for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee chronicling her 70-year reign, from her childhood to role as monarch.

Also look out for china mugs illustrated with British trees and children’s books to help spot types of trees – if you and your family have been inspired to get out in to nature as a result of The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative (part of the Jubilee celebrations), which late last year invited everyone across the UK to plant a tree.

Follow Visit Winchester’s social media accounts for Jubilee information and events in the coming months.

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