People planning on making a Royal Park the focus of their Diamond Jubilee weekend need to plan ahead to make sure they have days out fit for a Queen.
The Royal Parks is expecting a large number of visitors from across the UK, The Commonwealth and beyond this coming weekend to watch firsthand the activity that is being hosted by The Royal Parks, or to watch it on the big screens.
To help plan celebrations, The Royal Parks has set up a dedicated section on its website outlining the activities in St James's Park, Hyde Park and on The Mall.
Despite the recent hot weather, people are advised to prepare for all possibilities at the weekend so as well as bringing suntan lotion, visitors should consider packing water proof clothing.
The Royal Parks has been working closely with partners in central and local government as well as event organisation companies to ensure a safe and enjoyable set of events across the capital.
The Transport for London website also has a comprehensive section dedicated to the Diamond Jubilee, but the general advice is to:
- Plan your journey and allow plenty of time to get around - buses, tubes and stations will be busier than usual.
- Don't drive into central London unless it's absolutely essential - many roads and bridges will be closed.
- Check the times of last trains, and plan to leave London early if you're concerned about getting home.
The celebrations begin on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June, when Hyde Park will host a fun-filled, Jubilee Family Festival presented by Sainsbury's that ends each day with a 70-minute Disney spectacular. This is a ticketed event.
Once the Jubilee Family Festival closes down on Sunday evening, The Royal Parks will be working with the site manager, Artist Promotion Management (APM), to transform Hyde Park into a free open access venue for Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June.
From approximately 5pm on the Monday, screens in three different locations across the Parade Ground to watch the Diamond Jubilee Concert and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacon lighting. A further eight screens along The Mall and one in St James's Park, will also show the BBC Diamond Jubilee Concert and Beacon lighting.
Overnight on Monday, The Royal Parks, working with contractors, will have more than 600 people moving infrastructure and cleaning The Mall. Of these, approximately 400 staff will remove up to 100 tonnes of rubbish from The Mall and St James's Park.
The detailed operation, which has been carefully planned by The Royal Parks with all organisations involved, will be a 24/7 operation. Staff will be working overnight to ensure that up to 250 tonnes of rubbish across the parks during the whole weekend, is all removed leaving the parks in excellent condition.
On Tuesday 5th June, the eight screens along The Mall - removed for the Carriage Procession and Queen's Guard rifle Fire of Joy - will be replaced by a small screen in St James's Park south of the lake. Here and in Hyde Park, screens will show BBC coverage of the Service of Thanksgiving, Carriage Procession, Palace balcony appearance and RAF flypast.
Throughout the Diamond Jubilee weekend there will be opportunities to take a piece of the party home by purchasing a Diamond Jubilee souvenir from The Royal Parks official merchandise range, available in mobile retail units in Hyde and St James's Parks.
The official Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Programme, hand-embroidered crowns, mugs, tea towels, biscuits and baby Queen and Guardsman t-shirts for infants will all be on sale, alongside a Royal Parks bag with beautiful bunting design that is perfect for carrying souvenirs home.
Quintessentially British refreshments such as strawberries and cream, bakewell tart, shortbread and Eton Mess, will be available from refreshment kiosks in the parks alongside heartier options including roasted meats, fish and chips, pie and mash and meal deals.
Picnics for two will also be on sale for £22.00 and include: red wine and radicchio focaccia, savoury Mediterranean tart, mortadella stuffed chicken legs, Ferreto pesto pasta salad, two individual chocolate torts and San Pellegrino water.
Linda Lennon CBE, Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Parks said:
"We are extremely proud of our unique history of hosting royal celebrations and are privileged to welcome The Queen and well-wishers from the UK, The Commonwealth and beyond, back to the parks on this remarkable occasion. We hope everyone visiting us in Hyde and St James's Park during the Diamond Jubilee weekend enjoys these fantastic and fitting settings in which to mark Her Majesty's 60-year reign.
"From childhood weekends at Richmond Park's White Lodge to Trooping the Colour on the Horse Guards Parade in St James's Park, London's eight Royal Parks continue to feature in The Queen's personal and public life. Indeed Greenwich Park which provides the setting for several historic buildings, including the Old Royal Observatory, the Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House, is now a part of the new royal borough."
The Royal Parks
About The Royal Parks
Almost 40 million Londoners and tourists visit the eight Royal Parks each year. The 5,000 acres of historic parkland provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of London. The Royal Parks will play a key role in Great Britainâs busy summer, hosting a number of Diamond Jubilee celebratory events as well as eleven London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic events.
The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James's Park. The Royal Parks also manages Victoria Tower Gardens, Brompton Cemetery, Grosvenor Square Gardens and the gardens of 10, 11 and 12 Downing Street.
For further information please visit: www.royalparks.org.uk
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