Plans progressing for Fordingbridge Jubilee Picnic in the Park

Fordingbridge Events Group and Fordingbridge Town Council’s plans for the Jubilee picnic event at Fordingbridge Recreation Ground are coming along nicely, say the organisers. The event will take place on the 2nd of June from 3.30pm to 10pm to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  

The family event is also being supported by Fordingbridge Rotary Group and local businesses to make it as successful as possible and will be a fantastic opportunity for the local community to enjoy festivities and chill out with a day’s worth of amusement to kick off the bank holiday.

Cllr Pete White, who is also part of the Fordingbridge Events Group, said: “It’s a full-on afternoon of entertainment that we have planned. We have several bands booked to play, a choir, Crazy Kev – who you may remember from the Fordingbridge Festival – as well as Best Disco taking us through seven decades of tunes.”

The Rotary Club will also hold its charity duck race. First prize is £500, second prize is £200, and third prize is £100. Tickets for the duck race will be available from The Rotary team who will be selling them from outside the Co-op over the coming weeks. Businesses looking to purchase a corporate ticket can do so for £25 with a case of wine on offer as the prize. All money raised from the duck race will be going to local community projects.

At the event, there will be a fully licensed bar and hot food provided by the sports club and The Crown and Mays, the butcher. You will also be able to pick up prepaid hampers from The George. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own picnic and clear up after themselves.  Portable BBQs or open fires are not permitted.

The event will see the installation of a new beacon on the Recreation Ground so the town can be part of the beacon lighting all over the country and the council is planting a Hornbeam tree to be a lasting reminder. The lighting of the beacon will take place at 9.45pm

The event is free to attend and more details about the timings for performances will be on the council website and at