Fordingbridge Events Group and Fordingbridge Town Council have announced the final timings and line-up for the Jubilee picnic event at Fordingbridge Recreation Ground, which will take place on the 2nd of June from 3.30pm to 10pm to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Jubilee picnic is free to attend.
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.
At the event, there will be a fully licensed bar and hot food provided by Fordingbridge Sports Club, 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.
Cllr Pete White, who is also part of the Fordingbridge Events Group, said: “The entertainment we have arranged on the day includes several bands, a choir, Crazy Kev – who you may remember from the Fordingbridge Festival – as well as Best Disco taking us through seven decades of tunes. It’s going to be a picnic with a difference!”
Timings for Jubilee picnic
- 15:30 Best Disco – 1950s
- 15.30-17.30 Krazy Kev (comedy magic shows with mix and mingle balloon modelling)
- 16:00 Fayrewood
- 16:30 Best Disco – 1960s
- 17:00 Fayrewood
- 17:30 Best Disco – 1970s
- 17:30 Duck race
- 18:00 One Voice
- 18:30 Best Disco – 1980s
- 19:00 Sarah Hilton
- 19:30 Best Disco – 1990s
- 20:00 Stumble (covers band)
- 21:00 Best Disco – 2000s
- 21:09 Best Disco – 2010s
- 21:30 Hyde Band playing fanfare
- 21:45 Lighting of beacon
- 22:00 Best Disco – 2020s+
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, but if you want to get into the spirit beforehand, you can see the beacon being delivered through Fordingbridge by heavy horse on the 20th of May.
The beacon will be leaving St Mary’s Church at 2.00pm to go through Fordingbridge Town and over the bridge to the Fordingbridge Recreation Ground. The delivery should take approximately 30 minutes.
The Rotary Duck Race
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.