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Published: Thursday, 9th June 2022

Last week’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations signalled the start of the busiest programme of events ever to be staged across Warwick District.

During the extended bank holiday weekend around 6000 people gathered in Warwick’s Market Square to enjoy live music, food and entertainment, with the festivities featured on the Royal Family’s official video. In Kenilworth thousands flocked to a special Jubilee Market and to take part in the People’s Street Party along the length of the Warwick Road. Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens hosted the lighting of the district’s Jubilee Beacon and a Right Royal Picnic with music from the newly restored bandstand.

At the same time dozens of street parties and community celebrations took place involving more than 30 road closures.

Large crowd gathered in Warwick for the Jubilee celebrations

Councillor Jody Tracey, Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transformation and Communications commented:

“I want to pay tribute to WDC teams and CJ’s Events who worked so hard to ensure the smooth running and safety of these welcome celebrations. We must now take any lessons learned from these events as we prepare to host the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

“As well as providing the official venues for the Lawn and Para Lawn Bowls competitions and Cycle Road Races, the District Council will be managing Festival Sites in Warwick and Leamington throughout the Games, where local people and visitors can enjoy the action live on big screens and an amazing CultureFest running alongside.”

In addition, the Council’s Events and Business Support Team is overseeing the administration of more than thirty other large events and festivals scheduled over the summer. Amongst these is this weekend’s Pub in the Park and the full return of the Warwick Folk Festival and Smith Street Party and Warwickshire Pride after a two-year absence. 

The Council has produced a full Events Guide covering the period from June to September with copies available from the Visitor Information Centres and Libraries in Warwick, Leamington, Kenilworth and Whitnash.

People celebrating in the streets in Kenilworth

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