Marchington’s Platinum Jubilee Festival
Updated: Apr 21
After a two-year absence, the annual Marchington Festival is back with a bang and this year it coincides with the historic occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year. To commemorate, there are more events than ever taking place in the village with something to suit everyone and every age group.
Marchington’s Got Talent
The weekend opens on Friday 17th June with an extra special jubilee themed ‘Marchington’s Got Talent’ taking place in the Jubilee Marquee on Silver Lane playing fields. Featuring music, comedy sketches and there might even be a royal guest of honour in attendance. Tickets for this event are just £10.00 and will be available in the Marchington Community Shop in May.
Full bar and gin bar available.
The Marchington Open Gardens was the catalyst for the wider festival and has been an annual village event since 2015. Once again around a dozen gardens will be open from 11am to 5.00pm on both Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June just as the early summer flowers are in full bloom and the smell of freshly cut grass is in the air. This popular event attracts hundreds of visitors and – at just £5.00 per ticket – is exceptional value. Tickets can be used on both days and there is even transport available for those who need a lift from garden to garden. Refreshments are available at many of the gardens and details will be printed in the festival programme, which also features a map.
Scarecrows and Emojis
The phenomenal Scarecrow Competition is also making its long-awaited comeback and visitors to the village are invited to judge the entrants to find first, second and third best entries. This year the scarecrows will have a regal theme, so expect some right royal sights. Whilst wandering around the village the kids can participate in a fabulous emoji competition. Who will find the most?
Sports and such like
Marchington has a fine sporting pedigree and there will be opportunities to partake in or watch fun activities all weekend. From axe throwing to the hotly-contested rounders competition at Silver Lane playing fields (all welcome, entry fee £1.00) also a tug of war competition, the afternoon league cricket matches at the adjoining cricket club on Saturday, to the infamous Brook Run (warning – you will get wet!, , tennis tournament and fun cricket matches on Sunday, there is plenty of opportunity to flex some sporting muscles.
But that’s not all…..
Vintage and Military vehicle display (and a JCB digger)
For those of a certain age we have secured an impressive display of vehicles that will tell their own bit of history. And, thanks to our sponsor, Gunn JCB, there may well be a famous yellow digger or two for the kids to sit in. These will be parked on the playing fields all weekend and are a much loved feature of the festival.
Daft Dog Show
Got a pooch that likes to have a bit of fun. Why not enter our popular ‘Daft Dog Show’ on the playing fields on Sunday at 11.00 am Word to the wise – only enter if you have a sense of humour.
Owl Display and Pony and Trap rides
Love a bird of prey? Come and see the beautiful owls from the Staffordshire Owl Experience and Rescue Centre. They will be on display at Silver Lane Playing Fields all weekend
Jubilee Pottery Workshop
Fancy being part of history? Come along to the marquee on Sunday at midday and participate in a jubilee pottery tile decorating workshop and be part of a jubilee mural that will live long after the marquee has been taken down and the royal celebrations are all but forgotten. A mosaic of the decorated tiles will be installed at the village hall to commemorate the jubilee for years to come.
Church, Village Hall and School
A performance by the Marchington Singers at 11am on both Saturday and Sunday will mark the start of the exhibition of previously unseen church items in the local church and be sure to enjoy refreshments in the vestry whilst there.
Time for a bit of shopping. Browse round a craft fair in the village hall and take home some gifts for friends and family. With over 20 stalls brimming with creative products there’s bound to be some irresistible bargains. Tea and coffee (and a much needed seat) available. All weekend.
Saturday is summer fete day at Marchington First School over the road from the village hall. Indoor and outdoor attractions for kids and adults.
Saturday night’s alright for dancing
It’s party night at the Jubilee Marquee featuring popular local live duo, The Foster Brothers. Widely known in Staffordshire, there’s no better way to open up party night than the upbeat covers performed by the talented singers and guitarists. Followed by Marchington’s own ‘Dave the Cat’ who will perform songs from all decades of the Queen’s rein.
Full bar available.
Start your day with a breakfast BBQ when you buy your Open Gardens tickets at the village shop. And don’t forget to pop in to buy a few goodies from the shop while you’re there.
It could be a long day – after all, there’s so much to do. But, don’t worry, there’s a Food Fair on Saturday on the playing fields, as well as food and drinks vans. To quench your thirst in the event of great weather (fingers crossed…..) there’s a beer tent and gin bar open from 11am to 4.00pm all weekend.
On Sunday an all-day barbeque will feature sizzling sausages, banging burgers and a veggie friendly food offering.
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