London Borough of Barnet

Be at Barnet’s Diamond Jubilee Festival on Monday 4 June

Published Friday 4 May 2012

Barnet is hosting a Diamond Jubilee Festival, with the City of London Corporation on Monday 4 June at Golders Hill Park.

The flagship event in the borough to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 60-year reign kicks off at 2.45pm with the unveiling of a specially designed Diamond Jubilee Weathervane, which will sit on top of the bandstand in the park.

From 3pm, visitors will be able to enjoy a wide variety of activities, including live music from a number of Barnet-based youth bands, before a series of professional acts in the evening. Children’s entertainers, a range of stalls run by community groups and small traders, sports and fitness activities will also be on hand to entertain guests.

From 2pm to 8pm, the adjacent Ivy House, run by the London Jewish Cultural Centre, will be open to visitors who want to enjoy its exhibition on former Ivy House resident Anna Pavlova. Ivy House also offers a facility to buy kosher food.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnics, although catering facilities will be available in the park.

The day will culminate at 10pm with a fireworks display and the lighting of a six-metre high beacon as part of the national beacon chain.

The festival comes a day after the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in central London and in the middle of the extended Bank Holiday from 2 to 5 June. Barnet is preparing to play a big role in the celebrations, with 75 streets already planning street parties, organised via the council’s Pledgebank facility.

Councillor David Longstaff, Cabinet Member for Safety and Resident Engagement, said: “The Diamond Jubilee Festival at Golders Hill Park is going to be a fantastic event which will provide Barnet residents with a great day out on their doorstep to mark this very special year in the history of our nation.

“I hope that as many people as possible will attend to enjoy the live music and entertainment on offer and will stay for the fireworks and beacon lighting at the end of the night.”

Michael Welbank, Chairman of the Hampstead Heath Management Committee at the City of London Corporation, said: “What better way to celebrate this auspicious event than a picnic in the glorious location of Golders Hill Park. This event is shaping up to be a terrific and fun-filled family day which will finish with a bang with fireworks and the beacon.”

Some stalls are still available for community groups or small traders who want to sell their wares. Anyone who is interested in taking a stall should email diamondjubilee@barnet.gov.uk.

For more information on the event, visit www.barnet.gov.uk/jubilee.

 Contact Press Officer: Nick Griffin