CELEBRATE the Diamond Jubilee with these magnificent SEVEN top things to do in and around Sheffield.
* ENCHANTED FAIRY FOREST: Tropical Butterfly House, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, today, now until Sunday, June 10
Magical fun for the young and the young at heart! The Enchanted Forest and Magical Fairy Garden will delight visitors. Discover tiny pixie dwellings and fairy hideaways. The presenting team will be putting on a fairy-themed bird show twice daily this weekend. The ‘Winged Wonders’ display features spectacular birds of prey and free-flying parrots and a pantomime-style performance to delight audiences of all ages. Tel: 01909 569 416
* FIRE and POLICE MUSEUM FUN: Fire and Police Museum, West Bar, Sheffield city centre, today, now until Tuesday, June 5.
Over the Bank Holiday period learn about our emergency services in what is a fun hands-on day out for all the family. This weekend visitors will get a preview of the soon-to-open outdoor activity zone and get to meet the museum’s new ambulance character and help pick a name for him. The museum will open 11am – 5pm on Monday, then 10am – 5pm on Tuesday. Fire engine rides will be running on Monday. Tel: 0114 2491999
* A RIGHT ROYAL WEEKEND: Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Doncaster,until Tuesday, June 5, 11am – 5pm.
Travel back 100 years to the Edwardian era in 1912 and the gentleman of the house is awaiting a royal visit from King George V and Queen Mary. Falconry displays, costumed performers, music, travelling cinema, Punch & Judy shows. Tel: 0870 33 1181.
* WESTON PARK LIVE: Weston Park, Western Bank, Sheffield, Monday, June 4, noon – 5pm
Live music and family entertainment events from the bandstand in Weston Park. The event will focus on the enhancement of Sheffield Culture through the promotion of local music. It will enhance prospects for local traders, raise awareness of local children’s charities, and encourage the people of Sheffield to use the city’s outdoor spaces. Entry to this event is free. Tel: 07896 851233.
* TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC: Wesleyan Reform Church, Mayfield Road, Fulwood, Sheffield, Monday, June 4, 2pm – 5pm
This will be a family picnic for all ages. Bring your own picnic and hot and cold drinks will be provided. Don’t forget your teddy bear! There will be a variety of prizes for different teddy bears. Games and quizzes or chill and chat. Entry to this event is free. Tel: 0114 242 2639
* BRODSWOTH’S RIGHT ROYAL WEEKEND: This runs Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5, from 11am to 5pm, with the Hall open from 1pm. Site gates will be open from 10am to 5.30pm. Admission is £9.30 for adults, £8.40 concessions and £5.60 for children, which includes entry to the house and gardens. English Heritage’s Time Travellers will be running hands-on activities for children in the Big Top, teaching them the etiquette required to be a wealthy landowner or the skills required to be a butler or a maid below stairs.
* JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS AT CHATSWORTH: Chatsworth, Derbyshire, until Tuesday, June 5.
There will be a party atmosphere at Chatsworth to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – with a 1950s-themed British summer party over the four-day Bank Holiday weekend. In the garden join the giant street party with a 100-metre long decorated table. Have fun at a village fete, with traditional games including a coconut shy, cork guns and more. Relax and watch the Jubilee on a big screen on the Salisbury Lawns on Tuesday.
Take a themed walking tour around the garden to find out all the royal links with Chatsworth, including the visit of 13-year-old Princess Victoria in 1832.
In the house, in the Oak Room, see the robes worn by four generations of the Cavendish family at The Queen’s Coronation, and the Devonshire state chariot used by the 11th Duke to attend the Coronation on display in the Painted Hall. The farmyard, decorated with bunting, will host arts and crafts. Normal admission charges apply. Tel: 01246 565300.