Marking the Diamond Jubilee in Chichester

Queen's diamond jubilee logo
Queen's diamond jubilee logo

It’s time to get out the bunting and get ready for a right royal celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

It’s just a week to go before the big occasion which is being celebrated by residents of all ages across Chichester.

From street parties to gatherings on village greens to community centre tea parties, preparations are in full swing for what will be a day to remember.

Children are busy making crowns and choosing outfits to transform themselves into royalty, while kitchens will be a hive of activity as trays of cakes are baked and iced ready for a feast fit for the Queen.

The Observer has compiled a list of events taking place across the area.


-A special tea party for St Pancras residents over 60 is being held to celebrate the Jubilee.

There will be live music, a quiz and raffle at Joy’s Croft Court between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. A prize will be given to the person with the best jubilee hat.

Entrance is by named ticket only. To get your tickets call Val Gostling on 01243 779330 or the St Pancras Church office on 01243 536387.


-Chichester City Council is organising a Diamond Jubilee Gala and family fun fay. The Gala procession will begin at 11am from New Park Road Recreation Ground and will be led by the Band of the Prince of Wales’ Division. The route of the procession will be New Park Road, Oaklands Way, Northgate, North Street, East Street, Eastgate Square, St Pancras and finish at New Park Road Recreation Ground. The theme will be 60 Glorious Years.

The family fun day in Priory Park will start at midday which will include a mini fun fair, ferret racing, owl holding, mini zoo, falconry display, alpacas, a vintage tea tent, hog roast, lots of games and much more. The afternoon will finish with a community ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert at 5pm. Entry is free.

-Children in the village of Compton and the surrounding villages will be getting competitive in the family-friendly Octalympics event. The competition runs from 10am-1pm on Compton Recreation Ground and will include traditional events such as egg and spoon, sack and three-legged races and wheelbarrow relays.

The playing fields have also been accepted for Queen Elizabeth II playing fields designation as part of the Jubilee.

Each child in the village will also be presented with a Jubilee mug.

-Balloon modelling and a magician are just of the activities being put on for children in Tangmere. From midday-5pm there will be a 1950s style street party on the recreation ground in Malcolm Road, with a fun fair.

-Envy Hair Designers in High Street, Selsey, holding a fundraising day at 1pm with face-painting, mini-treatments and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

-In North Mundham from 4pm there will be a big party on the playing fields. Activities during the day feature a slowest bike competition, photography exhibition and refreshments. There will also be a 1950s-style sweet stall and those who turn up in fancy dress will receive a free bag of sweets. In the evening people are being encouraged to get there dancing shoes on and join in a Ceilidh.

-Tinwood Vineyard will be throwing open its doors to the public for the first time for a sparkling wine party to mark the Diamond Jubilee. The winery, in Tinwood Lane, Halnaker, PO18 0NE, will be open from June 2 to June 5 to visitors.

For more details, call owner Art Tukker on 07948 340494.


-Hunston will be hosting a Big Lunch starting at midday with games. People are encouraged to bring their own food, then meet their neighbours and get to know the community. Traditional games will include a tug of war competition and welly wanging hosted by Bruce Wilkins. Afterwards there will be children’s activities including fancy dress with cake and squash afterwards.

From 2pm there will be a 1950s-themed tea party in the village hall for older residents, many of whom will remember the Coronation itself. There will be cakes and a cuppa, and during the afternoon there will be a large screen broadcasting the Thames Pageant.

From 7pm there will be live music and a family barbecue to round off the day’s events. Bands The Colliders and Mr Big Stuff will be playing in the Jubilee marquee while food will be prepared by the team from the Spotted Cow. There will be a bar on the field and in the community club.

-Residents will be having a party in The Avenue in the Summersdale area from 12.30pm-5.30pm. The Avenue will be closed to traffic from 10am until 6pm between The Lane and The Drive.

-St Anne’s Church in East Wittering is holding an outdoor mass at 10am on St Anne’s green beside the church (inside the church if raining), using a special Jubilee liturgy that has been produced nationally. Afterwards there will be a lunch at 12.30pm -– everyone welcome, please bring a plate of food to share. In case of wet weather, the lunch will take place in the village hall. There will be

fun and games for children of all ages. For more details, call 01243 672260 or email

-West Dean Gardens will be full of merriment with various games including stoolball with children’s and adults teams, croquet and tennis with bowls on the pergola lawn and a tug of war competition. People are encouraged to bring picnic rugs and a selection of goodies, while there will be a barbecue and a big screen to show coverage of the national events. All the fun starts at 11am running through until 6pm.


-West Wittering Estate is planning a 1950s-style traditional family village fete at West Wittering car park. From midday there will be a variety of events including a children’s tea party with a Punch & Judy show, a magician and games. There will also be a hog roast, a wine and beer tent, music from the Phoenix Big Band and a Last Night of the Proms sing-along, with the lighting of the Armada Beacon and a fireworks display to bring the evening to a close at 11pm.

The event will be raising money for the Friends of Witterings Health Centre. People are encouraged to wear period dress and stalls will include tombola, raffle, smack-a-rat, skittles, hook-a-duck, second-hand books and stocks.

-Lavant will be holding a street party on the the village green, starting at 3pm. Residents are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue and bring their own picnic. During the day there will be a display of photographs and memorabilia from the 1950s as well as music from the era. At 4.15pm there will be a toast and cutting of a celebration cake and afterwards the commemorative mugs will be distributed. There will also be a hog roast supplied by Forest Hogs. The event has been organised by Lavant Parish Council. People are encouraged to walk to the village playing field as they did in the 1950s. Everyone is welcome.

-After a busy Sunday, people in Hunston will be able to enjoy a special family Jubilee quiz at the Spotted Cow pub starting at 8pm. Tickets cost £3 per person. At 10pm there will be a torchlit procession leaving from the Spotted Cow to light the beacon. Afterwards refreshments will be provided at the Community Club.

-There will be a hog roast, on the village green in North Mundham and dancing, while at 10.15pm the village beacon will be lit.

-From midday onwards there will be celebrations at Boxgrove Village Hall with a bring-your-own picnic. In the evening the beacon on Halnaker Hill will be lit,

-There will be plenty of fun on East Beach amenity area in Selsey. There will be a residents’ party with entertainment, food and stalls, kicking off at 2pm.

-In Singleton and Charlton people have been making model barges which will be brought to the River Lavant in the afternoon for a big celebration. From 4pm there will be a party and prizes for the best barge, There will also be a bouncy castle, tug of war, and a disco in the evening and there will also be a children’s tea party, while each child in Singleton and Charlton will receive a Diamond Jubilee memento.


- The parish of Chidham and Hambrook will be holding a free celebration picnic 2pm-9pm. People are asked to bring their own food for a picnic. Youngsters will enjoy entertainer Mr Tall while The Hawks are arranging a children’s cricket match. For adults there will be a quiz and sideshows and a tug of war competition is being organised by the Cobnor Activity Centre. The Spirits of Ishtar dancing troupe will be performing while in the evening Nuthin’ Yet will perform music.

The Women’s Institute will be setting up a tea and coffee stall and there will be a variety of stalls. There will also be a prize for the best period costume for those come dressed for the occasion.

-In Fishbourne there will be a variety of activities at the Fishbourne Centre in Blackboy Lane. The family afternoon starts at midday – bring a picnic and listen to the Mike Piggott Trio.

There will be face-painting and plenty of children’s entertainment including a conjuror and a bouncy castle. Plus hymns and Pimm’s at 4pm. In the evening from 7.30pm-10pm, dance to the music of the Ken Morgon Quartet with Carla Hendriks. Tickets £10 (£7.50 if bought by May 31).

-From midday, Walberton Care Home will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a traditional street party lunch in the gardens. Staff, visitors and residents will enjoy music from 1pm, and there will be a bring and buy sale in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the home’s residents’ comfort fund.