Events are being held throughout the area over the next few days to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Listed below is just a selection of them.

If you are staging an event we want to hear from you. Please email a few words and your pictures to the editor at malcolm.


Saturday, June 2, Jubilee Tea Party for customers at The Olive Branch, Main Street, from 10am; 7.30pm free film night, screening of The Queen, Addingham Memorial Hall.

Sunday, June 3, Village Picnic with activities and entertainment, Addingham Primary School, noon-4pm; 6pm Addingham Churches Together Service; 8pm Music Through the Decades Quiz, The Swan.

Monday, June 4, 9.30am-noon, full peal of bells at St Peter’s Church; 2pm Village six-a-side cricket competition, Addingham Cricket Club; 9.30pm firework display.


Sunday, June 3, Royal party on the Green featuring magician, children's fancy dress, from 2pm.


Friday, June 1, 7.30pm, A Night at the Opera with West Riding Opera, Puritan Chapel, Bramhope. Tickets £7.

Sunday, June 3, 9.30am St Giles Church, service will be followed by 1950s-style refreshments and a Big Lunch in the grounds of the church.

Monday, June 4, from 7.30pm Entertainment, beacon-lighting and fireworks display. Recreation Ground, Old Lane.

Tuesday, June 5, 7.30pm – Bramhope Methodist Film Club screening of Bertie and Elizabeth, Methodist Church Hall

Thursday, June 7, Bramhope Village Players The Times They Are A Changing, Puritan Chapel. Tickets £5.

Sunday, June 10, 3.30pm to 5.30pm Bramhope Methodist Church, Buckingham Palace-style garden party.


Sunday, June 3, 9.45am, Jubilee service at St Mary’s Parish Church, followed by a bring and share picnic.

Monday, June 4, 2.30pm to 4.30pm, Burley Methodist Church cream teas in the garden (weather permitting).


Tuesday, June 5, 2.30pm to 5pm. Community Picnic at Parkinson’s Park (Little Kelcliffe).

Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, 7.30pm


Sunday, June 3, Harewood House ‘street party’ 10am to 6pm.


Today, (weather permitting) Abbeyfield Grove House musical entertainment on lower lawn from 4pm to 5pm.

Sunday, June 3, Ilkley celebratory lunch and street party, The Grove, 1pm to 4.30pm; 3pm-4pm, have-a-go bell ringing at All Saints’ Parish Church.

Sunday, June 10, Churches Together in Ilkley Ecumenical Jubilee Service, 6.30pm.


Saturday, June 2, from 7pm five-course gala dinner at marquee by village hall

Sunday, June 3, gift and craft fair, same venue, with teas on the Green

Monday, June 4, Big Lunch on the Green followed by the Leathley Diamond Olympics.

More info – Judi Pennington on 01943 461972; Sandra Howarth on 01943 465076; or Anne Wood on 0113 2843109.


Saturday, June 2, 1.50pm jubilee procession from Menston park to Menston Primary School field for fun day, led by Lord Mayor of Bradford.

Sunday, June 3, Cricket tournament, Menston Cricket Club, with refreshments and stalls.

Monday, June 4, village walk, car show with vintage vehicles and working fire engine.


Sunday, June 3, Jubilee service at All Saints Parish Church at 2.30pm.

Sunday, June 3, 1pm to 4pm – The Bay Horse Court Children’s Fete.

Sunday, June 3, Market Place jubilee street party with live music from Otley Brass Band, from 4pm.

Monday, June 4, beacons will be lit on top of Otley Chevin, 10pm to 10.30pm.


Tuesday, June 5, Pool Feast, 1pm-5pm, ends with a jubilee picnic at the Recreation Ground from 5pm.

Tuesday, June 5, fundraising jubilee ‘bake-off cake-making contest with entries submitted to the White Hart pub, cakes must arrive before 11.30am on day.

Enter into the jubilee spirit at street party

Ilkley’s main jubilee celebrations will focus on The Grove on Sunday.

Local people are being invited to bring their own tableclothes, lunch or a picnic, with tables available on The Grove from 1pm – and to enter into the spirit of the day by donning patriotic dress.

The City of Bradford Brass Band will play during the afternoon, and tea, coffee and cake will be served, courtesy of Ilkley Parish Council.

Parish Council chairman, Councillor Heathcliffe Bowen, said: “Following on from the success of the street party to celebrate the royal wedding in April last year, the parish council hopes that as many residents as possible will join them on The Grove to celebrate the unique occasion of the Diamond Jubilee.

The bells of All Saints Parish Church will also ring out during the celebrations. Volunteers will be given the chance to try their hand at ringing a church bell from 3pm to 4pm.

Crowning glory for village’s recreation site

A royal name is to be given to land in Bramhope to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The parish council is commemorating the occasion by naming an area of recreational land the Jubilee Copse.

The site, which lies in the Conservation Area, runs parallel to the main road broadly from its junction with The Birches to the Wynmore Avenue junction.

Coun Clive Fox said the parish council had acquired much of the land in recent years. It was formerly owned by the Highways Agency.

He said the parish council was carrying out an appraisal of the land and was planning to enhance it, with possible further tree planting and other improvements. It has never had a name, but is commonly referred to as the minipark.

Coun Fox said: ‘That’s something of a functional name and now we are planning to carry out some improvements there we felt it made sense to give it a proper name, and what could be more appropriate than naming it the Jubilee Copse?”

King and queen to be crowned at fete

An Otley fete is hoping to crown its very own ‘king and queen’ as part of the town’s diamond jubilee celebrations. The Bay Horse Court Children’s Fete, which takes place from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, will welcome young visitors dressed up in royalty-inspired fancy dress. The best-dressed boy and girl will be crowned and asked to lead a parade to the Market Square for the start of a street party at 4pm. The fete will include a treasure hunt, party games, face painting and a barbecue, along with a visit from Peppa Pig.

Celebration service

Churches in Bramhope are holding a joint jubilee celebration service on Sunday. It will be hosted by St Giles Church in conjunction with Bramhope Methodist Church at 9.30am. It will be followed by 1950s-style refreshments and children’s games. There will also be a Big Lunch in the grounds of the church and contributions of food will be gratefully received. People are asked to dress in red, white and blue.

Crafts for children

A fundraising craft and activity morning for children will be held at Fewston Parochial Hall as part of the village’s diamond jubilee celebrations. The event, which is for primary school and pre-school aged children and their carers, takes place from 10am to noon on Thursday, June 7, and will include a baby corner and refreshments. For more details, call Rev Camilla Denton on 0113 284 3744.

Rocking royalty

A Right Royal Rock ‘n’ Roll night will take place at High Royds Social Club, Menston, on Saturday. The Jolly Jivers will lead celebrations of the jubilee – as well as 60 years of rock ‘n’ roll – at the club, starting at 7.30pm. A bar and refreshments will be available, and admission is £4.