London park to hold Diamond Jubilee festival

Golders Hill Park is planning a special festival to celebrate the Queen's 60 years on the throne.

Barnet Council and the City of London Corporation are organising the event as part of the region's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and it could appeal to those enjoying London hotel deals next month.

On June 4th, the north-west London park will host live music performed by a number of local bands and professional musicians before revealing a new weathervane on top of the park's bandstand to mark the Jubilee.

There will also be children’s entertainers, various sports activities and community groups' stalls in the park during the day.

The whole event will begin at 2.45pm and continue to 10.15pm when the park's official Jubilee beacon will be lit and fireworks will be launched.

David Longstaff, cabinet member for resident engagement at the council, said: "The Diamond Jubilee Festival 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."

Michael Welbank, chairman of the Hampstead Heath management committee for the Corporation, added that the event is an ideal way for families to mark the Jubilee and encouraged those attending to bring a picnic and spend the day in the park.

There is also a special concert in the area at the Middlesex University Jubilee Concert on May 24th. Tickets are free of charge and those attending will be able to enjoy performances from leading soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, the Middlesex Singers and the Middlesex Dance Ensemble.

Concert-goers will also be to enjoy a performance of Carmina Burana directed by Adrian Peacock from BBC Music.

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