The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: a round-up of events in Scotland

This weekend sees the country marking 60 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, with Diamond Jubilee celebrations taking place all over the UK.

Scotland will be celebrating in style over the next few days, and here is a run-down of just some of the events that will be taking place.

Saturday June 2
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, North Inch, Perth

A fantastic free event for all the family in the heart of Scotland’s newest city. Think picnics, musical performances and parades, all in a lovely green space, from 11am until 4pm.

The Kilt Run, Perth
The Perth Kilt Run is a world breaking record attempt to set a new record for the world’s largest kilt race. The event is a five mile run starting at 12.30pm and is open to anyone aged 15 years or over. It costs £10 to enter the race and an optional £24 to hire a kilt.

Jubilee Tea Dance, Lauder
A Living History exhibition based around local experiences of the Coronation and Jubilees past. Afternoon tea served from 4-6.30pm with live musical accompaniment and old time dancing led by local dance groups. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £4 for seniors, £1 for children or £10 for a family.

Sunday, June 3
Food from Four Nations, Dumfries and Galloway

The Drumlanrig Tearoom is taking part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch Sunday initiative by offering delicious menus taken from each of the four nations of the United Kingdom. Musicians will also be in attendance to entertain visitors, and the resident falconer will be demonstrating the amazing flying prowess of his magnificent raptors.

The Big Jubilee Lunch, Angus
People are encouraged to share lunch with friends and neighbours as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. This could take the form of a traditional street party or a picnic lunch in small or larger groups or even a gathering in the back garden, park or community hall.

Monday, June 4
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, Scone Palace

Celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Scone Palace where you can enjoy traditional afternoon tea in the coffee shops or on the lawn at the front of the Palace. If the sun is shining, why not bring along your own picnic to enjoy within the grounds and gardens. There will be live music from 12 until 4pm and a bottle of champagne for the best Jubilee outfit.

Handel’s Royal Music, Edinburgh
The Academy of Ancient Music and the Choir of the AAM will be in Edinburgh following the London celebrations to perform Handel’s Royal Music in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as part of the River Thames Pageant.

Tuesday, June 5
Friends of the Byre Jubilee Dinner, St Andrews

The Friends of the Byre will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with a dinner in the Kingarroch at the Byre Restaurant, with evening entertainment from Donna Hazelton, Jimmy Spankie & Alan Tricker.

Haddo House Street Party, Aberdeenshire
Haddo House is hosting a very special street party in the courtyard with a Jubilee-themed menu and children’s crafts. Visitors will also get the chance to explore the recently acquired south wing of the house.

Bank Holiday weekend events
A Right Royal Weekend, Selkirk

Bowhill Country Estate in Selkirk is hosting a Right Royal Weekend to celebrate the Jubilee. From Saturday until Tuesday, families can enjoy the Princess and Frog trail around the Estate, or why not try your hand at crownmaking? For adults, come and visit the Costume Room to see how the gentry used to dress. For entry to the Country house, tickets cost £8 for adults and £3.50 for children, and entry to the Estate and Gardens costs £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.

Diamond Jubilee Weekend Fun, Dalkeith
From Saturday until Tuesday, Dalkeith Country Estate will be treating visitors of all ages to a whole host of fun attractions including the revamped adventure playground, complete with new slides and climbing nets. For families, the highlight of the adventure-filled weekend will be animal petting, and kids can also soak up the holiday atmosphere with balloons, crafts, face painting and a bouncy castle. For adults, why not spend some time in the Stables tearoom and enjoy some celebratory home baking, or take a tour of the estate to find out more about the historic oak woods and the animals. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £12 for families.

Royal Weekend of Fun, Stirling Castle
On Saturday and Sunday, Stirling Castle will be taking visitors back in time to the Royal Court of the 16th century and will be hosting a wide variety of events and activities sure to suit all ages. Some of the highlights include sword fighting and a sneak peek at some of the Royal fashions from past years.

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