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Southampton is set for some pretty special celebrations for the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend. It will be nothing short of spectacular with champagne corks popping a display by the magnificent Red Arrows and a massive fireworks display when three of the Cunard fleet leave dock.
The celebrations do not stop there though as throughout the day there will be talks on board the Cunard ships with guest speakers with Royal connections and a display of art including pieces by HRH The Prince of Wales, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Lord Snowdon aboard all three ships.
Also, a rare tawny port especially released for Cunard’s Jubilee Cruises will be on sale. Furthermore, all the Cunard ships will also be holding a Grand Ball and dinner on 6th June with a souvenir menu detailing the company’s 74 year association with the Queen. The Royal Procession through the country’s capital will be shown on screens around the vessels.
P&O Cruises will be offering a Gala Dinner with a toast to the Queen. Each of the fleet will also be holding a street party on board with a tea dance. The children will be actively involved in creating the bunting for the street parties.
Fred Olsen cruises will get into the party spirit with red, white and blue menu’s, bunting, Union Jacks, old fashioned sing-a-longs and a multitude of ‘British’ themed activities.
Princess Cruises Grand Princess will have a brass band send off and will have a ‘British Invasion’ theme with pub quizzes, a party on deck, British movies, singers and comedians. Royal historian Janet Campbell will give lectures. There will be a party on board with strawberries and cream, Pimms, British Ales and Ciders and a huge Jubilee cake will be displayed in the Atrium.
Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the seas is holding a Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch on 3rd June. With over 3500 guests they recon on it being one of the biggest parties to celebrate the Queen’s 60 year reign as our sovereign.
Special dishes British Classics to be served over the weekend will include prawn cocktail, roast beef, bread and butter pudding, beer battered fish and chips, steak and kidney pie, Cumberland sausages and mash and strawberries and cream and cupcakes. The ship will be decked out in red, white and blue bunting and passengers will be given flags to wave as well as enjoying live music there will be specialist ice sculptors on board, displaying their work. On 4th June, the ships entertainment staff will perform ‘Rock Britannia’ on the promenade deck.
Voyages of Discovery will host a Royal Getaway party serving bacon butties, English muffins and a variety of Jubilee cocktails. Dinner will include fresh turbot with champagne cream sauce and caviar with a lobster beignet and black Angus beef filet Wellington with sauce perigourdine.
The world famous Red Arrows are to be an extra highlight to the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations this year, with seven of their modified BAE Hawk T1 aircraft’s.
On the 5th of June at what is expected to be the biggest event of its kind outside London, the Cunard Ships Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary II will take part in a staggering event.
The three Queens (as Cunard like to call them) all of which were named by Her Majesty will sail up the Solent surrounded by a flotilla of small ships and finally arrive to berth in Southampton docks.
The Red Arrows Display starting at 6pm is expected to last around 25 Minutes, and will centre around the Marchwood area of the docks.
After the aerial display the three ships will then leave the dock and make their way down the Solent, as darkness falls this will climax with a massive fireworks display, Mayflower park being the best vantage point for anyone wanting to witness these spectacular events. Good viewing is also available at Hythe Marina and Town Quay, and is expected to be a little quieter.
Please note there will be NO public parking around Mayflower Park, the use of city centre car parks is highly recommended.
The Red Arrows will fly over Thanet again this summer when the Big Event returns to Margate.
The annual event, the only free land and air festival in the county, will thrill revellers over the Father’s Day weekend of June 20-21.
Now in its third year, a bigger and better line-up than ever before has been promised by organiser Thanet council.
As well as the air show featuring the famous RAF display team in the skies over Palm Bay, there will be a mixture of live music, street performances and much more to keep fun-seekers entertained.
Among the aircraft taking to the skies will be the Typhoon, the Hawk and the Tutor.
There will also be a nostalgic flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and, for the first time in the South East, the new UK-based Team Viper flying strikemasters, who will be performing on the Sunday.
Open from 10am-10pm on the Saturday, and from 10.30am-6pm on the Sunday, there will be a different programme each day.
Visitors will also be treated to a 1970s tribute concert on the Saturday evening with a fireworks finale.
John Bunnett, deputy chief executive of Thanet council, said:“Margate’s Big Event is undoubtedly one of the highlights of Thanet’s calendar.
“It is Kent’s leading land and air festival and it is a superb event, as the 65,000 visitors who attended last year know.
“Best of all, it’s a free weekend packed with family fun and entertainment. It really is not to be missed and we look forward to welcoming the crowds back again this year.”
A free shuttle-bus will run throughout from Margate station, with parking available opposite the site at £5.
You can visit www.thanet.gov.uk/margatesbigevent for more details.