Storyhouse is joining in the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this spring with a host of special events and activities.
The jubilee, marking 70 years since HRH Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne, is being celebrated with a long Bank Holiday weekend next month.
At Storyhouse the fun begins on Saturday and Sunday, 28-29 May, when there is a chance for youngsters to design and create their own bunting – either to decorate the library or to take home. All the bunting will be crafted from recycled materials.
Then on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June, why not design and send a postcard to send to the Queen herself? There will be a special jubilee post box in the Den, and Storyhouse staff will be on hand to make sure the cards are sent on for the Queen to enjoy.
And on the weekend 4-5 June head to Storyhouse to design and make your own crown which you can wear in a parade at the end of each day.
The sessions from 2-5 June are aimed at young children and their families. They run from 11-4pm daily in The Den, and no booking is required.
Meanwhile the Queen herself will grace the big screen at Storyhouse with the cinema playing host to a unique and stunning new feature documentary Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts.
Directed by the late Roger Mitchell (Notting Hill, The Duke), the film is a nostalgic and uplifting modern chronicle of the extraordinary 70-year reign of Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch and longest-serving woman head of state in history.
It will be screened on 25 May and 1-2 June.
And at Grosvenor Park there is another ‘queen’ in attendance over the jubilee weekend – the Queen of Hearts.
Alice’s Adventure, an enchanting new walkabout theatre experience for youngsters and their families, takes over the paths and glades of the park from 25 May to 10 June.
The magical new adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic invites audiences to follow his story from one location to the next, using a special map and collecting stamps along the way – as well as meeting a cast of curious characters including the Queen of Hearts, Dormouse, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and, of course, Alice herself.
Back at Storyhouse, there will also be tempting jubilee-themed treats on the menu in the Kitchen and bar including some special cocktails such as a Beefeater gin-based cocktail infused with Earl Grey tea, Jubilee themed cakes, plus Coronation Chicken, which was originally created as part of the Queen’s Coronation celebrations in 1953.
Storyhouse creative director Suzie Henderson says: “The Platinum Jubilee is a fantastic opportunity for all of us, young and old, not just to mark the reign of the longest ever serving British monarch but also to spend important time together as families and communities in a shared celebration.
“People all over the country are planning street parties and picnics, concerts and exhibitions, tree plantings, parades and the lighting of beacons.
“Here at Storyhouse we’re organising a series of events to appeal to young visitors and their families “
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Venue: The Library
Date: Saturday, 28 May – Sunday, 29 May
Design a Postcard for the Queen
Venue: The Den
Date: Thursday, 2 June – Friday, 3 June
Make a Crown Craft
Venue: The Den
Date: Saturday, 4 June – Sunday, 5 June
Elizabeth: A Portrait in Parts
Venue: Storyhouse Cinema
Date: Wednesday, 25 May, Wednesday 1 June – Thursday 2 June
Time: 6pm (25 May/1 June), 3pm Silver Screening (2 June)
Tickets: £9.50/£8.55 Storyhouse Members, £8.50/£7.65 screenings before 5pm, £7/£6.30 aged under 26.
Date: Wednesday, 25 May – Wednesday, 10 June
Time: Timed tickets from 10am to 4.30pm
Tickets: £5/£4.50 for Storyhouse Members. One adult goes free with each paid-for child.
Storyhouse is one of the UK’s foremost cultural centres incorporating a library, theatres and a cinema. It is one of the country’s most successful arts buildings, with more than one million customer visits each year.
The pioneering new library within Storyhouse, where members of the community work alongside city librarians, boasts the longest opening hours of any UK public library and is open every day until 11pm. It runs over 2,000 sessions a year for marginalised communities
The company also runs a highly successful theatre company and the country’s most successful regional open-air theatre, in the city’s Grosvenor Park and Moonlight Flicks open air cinema.
Storyhouse currently holds the official title as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre and was the overall national winner in the 2018 Guardian Public Service Awards
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