Horsham town tea party and bus tours of the South Downs for Diamond Jubilee

HOR 290411 Royal wedding street party in Percy Road, Horsham. photo by derek martin
HOR 290411 Royal wedding street party in Percy Road, Horsham. photo by derek martin

TO CELEBRATE Her Majesty the Queen’s 60 years on the throne in June 2012, Horsham District Council, along with its business and community partners, is planning a celebratory Jubilee Tea Party in Horsham town centre on Monday 4 June 2012.

The tea party will start at 12noon until 5pm and the plan is to have fun activities in at least three areas of the town.

Each area will be celebrating a different twenty year period of Her Majesty’s reign with classic period vehicles, music, dance, art, face painting, fancy dress competitions and other attractions.

There will be a number of stalls selling tea, cake and sandwiches in each area and town centre businesses are being encouraged to join in the party by opening on the day and dressing their windows and themselves for the occasion.

In the Carfax, event goers will be celebrating the fifties and sixties, while West Street and the Shelley Fountain area will celebrate the seventies and eighties and The Forum will feature the nineties and noughties.

Other areas of the town are being invited to join in as well.

Southdown Historic Vehicles will be organising a fantastic bus rally at Hop Oast Park and Ride featuring at least 20 period vehicles and it will be operating a special running day recreating many of the old bus routes from Horsham to the surrounding towns and villages.

A special open top service will be operated around the town.

Queen Elizabeth II Foundation will be the nominated charity on the day and will be running a public interactive art project with their students.

More event highlights will be confirmed as plans are developed further but there will definitely be a fancy dress competition so start sorting out your flairs, kipper ties and winkle pickers now.

The event is being run by Horsham District Council in partnership with Horsham Unlimited and Horsham Markets, Queen Elizabeth II School, Horsham Festival of Sound, Berkeley Homes, Southdown Historic Vehicles, South East Hearing Centres, Heart radio and other partners are still to be confirmed.

It is unlikely that a beacon lighting in Horsham will go ahead so the primary focus will be on the daytime town centre event, which is set to be a day that the whole family will enjoy.

The Council is also encouraging local communities within the District to run their own street parties and is generously waiving the fee for road closures needed for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Those planning a street party have until Monday 14 May 2012 to submit their applications for a road closure.

Information about applying for a temporary road closure is available on the Horsham District Council’s event page.

Horsham District Council has also commissioned a project that will remodel one of the key access points to Horsham Park.

This includes a piece of public art and a dedication stone at the park’s Diamond Jubilee entrance.

This work has been funded from local development contributions and is situated close to the park’s Lottery funded Human Nature Garden, which itself was only completed in 2011 and received favourable feedback.

For more information about the Jubilee Tea Party, visit the website Horsham District Council website, call 01403 215279 or email events@horsham.gov.uk