NCF's Guide to the Jubilee

Northamptonshire Community Foundation awarded nine grants totaling £63,050.51 to voluntary and community organisations across Northamptonshire from Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund aims to ensure that thousands of people from communities across England will have the opportunity to take part in exciting creative events – all in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.

To celebrate, we have put together a guide outlining all of the events taking part across the county that have received funding from the Art’s Council England’s Let’s Create Fund. All the events are free to attend and aim to provide activities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in.


Masque Theatre - The Jubilee Tea-Party Action Committee
The Alternative Jubilee Pageant!

Sunday 5 June 12.00 p.m. & 3.00 p.m. as part of the Delapre Abbey Jubilee Celebrations (SOLD OUT)
The 3pm show will also be Live Streamed - visit Masque's website ( for the link.

Sunday 12 June, 3.00 p.m. & 5.00 p.m. - St Crispin Retirement Village, St Crispin Drive, Duston, Northampton, NN5 4RB (please park at the community centre NN5 5GJ)

Sunday 18 June, 3.00 p.m. & 5.00 p.m. - Hunsbury Library, Overslade Close, Northampton NN4 0RZ

Northampton's oldest community theatre group Masque Theatre has been working with international comedy sensation Spymonkey and The Ukelele Lady Sara Spade to bring you half an hour of stupid entertainment for free!

The Jubilee Action Tea-Party Committee are determined to welcome their very special visitor in style, but they can't quite agree on the best approach and it's all gone a bit Northampton...

Masque will be presenting the show for free in non-theatre spaces so they hope you will be able to join them even if you don't normally do theatre! It is suitable for everyone but will contain a lot of silliness, several terrible ideas and some mildly bad words.

Tickets are free but you can ensure your place by booking at .


Laugh Out Loud Theatre – Her Majesty’s Shoes
A Short Play

Saturday 4th June, 1.00 p.m. - Kettering Arts centre, Lindsay Street, Kettering, NN16 8RG
Saturday 4th June, 3.00 p.m. - Irthlingborough Community Centre, Fettledine Rd, Irthlingborough, Wellingborough NN9 5XF
Sunday 5th June, 12.30 p.m. - Stanwick Recreation Ground, Raunds Road, Stanwick, Wellingborough NN9 6PP
Sunday 5th June, 2.30 p.m. - Rushden Hall Park, 81 St. Mary's Ave, Rushden NN10 9NG
Sunday 5th June, 5.00 p.m. – Quinton Village Hall, School Lane, Quinton, Northampton, NN7 2EA

A performance of ‘Her Majesty’s Shoes’, a 30-minute play written and created by LOL Theatre featuring four professional actors.

The play is about celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s reign with a focus on how she interacts with people on a personal level. Based in a Northampton shoe factory, a case of mistaken identity ensues, and the workers on the shop floor share anecdotes of how they or a friend or family member met the Queen. All the stories are real and taken from the local community.

All the performances are free to attend and there are no tickets, people can just turn up.

The local parish councils have all contributed towards show day costs to ensure performances are free to the local communities.


Groundwork Northamptonshire - Community Tree of Hope
Community Picnic and launch of the community Tree of Hope sculpture projec

Saturday 4th June, 11.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Green Patch, Valley Walk, Kettering, NN16 0LU

A community picnic will see the launch of the Community Tree of Hope sculpture project. The day will include unusual animals and a range of performances and activities from local artists. Come on down and spread a blanket. Listen to some music. Eat cake. The event is open to everyone and there is no booking required so just turn up but please no dogs allowed.

Following the event, workshops lead by eight artists will take place for Green Patch users each week leading to the design and creation of a permanent Tree of Hope structure.


Late Developers – Jubilee Walks 2022
Photo Exhibition and Celebration Event

Saturday 18th June,  2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
West Glebe Pavilion, Cottingham Road, Corby  NN17 1SZ

Late Developers have taken part in a series of artist led photographic walks starting from various landmark positions around Corby, including rural, woodland and urban locations.

They will be holding a photo exhibition and celebration event to showcase the photos taken and maps of their walks. There will be cream teas 'and two musical interludes; one by internationally renowned Jazz singer Barb Jungr and the other by the Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir’ .

The event is free, just turn up.


Kings Cliffe & Area Community Sports Project Ltd - The Jubilee Murals - Kings Cliffe Active, 'Our Queen, Our Community, Our Art'
Community Sports Event, Café Opening and Mural Unveiling

Thursday 2nd June, 3.00 – 6.00 p.m. with mural unveiling at 5.00 p.m.
KC Active - Sports and Recreation facility in Kings Cliffe, Kingsmead, Station Rd, King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8 6YH

Community Groups such as Nassington and Kings Cliffe Scouts and Kings Cliffe Endowed Primary school have taken part in drop-in session with artist Rachel Grevatte to create a wall mural which will be used to rejuvenate the facilities and create a welcoming inclusive space for a more diverse audience.

The community contribution as well as a larger piece by Rachel will be unveiled at the Kings Cliffe and Area Sports event which will see the community café open its doors for the first time. There will also be a chance for attendees to have a go at a range of sports including Astro bowls, Astro croquet, Xplorer Orienting, archery and racquet sports.

The event is free with no booking required, just turn up.


Northampton Hope Centre - Giving Hope in the Jubilee
Art Exhibition

Friday 24th June , 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Royal & Derngate - Underground Studio, Royal & Derngate, 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP

A showcase of the talents developed through the learning4living life skills through an art exhibition, presentation of work and performance sessions inspired by the life of the Queen.

The Learning4Living is a community support service for people living in poverty,  with a tailored holistic approach to learning and gaining skills. The goal of the Learning4Living service is to empower service users to improve their well-being and confidence, and to enable them to take control of their life and build a positive future.

Free entry, just turn up.


Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire - happy@home celebration project
Queen’s Jubilee Celebratory Tea Party

Saturday 4th June
St Crispin Retirement Village, St Crispin Drive, Duston, Northampton, NN4 4RB

In partnership with St Crispin Retirement Village, users of the Happy@Home befriending service will be invited to an indoor Jubilee Street Party where there will be dancers and a singer. Lunch and a photo booth will be provided through Northamptonshire Community Foundation and guests will receive a photo album to commemorate and remember the event.

The event is open to userS of the Happy@Home befriending service and St Crispin Retirement Village Residents only.


Outside in Theatre - From Where I Stand
Combined-arts project screening

Wednesday 29th June, 5.30pm
Café Track, 18 Market Square, Northampton NN1 2DL

Working in partnership with Cafe Track (A Social Enterprise that support autistic people to access employment through training, support services and creating opportunities), Outside in Theatre have delivered a series of workshops which will result in a compelling combined-arts project inspired by the Queen’s Jubilee. There will be a screening of the project at Café Track with a presentation, food, drink and a range of creative activities to get involved in.  

The event is free but booking will be required via Outside In Theatre’s Eventbrite page: Outside In Theatre Events | Eventbrite


Power of the Minds Network - Bringing our flags together for our Queen's Jubilee
Jubilee Celebration Event

Saturday 4th June, 3.00 – 9.00 p.m.
Leicester Street Community Room, 41 Leicester Street, Northampton, NN1 3RS

A community project called ‘ Bringing our flags together for our Queen's Jubilee’. The event will include activities such as football, Muchonogoyo dance, drumming, henna art, a fashion parade and competition as well as talks from MC Zuwa on mental health well-being and the importance of community activities and networking. The celebration aims to bring people together for the Queen’s Jubilee through dance, food and uniting people from different communities.

Free entry, African cuisine and refreshments, just turn up and wear your traditional dress.