Bear Den at Darle and the Bear where champagne, cream teas and art can be enjoyed over the jubilee weekend

1) Blenheim Palace Food Festival runs from Thursday June 2 – Sunday June 5 with a special jubilee theme and features chef royalty in the shape of Raymond Blanc OBE, alongside Italian legend Gennaro Contaldo and Great British Bake Off’s Karen Wright. Bursting with delicious produce, stalls, artisan treats, homemade delights, craft beers, cocktails and mocktails you can also visit the Jubilee Garden, enjoy family activities from Twistina the amazing balloon modelling lady to Stefan Gates’ ‘Mindblowing Food & Science Show’, vintage vocal trio The Lollipops and brass quartet Acoustic Jass. Book at http://www.blenheimpalace.com

Blenheim Palace Food Festival

2) Enjoy Darle and The Bear’s ‘Jubilee Garden Party’ in its new Bear Den cafe in Woodstock where you can also catch Toby Rainbird’s new exhibition. Open throughout the bank holiday weekend (June 3-6) from 10am – 4.30pm when you can expect champagne and cream teas to celebrate.

Toby Rainbird at Darle and the Bear in Woodstock

3) Yurt at Nicholsons – The Best of British Jubilee Special Until June 4. Celebrating the best of British ingredients throughout the week with an exciting menu which showcases its trusty, local suppliers. From North Aston Organics’ radishes and fresh salad leaves, Forge House Bakery‘s sourdough and Rectory Farm’s sweet strawberries with clotted cream and meringue. What’s not to like? Go to https://www.nicholsonsgb.com/yurt/events-june/ or read about it here” https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/exclusive-head-chef-andrew-carr-takes-over-the-sustainable-yurt-at-nicholsons-we-want-to-be-a-destination-restaurant/

Best of British at Nicholsons Yurt runs throughout the Jubilee weekend

4) OXFORD PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL – Saturday June 4 – There’s so much going on ALL DAY (read about it here https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/top-picks-the-witney-and-oxford-pride-festivals-kick-off-today-with-a-week-long-programme-of-events-two-stages-20-acts-and-two-parades/) starting with the Drag Brunch from 10am – 12 noon at The White Rabbit, Oxford. Book at https://bit.ly/3Lib8Df. Then join the Pride Parade (meet from 11am at Radcliffe Square) and Pride Day – 12 noon-6pm at Oxford Castle Quarter and Leiden Square which includes Abba Dream, Sisters of Funk, Amrick ChannaAlessia; chiika; Billy & Louie. The Paradise Street Party at Jolly Farmers kicks off from 12-10pm with DJs, dancing and three bars. The Official Pride After Party from 9pm-6am is at The Plush Lounge, Oxford – Eight hours of laughing, dancing, and partying. DJ Ryan on the decks. Tickets: www.fixr.co/organiser/PlushOxford

ABBA DREAM are at Oxford Pride Festival

5) Five little Pigs, Wallingford. The hugely popular restaurant is gearing up for a busy Jubilee week starting on Wednesday evening (June 1) with live music from Los Gusanos at 6.30pm. On Thursday (2nd June) expect a splendid twist on afternoon tea full of local and seasonal ingredients and a glass of something local and fizzy from Hundred Hills Wine. A hog roast is then planned over the weekend.

Sam, Aimee and Rob at Five Little Pigs

6) Greyhound, Letcombe Regis – Head chef Martin Sherriff has devised a delicious Platinum Jubilee three course menu especially to mark the occasion all weekend. On Friday afternoon enjoy forget LIVE MUSIC from Nina, Jade and Nick in the garden from 3pm-5.30pm. To catch a BBQ meal beforehand please book a table and pop in from midday. https://www.thegreyhoundletcombe.co.uk

The Greyhound team are ready to welcome you this weekend

7) Nettlebed Creamery is getting very excited about its Jubilee Celebrations taking place on Thursday 2nd June, from 5pm. ​​​​​​​​Expect Bertie Slippers​​​​​​​​, children’s face-painting​​​​​​​​, sausages supplied by Blue Tin Farm Shop​​​​​​​​, toasties at The Cheese Shed​​​​​​​​, a bar, Purdy and her band,​​​​​St Bartholomew Church bell ringing​​​​​​​​, Purdy and her band​​​​​​​​ and then the grand procession to the beacon​​​​​​​​ and the lighting of the beacon, a bonfire and fireworks.

8) Giffords – The sights and sounds of rural Mexico are being evoked in this year’s Gifford’s Circus show ¡Carpa! Along with Tweedy the Clown, enjoy fellow clown Adriana Duch, juggler Gordon Marquez and vaulting and pas de deux act the Donnert Family at Blenheim Palace from June 2-6. https://giffordscircus.com/location/blenheim-palace/

Giffords: Anna Rastova Trapeze Artist. Pic Gem Hall

9) Waggon and Horses, Southmoor – Jubilee plans are in full swing with the Stagshed Bar and Hog roast on Thursday 2 at Millennium Green and live music on Friday with Laura Jones.

The Waggon and Horses team

10) Double Red Duke, Clanfield – Join The Duke’s Jubilee Tea Party on June 2nd from 3pm! Come and celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in style with the Duke’s Afternoon Tea, Croquet on the lawn, salads, sandwiches and cakes from Blake’s. Book at https://www.countrycreatures.com/double-red-duke/book-a-table/

The Double Red Duke in Clanfield

11) The Anchor, North Oxford is having a right royal knees up from Thursday with a paella and tapas pop up followed on Friday with a Jubilee BBQ lunch & DJ. On Saturday it’s all about the music – funk, soul, jazz and disco DJ’s reign supreme all day and on Sunday book in for roasts, or a taco pop up from 5pm.

Pop up food night at The Anchor. Credit: The Good Eaters Guide

12) Farm & Table, Wykham Park Farm, Banbury – What a way to celebrate – a five course seasonal tasting menu cooked and prepared by the wonderful Pawel Walkiewicz on Thursday June 2. Costs £50 per person. Book at 01295 256500.

Pawel Walkiewicz at Farm and Table at Wykham Park

13) Hollybush, Witney –  Thursday June 2 – Get down for The Queen’s Jubilee Picnic served in conjunction with a timely 1/2 price Champagne event ALL DAY!! https://www.hollybushwitney.com/food-drink-1

Luke, Alex and Simon at The Hollybush are ready to welcome you this weekend

14) Oxford’s Covered Market is running two competitions: a Jubilee shop window display competition as well as Spot The Corgi for you to take part in.

The Covered Market, Oxford. Picture by Ed Nix