Her Majesty the Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee and the National Trust will be commemorating this historic occasion in a number of ways at the places the charity cares for across the bank holiday weekend from 2nd-5th June. 

More than 2,000 meters of bunting will adorn National Trust places across the South West during the Jubilee weekend and 15 places across the region will be joining other landmarks around the country in lighting beacons on 2nd June.  A host of Jubilee events are taking place, from Jubilee themed picnics, Jubilee trails with knitted crowns guiding you along the way to live music performances all topped off with metres and metres of bunting adorning National Trust places all across the South West. The Trust has also taking part in The Queen's Green Canopy, an initiative which encourages everyone to 'Plant a Tree for the Jubilee'. Hundreds of trees are being planted throughout the year at Trust places to include many exciting projects such as recreating tree avenues.

In Devon, you can join in the fun at Arlington Court and Knightshayes. Arlington Court will be having a week-long garden party with a special jubilee cake on offer in the tea-room. Bring your own picnic, enjoy games on the lawn and have a go at decorating your own bunting. Meanwhile, at Knightshayes, there will be Jubilee flower arrangements created with flowers from the gardens. Crafty Kings and Queen’s activities over the Jubilee weekend and Uncle Tacko’s Promenade Entertainment in the formal garden on the Sunday along with giant games in the formal gardens throughout the week.

Hilary McGrady, Director-General of the National Trust, said: “As part of the celebrations, the Trust is proud to take part in the lighting of historic beacons, from Mow Top with its views of the Staffordshire Moorlands, to Cornwall's Chapel Corn Brea, Britain's westernmost hill. They will continue a royal tradition, with beacons illuminating the landscape just as they did for Her Majesty's Golden and Diamond Jubilees.”

For more information about the Trust's jubilee events, click here.