70s theme for Bath's Jubilee Picnic in the Park
People are being encouraged to go retro to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Bath.
The free Picnic in the Park event is being held in Royal Victoria Park on Tuesday June 5.
Organisers are suggesting people dress up in the same styles that would have been seen when the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977.
Music on the main stage includes tribute group Björn Again performing Abba hits, the Bath Philharmonia Orchestra, and local bands such as Blonde on Blonde, The Lash, Eden and the BA1 Records Roster.
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Organised by Bath Music Plus and Bath and North East Somerset Council, the event will be hosted by BBC Radio Bristol presenters Steve Le Fevre, John Darvall and Ben Prater, and follows a similar one for last year’s royal wedding.
Gates open at 10am and the entertainment begins at 11am with big screen coverage of celebrations in London.
Co-founder of Bath Music Plus Phil Castang said: “We want to do something that recreates the excitement and enthusiasm from the royal wedding event to bring a touch of 70s glamour to Bath.
“Many people have fond Jubilee street party memories.
“Abba were just about the biggest band in the world of that era and their songs have passed into popular consciousness.
“What better excuse to glam up, grab a Union Jack and head for Bath’s best-known park to picnic and party the special bank holiday away?”
Children aged from five to 11 will be encouraged to get creative in a play tent run by Bath Area Play Project.
There will be the chance to decorate a throne, have faces painted, make masks or play on the bouncy castle.
Workshops end with a Diamond Jubilee children’s parade at 5pm.
B&NES Council divisional director of tourism, leisure and culture David Lawrence added: “We are delighted to support this family-friendly free public event at Royal Victoria Park on a national day of celebration.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together and celebrate with music and dancing - we look forward to seeing families enjoying this extra-special bank holiday in the wonderful setting of one the UK’s most beautiful green spaces.”
People are encouraged to bring a picnic but there will be a no-glass policy at the event.
Full details are at bathmusicplus.co.uk.