Communities gearing up to mark Queen’s 90th birthday

The Queen. Picture by Stuart C Wilson/PA Wire
The Queen. Picture by Stuart C Wilson/PA Wire

Special events are taking place in various north Northumberland communities this weekend to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The local festivities are being held in conjunction with a weekend of national celebrations to honour the milestone.

Alnmouth: A village party is being held on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm in Pease’s Park.

Entertainment includes a children’s fancy-dress competition themed around storybook characters, with judging at 4pm. There will also be a tug of war (maximum eight per team) at 3pm and teams are welcome. Refreshments, by Alnmouth WI, include cream scones, cakes and savouries.

Alnwick: Shepherds Fest is taking place on Saturday at The Shepherd’s Rest Caravan Park from 1pm to 10pm.

It will feature live music from bands and solo artists. There will also be a DJ, beer tent, craft stalls, Slaters Funfair, a bouncy castle, face-painting, hog roast and barbecue. Money is being raised for Alnwick Round Table, Alnwick Lights Committee, Alnwick Lions and Alnwick International Music Festival.

The event is all-ticket, which are £10 adults, £3 children, available from The Shepherds Rest, The George Inn, Sun Vision and Mivesi – all in Alnwick – or by emailing

Abbeyfield Care Alnwick is holding a street party for residents and their families on Sunday, followed by a church celebration in the home on Monday, with a selection of favourite hymns and tea and cake to follow. All welcome.

Beadnell: St Ebba’s Church is holding an exhibition of Royal memorabilia from the UK and the Commonwealth and will have floral decorations. It runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, with refreshments available. On Sunday, at 6pm, there will be a church service to commemorate the Queen with words and music. All are welcome.

Ellingham: St Maurice Church will be open 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, featuring special flower arrangements, children’s art display, photographs of special occasions and recollections of yesteryears.

St Maurice Church has particularly interesting stained glass windows and these will be accompanied by scripts. Refreshments available.

Rothbury: A thanksgiving service will be held in All Saints Church at 10.15am on Sunday. This will be followed by a celebratory ring of bells in Market Place at 11.30am. At noon, there will be a children’s crown parade and then games and fair rides from 12.30pm, followed by a children’s street party tea in Church Street (booking essential, visit At 5pm, street food traders will open at Haw Hill and at 5.30pm there will be live music on the URC stage. In the event of rain, proceedings will move to the Jubilee Hall.

Seahouses: St Paul’s Church in North Sunderland will be open on Saturday and Sunday for a display of memorabilia from the Old Parish of Bamburgh Local History Archives. There will be a community service open to all on Saturday at 6pm.

On Sunday, there will be a Royal garden party in the church grounds at 2pm with a brass band. All welcome.

Shilbottle: A tea party/supper is being held in The Haven tomorrow at 6.30pm. The church is holding a service on Sunday at 10am.

Wooler: On Sunday, a party will take place at Scott’s Park from 1pm to 4pm. There will be singing, dancing, games, fancy-dress and demonstrations by some local groups. Bring your own food, but refreshments available.