Lovely Jubilee in Bristol

2 06 2012


Wake up full of the joys of spring. It’s summer! And the start of a four-day weekend. Beginning at 12.30pm in the Louisiana bar is Dot to Dot (, the festival which in recent years has seen acts including Mumford & Sons and Ed Sheeran, and this year sees almost 100 acts take in venues across Bristol. Over in South Gloucestershire is the Bristol Jubilee Concert at Cribbs Causeway (, headlined by Pixie Lott and with support by Young Kato and Misha B. Back in Bristol, Upfest ( is happening along North Street until Monday, with artists, DJs, band and beatboxers coming together for the largest urban art festival in Europe.


In Castle Park, Love Saves the Day ( is a one-day dance music festival featuring Annie Mac, Mr Scruff and Bristol’s very own DJ Derek. If your name is Elizabeth, you can visit At-Bristol ( for free, and then enjoy a picnic in Millenium Square while watching the celebrations from London on the big screen, which include the Matthew and Pyronaut as part of the Thames flotilla.


Diamond Jubilee Downs Day (, full of events from hot air balloon rides to a storytelling tent, will culminate in the lighting of a beacon lit overlooking the Avon Gorge, part of a sequence of 2,012 lit across the world started by the Queen in London. Today is also the day for street parties, with Bristol hosting more parties than any other British city outside London. Bristol charity Streets Alive has a list of parties happening near you:


Take a listen to 12 for 2012 (, a Diamond Jubilee trail for Bristol created by Show of Strength as six writers and four actors have been inspired by Redcliffe Caves, the launch of the Miranda Guinness – the last boat built at the Charles Hill shipyard, where the ss Great Britain can now be found – and a host of other local stories. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery ( is also hosting a special day of free family activities including bunting making, and free tours of the Leonardo exhibition and even free Leonardo ice cream.



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