The Royal Hospital School is hosting a Festival of the Sea weekend of celebrations to celebrate HM The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The Countess of Euston, H.M. Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, invited the School to host such an event due to our Naval heritage and our close links to the Royal Navy.

This is one of many events being run as part of the Festival of Suffolk. Many counties in the UK are also hosting a Festival of the Sea, including Suffolk, which is taking place on the weekend after our celebrations (18/19 June). 

SATURDAY 11 JUNE, 13:00-17:00



Queen's Jubilee Sailing Regatta - RHS vs Royal Navy (Alton Water)
Climbing wall
Remote control warships


13:15 Motley Crew
13:30 RHS Band and Guard Display
13:45 Royal Marines Display Team
14:00 RHS Field Gun Display
15:00 Royal Navy Parachute Display Team  - The "Raiders"
15:45 RHS Band and Guard Display
16:00 RHS Field Gun Display
16:15 Motley Crew



The event is open to the public and free of charge to attend. Please see map and programme below. The site does not have much shade, so please do wear sunscreen and hats if sunny, and bring umbrellas if rain is forecast.

Parking - This will be available nearby at Alton Water (paid parking) which is a five minute walk away; we will have a drop-off zone at the front of school to allow for easy access. SATNAV: IP9 2RX

Accessibility and blue badge holder parking - This will be available on the school site, but please note that activities will take place on different levels and terrain. Accessible toilets will be available in the Music School.

Refreshments - These will be available to purchase and guests are welcome to bring rugs to picnic in the grounds. A water source will be available to refill water bottles.

Dogs - We do not recommend bringing dogs due to bangs and flares being used at the event; if you do bring them, they must be kept on a lead at all times.

Rubbish - We will have some waste bins on site, but we kindly ask that you take your litter home and recycle it where possible.

We have teamed up with the Royal Navy and other nautical associations to provide a wonderful afternoon of activities, displays and stalls for all the family to enjoy.

Highlights include the Royal Navy Parachute and Royal Marines Display Teams!



'Musical Picnic in the Park'
The Royal Marines School of Music Band & the Royal Hospital School Band
Joint Concert (15:00)

We are delighted to welcome back to RHS the incredibly talented musicians from the Royal Marines School of Music. The strong connection between the RM Band Service and RHS goes back a long way and we are delighted that they have, once again, accepted our invitation to join forces.

Bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds of the Royal Hospital School whilst listening to the concert. A limited amount of parking will be available on the parade ground; please car share where possible. Free parking will be open from 2pm - please follow the signs and park where directed. (The concert will be moved into the Assembly Hall in the event of inclement weather). 

Complimentary tickets must be pre-booked via this link: Musical Picnic in the Park

Jubilee Thanksgiving Service
The Royal Marines School of Music Band & Holbrook Choral Society 
Joint Service with local Churches & Parishes (17:00)

The Royal Hospital School is proud to host a special Service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee as part of the Festival of Suffolk and our Festival of the Sea.

In partnership with the Royal Marines School of Music Band, the Holbrook Choral Society and churches of the local area, this special service will feature music performed at the 1953 Coronation, including Parry's iconic anthem 'I was Glad'', Handel's 'Zadok The Priest' and William Walton's 'Coronation Te Deum'. The service will take place in the magnificent setting of the Royal Hospital School chapel.

Complimentary tickets should be booked in advance via this link: Service of ThanksgivingParking will be available on the parade ground; please car share where possible.

If you have any queries, please contact us on 01473 326200 or email reception@royalhospitalschool.org

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