The Royal Hospital School is hosting a Festival of the Sea weekend of celebrations to celebrate 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

We have teamed up with the Royal Navy and other nautical associations to provide a wonderful afternoon of celebrations for all the family to enjoy. The event is open to the public and free of charge to attend; parking will be made available nearby (details to follow). Refreshments will be available to purchase and guests are welcome to bring rugs to picnic in the grounds. Displays, stalls and activities will run throughout the afternoon - a more detailed format of the day will be available soon.

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

Saturday 11 June, Evening Events


'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. 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 Suffolk 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 Thanksgiving

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