The Festival of the Sea marked the end of our month-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Countess of Euston, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, invited us to host a weekend of nautical activities the event due to our Naval heritage and close links to the Royal Navy. 

Thank you to everyone who attended or helped with our Festival of the Sea. An estimated 3,000 people visited the school during the course of the weekend. We are grateful to all the stall holders, display teams, caterers, organisers and volunteers who came together to put on such a wonderful celebration and we hope everyone had a good time. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to welcoming you back soon to the Royal Hospital School.

We've put together some photo galleries, video and news coverage for you to enjoy.


The afternoon of Saturday 11 June saw visitors given the rare opportunity to witness the skills of the Royal Navy Parachute and Royal Marines display teams; the RHS Marching Band, Corps of Drums and Guard; and the RHS Navy Field Gun Crews. Sea shanty singers entertained the crowds and there were nautical stalls to peruse and activities to take part in, plus a sailing regatta between the Royal Navy and the school.

The Nautical Ball was preceded by a Sunset Ceremony after which guests enjoyed a fantastic dinner and danced the night away.


Sunday started with a Musical Picnic in the Park concert that saw the combined talents of the Royal Marines School of Music Band, the RHS Marching Band, Corps of Drums and soloists entertain the audience.

The good weather continued to hold out as guests enjoyed the concert in the stunning scenery overlooking the River Stour.

The weekend closed with a Thanksgiving Service, with music by the Royal Marines School of Music Brass Quintet and the Royal Hospital School Chapel Choir along with members of the Holbrook Choral Society and local church choirs.

VIP guests included The Countess of Euston, the High Sheriff of Suffolk, the Lord Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich and other dignitaries.



“Since 1933, RHS has been at the heart of the Holbrook community in Suffolk, enjoying active links to the Royal Navy and the Royal Family, inspiring generations of young people to help shape the best possible future for our country. What better way to celebrate the spirit of the Jubilee than to have a spectacular family fun weekend at the Royal Hospital School?” 
Mark Pendlington
Chairman of the Festival of Suffolk and Chair of Governors at RHS