A Royally entertaining Bank Holiday weekend of events will be hosted by Blenheim Palace to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, with headliner Raymond Blanc OBE. 

The Blenheim Palace Food Festival will be returning for its eighth year at the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site with a special jubilee theme.

Running from June 2 to 5, the festival is perfect for foodies, family and friends and this year’s event features chef royalty in the shape of Raymond Blanc OBE, alongside Italian legend Gennaro Contaldo and Great British Bake Off’s Karen Wright.

Visitors will be able to enjoy some quintessentially British treats or a tipple or two whilst being serenaded by vintage vocal trio, The Lollipops, and the rousing tunes of brass quartet Acoustic Jass. 

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The event will be bursting with stallholders from Oxfordshire and further serving delicious produce artisan treats and homemade delights. There will also be craft beers, cocktails and mocktails.

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Exciting activities for the whole family will be there to entertain, including Twistina the amazing balloon modelling lady, gastronaut Stefan Gates’ ‘Mindblowing Food & Science Show’, a beautiful picnic area and great entertainment throughout the weekend.

Giffords Circus is a magical village green circus that tours England from the first days of spring to the first glimpse of winter. It will be stopping off at the palace’s ancient parkland from June 2 to 6.

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On Thursday, June 2 Blenheim will be joining communities across the country to light a beacon to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. As part of the celebrations an avenue of 70 trees will also be planted in the grounds.

Guests to the Palace will be able to follow a Jubilee Trail and see the dress worn by Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill who was one of the Queen’s Maids of Honour at her 1953 Coronation.

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Entry to the Food Festival is included with Palace, Park and Gardens tickets. Visitors will be able to donate the cost of the full Palace, Park and Gardens ticket and convert it to an Annual Pass. Entrance is free for Annual Pass holders with no need to book; simply show your valid pass on arrival.

Giffords Circus is a separate ticketed event with prices from £20 for adults and £10 for children.

As part of its 10 Goals, Blenheim is committed to achieving annual paying visitor numbers in excess of 750,000 and to treble its economic contribution to the local area.

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