Aldershot’s Victoria Day is back after two years away, and Rushmoor Borough Council is inviting local people to ‘bee’ ready for a day filled with fun and flowers.
Taking place on Saturday 11 June from 10am to 4pm, Victoria Day celebrates Aldershot’s links to Queen Victoria, as well as the town’s proud history as the home of the British army.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Blossoms and Bees’ and the highlight of the day will be the grand parade through the town centre, setting off from the Princes Hall at 11am. The colourful parade will feature local school children, community groups, marching and samba bands, dancers, cadets, scouts, classic cars and more. Led by Aldershot's very own Queen Victoria, Betty Bryce.
Parade participants are being encouraged to dress up and enter the spirit of the day wearing hats and outfits decorated with flowers and costumes inspired by bumble bees, butterflies, and garden creatures.
Several local schools are already signed-up to be part of the parade including St. Michael's Infant and Junior Schools and Talavera Infants and Junior Schools. It is not too late to sign up to take part in the parade.
There will be a party atmosphere all day with live music and entertainment across three stages in Princes Gardens and in Wellington and Union Streets. Fuzz Universe, the Rushmoor Concert Band, Nirzari Belly Dance, Jack Mason, Kings Pond Shantymen and Stopgap Dance are just some of the acts and groups set to perform.
Carrying on the floral theme, visitors can visit a giant lotus blossom which will be on display in Princes Gardens from midday to 2pm.
There will be around 50 craft, food, and community stalls across the town centre as well as hands on creepy crawly encounters and local beekeepers. There will be lots of free family activities such as circus fun with Juggling Jake, Lego brick building, pedal powered smoothie bikes and bee themed crafts. Fun fair rides and face painting will also be available for a small cost.
Councillor Adrian Newell, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economy at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “Victoria Day has always been a highlight of the town’s calendar, bringing the whole community together for a day of live music, entertainment and family fun and we are thrilled to have it back.”
Volunteers from the Aldershot Community Together group will be getting involved on the day and helping with activities and as parade marshals. Anyone who would like to get involved can email firstname.lastname@example.org or look for Aldershot Community Together on Facebook.
Victoria Day is sponsored by Grainger PLC, Farnborough International, Casa Clubs, Weston Homes, nDreams, Aldershot Cricket Club, Menzies LLP Farnborough, Fosters Sales & Lettings, CostCo and Shaun Jackson Photography.
Further information about the event is available on our Victoria Day page.