A SCARECROW trail, street parties, games and musical shows are among the many activities being planned across Didcot and surrounding villages as the area celebrates the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this weekend.

The town council and community groups have organised a programme of events to take place from tomorrow to Sunday as the town celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's record 70 years on the throne.

Mayor Pam Siggers said she was looking forward to the events, saying the celebrations were a "unique and special" thing.

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"It's something we'll look back on," she said. "I still remember the Silver Jubilee in 1977 – it's something that sticks in my mind.

"Hopefully people in Didcot, especially younger ones, will remember this as something really special.

"It's really important that we try to do different things like family fun days and street parties so  everyone recognises that it's a special time."

Royal-themed scarecrows have been hidden around East Hagbourne until Sunday, June 19. Maps are £1 from the community shop in New Road.

From 11am to 7pm the town council have organised a "celebratory fun day" at the Civic Hall in Britwell Road.

Entry to the event is free where there will be stalls, performances, a bouncy castle, games, an outside bar, food, and a "giant" sandpit.

This Friday, The Marlborough Club in Broadway is hosting a live music event with band Now + Then, an electric band from Melbourne, performing.

Non members are welcome to the event, which starts at noon, and will also include afternoon tea, "old-fashioned" sports races, stalls, and an opportunity to win a "wheelbarrow of booze".

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The club is also hosting a "family fun day" on Sunday from 2pm which will include a barbecue, bar, bouncy castles, glitter tattoos, stalls and more. Entrance is free and non-members are also welcome.

Celebrations are also taking place at Boundary Park this Friday from 1pm-11pm. Organised by Style Acre, which supports 288 people with learning disabilities and autism across Oxfordshire, the event will include a variety of family activities which are free to attend.

This includes a beer tent, film and music throughout the decades, a tearoom, food vans, circus workshops, children's "mini raves", fairground rides, a bouncy castle, a silence disco, vintage cars and more.

On the same day, there will be a barbecue at Didcot Baptist Church in Wantage Road from 2.30pm. It will include stalls, crafts, a quiz and cream tea.

The annual Harwell Feast, which takes place at the Harwell Recreation Ground, will take place on Saturday from 11am to 4pm, starting with a street parade through the village.

The usual performances will take place as well as stalls, refreshments, and children's events. The event has been cancelled for the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday, All Saints' Church in Sutton Courtney is hosting open air songs of praise at 10.30am with the Abbey Brass Band. This will be followed by a "bring your own picnic" lunch.

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On the same day, there will be a cream tea party at All Saints Church in Lydalls Road, Didcot, from 2-4.30pm, with mini-Olympic games from 2pm.

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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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