Unlock the city’s secrets

KINGS and Queens is the theme of this year’s Lancaster Unlocked festival to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Lancaster’s many royal connections will be ripe for discovery from this Friday, (June 1), to Tuesday, June 5, when the city centre will be buzzing with events for all generations to enjoy.

Lancaster Unlocked sees most of the city’s historic buildings and other venues celebrating the city’s heritage with a variety of events providing different views of local history and chances to explore new places.

Among the highlights of this right royal extended Bank Holiday weekend are a Medieval re-enactment and beacon lighting at Lancaster Castle, Music for a Royal Occasion and a Big Lunch at Lancaster Priory when teddy bears will be parachuted from the church tower; and trumpeters playing from the spire of Lancaster Cathedral.

The festival is officially launched by the town crier in Market Square at noon on June 2 – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation Day.

The centre of town will be full of royal themed activities: a quayside pub will stage its own House of Tudor Jubilee Festival; there will be performances of dramas with a royal twist; talks and guided tours; a photographic exhibition of royal visits to the city and even a musket and drill session.

There’s family fun aplenty too with royal-themed storytelling, craft sessions, a screening of The Princess Bride, a chance for children to join the Elizabethan Navy and also make flags, royal puppets and Victorian peg dolls.

Most of these events are free and are within the city centre.

For general festival enquiries and a leaflet including all the events, contact Lancaster Visitor Information Centre at The Storey Creative Industries Centre, call 01524 582394 or visit www.lancasterunlocked.co.uk.