Communities across the UK prepare to have a right Royal Field Day

Communities across the UK prepare to have a right Royal Field Day

Whilst The Patron's Lunch is taking place on The Mall in London, communities across the country will be coming together on their local Fields in Trust protected sites to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday by holding a Have a Field Day event.

Nearly 60 communities will be having a Field Day over the space of ten days around Her Majesty's birthday celebrations. Fetes, sports days, picnics and carnivals are all planned stretching from Cornwall to East Lothian. Many of the events will be held on sites protected under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, a programme run by Fields in Trust to protect in perpetuity parks and playing fields to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and leave a grassroots legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In West Yorkshire, Sandringham Road Park will combine their Have a Field Day event with a Big Lunch, encouraging the community to bring a picnic along to the park for the afternoon. Ailsworth Recreation Ground in Cambridgeshire will be the focal point of celebrations bringing together two neighbouring villages, whilst Old End Lane Playing Field in Gloucestershire are hoping their Big 'Picnic' Lunch will be the biggest in the country.

Find out if a Fields in Trust protected site near you will be having a Field Day to celebrate HM The Queen's birthday this month.

Any community event held on a site protected with Fields in Trust is eligible to be registered as a Have a Field Day to receive support and materials to help the day go smoothly. As well as a free goodie box full of useful items including t-shirts, caps, sports and play equipment, support materials such as case studies, downloadable flyers and posters are also available.

Fields in Trust was founded in 1925 by King George V and HM The Queen serves as Patron of the organisation. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, who will also celebrate his 95th birthday this month, served as President for 64 years until his grandson HRH The Duke of Cambridge took over the role in 2013.

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