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“Strictly” Jubilee

Posted on February 24, 2012


jubilee“Strictly Come Dancing” will be part of the line-up for Hyde Park’s Jubilee Family Festival, marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Dancers from the BBC One television show will give main stage performances on each day of the event, which runs from 10.30am until 7pm on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, 2012.


The “Strictly” performances, presented by BBC Worldwide, will be hosted by Craig Revel Horwood, who said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be taking part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m so looking forward to bringing the full force of ‘Strictly’ glamour to the proceedings!”


Inspired by traditional British village fetes and street parties, the Jubilee Family Festival offers a full weekend of activities, including favourite children’s television characters, celebrity performers, equestrian events, death-defying motorcycle displays and Commonwealth-inspired acts from around the globe. Visitors to the festival can watch, on giant screens, the BBC live feed of all the Diamond Jubilee events on June 2–3.


The festival is hosted by The Royal Parks and presented by Sainsbury’s. There will be plenty of traditional British food available, including pies, roasts, pastries, fish and chips, cream teas, jellied eels and the traditional British breakfast. Roaming the festival will be English gentlemen on stilts, singing tea ladies, Pearly Kings and Queens, marching bands and face painters. The finale of each day will be “The Magic of Disney in Concert”, starring princesses and pirates.


Tickets for the event are now on sale from or From March 28, Sainsbury’s customers can enter a daily ballot for free family tickets. For more information about the event, see

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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