Ledbury is to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a picnic in the park as opposed to the music festival originally planned.

Town councillors, at a meeting on Monday, April 25, decided the picnic would be the most fitting way to mark the bank holiday weekend.

“Given the timescale and wishing to make best use of council resources while acting for the people of Ledbury in current economic times, members decided to amend the event from the originally planned large-scale music festival to a Jubilee Picnic in The Park – a family event for all of Ledbury,” the council said in a statement.

The event will take place at Ledbury Recreation Ground from 2pm to 7pm on Friday, June 3.

Despite no longer being billed as a festival, there will still be live music as well as fun and games and “celebratory materials”, according to the council.

A more detailed programme of events will be released in due course.

“Residents of Ledbury are invited to bring a blanket and a picnic and meet with wider friends and family to collectively commemorate this special jubilee,” the council said.

“Ledbury has a long tradition of coming together to mark the service of our monarch, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.”

Grants available for Platinum Jubilee street parties in Ledbury

As well as events organised by the council, a number of street parties are being planned around Ledbury on either Thursday, June 3 or Sunday, June 5.

In a bid to support communities holding their own celebrations, Ledbury Town Council is offering grants of £100 to street party organisers. Get in touch with the council for more details.

Councillors have also backed plans to decorate the town in preparation for the Platinum Jubilee, which celebrates 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

Ledbury in Bloom are providing red, white and blue-themed hanging baskets while “jubilee-style decorations” will adorn the Market House and town council offices.

Ledbury Town Council also want to fly Union flags along the High Street and are working with Ledbury Traders & Business Association to promote a Jubilee-themed window dressing competition and treasure hunt around the town’s shops.