Crediton will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and St Boniface Day in style this summer with a long weekend of events for all ages. Organised jointly by the Town Council, the Arts Centre and the Town Team, there will be cream teas, live music and a Big Sunday Lunch in the square, a family fun day and open air cinema in the park and a fabulous display of locally made flags decorating the town centre. Plans are still taking shape, but here’s a taste of what’s to come.

Local performers will be taking centre-stage

The four days of national holidays from 2 to 5 June will not just honour the Queen’s 70-year reign but will also include the annual celebration of St Boniface, who was born in Crediton and in 2019 was declared the Patron Saint of Devon, making 5 June Devon Day.

Devon’s only native-born saint, Boniface was born in Crediton around 680AD and has been described by eminent historians as The greatest Englishman of all times.

His story is now told in a sequence of eight stained glass windows in a heritage walking trail through the town, and on the four Saturdays before 5 June a group of actors together with a guide will walk the trail and bring his story to life.  

Over the four national Jubilee days Crediton will see many community events including the lighting of a fire beacon to join others being lit nationally, a special Town Band performance in the town square with a cream tea for people from local care homes, open-air and flag-making workshops to help decorate the town and an exciting Saturday-long entertainment Party in the Park followed by a free open-air big screen evening movie (film to be announced soon).

There will be a free open-air movie

Sunday 5 June will see the transformation of a fir tree into a Christmas tree in the town square. The event will mark the legend of Crediton being the birthplace of the Christmas tree with scores of children and parents invited to decorate the tree with hundreds of painted pine cones and glitter.

They will then join hundreds of other events up and down the country with The BIG National Sunday Lunch. The square will be filled with additional tables and chairs, food will be on sale from street traders as well as local cafes or people can simply bring their own food to share.

 There will also be live music, a big Tug of War and a fancy-dress competition - come dressed as your favourite Queen or King!

Lots of live music
Crediton has a reputation for putting on fantastic community events and I'm sure this will be one of the best.  We have a lot to celebrate this year said Jack Robson from Crediton Arts Centre.

St Boniface Day, also now known as Devon Day, is set to become an annual county event that puts Crediton firmly at the centre of it all.

Crediton Mayor, Liz Brookes-Hocking, said:

The four days of community events end on 5 June, so it's exactly the right occasion to celebrate St Boniface alongside the Big Sunday Lunch and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We hope it will be the first of many such celebrations that bring everyone together to celebrate our town saint and our Saxon heritage.

Especially for the day, local award-winning artisan baker Chloe Burston-Thomas from Coco’s  will be launching “The Boniface Bun” using a secret family recipe.

The many different events are organised by a team from Crediton Town Council, Crediton Town Team and the Crediton Arts Centre. The events are being supported with grants from Mid Devon District Council's Love Your Town Centre Fund, Devon County Council's Locality Fund, and the Town Council itself, with many groups and people giving their time voluntarily to create the events.

The Town's famous flags will be on display

A separate and hard-won National Lottery Awards for All grant to the Town Team will enable many of the town's famous high street flags to be repaired as well as new ones to be designed and made in time for the Jubilee.

After the difficult last couple of years we've had, everyone is getting really excited about having something to celebrate and putting up over 70 handmade flags will be a great way to say that, said Rosemary Stephenson from the Town Team.

 For updates and details about all these events keep your eye on our Facebook page

Mar 18, 2022

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