To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, East Sussex libraries are holding a series of Jubilee themed events at libraries across the county.

Free events taking place over the May half term holiday (May 27 – June 4) include Jubilee themed Rhymetime and Storytime sessions, crown making craft workshops and author led storytelling events.

Jubilee Rhymetime and Storytime sessions

Children under five and their parents and carers can enjoy fun story telling and sing-along Rhymetime sessions in our libraries.

Special Jubilee themed sessions are taking place in Battle, Crowborough, Hampden Park, Heathfield and Lewes libraries.

Royal craftscartoon image of a bottle of glue, pencils and paint brushes

Jubilee colouring and craft sessions will be held at several libraries throughout the half term week including Bexhill, Eastbourne, Hollington, Hailsham, Newhaven and Rye

Pop along with your little ones to enjoy crafts such as decorating crowns, making Jubilee friendship bracelets and colouring royal themed pictures.

Author events

Children’s author Ed Boxall will be reading from his latest book, Carried Away With The Carnival, atman reading a children's book to children sitting on the ground Heathfield Library, celebrating the Jubilee with stories and songs.

Children are invited to join Ed at 11:00am on Monday, May 30 for an hour’s fun and frivolity.

Join local author Sara Noble as she starts Eastbourne library’s Jubilee celebrations at 11am, also on Monday, May 30, by reading part of her exciting new story, Harbour Tales.

Throughout this Platinum Jubilee year, East Sussex libraries are celebrating voices from across the Commonwealth. Author and storyteller Wendy Shearer will be exploring her book Bedtime Stories: Beautiful Black Tales from the Past from 11am at Hastings Library on Tuesday, May 31.

The book is an inspiring collection of tales for young readers based on important figures and events from around the world. Wendy is a professional storyteller whose style of storytelling encourages all ages to get involved with bringing the stories to life.

The Big Jubilee Read

The Reading Agency’s Big Jubilee Read campaign is being supported by East Sussex libraries. The campaign celebrates writing from across the Commonwealth by sharing 70 great reads from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign.

The Big Jubilee Read booklist comprises ten books for each of the last seven decades, offering brilliant, beautiful, and thrilling writing produced by authors from a wide range of Commonwealth countries. Can you read all 70?!

Did someone say cake?

And as no celebration would be complete without cake, library visitors to Bexhill, Hailsham, Heathfield and Rye libraries are invited to celebrate the Jubilee with a slice!


All library events are free but booking may be required. For more information, including dates and times and how to book, please visit the Jubilee events section of the libraries website.