7 unmissable virtual V.E Day events
Fling up the bunting, don that union jack pinny (it's kitsch cool) and whip up your own VE Day celebrations with our unmissable guide to having the best home party.
1. Virtual VE Day Service
Cirencester’s parish church, St John’s, is taking the VE weekend festivities online this weekend. Check in to their live Facebook feed for a special church service at 10am, followed by a virtual tea party get-together at 3.30pm on Sunday 10 May.
2. Worcs Cathedral VE extravaganza
Head to the online VE Day celebrations at the stunning Worcester Cathedral too – a whole array of fun stuff is happening on their online channels between 8 and 10 May. As well as a live streamed service, you can download your own merry bunting, watch special war story videos and even take part in a special Dame Vera Lynn singalong.
3. Order afternoon tea
Diversitea Cafe in Cirencester is the place to tap up for a special delivery on VE weekend. Why not order afternoon tea (scones, sandwiches and cupcakes) for the Virtual Tea Party on Sunday 10 May at 3.30pm. Order your spread from the cafe for £10 per head, for delivery in Cirencester and nearby villages before 3pm. Click here for more details.
4. Make your own free bunting
Have an indoor party and hang your own bunting for the weekend by downloading this VE Day Anniversary colour-in Bunting from Baker Ross. The kids will LOVE it. Download your bunting here – go forth party people!
5. Eat cake and get creative
If you are local to Bibury, head down to St Mary’s Church there on Friday 8 May to the special socially-distanced cake stall the village is running on VE Day, stock up on yummy cakes (for a small donation to the Royal British Legion) and head back home for your own ‘Doorstep Party’. It will be open between 10am and 12pm. Also – decorate the outside of your house with VE colours (red and white blue – just in case) and one house will win ‘Best Dressed House’ and win a prize.
6. Free activity packs
To mark the occasion Armed forces charity Royal British Legion Industries has created various online activity packs to inspire your knees up – including one teaching the steps of the Lindy Hop, a popular 1940s dance. There are activity packs for both adults and kids, and a big VE poster you can print out for your windows.
7. Tune in to live streams
Head to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for a tun of ideas about what to tune into and watch over the weekend – as well as a pack with ideas for homemade VE Day bunting, find brilliant live streams from the Imperial War Museum, BFI Museum and RAF Museum amongst others.
There will be a special programme on BBC One, which will see some of the UK’s biggest stars including Katherine Jenkins and Beverley Knight.
And …. on the big day itself, the Queen will be giving a special address to the nation at 9am on Friday 8 May – the same time that her father, King George VI, spoke to the nation 75 years ago on the original VE Day – don’t forget to tune in!