Cupar’s Picnic In The Park

Cupar is counting down to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and the collaboration of community groups who helped deliver Cupar’s Celebration Weekend last September are planning a Picnic in The Park on Sunday 5th June. Everyone is invited! 

On 6th February this year, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service. To mark and celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives are planned up and down the country – culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

Cupar’s Picnic In The Park

A small army of volunteers has helped pull the day together. We are delighted that Cupar’s Camera Club will be on hand during the day to snap away and help to create an archive of the event.

Times are as precise as we can be but are subject to change on the day.


The celebration begins with the tolling of bells as they ring out across the town from Cupar Old Parish Church and St John’s.


The Haugh Park is open for the picnic!

Please bring your own picnics, blankets and chairs to sit back and enjoy the day … to come together, to celebrate friendship, family and community. This is a picnic, so – by all means – bring a teddy! We will be encouraging children (and grown ups) to bring their teddies … and if you’d like to dress your teddy bears in right Royal outfits, even better!

And whilst dressing your teddy bears, why not dress to impress! If you want to dress up yourselves as Princes, Princesses, Kings and Queens … all the better! There may even be spot prizes on the day!


The Cupar & District Pipe Band will perform – playing Dui Regnare, a piece specially commissioned for the Jubilee, as well as the Queen Elizabeth’s March.

For all wishing to submit their cakes and bakes for Cupar’s Great Cake & Bake Competition, all produce must be delivered to the competition stand (by the big tree, next to the bandstand) no later than 1130.

This is a competition for the best decorated cakes and bakes. We hope that you’ll donate all produce for a great bake sale that will take place after the judging is complete.

  • Categories: ‘Savoury’ and ‘Sweet’ … your interpretations!
  • Age groups for the competition: up to 10, 11-17 and 18+.
  • Prizes: there will be prizes for the best in each – so six in total.
  • IMPORTANT: All produce must be clearly labelled with:
    • The name of the cake/bake
    • Your name, age and telephone number
    • Details of any ingredients so we can share when selling


The Great Cupar’s Cake & Bake Competition will be judged by Fisher & Donaldson.

Once judging is complete, all donated produce will be available to buy from the tables beneath the big tree! All the monies raised from the cake/bake sale will be given to the new Community Crowdfund that is being oversee by Cupar Development Trust to help support ongoing community events and activities in the town.


The Jubilee Eco-Friendly Catwalk at the Park’s bandstand. On the Royal theme, famously, Prince William met Kate when they studied at St Andrews University – and William spied Kate when she took part in one of the University’s charity fashion shows. That was twenty years ago! We want to capture some of the catwalk magic and invite entries for an up-cycled fashion parade and competition where outfits using pre-loved fashion and accessories will be used to showcase the possibilities of second-hand clothes as well as Cupar as an an eco-friendly – and very stylish – community!

Competition: there are only two rules: only old clothes can be up-cycled to create the fabulous outfits and any outfits must fit the themes – ‘Royal’, ‘Platinum’ … or both! The show depends on numbers, so please spread the word! And we are planning prizes for the best outfits in three age categories: up to 10, 11-17 and 18+.

We would like to thank Claudine from Scott’s of Cupar who will be on hand to judge the fashion parade.

1300-1700 (in the Corn Exchange)

We’ll all be hoping for a sunny day! Regardless of the weather, The Sunshine Kitchen will be serving a celebratory Afternoon Tea between 1300-1700 at The Corn Exchange. A kitchen project for young adults with additional needs, The Sunshine Kitchen make delicious food from locally-sourced produce in a supportive work environment …

Numbers are limited (75) and tickets will be available for this event the week before – on sale at The Lighthouse (on Bonnygate) as well as on the door with the support of the Rotary Club of Cupar volunteers. We are thankful to Cupar Development Trust for their support. The Lord Lieutenant is to visit The Sunshine Kitchen before heading to the Haugh Park.


Ray Kelly performs at The Bandstand


A performance from CAMS, Cupar Amateur Musical Society, at The Bandstand.

And don’t forget, you can still buy tickets for CAMS’ concerts at The Corn Exchange (Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June – available via this link).


The Lord Lieutenant of Fife (Robert Balfour, Esq.) will visit, as will Wendy Chamberlain MP, and Willie Rennie MSP.

The Lord Lieutenant will present Brownie Badges at The Bandstand.


Pipers from the Cupar & District Pipe Band will play for the Lord Lieutenant – parts of Dui Regnare by Stuart Liddle (the official Platinum Jubilee tune) & Queen Elizabeth’s March (written for HM The Queen Mother).


In the countdown to the event and at the picnic itself, raffle tickets will have been sold to help cover the costs of the event and to support ongoing community projects: the raffle will be drawn at 3pm.


Rebekah Lennon from the Cupar Youth Cafe & Joshua Mcauley will perform at The Bandstand.


Decorating the park on the day will be flowers and displays donated by SRUC Elmwood. At 4pm, the plants will be sold off – again, with all monies raised going towards the new Community Fund.

1700: the event closes at 5pm.


And there’s more!

The Station Bar on Crossgate has music to celebrate the weekend … an Oldskool 80’s Music Night (on Saturday 4th) from 7:30pm followed by live music with Linton Osborne (from 3pm until 6pm) on the Sunday.




How to get involved?

This will be a community celebration – and a community effort. We’d love people to get involved.

If you have any prizes you’d like to donate for any of the competitions, please let us know via this link.

If you want to help on the day, please get in touch with Mairi Lumsden who is leading the team of volunteers on this amazing project.

Most of all – spread the word and come along on the day … with your friends, family and colleagues to enjoy the fun. And if you are sharing anything on social about the event before, during or after – please use #CuparJubileePicnic

The organisers still have a list of final things needed for the day: if you can help with any of them, get in touch using this link.

  • Bins and bin liners (the essentials!), helpers to keep the park tidy and the bins emptied through the day.
  • Bunting to decorate
  • Donation buckets
  • Blue tac / pens / string / tape

Who will benefit?

This event is free. The organisers will be looking to help raise money from sponsorship to cover the costs of staging the event. Any surplus from such support – or from sales of any cakes on the day – will go towards a new Community Fund overseen by Cupar Development Trust that will help to support community events and initiatives ongoing.

Need more?

We would like to thank all those who have stepped up to help deliver this event: the organising committee – led by Mairi Lumsden – includes Jauhara Bell, Brogan Coll, Colin Dewar, Fiona Dewar, Claire Jones, Penny Mackenzie, Bill Pagan, Steven Stewart and Melissa Young. If you’d like to get in touch, please use this link to drop an email to Mairi Lumsden. Thank you!


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