Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a celebration of the Queen’s 70 years of service

Queens Platinum Jubilee logo 2022

Events will mark the Queen's 70-year reign, a milestone she will have reached on 6 February 2022, becoming the first British Monarch to do so.

As with the Queen's Golden and Diamond jubilees, the first week in June has been chosen for the celebratory weekend, with the summer offering a better chance of good weather.

There will be a four-day bank holiday between Thursday 2 June and Sunday 5 June 2022.

View the Queen's Platinum Jubilee website to see details of all the National events.

A series of events and activities are being planned locally to celebrate this occasion.

The Queen’s Green Canopy

Queens Green Canopy logo 2022

This initiative was launched last year and is designed to encourage people across the country to 'Plant a Tree for the Jubilee' to mark the milestone. To help the environment and make local areas greener, people will be urged to create this 'special gift' for the Queen, in her Platinum Jubilee year. With a focus on planting sustainably, trees will create a legacy in honour of the Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations.

Southampton City Council will be planting 110 trees as a 'special gift' for the Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year. This is part of a commitment from Southampton City Council to plant approximately 300 new trees throughout 2022, which is part of the Greener City Plan to increase the city tree coverage by planting at least 5,000 trees by 2030. Already, 40 trees have been planted in Townhill Green and a further 70 trees will be planted in Riverside Park this year. The trees will create a legacy in honour of the Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations. 

As well as this, the council will be designing and planting special Jubilee Flower Beds in the summer with a Union Jack theme in Palmerston Park and two themed flower beds featuring the colours of red, white, and blue flowers in the West (Watts) Park.

Jubilee Afternoon Tea with the Mayor of Southampton

Mayors parlour SCC afternoon tea cropped

The Mayor of Southampton would like to invite people who are celebrating their 70th birthday in 2022 for afternoon tea in the Mayor’s Parlour.

Spaces will be limited, and the successful birthday guests will be chosen at random.

More details of how to get involved will be announced soon.

Get Together for the Jubilee

More than anything, street parties have traditionally been associated with jubilees and the Platinum Jubilee will be no exception.
On Sunday 5 June communities can take part in The Big Lunch and also hold their own Street Party throughout the Jubilee weekend.

Organise a Street Party
Southampton residents can apply to close their street or road to host a street party to celebrate with their neighbours as part of the city council's Community Street Closure process.
Find out how you can organise your own street party with your neighbours.


Street Parties - Important information

  • Road closures for street parties are for residents and their families to participate in and not for public events.
  • Main roads or those that are on a bus route cannot be closed for a street party.
  • To get your road closure order for free, you should apply at least six weeks before the first day of the month of your street closure, otherwise a road closure notice cost is £112.
  • There are also possible costs to be aware of which include the hire of appropriate road closure signs, if you intend to place a bouncy castle on the road/highway there is a £25 site inspection fee and if you intend to supply or sell alcohol you will need to apply and pay for a temporary event notice which costs £21

More information on road closure process for street parties

Platinum Jubilee Big Lunch logo

The Big Jubilee Lunch  on Sunday 5 June is the cherry on the cake of HM The Queen’s Platinum celebrations.

It’s all about sharing friendship, food and fun – a chance for neighbours and communities to celebrate their connections and get to know one another a little better.

Big Jubilee Lunch image

There are more reasons than ever to celebrate together and this year millions of people are expected to join The Big Jubilee Lunch with street parties and garden get-togethers happening across the UK over the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
The Big Jubilee Lunch
is a nationwide act of community friendship, with 2022 set to be a bumper year!
Get set for neighbourhood and community-wide celebrations that anyone and everyone can be part of, with over 200k events expected right across the UK, and locally where you live.

For more information and to download a free pack go to www.thebigjubileelunch.com

COVID-19 - Stay safe at your Street Party or Big Lunch

The government's ‘COVID-19 Response - Autumn and Winter Plan 2021’ sets out the recommendations that everybody should take to protect themselves and others, as we transition towards learning to live with COVID-19. The pandemic is not over, and in light of the new Omicron variant, please keep up to date with any recent government guidance.
We all need to do our bit to keep ourselves, family, friends and neighbours safe at any social gathering and help stop the spread of COVID-19. Find out what you can and cannot do here.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

UKCF (UK Community Foundations) is working with Arts Council England to distribute a new fund which will enable communities to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee through culture and creativity.

Applicants are encouraged to partner with established artists, creatives and cultural organisations to develop their activities, to ensure that The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations give people the chance to experience the best of the country’s culture, while also celebrating an important milestone in our national history. Find out more >

The Big Platinum Festival

The Big Platiunum Festival logo

Unity 101 Community Radio station based in Southampton is organising a special family-friendly celebration event at Mayflower Park on Sunday 5 June to celebrate the Jubilee from 10am - 9pm.

Highlights at this ticketed event will include local artists ranging from music and DJs to buskers, dancers and poets, food stalls and cooking demonstrations, funfair rides and family activities.
Don't miss the Tribute Band Forever Queen performing hit songs from the music legends Queen.
More details and how to get your tickets can be seen on their website The Big Platinum Festival

Lighting up for the Jubilee weekend

Southampton Guildhall red white blue image

The Southampton City Art Gallery and Library at the Civic Centre and O2 Guildhall building (image shown) will be illuminated each evening throughout the Jubilee weekend in red, white and blue.

Take a visit to Queen’s Park (image below) as throughout the Jubilee weekend the fantastic lighting scheme will be set to red, white and blue.

Queens Park Southampton

Join the Platinum Jubilee story on social media using #HM70 and #PlatiunumJubilee

View the Queen's Platinum Jubilee website to see details of all the National events.

Other useful websites

Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend

The Street Party

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