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 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 in the city 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. 40 trees have been planted in Townhill Green and a further 70 trees 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. 

Trees planted at Riverside Park, Southampton

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.

70 this year? Enjoy Afternoon Tea with the Mayor of Southampton to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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The Right Worshipful Mayor of Southampton would like to invite people who are celebrating their 70th birthday in 2022 for afternoon tea in the Mayor’s Parlour, to mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee.

If you are reaching 70 this year and live in Southampton, you and one guest can enjoy a free afternoon of sandwiches, cakes and tea with the Mayor of Southampton in celebration of the Queen’s 70 years of service.
This year is particularly special as Southampton is set to welcome the 800th Mayor of Southampton in May 2022, who will be present at the event.

Spaces will be strictly limited, and the successful birthday guests will be chosen at random. Applicants must be available on Tuesday 31 May 2022 for the event.

How to apply:
Send email to mayors.office@southampton.gov.uk or by post: Mayor's Office, Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7LP
Please include name, address, contact details and any special dietary requirements.
Closing date: 1 May 2022. (Applications are now closed).

Celebrating a Reign at SeaCity Museum

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SeaCity Museum has a new Queen’s Jubilee exhibition showcasing Southampton’s Royal connections of the past. Titled ‘Celebrating a Reign’, it showcases how Southampton has celebrated coronations and jubilees of both Elizabeth II and previous monarchs. Exhibits include banners used as decorations in the docks for the 1953 coronation and Southampton’s original City Charter of 1964, granted by the Queen.
The exhibition is on show in the Southampton Stories gallery at SeaCity Museum.
SeaCity Museum tickets and information

Southampton's Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail

Beacon Trail

Hosted by Visit Southampton and High Street Safari, join us for this historic occasion by taking part in our free, magical augmented reality story-trail.

Between 30 April and 12 June, located around Southampton there are seven magical characters on a day trip from Buckingham Palace.
Join Sir Barnaby Beacon on the trail as he visits his friends, you’ll be able to see them augmented reality, decide what happens next in the story and even win a free digital fun pack at the end. Not only that, but each of the characters will tell you about a decade in The Queen’s historic seventy-year reign.   Find out more Southampton's Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail

Jubilee Events

Queen's Jubilee celebration: Arts and crafts

On Thursday 2 June from 11am, join the Friends of St James' Park for a fantastic family event.
Enjoy a special trail, tombola, cups'n saucers, carousel, art's table and more fun for all ages in the beautiful surroundings of St James' Park, Shirley.

Find out more from their Event Facebook page and their main Facebook page

Tudor House and Garden garden view
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea at Tudor House and Garden

On Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June you can celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a very special Afternoon Tea, at Tudor house café that overlooks our beautiful knot garden.
From £12 per person

• A selection of crustless finger sandwiches,
• Fruit scones with jam and clotted cream,
• A selection of sweet treats
• Selection on Tea
Raise a toast to our Queen for only £5 per glass of prosecco.
Book Thursday Afternoon Tea

Book Friday Afternoon Tea

The Big Platiunum Festival logo
The Big Platinum Festival

Unity 101 Community Radio station based in Southampton is organising The Big Platinum Festival, 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.

View the programme on the Main Stage

More details and how to get your tickets can be seen on their website The Big Platinum Festival

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Wessex Cancer Trust’s Virtual Balloon Race

Wessex Cancer Trust has launched a virtual balloon race will take place in June, coinciding with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! The virtual balloon race is a simulation of a balloon flight, where everything is real, except the balloon. This means there is no harm to wildlife, no plastic pollution and no litter, but the stakes are still high!

Buy a virtual balloon to take part in this 100% eco-friendly balloon race and all proceeds will go to Wessex Cancer Trust, so they can continue to provide support for local people affected by cancer.

Balloons are just £4 each. Players can select different patterns and weight of the balloon and how much helium and then can track the balloon on Google satellites. Prizes include £500 cash.

Find out how you can get involved on the Wessex Cancer Trust's website

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Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in Southampton City libraries

Southampton City Libraries will be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a wide range of free events, activities and family fun days!
Activities are drop-in unless otherwise stated.

Family Fun Day / Bitterne Library / Saturday 28 May / 1pm to 3pm / Suitable for all ages
Help us celebrate with a family fun day, including craft activities for children that you can do in the library or take home. Take part in a fun game of pin the tail on the Corgi! 
Refreshments available, including tea, coffee, cake and scones provided by The Friends of Bitterne Library and library staff. Finally, join the Mayor of Southampton who will be helping us plant a tree in the garden and unveil a plaque to celebrate the Jubilee.

Summer Fayre / Woolston Library / Saturday 28 May / 10am to 2pm
Summer Fayre where you can browse fantastic craft stalls featuring jewellery, jams and chutneys, children’s clothes and lots more. Try your luck at the tombola and lucky dip!

Jubilee train with Susmita Bhattacharya / Portswood Library / Monday 30 May / 11am to 12.30pm / Suitable for all ages
Join local author and artist, Susmita Bhattacharya on board the Jubilee train! With lots of exciting things to do including designing a Jubilee stamp, making a poem train, origami birds and lots of colouring.

Meet best-selling author SJ Bennett / Woolston Library / Tuesday 31 May / 3pm to 4.30pm
There will be discussion about SJ Bennett's novels; "The Windsor Knot" and "A Three Dog Problem", where Her Majesty the Queen turns crime solving sleuth to solve a murder committed at Buckingham Palace! There will be an opportunity to ask questions, plus a book signing. Free but advance booking required.

Tea Party / Woolston Library / Wednesday 1 June / 11am to 3pm
Join the staff for delicious home-made cakes and refreshments.

Southampton Scrapstore crown making / Shirley Library / Saturday 4 June / 10.30am to 1.30pm / Suitable for all ages
Make a crown for the Queen to wear at her Jubilee celebrations using the wide variety of materials from our fantastic friends at Southampton Scrapstore! Let your imagination run wild.

Coffee morning / Portswood Library / Saturday 4 June / 10.30am to 12.30pm
Join the staff and Friends of Portswood Library for tea, coffee, cake and a chat!

Jubilee Trail - Find the corgi dogs
Jubilee Trail - Find the corgi dogs

Jubilee trail sheet / Shirley Library / Saturday 28 May to Saturday 4 June
Quick, we need to round up the Queen's Corgi dogs before the Big Platinum Jubilee party at Buckingham Palace. 

Her Majesty left the backdoor open by mistake, whoops! Lots of corgi's last seen heading towards Shirley Library.

Can you find them all?

Best of the rest!

With celebrations coinciding with half-term we have plenty of drop-in craft activities themed to the Queen's Jubilee. Suitable for ages 4+ and children must be accompanied by an adult or carer.

Crown making fun / Woolston Library / Monday 30 May / 10.30am to 12noon

Make your own crown & golden carriage / Central Library / Monday 30 May / 10.30am to 1.30pm

Make your own royal residence from recycled material / Lordshill Library / Tuesday 31 May / 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Story time with local author Vie Portland / Woolston Library / Tuesday 31 May / 10.30am to 11.15am

Make your own crown & golden carriage / Central Library / Wednesday 1 June / 10.30am to 1.30pm

Make your own crown & golden carriage / Portswood Library / Wednesday 1 June / 2pm to 4pm

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 submit your completed application at least six weeks before the first day of the month of your street closure. Otherwise a road closure notice will cost £112.  Fri 29 April - the deadline to submit ALL Jubilee Street Party Applications. New Jubilee applications will not be accepted after this date.
  • 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.

  • Public Liability Insurance.
    Depending on the numbers attending and the activities you are organising at your street party, you may wish to consider getting Public Liability Insurance (PLI) cover.
    This is optional - See the Street Party website and government street party guidance for more information of what this may cover.
    To assist you with this, Southampton City Council will contribute up to a maximum of £125 towards the cost of public liability insurance at your residential street party in Southampton.
    To qualify, you will need to submit evidence of the cost of your public liability insurance for your street party along with your payment details. Please note that any requests for support must be received by 30 June 2022.
    For more information, please contact grants@southampton.gov.uk  
    Download Application form for Jubilee Street Party PLI contribution

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

Whilst legal restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19 infection have been lifted, we all need to use our personal judgement to help protect ourselves, our families, friends and communities, especially whilst the prevalence of COVID-19 in Southampton remains high.
Government advice for event organisers recommends five priority actions:
1. Complete a risk assessment that includes consideration of the risks from COVID-19
2. Provide adequate ventilation
3. Clean often, especially surfaces that people touch a lot
4. Ask people with COVID-19 or any COVID-19 symptoms to stay away
5. Communicate and train: tell workers and customers how to visit safely
The council's Public Health team also recommends the following additions:
6. Encourage and enable good hand and respiratory hygiene
7. Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, when rates of transmission are high
8. Events and activities should operate in a way that instils confidence in everyone that they are as safe as possible
9. Create an environment and culture which is respectful of people’s choices and is permissive for people to wear face coverings if they so wish, recognising individuals are best placed to understand their own circumstances and perceptions of risk
10. When infection rates are high, think about ways to limit mixing between people by minimising the number, proximity and duration of contacts
11. Encourage all eligible groups to get vaccinated

These principles will be reviewed on a regular basis in light of prevailing infection rates and changes to government guidance.

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

Southampton Jubilee street parties application information

The Street Party

Government Guidance: Your Guide to organising a street party

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