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Celebrating the Jubilee

Later this year, the nation will be able to enjoy a four-day bank holiday to celebrate the Queen’s 70 year reign with an extensive programme of public events mixing traditional pageantry with cutting-edge technological displays.

The traditional May bank holiday weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional bank holiday on Friday 3 June will create a four-day weekend to celebrate the Jubilee.

Spectacular moments in London and other major cities will be complemented by events in communities across the UK and the Commonwealth, allowing people to join together in celebration and thanks at a national, international and local level.

Stevenage Borough Council Jubilee Plans

Beacon Lighting - Thursday 2 June 2022

The Jubilee Beacons is one of the official events of the Platinum Jubilee in 2022. On Thursday 2 June 2022, we will be participating in the Community Beacon Event where thousands of beacons will be lit by communities, charities and different groups throughout the regions of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. The Beacon will be lit at 9:45pm in the Town Centre.

Big Jubilee Lunch - Sunday 5 June 2022

In line with National Events taking place on Sunday 5 June, we are planning to hold a Picnic in the Park event at Fairlands Valley Park. We hope of this event will encourage the Stevenage Community to celebrate their connections and come together in a spirit of fun and friendship. Jubilee celebrations will be the central focal point to this event.

This page will be updated in due course with further information being shared regarding both events.

Are you planning an event?

If you are planning an event over the Jubilee Weekend, 2 June – 5 June 2022, we would like you to provide basic details of your event by completing the Queens Jubilee Weekend Event Notification Form (available below). This will allow us to help you with the planning of resources and provide you with advice on a range of issues, including safety, street closures and licences that may be needed for your event.

Street parties

The Government has published guidance on organising a street party, setting out helpful tips, advice and support to create an event.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched the Government’s new Platinum Jubilee website, including an interactive map which will display all the events and activities that will be taking place right across the UK.

The map of events showing the location of events celebrating the Queen's Jubilee is open for anyone to add their events and everyone is encouraged to upload any events and activities they may be planning to mark the Jubilee.

GOV.UK's, Your guide to organising a street party also gives information on the differences between street parties and other public events.

You can apply to close a road for a street party or special event on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

If you are planning a street party, the Eden Project Communities and The Street Party Site provide more information.