Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in South Gloucestershire

A Union Jack flag in front of a street scene
Photo credit: Rich McD

To celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee there are a variety of events and activities taking place in and around South Gloucestershire this week for residents and communities to get involved in.

Lighting Beacons

The national Jubilee celebrations begin on Thursday 2 June with activities in local communities starting at 2pm where town criers will undertake the ‘Proclamation’, followed at 9.35pm by pipers performing ‘Diu Regnare’. At 9.40pm buglers & cornet players will perform bugle call ‘Majesty’ at selected beacon sites, announcing the lighting of 2,000 beacons across the UK and Commonwealth at 9.45pm. For further information visit www.queensjubileebeacons.com

Across the South Gloucestershire area various communities are holding their own beacon events including:

  • Bradley Stoke – 9.15pm to 10.15pm in at Jubilee Green, Savages Wood Road
  • Marshfield – 9.45pm at Marshfield Cricket Club
  • Patchway – 9pm to 9.45pm starting at The Parade for a candlelit walk to the beacon
  • Pilning and Severn Beach – 7pm to 10pm on the Severn Beach seafront (near the old boating lake) with scouts lighting the beacon
  • Siston – 9.15pm to 9.45pm at Siston Hill, Siston Common with a piper and choir
  • Yate – 8pm to 9.45pm at Tyler’s Field, Gravel Hill Road.

Road closures for street parties

To help local communities come together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee South Gloucestershire Council waived charges for street parties and events in public open spaces as well as supporting 30 community Jubilee events with a combined total of £50,000 in grant funding.

There will be more than 100 road closures for the events and activities taking place during the special extended Bank Holiday week from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June. Full details of all road closures in South Gloucestershire are available at www.southglos.gov.uk/jubilee

For communities hosting a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, the council has put together some advice and guidance to help save money, reduce waste, support local produce and protect the environment. Please visit www.southglos.gov.uk/jubilee and scroll to the sustainable street parties section.

Community events

Over the Jubilee Bank Holiday there will be various Jubilee celebrations for residents and communities across South Gloucestershire to get involved in, including:

  • Yate on Saturday 4 June at the Abbotswood big lunch Jubilee Street party at Kelston playing field from 10am to 3pm. There will be various stalls, an inflatable assault course, bouncy castle, tombola and a fancy-dress competition.
  • Bradley Stoke between Friday 3 June to Sunday 5 June at the Bradley Stoke Community Festival in the Jubilee Centre with picnic in the park for families on Friday 3 June, the main festival on Saturday 4 June, and a 10k run, skatepark competition and bowls taster session on Sunday 5 June.
  • Kingswood on Sunday 5 June at Kingswood Park for the Kingswood Picnic pageant in the park from 11am to 4pm. This community event includes arts and crafts, activities and a big TV to watch the celebrations.
  • Staple Hill on Saturday 4 June at Page Park’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration from 11am to 5pm with music on the bandstand, food and craft stalls, children rides and entertainment and a Jubilee fancy dress competition.
  • Thornbury on Friday 3 June at the Thornbury High Street Party from 10am to 5pm with stalls, vintage cars, tractors, live music and street food provided by local businesses.

Many events in South Gloucestershire and the nearby area have been added to the national Jubilee events webpage. For further details of events near you visit https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/events/

Library events

In the run up to and during the Jubilee bank holiday weekend there are various activities and events for all ages across South Gloucestershire’s libraries for the whole family. These include school holiday craft sessions with a Jubilee theme, as well as a Royal themed coffee morning and specific Jubilee events. Many of the library Jubilee activities are free but they do require to be booked in advance. Full Jubilee library activity details and booking instructions are available online at www.southglos.gov.uk/librarychanges

Councillor Rachael Hunt, cabinet member responsible for communities at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee presents a superb opportunity for communities to come together to celebrate this remarkable milestone in her historic reign.

“On behalf of the council, I would like to express our thanks and appreciation to everyone who has contributed towards organising an event or activity for the Jubilee in our communities. Positive actions such as this really make a difference and would not be possible without your involvement. I hope that residents and communities across South Gloucestershire enjoy the variety of events and activities available over the extended Bank Holiday weekend.”

Further ahead, on Tuesday 5 July, South Gloucestershire will officially welcome the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay. The event will include a stop at the village of Easter Compton where the Baton will take to the water for a spot of surfing at unique inland surfing destination, The Wave. For more information visit http://sites.southglos.gov.uk/newsroom/newsroom-email/birmingham-2022-queens-baton-relay-to-visit-south-gloucestershire-as-full-england-route-revealed/