Brighton & Hove is gearing up for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with 105 official street parties and community events planned across the city over the four-day bank holiday weekend - from 2 to 5 June.
Events to mark the occasion
The beacon will be switched on at 9.45pm on 2 June to begin the bank holiday weekend and will continue to illuminate the seafront in the evenings from then on.
The Mayor of Brighton & Hove will open a programme of events hosted by Brighton Fringe in the Royal Pavilion Gardens on Saturday 4 June. People are encouraged to bring their own picnic to enjoy with family and friends. Entertainment throughout the day will include children’s workshops, storytelling, jugglers and music.
Street parties and activities
We have approved 81 road closures for street parties and a further 8 events will be held in open spaces, parks and gardens.
We have allocated £6,621 in funding for 16 community events with a range of activities taking place including cake sales, fancy dress competitions, Morris Dancing, music, games, samba, arts and crafts.
As part of the Jubilee legacy, £15,000 of funding has also been set aside for community organisations and groups who wish to take part in planting schemes that will encourage birds, bees and wildlife. Groups can apply for vouchers of £200 for flower beds, pots and hanging baskets to brighten up the city.
The Queen's Green Canopy scheme
A national tree planting scheme ‘The Queen’s Green Canopy’ invites everyone across the UK to plant a tree for the Jubilee. On behalf of the city, the then Brighton & Hove Mayor Alan Robins planted a tree at Stanmer Park in March.
The remaining Preston Park Twin Elm has also been chosen as part of a nationwide network of 70 ancient trees to be dedicated to the Queen in celebration of her Jubilee.
Celebrating and spending time together
New, Brighton & Hove Mayor Lizzie Deane says: “The Platinum Jubilee is a historic, national occasion and I know many people are looking forward to having a long weekend to spend with friends and family.
“The Queen is the longest serving female head of state in history and has been a positive role model during her 70 years of public service. I recognise the dignity she has shown throughout and acknowledge the global respect she has earned.
“It really has been a testing time over recent years with covid, war and rising costs affecting so many people’s lives. I hope communities can take the opportunity to come together to share something positive and celebrate in the spirit of this historic milestone”.