The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations 2022
2022 heralds what will be the 70th year of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. This historic event will reflect on her reign, and her impact on the UK and the world since 1952.
In celebration, the Government announced that the May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone.
The four day celebrations will feature an extensive programme of events that mix the best of British ceremonial splendour and pageantry with cutting edge artistic and technological displays. These will be interspersed with the traditional nationwide fanfare and celebrations.
Spectacular moments in London and other major cities will be complemented by events in communities across the UK and the City Council are keen to encourage such celebrations right across our district.
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in Somerset
A county-wide website has been created to offer guidance and information to help our communities get involved with the celebrations. See The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in Somerset website.
Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with SWT
A party to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is being held in Taunton’s Vivary Park on Sunday 5 June. Somerset West and Taunton Council is putting on the free event in the award-winning park fittingly referred to as the town’s Jewel in the Crown.
The Big Jubilee Lunch will run from 11am to 4.30pm with everyone invited to bring their own picnic, rugs, chairs and flags. The event will be officially opened at midday by the Mayor of Taunton, Cllr Sue Lees, with outside broadcast support from Tone FM.
There will be entertainment to suit all ages with theatre performances, games and activities. Music from the Wellington Silver Band, the King Alfred Concert Band and the Taunton Rock Choir will keep the celebrations in full swing.
During the afternoon there will be a Commemorative Pebble Treasure Hunt, a Competition of the Crown and a fancy dress parade with arts and crafts support and materials being supplied by Taunton’s GoCreate.
The Big Jubilee Lunch will close with a ceremonial toast to Her Majesty The Queen with the Somerset Opera leading a last night of the proms style sing-along of the National Anthem, Land of Hope and Glory, and Rule Britannia.
Members of the public are welcome to attend a Family Service of Thanksgiving at Taunton Minster (St Mary Magdalene) before the Big Jubilee Lunch at 10am and a Choral Evensong at Taunton Minster afterwards at 5pm.
Further information on the Big Jubilee Lunch with updates on activities and attractions can be found on our website and social media - search Taunton Jubilee or use the hashtag #TauntonJubilee.
More than 1,500 beacons will be lit
In recognition of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth more than 1,500 beacons will be lit. The beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.
The beacons will enable local communities, individuals and organisations to pay tribute to her as part of the official Platinum Jubilee Weekend of celebrations from 2 to 5 June 2022.
Find out more about the celebrations, beacons and street parties at the dedicated Queen's Platinum Jubilee in Somerset website.
Get involved in our Jubilee activities
There are various SWT activities taking place to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee including arts and craft workshops for children and a Competition of the Crown, make sure you get involved!
Queens Green Canopy (QGC)
Plant a Tree for the Jubilee - Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girl-guiding groups, villages, towns, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to plant trees from October 2021 when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022. All planting projects can be uploaded onto an interactive map on the new QGC website so that everyone can share and inspire others, as well as creating a green canopy of projects to cover the country. The map is embedded within the QGC website.
Somerset West and Taunton Council took part in the project by helping to create three different planting schemes across the district see our Queen's Canopy page for more details.