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.
Big Jubilee Lunch - Vivary Park, Taunton
Many thanks to all who braved the unpredictable weather to join us for our Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5th June to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Somerset West and Taunton Council was very pleased to be able to offer this as a completely free event in the award-winning park fittingly referred to as the town’s Jewel in the Crown.
In spite of the weather, the Great British Public turned out in force with approximately 3950 people in the park during the day.
The Big Jubilee Lunch was opened by the Mayor of Taunton, Cllr Sue Lees, with broadcast support from local radio station, Tone FM. There was 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 kept the crowd in high spirits.
The Big Jubilee Lunch came to a close with a fantastic 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.
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.