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Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

How to celebrate in west Cheshire

Preparations are underway for the borough to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June.

There will be an extended bank holiday from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022 to enable residents and communities to come together to celebrate this historic milestone.

Local events

There will be many local events organised by community groups, Parish and Town councils, individuals and the Council. The Lord Mayor of Chester is currently assisting with the organisation of the following events and details of further events will be posted over the coming weeks.

Thursday 2 June

  • Time: 2pm
  • Event: HM Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire's Services of Thanksgiving. This event is by invitation only. The service can be watched live on Chester Cathedral's Website: Welcome - Chester Cathedral.
  • Location: Chester Cathedral

Thursday 2 June

  • Time: Afternoon
  • Event: Jubilee parade
  • Location: Chester City Centre

Thursday 2 June

  • Time: 9.20pm until 10pm
  • Event: City of Chester's Jubilee Beacon Ceremony. Members of the public are welcome to attend Chester Town Hall Square to watch.
  • Location: Chester Town Hall Square

Friday 3 June

  • Time: 11am until 5pm
  • Event: Civic Regalia Talks and Tours of the Town Hall. Tickets need to be pre-booked via the Eventbrite website. Book your tickets online now.
  • Location: Chester Town Hall

Friday 3 June

  • Time: 11am until 5pm
  • Event: Chester's Royal Connection Exhibition - free entrance.
  • Location: Chester Town Hall

Saturday 4 June

  • Time: 2pm until 2.45pm
  • Event: Children's Jubilee Concert
  • Location: Eastgate Street, Chester

Saturday 4 June

  • Time: 11am until 5pm
  • Event: Civic Regalia Talks and Tours of the Town Hall. Tickets need to be pre-booked via the Eventbrite website: Book your tickets online now.
  • Location: Chester Town Hall

Saturday 4 June

  • Time: 11am until 5pm
  • Event: Chester's Royal Connection Exhibition – Free entrance.
  • Location: Chester Town Hall

How you can get involved

Residents, neighbours, and communities may wish to come together and organise a street party to mark this historic event.

The Council's Events team has produced some guidance on managing safe events and an application form for event organisers to complete.

If a community want to run an event but feels they don't have the experience to plan an event, please contact the Council. We are in touch with the Cheshire West Voluntary Action who may be able to identify a person locally who can advise. Use section 1 and 2 in the application form below to raise the issue.

It has been a long-established tradition in the UK to light a beacon to mark such major milestones and national plans are underway to encourage the collective lighting of them on the evening of Thursday 2 June 2022.

The Council does not promote the lighting of beacons or bonfires, recent national guidance has been released around planting a circle of seven trees around the site of where potential beacons are to be lit - one for each decade of Her Majesty's reign.

A comprehensive Guide to taking part has been produced, with every piece of information you are likely to need.

If you wish to light a beacon, you will need to complete the Event Team's safety application form.

On 5 June, communities are invited to come together for The Big Jubilee Lunch (Street Party).

Safe events of all shapes and sizes are encouraged in a way that works best for your community. Some ideas include getting together with neighbours to watch the Platinum Pageant on television, having a cuppa or organising a Big Lunch gathering.

Again, if your lunch will take place on your local street, road, cul-de-sac then please can you complete the attached application form:

The Queen's Green Canopy

The Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique, UK-wide, tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee in 2022, by inviting people to Plant a Tree for the Jubilee. Everyone from individuals to towns, villages, school and companies are being invited to plant trees from October 2021 when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.

Many initiatives to plant trees in the borough have already commenced, including the Lord Mayor of Chester and the Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council planting their trees on 11 March 2022.

The Queen's Green Canopy organisation is encouraging the planting of trees in a sustainable way and to create a legacy in honour of The Queen's reign and leadership, as well as inviting the planting of new trees, the QGC will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty's 70 years of service.

All planting projects can be uploaded onto an interactive map on the 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.

Once you have planted your tree, you can mark the occasion with a virtual commemorative plaque.

The Queen's Green Canopy

Free trees

The Woodland Trust is giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. Applications for a November delivery will open early in 2022. Find out how to apply for your trees:

Woodland Trust: Free trees for schools and communities

Submit your local event

If you would like your event including on the what's on Jubilee webpage, please email all the details (including date, time, location, event type, organiser's contact details, link and any costs/entrance costs/tickets etc if applicable to:

Email Democratic Services

Regalia talks and tours of Chester Town Hall

To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, the Council and the City of Chester Charter Trustees are offering a number of Regalia Talks and Tours of Chester Town Hall. Aswell as delving into the history of the Town Hall and the ceremonial side of the City of Chester, the tours will also explore Chester's civic connections with Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

Tours include entrance into the Lord Mayor’s exhibition Her Majesty's connections with Chester.

Regalia Talks and tours of the Town Hall will last around 1hour and 15 minutes and donations to the Lord Mayor of Chester’s charities are welcome.

  • Friday 3 June: 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm
  • Saturday 4 June: 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm

Places are unfortunately limited, so to avoid disappointment please book early.

Book a place on the talks and tour

If you have any access requirements please email Chester Civic separately and confirm which tour you have booked onto.

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