Platinum Jubilee events

Last Updated: 23 May 2022

In 2022 Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee for 70 years of loyal and dedicated service, which will be marked with an extended bank holiday from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June. Communities throughout the UK are encouraged to celebrate and commemorate this occasion and residents of South Lakeland may wish to participate by holding activities and events to celebrate this historic milestone.

National celebrations

There are lots of different ways to take part. You can find out more about the celebrations on the Platinum Jubilee website.

The site includes an interactive map so you can easily find out about the events and special activities taking place and where they are happening.

Beacon lighting

In keeping with the long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations, communities are encouraged to light beacons across the UK at 9.45pm on the evening of Thursday 2 June 2022. Should you wish to take part, more information can be found at the Beacons website.

The Big Jubilee Lunch

The Big Jubilee Lunch encourages communities to come together, celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better and will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community. More details and top tips on how to get going can be found at The Big Jubilee Lunch.

Street parties, picnics and tea and cake are actively encouraged. Everyone’s invited to join millions of people across the UK to share friendship, food and fun. To help you get started sign up for your free Big Jubilee Lunch pack.

Picnic in the Park

As part of the Big Jubilee Lunch celebrations we understand that our parks and open spaces throughout the district are enjoyable spaces to use for picnics with friends and family.

We welcome the use of our spaces to enjoy the Jubilee celebrations. Please be considerate to the environment, to other people and act responsibly.

Street parties and other community events in South Lakeland

Get information at 'Your guide to organising a street party' GOV.UK.

If you wish to hold a street party to celebrate the Jubilee which will require a road to be closed to through traffic you will need to apply to us under the Town and Police Clauses Act by completing our Platinum Jubilee temporary road closure application form.

If you plan to hold a street party on a cul-de-sac or side road where the flow of through traffic will not be disrupted and a diversion will not be required you do not need to apply. The organiser will need to advertise the event locally so road users and properties affected know about it. You could use social media, village noticeboard, newsletters or posters.

Please return the form by Monday 18 April along with your:

  • public liability insurance document
  • risk assessment
  • plan of the roads to be closed


If you can't complete your application by this date, or are unsure if you need to make a road closure application,  please contact us for a discussion.

If you wish to use a park or open space owned by SLDC to hold an event to celebrate the Jubilee please complete the events booking form at Event booking.

If you plan to have licensable activity at the event, such as the sale of alcohol, you will need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice. 

The Queen’s Green Canopy

Everyone from individuals to community groups, villages, towns, businesses and Town and Parish Councils are encouraged to plant a tree for the Jubilee. The initiative started in October 2021, when the tree planting season began, and runs through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022. If you are interested in planting a tree then more details about how to get involved can be found on The Queen’s Green Canopy.

If you would like to plant a tree on private land, you will need to contact the landowner and obtain the landowner’s permission in writing beforehand.

SLDC is participating in the Queen’s Green Canopy and is currently identifying suitable locations on our land with available space to plant trees. If you have an enquiry about tree planting on council owned land please contact

The Light District

To mark the Platinum Jubilee, SLDC is inviting people across South Lakeland to join together in creating ‘The Light District’. This once in a lifetime celebration will see people across South Lakeland invited to light up homes, gardens, buildings, monuments and even boats in purple, white, or red white and blue to create a district wide beacon of light at exactly 9.45pm on the evening of Thursday 2 June to coincide with the scheduled time for the lighting of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee beacons across the UK.

Everyone, everywhere, is welcome to create ‘The Light District’ by lighting up something as simple as a candle in a window, a string of fairy lights on a property, or outdoor lanterns in a garden as friends and family gather together. We are also hoping that businesses, attractions, churches, parish and town councils will join in illuminating the district to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.

Some well-known local monuments and buildings will be lit up in the north, south, east and west of the district uniting us in a collective moment of celebration at this historic time.

Let’s create #TheLightDistrict together at 9.45pm on Thursday 2 June.

We would welcome you share your photos with us on social media using #TheLightDistrict


More than £22 million of National Lottery funding is being made available to help communities across the country come together to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. More information on the different funds available can be found at What funding is available?  The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022.

The Platinum Jubilee Emblem

The official Platinum Jubilee Emblem is available for use for all official activities associated with the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, including community and national events.