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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee events

Communities across Derbyshire will come together to celebrate the Queen's historic reign.

Derbyshire events

Our councillors, including members of our Cabinet and our Civic Chairman will all be involved in numerous events across the county to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Our Civic Chairman will be in attendance at Derby Cathedral for a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Service on Saturday 21 May at 2.30pm. All are welcome to attend this celebration of the monarch’s reign, which will feature the Derby Cathedral Choir.

Members Community Leadership Scheme

We're supporting communities to celebrate the jubilee by increasing the amount available to our 64 councillors in their Members Community Leadership Scheme funds. Each member has an extra £1,500 to support local celebrations for the jubilee.

You can apply now for a grant through this scheme

Closing a road for your Jubilee event or street party

If you're planning a street party or other celebration for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, you need to apply to your local district or borough council for the appropriate licence. Things like road closures, event notices, street trading and so on. Information about what you need to do can be found on district and borough council websites:

Jubilee events in Derbyshire Libraries

See the events planned in Derbyshire's libraries.

Our libraries have also put together a special exhibition that will be visiting 11 of our branches between now and October. The display includes images, books, souvenirs and memorabilia.


  • Long Eaton - week commencing 21 March 2022 and week commencing 28 March 2022
  • Eckington - week commencing 11 April 2022 and week commencing 18 April 2022
  • Chapel en le Frith - week commencing 2 May 2022 and week commencing 9 May 2022
  • Wirksworth - week commencing 23 May 2022 and week commencing 30 May 2022
  • Creswell - week commencing 13 June 2022 and week commencing 20 June 2022
  • Sandiacre - week commencing 4 July 2022 and week commencing 11 July 2022
  • Ilkeston - week commencing 25 July 2022 and week commencing 1 August 2022
  • Buxton - week commencing 15 August 2022 and week commencing 22 August 2022
  • Alfreton - week commencing 5 September 2022 and week commencing 12 September2022
  • Glossop - week commencing 26 September 2022 and week commencing 3 October 2022
  • Bolsover - week commencing 17 october 2022 and week commencing 24 October 2022

TV licence

The BBC, in recognition of the national importance of the Platinum Jubilee, has agreed a TV licensing dispensation for community events to be held over the bank holiday weekend.

This means that if you're arranging events in town halls, community centres and streets, where TV is not usually watched, and will be screening the live programmes throughout the weekend, you can do so without purchasing a TV licence.

National events

The Platinum Pudding competition

The winner of a nationwide baking competition to find a brand-new pudding, the Platinum Pudding to dedicate to Her Majesty, has been announced.

Jemma Melvin, a copywriter and keen amateur baker, from Southport, triumphed with her lemon swiss roll and amaretti trifle.

Entries to the competition closed on 4 February 2022. Five finalists were chosen and invited to prepare their pudding for an expert judging panel at a live final.

Judges included Dame Mary Berry, Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace Head Chef Mark Flanagan. The winner and the winning recipe will be shared at a later date.

Find out more about the Platinum Pudding Competition at Fortnum and Mason.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons

There's a long tradition of celebrating royal jubilees, weddings and coronations with the lighting of beacons in Derbyshire and across the United Kingdom. This will be continued to mark the Platinum Jubilee on Thursday 2 June 2022.

We're organising the lighting of one official beacon in Derbyshire which will be on top of Solomon's Temple Tower (weather and wind speed permitting), on Grin Low Hill near Buxton.  

The lighting of our beacon will take place at 9.45pm. Learn more about the lighting of our beacon to mark Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Other county beacon sites arranged by other organisations and groups are being held at the same time, including on private land .

Organisations planning to light a beacon are being encouraged to follow the national guidance for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons.

Derbyshire choirs can sign up to sing as beacons are lit

Choirs are invited to take part in Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons Song for the Commonwealth performances.

While beacons are lit across the country on 2 June 2022 to mark the Platinum Jubilee, to add to the occasion a new song will be sung by different choirs of all sizes and age groups at the different locations. The song was chosen by competition and is called A Life Lived with Grace by Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu and Lucy Kiely.

If you're in a choir and would like to take part as a Derbyshire beacon is lit please sign up for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons Songs.

Find out more about the song for the Commonwealth.

Let's Create Jubilee Fund

Derbyshire voluntary and community organisations were able to apply to the Let's Create Jubilee Fund to help them deliver creative activity for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The aim was to empower community organisations to work collaboratively with artists and cultural organisations to produce fresh work that is meaningful to their local community.

The grants range from £750 to £10,000. Applications closed on Monday 28 February 2022. Those successful will be informed on 1 April 2022 and projects are to take place in June 2022.

Trooping the Colour

The traditional parade will be held this year on Thursday 2 June 2022. Derbyshire residents were able to apply for tickets to be part of the audience for this spectacular event.

Applications for the ballot closed on 7 March 2022. Standing and wheelchair tickets are still available to purchase.

Platinum Party at the Palace

On Saturday 4 June 2022 the BBC will stage and broadcast a special live concert from Buckingham Palace that will bring together some of the world's biggest entertainment stars.

Derbyshire residents were able to apply for tickets to attend this event by way of a ballot which has now closed.  They should find out shortly if they have been successful.

You can find out more about the plans for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend 2022.

Platinum Pageant

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant will take place on Sunday 5 June 2022. It tells the story of the Queen's 70-year reign and our transforming society.

The pageant is played out in 3 parts: Ceremonial, Celebration, and Finale. It starts with act 1 'For Queen and Country' which is a grand parade featuring contingents of marching bands, service personnel, and representatives from across the Commonwealth, marching along some of London's most iconic streets.

Find out more details of the pageant and what it includes.

River of Hope

Pupils at Derbyshire primary and secondary schools, along with those from throughout the UK, were invited to create designs on the theme of climate change for possible inclusion on one of the 200 silk flags that will form the River of Hope at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

Fifteen of our schools have taken up the challenge and submitted their entries in March. We wish them all good luck.

The Big Jubilee Lunch

For years The Big Lunch has encouraged communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little better.

In 2022 The Big Lunch, which will be on Sunday 5 June 2022, and will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of every community.

We're encouraging Derbyshire residents to get together to share friendship, food and fun with neighbours as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

A Big Jubilee Lunch can be big or small - street party or picnic, tea and cake or a garden barbecue. Get more information, tips and ideas for hosting an event at The Big Jubilee Lunch.

You'll also find lots of information and advice on organising a street party.

If you need to close a road make sure you get permission at least 12 weeks in advance from your local district or borough council.

The Queen's Green Canopy - 'plant a tree for the Jubilee'

We're very keen to support The Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) - a UK-wide tree planting initiative created to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Everyone, from individuals, groups, schools and communities to larger organisations and businesses are being encouraged to get involved and plant trees.

People are being encouraged to plan tree-planting events to coincide with 2 designated planting phases. The spring planting phase has now ended and the second planting phase is from November into December 2022.

We’ve been organising and supporting tree-planting events and if you’re thinking of planting a tree advice is available from our countryside service email:

All trees planted will help to achieve the county's one million trees planted by 2030 target.

The Queen's Green Canopy provides information on how to get involved, including tips on planting trees, how to order an official plaque and an interactive map for you to pin your tree on a national map.

Our Councillors have been busy supporting the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative by planting trees across the county. You can see them planting their trees.

Schools may be able to access funding for tree planting, and the Woodland Trust are making free trees available for schools and communities.

National Lottery Fund

The Arts Council has announced the Let's Create Jubilee Fund, using funding from the National Lottery for creative events to take celebrate the Jubilee.

The fund, to be administered by UK Community Foundations, is £5 million in total, and applicants can apply for between £750 and £10,000. Projects must involve an artist or cultural organisation as a partner.

There's also information about funding for events and activities that groups can apply for.