Platinum Jubilee


Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

On February 6, 2022 Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June.

The bank holiday will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.

Newport is gearing up to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a range of events, activities and projects that will benefit the whole city.

Beacon Trail (30 April - 12 June)

Newport will be taking part in a specially designed augmented reality trail that will create a buzz and raise awareness in the four weeks leading up to the lighting of the Jubilee Beacon.

The trail is an experience where players visit seven characters that have come to life from Buckingham Palace and are visiting locations around Newport on a day out.

Players, guided by Sir Barnaby Beacon, visit each character, learning about a different decade in Her Majesty’s 70-year reign and ‘choose their own adventure’ as they progress around the trail.

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Queen’s Jubilee Beacon

2 June,  8pm – 10pm

Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields, Edward German Crescent, Ringland, Newport NP19 9ND

The Jubilee Beacon is one of the official events of the Platinum Jubilee. Thousands of beacons will be lit by communities, charities and groups throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

The event will begin at 8pm with a welcome address from the Leader of Newport City Council. There will be performances from Swn Celtaidd (Gwent Music Celtic group), Gwent brass ensemble and collaboration choir Cwm Rhondda. ‘Diu Regnare’, a piece of music specially composed as a tribute to Her Majesty will be played and a bugler will also perform.

At 9.45pm the Beacon will be lit by the Lord Lieutenant for Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken CBE, followed by a further performance by The City of Newport Male Choir, Adams Chorale Choir, Newport Cathedral Choir and Gwent Music Youth Choir.

The event will close with the national anthems.

Newport’s Big Jubilee Lunch

5 June, 1pm-6pm

Beechwood Park, Newport NP19 8AJ

Newport will be hosting a Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5 June on the top field of Beechwood Park.

Bring a blanket and a picnic and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with friends, family and the wider community.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant will be shown on a big screen and there will be family-friendly entertainment throughout the afternoon including the Blue Belles, B-Boys, Roo’d, Sunday Grannies, and a balloon modelling artist.

The café at Beechwood will also be open for light refreshments.

Street parties – applications now closed

Newport City Council is supporting street parties during the four-day bank holiday weekend.

Applications for Jubilee related road closures closed on May 1, 2022

If a street party or road closure is not suitable in your area, there are also alternative ideas of how you can mark the occasion in your community.

You can find details of road closures for Jubilee events on our road works page

The Queen’s Green Canopy

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative which invites people from across the United Kingdom to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’.

During the first week of March, special tree planting ceremonies were held at five Newport schools. Maesglas, Alway, Gaer, St Julian’s and Malpas Court primary schools were chosen as they celebrated their official openings in the same year as the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

A special commemorative booklet has also been created to reflect on the schools then and now.

All Newport schools have also have the opportunity to plant a tree as part of the green canopy initiative.

In Tredegar Park, a new avenue of more than 80 trees has been unveiled, creating enhanced surroundings along part of one of the cities key cycle routes.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative which invites people from across the United Kingdom to ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’.