This year, Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service.

Everyone is encouraged to join the year-long celebrations – from planting a tree to hosting a Big Jubilee Lunch on your street. The upcoming four-day Bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June is the perfect time to organise a street party.

What is a street party?

A street party is a small-scale get together in your street or neighbourhood. Unlike public events, it is self-organised and publicised only to the residents in your neighbourhood.

You don’t need insurance or a music license for street parties. If you’d like to sell alcohol or provide entertainment, you’ll need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice instead. You should only hold a street party during daylight hours.

Temporary road closure

To ensure the success of your street party, you need to apply for a temporary road closure. A temporary closure means that all vehicles are kept out, but the road is still open to pedestrians.

To apply, you must submit the application form, condition clauses and an agreement form showing your neighbours are happy for you to close the road. This can all be done online on the Council’s website.

Applications for temporary road closures for the Jubilee must be made by 22 April 2022.

Further information, tips and advice

Want to know more about organising a street party? Check out the government’s guidelines and list of myths and facts on street parties.

You can visit the Street Party website for an extensive checklist and creative ideas on how to plan a successful street meet.

If you are participating in the Big Jubilee Lunch, you can add your event details to their website.

Public events

There is an array of public events happening throughout Chelmsford to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Let us know if you or your organisation is hosting one and we’ll add it to the What’s On page.

You may send the details of your public event to

By Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes stories about recycling and waste, parks, economic development, local democracy and planning.