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Jubilee celebrations in Chelmsford

Queens Platinum Jubilee Sign

2022 marks Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, making her the first British Monarch to celebrate 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

To celebrate this historic occasion, there are events taking place throughout the year, including the four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday June 2 to Sunday 5 June.

The celebration will include public events and community activities around the UK, including here in Chelmsford.

The Queen Visiting South Woodham Ferrers
The Queen’s visit to South Woodham Ferrers in 1981

Chelmsford Cathedral, 31 May

Chelmsford Cathedral is organising a stay and play Lego session on Tuesday 31 May, from 10am to 12 noon.  The theme this time is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and they’re challenging children to design and build a castle fit for a Queen and maybe some accessories for the corgis! More information on the session can be found on the Cathedral’s website.

Widford Parish Centre, 8 May to 5 June

Parish of Widford Festival of Art and Platinum Jubilee exhibition (POWfest) is currently underway until 5 June. This family-friendly community exhibition is taking place at the Parish Centre and Church of the Holy Spirit with more than 170 artworks and photographs with contributions from 27 local artists, two schools, parishioners and Chelmsford College. The Festival is open Monday to Saturday 10am-12 and 3-5.30pm, 7-9 pm Wednesday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

Oaklands Park, 2 June

Chelmsford City Council will be organising a civic beacon lighting at Oaklands Park led by the Mayor of Chelmsford on the evening of 2 June. A special tune called “Diu Regnare” will be played as a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen, followed by a bugle call by the Essex Army Cadets. The Jubilee beacon will be lit at 9.45pm.

Boreham Recreation Grounds, 2 June

A beacon lighting event will also be happening on 2 June, 9.45pm at the Boreham Recreation Grounds. Organised by Boreham Parish Council, the event starts at 1pm and will include a parade, live entertainment and fun activities for the whole family. More information can be found here.

South Woodham Ferrers Village Hall playing fields, 2 June

Enjoy live music, games, food and drinks from 1pm-5pm at South Woodham Village Hall on 2 June followed by a Jubilee beacon lighting at 9.45pm. For more information, call 01245 325568.

Great Waltham, 2 June

Join Great Waltham’s beacon lighting from 8pm onwards at the Cricket Grounds. For more information, please email heatherlockwood59@btinternet.com.

Sandon, 2 June

On 2 June from 10.30am to noon, there’ll be children’s party in St Andrew’s Churchyard with an award winning comedy magic show, mini disco, disco lights and more. You can book your free tickets via email at tgabrown@hotmail.com

Great Baddow, 2 June

Great Baddow Parish Council is hosting a picnic in the park at the Great Baddow Recreation Grounds at 3pm, 2 June. Bring along your picnic baskets and enjoy the free family activities. More information can be found here.

Great Baddow Recreation Ground

Central Park, 5 June

Chelmsford Festival is organising a big Jubilee picnic from 12pm – 4pm. The location has now changed from Central Park to the covered outdoor area of Riverside Leisure Centre by the River Chelmer. Bring your own picnic basket and enjoy wonderful acts for the whole family.

South Hanningfield, 5 June

Enjoy live music, a dog agility demo, food and drinks and a variety of children’s activities from 12 noon to 6pm on 5 June at the South Hanningfield Village Hall. Please call 07891 653238 for more information.

Other events

Let us know if you or your organisation is hosting a public event by sending the details to publicity.email@chelmsford.gov.uk. You can also submit your own event for free on the Chelmsford For you website: https://chelmsfordforyou.co.uk.

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Charlotte Maltby
Charlotte Maltby

Charlotte writes about the environment, parks, recycling, business, planning, public realm and democratic services.