Excitement building in Barnsley ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Plans are underway across the borough as we join the rest of the UK to prepare for a Reet Royal Do to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a phenomenal 70 years on the throne serving her country. 

The Queen officially began her role at just 25 years old after the death of her father in February 1952, but she officially took her place on the throne and was crowned Queen at her coronation on 2 June 1952, becoming the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. 

An all-year programme of events has been taking place throughout the year in the UK and Commonwealth but will culminate with the Platinum Jubilee Weekend, which takes place across an extended four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June.  

This special weekend provides our communities with an opportunity to come together and celebrate this once in a lifetime historical moment. Whether you’re a resident, community group, school or scout group, there are so many ways to take part or get involved. 

Here’s just a snapshot of what we have to look forward to: 

Beacon lightingwe will be taking part in the Platinum Jubilee’s first official event of the jubilee weekend by lighting a beacon in Barnsley Town Centre on Thursday 2 June. Our beacon will be one of over 2,033 being lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories in recognition of the Queen’s long and selfless service. Look out for further details in the coming weeks.  

A number of additional beacons will also be lit across the borough within local communities, so please keep an eye out for further information in your local area. If you’re planning on lighting a beacon, please email our Events team at eventplanning@barnsley.gov.uk, so they can offer guidance and advice. For more information on beacons, visit queensjubileebeacons.com.  

Barnsley Libraries – join in the celebrations with our amazing Barnsley Libraries that will be dressed to impress with royal decorations and themed activities. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, including dedicated royal book displays, jubilee themed crafts and story and rhyme sessions for children and families. Keep an eye out to see what’s happening at your local branch. 

Barnsley Town Centre – our Town Centre will be the central hub buzzing with royal activity leading up to and over the jubilee weekend, with the Glass Works and Markets joining in on the action. Highlights include the return of the twisted festival over the weekend and the construction of a magnificent sand sculpture using 20 tonnes of sand – that’s equivalent to the weight of around 1,763 corgis. Sand sculpture workshops will be delivered on 2 and 3 June, giving visitors the chance to learn and create sand sculptures. Keep up to date with what’s happening in the Town Centre on our website or follow us on Facebook.  

Barnsley Museumsour museums will also be celebrating in style with lots of exciting things planned for all the family, including a ‘Reet Royal Do’ at Cooper Art Gallery – including stories, crafts and games in the garden and a royal garden party on Sunday 5 June. Keep up to date with all the museum celebrations on our Barnsley Museums website 

Community events we’re delighted to see that so many communities and community groups have already come together to arrange local community events over the jubilee weekend. If you have organised a community event and haven’t already been in touch with our Events team, please do, by emailing eventplanning@barnsley.gov.uk. We can offer lots of help, advice and support to make sure your event runs smoothly, legally and safely.

Also, please make sure you register your event on the platinum jubilee interactive map so that we can see everything planned across the borough and help residents find events happening locally to them.  

Keep an eye out in your local areas for any activities organised. We’d urge you to support them and enjoy everything they have in store as part of your community. 

Street parties and the Big Jubilee Lunch – Barnsley folk are renowned for their friendliness and community spirit, so what better way to celebrate the jubilee than to join your neighbours in organising a street party. 

If you’ve not already organised one, it’s not too late. You could even hold it as part of The Big Jubilee Lunch  on Sunday 5 June, where, as part of the Queen’s official celebrations, millions of people across the UK will share friendship, food and fun. 

For all the advice and guidance you need, visit streetparty.org.uk and the Big Lunch website. Don’t forget to contact our Events team at eventplanning@barnsley.gov.uk for support and guidance. 

National celebrations if you’d prefer to join in the celebrations in the comfort of your own home with a cup of tea, you’re in for a treat as most of the official celebrations will be televised over the weekend for you to enjoy and feel a part of the celebrations. 

Join our virtual Jubilee celebrations – keep an eye out on our social media accounts as we countdown to the big weekend. We’ll be sharing stories from residents who have met the Queen, shining a light on Barnsley 70 years ago and celebrating 70 years of Barnsley and all the things we are proud of. Keep an eye out for further updates. 

The Mayor of Barnsley, Caroline Makinson, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many community events, street parties and activities being organised across the borough. As always, our communities are doing us proud and really are the jewels in our crown. It’s wonderful to see the excitement building within our communities as they come together in true Barnsley style to share this once in a lifetime moment in history.  

“Of course, there will also be lots going on across the borough in our libraries, Town Centre and museums and I am really excited to see what the sand sculpture will be in Glass Works Square, will it be the Queen, a corgi or maybe the palace? 

“Whether you’ve made your jubilee plans or not, I wish you all a wonderful memorable weekend celebrating this once in a lifetime moment.” 

Keep up to date with what’s happening across the borough by following us on social media and visiting the interactive jubilee event map. 

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