The May Bank Holiday Weekend will move to Thursday 2nd June, with an additional Bank Holiday taking place on Friday 3rd June, resulting in a very special four-day weekend, providing an opportunity for all to celebrate this historic milestone.
If you're looking to get involved in celebrating the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in the borough, all the details you’ll need, including hosting an event, funding opportunities, support, resources, and the upcoming commemorative activities, are provided on this page.
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Hosting a Jubilee event
We're encouraging residents to come together and host events and activities organised with your families, communities, neighbours, and friends. This may include:
- Organising a Big Jubilee Lunch street party with your neighbours
- Organising a Jubilee walk or trail around a park
- Planting a tree or flowers
- Displaying your own family and friends' photos commemorating events from the last 70 years
- Creating a window display
- Re-creating the Platinum Jubilee Pageant emblem in your community (don’t forget to get a photo of it from an elevated position!)
- Creating a time capsule and asking people to submit items that represent the last seven decades
- Creating a short film with your local community about some of their most memorable moments from the last 70 years (you don’t need any special equipment - this can be done on your phone!)
- Set up a relay run - find 70 people willing to take part and devise a scenic route through your town or community.
However you choose to get involved, don’t forget to tag us @wigancouncil on Twitter (external link), Facebook (external link) and Instagram (external link), and we will share our favourites.
Host an event at a council park or greenspace
If you would like to host a Jubilee event at a Wigan Council park or greenspace, you will need to contact our Land Management team who can advise you on site availability and event requirements.
Communities from across the UK are invited to come together for The Big Jubilee Lunch, as part of the official celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Celebrate this once in a lifetime event by hosting a get together for your local community. Whether it’s sharing a cuppa with a neighbour on the doorstep or a bigger bash in the street, we are here to help you celebrate! Bring back the great British street party tradition and make some very special memories by joining together with your neighbours over this momentous weekend.
Whilst the national event will be taking place on Sunday 5th June, we encourage residents to make the most of the weekend and plan your Big Jubilee Lunch from Thursday 2nd June.
Further information on road closures can be found on our Roadworks Bulletin webpage.
How to apply to host a street party
If you would like to organise your own Big Lunch, you will need to apply to host a street party by completing our street party application form.
The first 70 street party applicants will receive a free Platinum Jubilee Party Pack courtesy of Wigan Council to dress your street and support you in your celebrations!
Our Streetworks Team will be in touch to offer guidance on your street party and advise on any associated road closures.
The deadline for Jubilee street party applications is Friday 6th May 2022.
Wigan Council have removed the requirement to have public liability insurance for street parties for the Platinum Jubilee occasion. However, if you include bouncy castles, barbecues, or other activities that could pose a potential risk of injury to attendees, you may need to consider getting public liability insurance for your event.
Street party resources and advice
Funding for Platinum Jubilee projects
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund
Sport England has launched a new £5 million fund to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee that aims to use sport and physical activity to bring communities together and tackle inequalities. Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available to community organisations, including schools in support of new projects that encourage inactive people to get active, or less active people to become more active:
The deadline for Activity Fund applications is 31st March 2022.
For support and further information on funding opportunities, you can contact the deal for communities team online.
For full details on national activities, events taking place near you, and further resources, you can visit the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 website (external link).
Don't miss out on a chance to win tickets to the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in central London on Sunday 5th June! Enter Cadbury’s Platinum Jubilee Competition (external link).
The Queen’s Green Canopy
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 inviting people from across the United Kingdom to 'Plant a Tree for the Jubilee'.
Everyone from individuals, to Scout and girl guiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools, and corporates will be encouraged to play their part to enhance the environment by planting trees during the official planting season (October to March).
Tree planting will commence again in October 2022, through to the end of the Jubilee year.
Resources for events
The Royal Family website provides assets for non-commercial use and helpful links to organisations involved in Jubilee projects and initiatives.
The official emblem is available for download immediately, free of charge. It is available for use for all activities associated with the Platinum Jubilee celebrations including community and national events, publications, social media, retail, and merchandising.
Platinum Jubilee events in the borough
If you don’t fancy hosting your own celebration, don’t worry, there are plenty of exciting events taking place across the borough to keep you entertained!
Wigan Council are hosting a weekend series of free, family friendly events. Just take a look...
Official Jubilee Beacon Lighting - Thursday, 2nd June
Where and when? Haigh Woodland Park, 6pm-10pm
We'll be kicking off the Jubilee weekend with the official ceremonial Jubilee beacon lighting at Haigh Woodland Park. The event will be hosted by Girlguiding Lancashire South County - whose patron is Queen Elizabeth II. With local Girlguiding groups and special guests, settle down in front of a fabulous stage show packed full of local talent. Join in with a Girlguiding singalong or learn the words to 'The Song for the Commonwealth' ready for the ceremonial beacon lighting. It's a commemorative evening not to be missed! This is a Girlguiding led event and prebooking a ticket is essential to attend.
Mayor's Jubilee Gala - Friday, 3rd June
Where and when? Pennington Hall Park, 10am-4pm
The Mayor of Wigan Borough welcomes you to Pennington Hall Park for a very special Jubilee Gala. Boasting a range of family friendly activities and entertainment, it's a fabulous opportunity to gather with your loved ones and celebrate this historical weekend. Lawn games, afternoon tea, singalong classics - it's a celebration of everything that is great about Britain.
Jubilee Party in the Park - Saturday, 4th June
Where and when? Mesnes Park, 11am-5pm
Head back to the 1950s and the first years of the Queen’s reign with this exciting Party in the Park, packed full of entertainment, stalls, funfair rides, street theatre, food, and so much more. With vintage themed fun and activities, be sure to dig out your poodle skirts and fedoras and join in the fun!
There's more! Ahead of the UEFA Women’s EUROs coming to Wigan and Leigh in July, the EUROs team will be bringing a packed programme of activities that you can get involved in. Keep your eyes peeled for more details.
The Big Jubilee Lunch - Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June
Where? Community locations across Wigan borough
Community groups and other local event providers will be hosting their own programmes across the weekend. Check out the national events map (external link) or make sure you're following your local what’s on and event news pages on social media.
Get involved in Wigan Council's Jubilee events
If you're a community group, local business, performer or artist and you would like to get involved in our Platinum Jubilee events programme in some way you can contact the Events Team.
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