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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

In celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, activities and events will take place across Bedford Borough to mark the occasion.

Guide to holding street parties

To help residents celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, Bedford Borough Council has waived the usual administration fee for street party road closures.

Applications for street party road closures have now closed and the highways team is getting in touch with those who applied via email,

If your road closure have been approved, we would remind you to:

  •  Allow reasonable pedestrian access at all times.
  •  Allow vehicular access for emergencies at all times. Please ensure that you allow enough width on one side of the road for a vehicle to access properties.
  •  Erect road closure signs and barriers prior and remove them at the end of the event.
  •  Clear the public highway (roads, footways and verges) immediately after the conclusion of the event.

If you require road closure signs, these can be collected from the reception at Borough Hall – Monday to Friday (09:00 – 17:00). They will be issued on a first come first served basis.

You can also find if any street parties have been organised near you on the Platinum Jubilee website.

We have compiled responses to a list of frequently asked questions here: Platinum Jubilee FAQs

Queen’s Green Canopy

We are proud to be planting 10,000 trees across the Borough in 2021 and 2022.

The Queen’s Green Canopy is a national planting initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. Over 2021 and 2022 everyone across the country is invited to get involved and plant a tree.

The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 ancient woodlands across the UK and identify 70 ancient trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. 

Find out how to get involved with the Queen's Green Canopy.

Jubilee events and activities

Free events at Bedford Central Library 

The below events will be held at Bedford Central Library and are all free of charge.

Royal Visits to Bedford

  • Wednesday 25 May - 11.30am. Come and listen to an illustrated talk by local historian, Maurice Nicholson.

Heritage Library Open morning

  • Wednesday 1 June - 11am to 1pm. Come and see some of the items from our collection with a royal theme.

Royal Occasions in Bedford

  • Thursday 9 June - 11.30am. Come along and listen to an illustrated talk by local historian, Maurice Nicholson.

Look out of details of Jubilee Coffee and Community sessions in our libraries.

Free activities for children

You can find free activities for children at the local libraries here

Town Centre Jubilee Trail – 19 May to 9 June

To celebrate the Jubilee, 12 crowns have been hidden in various windows around the town centre. Why not explore the town while following the map to find the crowns? 

Maps can be downloaded online or can be collected from The Higgins or Central Library. 

The trail will run from Thursday 19 May through the long Jubilee weekend and ends on Thursday 9 June.

Bedford Beacon Lighting - Thursday 2 June

The Beacon on Castle Mound in Bedford will be lit on Thursday 2 June at 9:45pm. This is free to attend.

More than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

Parish councils and community organisations may wish to host their own beacon lighting event. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons website has more information on how to arrange this.

The Higgins Bedford - Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June

The Higgins Bedford is hosting a Platinum Jubilee Craft Activity. Come along and get ready for your Platinum Jubilee Garden Party by decorating a hat or crown to take away and impress your neighbours.

You do not need to book to attend this event and it is free to attend.

  • drop-in 2 - 4pm
  • suitable for under 12s (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Jubilee Makers Market - Saturday 4 June

Bedford Markets will be hosting a Jubilee Makers Market on The River Great Ouse along Queens Walk (Riverside Square).

Come along between 10am and 3.30pm.

Reminiscence Mornings - Jubilee Memories - Thursday 9 June 11am

Remember When? - Reminiscence Mornings at The Higgins Bedford

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, share memories of the last 70 years about our Queen and our nation.

Find out more and book on the Higgins website 

The Corn Exchange – Tuesday 28 June

The Corn Exchange will be hosting ‘Happy & Glorious’ on Tuesday 28 June to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, with Neil Sands and his wonderful West End cast.

This uplifting afternoon will bring back golden memories with songs made famous by many of her favourite singers and stars from her Royal Command performances.

Find out more and book on the Corn Exchange website.  

Postcards to the Queen 

If you could send a postcard to the Queen, what would you say? Maybe you could say how you help the planet or how you’ve been kind to someone? You could draw a picture of your family, best friend or pet! 

You can pick up a blank postcard from any of our libraries then once you’ve completed it, pop it in one of our special Jubilee post-boxes. The winning postcard from each library will be shared on social media, and the winners will receive a BedfordBid Town Centre Voucher! This activity is for children aged 12 and under.

Other events

There will be many events and activities celebrating the Jubilee across the UK Commonwealth and beyond in the months leading up to the special extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022.

You can use the Platinum Jubilee map to find what’s on near you.