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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Top 5 places to celebrate

Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, which runs from Thursday, 2 June to Sunday, 5 June, looks set to be packed with celebrations. Communities all over the UK will come together over the extended bank holiday weekend to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign, with some extra-special events happening in London.

We’ve rounded up our pick of the Platinum Jubilee events you won’t want to miss, from pageants at Buckingham Palace to street parties across the UK capital. The fun stretches far beyond London, so we’ve included unmissable events elsewhere in the UK, too. You can get involved with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations everywhere from Bournemouth to Edinburgh – so get that Union Jack bunting at the ready and prepare for a long weekend to remember.

Top 5 places to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Watch the pageantry at Buckingham Palace, London

There’s a whole host of events happening in London over the Jubilee weekend, so you’re in for a treat if you’re heading to the capital. It all kicks off with Trooping The Colour on Thursday, which starts at Buckingham Palace and moves down The Mall to Horse Guard’s Parade. It’s free to attend, but get there early – the crowds for this one will be big. On Saturday there’s a Platinum Jubilee Pageant in the same area, with all sorts of performances happening around the palace. Both events will be screened on the BBC if you can’t make it to London, so you can get involved from anywhere.

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Party in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh

West Princes Street Gardens is the place to be in Edinburgh throughout the Platinum Jubilee weekend. Pitch up with a picnic and you can watch the events unfold on the big screen while being entertained by the Royal Marines and lots of local artists. There’s also a special Jubilee edition of the Scottish Whisky Experience’s Gold Tour if you fancy brushing up on your Scotch whiskey knowledge. Scotland’s Majestic Malts runs throughout June, so there’s plenty of time to catch a wee dram if you’re not in town for the Queen’s Jubilee.

See the beacon lighting in Bournemouth

Platinum Jubilee beacons will be lit on the evening of Thursday June 2 across more than 1,500 locations in the UK and the Commonwealth. In Bournemouth, everything’s happening on East Overcliff Drive near the Jon Egging memorial, and the beacon lighting will be rounded off with fireworks in the bay. There will also be a big screen in the Lower Gardens showing the BBC’s coverage of the Platinum Jubilee, so you can watch the Platinum Party at the Palace and all the other big events on the big screen.

Celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Cardiff

There’s all sorts planned in Cardiff over the four days of the Jubilee, including a Royal Gun Salute and military music festival in Roald Dahl Plass that kicks off the celebrations on Thursday, a huge Jubilee concert at Cardiff Castle, and beacon lighting in Cardiff Bay. A Big Jubilee Picnic in Bute Park finishes everything off on the Sunday, with big screens showing the pageant in London plus lots of live music and entertainment. Pack up a hamper, get comfy on your picnic blanket, and settle in for a day at the park.

Tuck into The Big Jubilee Lunch, UK-wide

Wherever you are in the UK, you can get involved in The Big Jubilee Lunch – an invitation for people to sit down together for a cake, a cuppa, or a full-blown lunch worthy of HM The Queen herself. There are street parties planned across the UK all weekend, but most lunches are happening on the Sunday, so take a look and find an event near you. There’s a map of all the lunches taking place, plus some tips and resources to organise your own Big Jubilee Lunch and get your local community together.

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Fancy spending the Queen’s Jubilee weekend somewhere different? Take a look at our UK city guides for more inspiration and get your megabus tickets booked, pronto.