Celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee across the Winchester district
The Winchester district is gearing up to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this bank holiday weekend. Street parties are happening up and down our district with the city council processing no less than 49 road closures which will allow our communities to come together to commemorate Her Majesty’s incredible record of public service to our country.
The council has awarded grants to enable a dozen community Jubilee events to happen in village, town and city communities spanning from Micheldever in the north of the district to Wickham in the south. To see the map of events local to you that have been registered by organisers on the national database see: https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/events/. Special guidance has also been published to support organisers of community events which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-guide-to-organising-a-street-party/your-guide-to-organising-a-street-party
A raft of special jubilee events and opportunities for family day trips over the half term have also been organised by the district’s tourism businesses: click here to see more. And if you are interested in exploring Winchester’s regal past, the Visit Winchester free guide to our districts fascinating links to royal history over the centuries – including information about visits from HM the Queen - can be viewed here: https://www.visitwinchester.co.uk/trails/royal-blood/royal-blood/
The district is also paying homage to HM the Queen’s longstanding service by planting trees and flowers. Winchester City Council is supplying The Queens Green Canopy plaques to mark the planting of trees in 24 parishes, 48 city council housing sites and 27 council-maintained open spaces over the next couple of weeks. Passers-by will, from next week, also be able to spot a special Platinum Jubilee planting display at the Bar End roundabout.
Cllr Paula Ferguson, city council Cabinet Member for Community and Housing said:
“There is a great sense of community right across our district and it is lovely to see such a large number of street parties, tree planting ceremonies and community events taking place this weekend in the villages, market towns and the city.
Our district is bursting with opportunities to celebrate - Winchester Cathedral and Theatre Royal Winchester are marking the event in style with special celebration events, and families are spoilt for days out across the whole half term week – our Visit Winchester website has all the details.
We hope that all of our residents enjoy their festivities as they celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and give thanks for her remarkable service to the country over the last 70 years.”
Celebrations will continue this summer, as Winchester district will be welcoming the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay. The Baton will visit Winchester Sport & Leisure Park, and Hambledon Cricket Ground as part of the national route on Wednesday 6 July. Find out more: https://www.birmingham2022.com/queens-baton-relay/route