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Celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in York

As we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, communities across York are marking the historic milestone - find out what's happening near you.

This once in a lifetime opportunity sees people coming together in celebration, and the range of activities are as diverse as our communities themselves; many of our residents are getting involved.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Keth Aspden said,

“We want to ensure people can make memories, show their respects to Her Majesty, celebrate her incredible record of public service, and maintain York’s proud history in the relationship with the Monarch."

Jubilee celebrations in York

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The Queen’s Green Canopy in York

The city of York has been awarded The Queen’s Green Canopy 'champion status' to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, in 2022.

You're invited to 'Plant a Tree for the Jubilee' as part of this unique tree planting initiative. Community tree-planting events will take place throughout the year to:

  • celebrate the jubilee
  • increase York's tree canopy
  • support the biodiversity of our local environment
  • improving carbon absorption across York

We're creating an extensive community woodland to the west of York, with the ambition to plant 50,000 trees by 2023; find out about York Community Woodland.

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Organising jubilee street parties in York

Get guidance from GOV.UK if you're planning a street party or event to celebrate the jubilee.

To close a road for a celebration you'll need to complete a (Jubilee Street Party) road or footpath closure application form. Fees will only apply if you are charging for admission to your street party. For a small deposit, you can borrow a ‘Road Closed’ sign from our depot.

You'll only need a licence for your event if you are planning to sell alcohol.

The BBC is offering local communities a TV Licence dispensation for screening programmes which are broadcast live over the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend. You won't need a TV Licence to watch BBC coverage from any community events you've arranged in town halls, community centres, and local streets (as long as viewing is for the sole purpose of screening an event judged by the BBC to be of national importance).

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Beacon lighting in York

York's beacon lighting ceremony, to mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee in the city, is part of a nationwide series of events.

The short (limited capacity) event, on Thursday 2 June between 9.15pm and 10.00pm, will include a welcome from the Rt Honourable Lord Mayor of York, alongside contributions from York Pipe Band, The Band of the Yorkshire Regiment and Dunnington Community Choir.

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Dressing the city

The York BID are marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by 'dressing the city' with 3.5km of bunting, to provide a party atmosphere in our streets.

On 2, 3 and 4 June you're invited to buy refreshments from nearby local businesses and take a seat in St Sampsons Square, to soak up the atmosphere and watch a big screen showing of ‘The Queens Corgi’, alongside archive footage of the Queen’s visits to the North.

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Map of jubilee events

See the map of jubilee events; search for information about local and national events, and find out how to add details of your own celebratory activities via the website.

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Her Majesty The Queen is wearing a purple hat with flowers wrapped around it. She is smiling and wearing a purple coat that matches the colour of her hat.

Visit the Royal Family's website for information about the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and other historic milestones.