In 2022, Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, making her the first British monarch in history to celebrate 70 years on the throne.
The actual date of the Jubilee is Sunday 6th February, but Brits plan to mark the momentous occasion with a bank holiday weekend of street parties in June. The official day earmarked for the Big Jubilee Lunch is Sunday 5th June, when up to 10 million Brits are planning to organise and attend street parties in Her Majesty’s honour.
After two years of being separated from family and friends, we’re all more than ready for another neighbourhood knees-up – but how do you plan a street party?
The Big Lunch and Street Party website have plenty of advice and free information packs on how to organise an official Jubilee street party, but to give you a helping hand we’ve rounded up the most important information here.
How to organise a Jubilee street party: Rules and Regulations
Organising a Platinum Jubilee street party of your own is actually much simpler than you might imagine. Anyone who wants to hold a street party is welcome to do so any time during the bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June. While it’s helpful if one person takes charge, the idea behind a street party is that the whole road is involved in the planning and organising, and it brings the community together.
Need to know:
- It’s legal for anyone to hold a street party from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June
- Start planning six weeks in advance
- Fill out government application form on local council website
- No risk assessment needed
- Need Temporary Events Notice for loud music and/or to sell alcohol
- Consider Platinum Jubilee Street Meet for smaller events
- Once application approved, invite guests!
The government suggests you start party planning at least six weeks in advance by filling out an application form on your local council website. This gives them time to put a temporary traffic regulation in place and close your road to traffic so you can take advantage of the whole street. While some councils might charge a small fee, event officials are being encouraged to make street parties as affordable as possible and facilitate any necessary road closures.