Platinum Jubilee Extravaganza

1 month ago Mon 30th May 2022

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This week, the nation will be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee - something no other monarch has done before. To mark this historic occasion, there will be a range of events in our local area. Take a look below to see what is going on near you:

Beacon Lightings

On Thursday, thousands of beacons will be lit across the country at 9.45pm.  In Bournemouth, a beacon lighting event will be taking place on the East Overcliff near the Jon Egging Red Arrows memorial, followed by fireworks in the bay. You can get to East Cliff by getting a bus to Bournemouth Square and taking a short walk up the hill from Bournemouth Beach and Pier. 

Christchurch will be lighting its beacon at Mudeford Quay but the celebrations will start at 5pm with an entertainment programme planned along with funfair rides and food and drink stalls. A twilight candle-lit procession will take place from Avon Beach to the Quay led by a piper at 9pm Mudeford just before the beacon is lit. You can hop on the X1 or X2 to get to Mudeford Quay.

In Poole, the beacon lighting will be at Sandbanks followed by fireworks in the bay. To get to Sandbanks, you can catch the 50 from Bournemouth or the 60 from Poole. There will be extra buses running on our 60 service from Sandbanks on this day. You can find out more on our Jubilee Bank Holiday bus services page.

Wimborne’s Big Jubilee Lunch

More than 400 people will be able to take part in The Big Jubilee Lunch in Wimborne Minster town centre on Sunday between 12pm and 6pm. Participants are being invited to take along their own picnic and join others on the picnic benches that will be set up in the High Street. Entertainment will be provided on the stage in the Square from 12pm. You can hop on the 13 from Bournemouth or the 3/4 from Poole to get directly to Wimborne.

Parkstone's Big Jubilee Picnic

Parkstone's Big Jubilee Picnic will take place on Saturday from 12pm to 4pm at Branksome Recreation Ground. There will be live music and entertainment and lots of activities for all the family including stalls, crafts, face painting, soft play, bouncy castle, and much more. You can get to Branksome Recreation Ground by hopping on the 15. Alternatively, it is a short walk from Ashley Road which the m1 and m2 serve regularly.

Ferndown's afternoon picnic and evening party

Ferndown residents are being invited to pack up sandwiches and sausage rolls for an afternoon picnic and some family entertainment on King George's Fields on Friday between 1pm and 4pm. Then, between 7pm and 10pm on the fields, there will be an evening of celebrations featuring live music, food stands, a bar and funfair. A fireworks display will take place at 10pm. You can get to Ferndown by getting the 13 from Bournemouth or the X6 from Poole.

Swanage All Day Street Party

There will be events across Swanage across the whole day. This includes a fancy dress competition and artisan stalls from the Stone Quay to Prince Albert Gardens. Performances will take place at Prince Albert Gardens, the Stone Quay, Lower High Street and The Square including Swanage Town Band, Karl Lattimer, The Salamanda Band, Gary Deamer Karaoke, and Steve Lowry family disco. At 3pm, The Platinum Jubilee Tea Party in the Lower High Street will begin, with music from singer Nicole Faraday. All tickets are now sold out but those who still want to join in can bring a picnic to Prince Albert Gardens. You can catch the 50 from Bournemouth or the 40 from Poole to get to Swanage.

Big screens in Bournemouth and Poole 

In Bournemouth Lower Gardens, people will be able to watch national events being broadcast by the BBC such as the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday, June 4, and films related to the Queen’s 70-year reign. In Poole, a big screen in Falkland Square will be showing Jubilee events throughout the weekend. Many buses stop in Bournemouth Square and Poole Bus Station. Use the Plan Your Journey page to find your route.

Don't forget, children under seven can travel for free with a paying adult - make the most of the bank holiday by travelling by bus!

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