A celebration for everyone

Queen's Platinum Jubilee graphic for Bolton

In Bolton we want everyone to get involved in celebrating this historic event and are planning some special events over the bank holiday weekend. Don’t forget to follow our social media channels for the latest updates on our exciting plans.

How to celebrate in Bolton

We also want to help residents and groups commemorate the occasion in their own community and there are lots of ways you, your family and friends can celebrate together. 

Join the celebrations in Bolton town centre

Two days of music and entertainment to celebrate the Queen in the summer sun. Both days will also feature a bar and food and drink stalls, activities for children and teens, plus free crowns to wear and Union Jacks to wave.

Enter the spirit of the occasion by dressing like it’s the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s or 10s. Why not dress like a famous star of the time?

Thursday 02 June

Bolton will join over 1,500 beacon lighting ceremonies across the UK - taking place at the Parish Church, 9.15pm.

Friday 03 June

Decades of Music concert - top tribute bands fill the day with hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and more.

Elton John tribute act at the piano


With the music of:

  • The Beatles
  • Elton John
  • The Who and Quadraphenia
  • Boy George
  • Little MIx
  • The Spice Girls
  • Park Life – the sound of Britpop
  • Amy Winehouse
  • DJ set from Drew Stansall, saxophonist from The Specials, spinning the best in MOD, ska, two-tone, 60s, R&B and soul.

Noon – 10pm, Victoria Square.

Saturday 04 June

A fitting tribute to her majesty with six hours of music, dance, street theatre and entertainment.

Tea Ladies street theatre group performing


Music from:

  • Frankly Jazz
  • Starlight Swing Orchestra
  • Eagley Brass Band
  • Phoenix Knights of Harmony

Street theatre from:

  • The High Flyers, performing on a pedal-powered flying machine
  • The Tea Club, featuring Tilly and Trixie, two eccentric tea lovers
  • A giant puppet of the Queen

Dance and music from artists from the Bolton Hindu Forum:

  • TeJas Arts and Dance (Classical Bharatnatyam and folk dance )
  • Bhangracise Bhangra (dhol players and Bhangra dancers)
  • Sharmistaz Dance classes (Bollywood dance)
  • Taal group (Bollywood and folk fusion dance)
  • Swati Dance Company (folk dance from Maharashra state of India)
  • Nrithyakala UK (Bollywood and folk fusion dance)
  • Atreyee Bhattacharya (Semi-classical Bollywood)
  • Robin Christian and Pringle Gulzar (flute and tabla music
  • Community Procession led by Swaminarayan Bagpipe Band 

Noon – 6pm, Victoria Square.

Sunday 05 June

There will be a civic procession starting from Bolton town hall at 2.10pm and heading to the Parish Church.

Hold a Street Party

The deadline to apply to hold a street party has now passed. If you have a query or concern regarding a street party road closure please email - highways@bolton.gov.uk

Hold a Big Jubilee Lunch

On 5th June, communities are invited to come together for The Big Jubilee Lunch (Street Party).

Safe events of all shapes and sizes are encouraged in a way that works best for your community. Some ideas include getting together with neighbours to watch the Platinum Pageant on television, having a cuppa or organising a Big Lunch gathering.

Don’t forget if your lunch takes place on your local street, road or cul-de-sac, then please complete the road closure application form.  

Always carefully consider how you can minimise risks at your street party too, make sure everyone enjoys the event and stays safe by taking personal responsibility for themselves and their children / dependents. We would advise you also consider taking out relevant public liability insurance.

The Food Standards Agency has some very useful help on making sure the food at your street party is safe.

Enjoy Bolton's Platinum Jubilee variety performance

Bolton Music Service presents the Platinum Jubilee Musical Variety Performance on Tuesday 7th June at the Albert Hall, 7pm. The event forms part of Bolton’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and will include an exciting ‘Last Night of the Proms’ finale.

Performers will include students from Bolton Music Service and an array of home-grown musical talent, with special guests singer-songwriter James Holt and the Hoover Brass Band. Do join us for an fantastic evening of musical celebration and participation. Register here.

Plant a tree for the Jubilee

The Queen's Green Canopy

The Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique, UK-wide, tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee in 2022, by inviting people to "Plant a Tree for the Jubilee." Everyone from individuals to towns, villages, schools and companies are being invited to plant trees from October 2021 when the tree planting season begins, through to the end of the Jubilee year in 2022.

Many initiatives to plant trees in Bolton have already taken place.

The Queen's Green Canopy organisation is encouraging the planting of trees in a sustainable way and to create a legacy in honour of The Queen's reign and leadership, as well as inviting the planting of new trees, the QGC will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty's 70 years of service.

All planting projects can be uploaded onto an interactive map on the QGC website so that everyone can share and inspire others, as well as creating a green canopy of projects to cover the country. The map is embedded within the QGC website.

Once you have planted your tree, you can mark the occasion with a virtual commemorative plaque.

Free trees

The Woodland Trust is giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. Applications for a November delivery will open in Spring 2022. Find out how to apply for your trees:

For more Jubilee information - take a look at Visit Bolton.