A celebration for everyone

Queen's Platinum Jubilee graphic for Bolton

How to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in 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.

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

Elton John tribute act at the piano

Beatles tribute act as part of platinum jubilee celebrations in Bolton

Little Mix tribute act as part of queen's platinum jubilee celebrations in Bolton
Spice Girls tribute act
Tribute band for queen's platinum jubilee celebrations in Bolton

Rock and royal with the Decades of Music concert as top tribute bands fill the day with hits from the across the Queen's 70-year reign.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the spirit of the occasion by dressing like it’s the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s or 2010s.

A bar and food stalls will sell traditional British fayre like fish and chips, cream teas and ice cream. Activities for children and young people will also be on offer.

With the music of:

  • Rock Choir (11.30-12noon): The award-winning community choir performing popular hits with their own inimitable sense of fun.
  • Beatles for Sale (12:15-13:15): One of the UK’s most authentic sounding Beatles tribute bands. The group has a full repertoire of all the Beatles' most famous songs; from early tracks such as “Please Please Me” to classics like “Hey Jude.”
  • The Quadrophenia Club Night (13.15-13.45 / 14:45-15:15 / 16:00-16:30): DJ Drew Stansall, saxophonist from The Specials, will be performing a DJ set and spinning the best in MOD, ska, two-tone, 60’s, R&B and soul.
  • Who’s Next, a Tribute to the Who (13:45-14:45): Playing hits from the film Quadrophenia, including “Louie Louie”, “You Really Got Me” and “My Generation.”
  • The Boy George Experience (15:15-16:00): The only impersonator to be officially endorsed by Boy George himself, this unique tribute delivers Culture Club classics as well as George’s solo hits. 
  • Elton John (16:30-17:30): Andy Crosbie brings you the Rocket Man. Andy is a seasoned musician with a great voice, who has taken his act all over the UK and abroad. His lifelike Elton John tribute features many costume changes and favourites such as “Rocket Man” and “I’m Still Standing.”
  • Spice Life (17:45-18:30): Bringing back the nostalgia of the 90s, this Spice Girls tribute replicates the smash hits, costumes, dance moves and immense atmosphere of the original group.
  • Amy's Winehouse and the Empty Cellars (19:00-19:30): A tribute to Amy Winehouse performing the unforgettable hits from an iconic career.
  • Little Fix (19:45-20.30): The UK’s most accurate tribute to girl super group Little Mix. Little Fix have gained a massive online following and a high reputation for delivering a full-out, show stopping performance that is enjoyed by all the family.
  • Parklife – The Sound of Britpop (21:00-22:00): A high energy live band performing all the classics from the Britpop era, bringing people together to sing along and enjoy 90s nostalgia.

Noon – 10pm, Victoria Square.

Saturday 04 June: Picnic on the Square

Tea Ladies street theatre group performing

Performer at platinum jubilee celebrations in Bolton


Queen's Platinum jubilee parade in Bolton





The Picnic on the Square will be a fitting tribute to Her Majesty with over six hours of music, dance and street theatre from noon to 6.30pm in Victoria Square.

Once again, a bar and food stalls will be available as well as activities for children and young people.

As well as great music, there will be street theatre including a giant Queen puppet, the High Flyers in their pedal-powered flying machine and The Tea Club, Trixie and Tilly, celebrating Britain’s passion for tea with a strolling piece of dance theatre.

Artists from the Bolton Hindu Forum will also delight the crowd with live music, dance classes and a community procession led by Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa pipeband.

Music from:

  • Eagley Brass Band (1.00pm - 2.00pm)
  • Starlight Swing Orchestra (2.40pm - 3.25pm)
  • Phoenix Knights of Harmony (4.10pm - 4.55pm)
  • Frankly Jazz (5.15pm - 6.00pm)

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)
  • Sharmista 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 Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa pipeband

Noon – 6.30pm, Victoria Square.

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 and people in Bolton have organised over 120.

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.

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 and 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 (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:

Bake a cake fit for a Queen

School children across Bolton are being asked to unleash their creativity and take part in cake design competitions to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

There are two competitions running; one is to design a cake based on the Jubilee theme and the second is for the best cupcake recipe. 

Both competitions can be entered by individual pupils or class groups via their school.

Two internationally recognised creative cake designers – Rosie Cake Diva and Kaykes – will be on hand with top tips and advice throughout the competition as well as acting as our head judges.

Winners will get the chance to work with these leading cake designers to see their designs brought to life for Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival this August.

And as if that wasn’t enough, winning designers will also take home a Samsung tablet and get to see their competition entry in a limited-edition recipe book. 

The competition closing date for entries is June 6 and entry forms are available from primary and secondary schools.

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