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Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Medway will come together to join the nation for a right royal celebration for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

From watching pop stars and rock royalty on a giant screen live from London, to spotting Corgis on a regal treasure trail, there’s lots of ways to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over a special four-day bank holiday weekend.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the first British Monarch to achieve such a milestone.  To mark the monumental moment in history, and pay tribute to seven decades of dedicated service to our nation, we are joining the rest of the country to celebrate together.

We will also be marking the occasion at many of our events through the summer.

What's happening when? Your Day-by-day guide

Rochester Castle Gardens will host a Jubilee Live Site

Platinum Picnic at Rochester Castle - Thursday, 2 to Sunday, 5 June

Location: Rochester Castle Gardens 

Join the party at Medway’s Platinum Jubilee picnic site in Rochester Castle Gardens.  Watch while stars from film, television and stage tell the story some of the most significant cultural moments from the Queen's reign on the special large screen. 

Avoid the capital’s crowds and see the Queen’s Birthday Parade, service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Platinum Jubilee Pageant, surrounded by friends and family, with our City’s very own castle as your backdrop.

Sing-along with the orchestra live from Buckingham Palace and don’t forget your picnic… why not try Coronation chicken with the crusts cut off for a stately sandwich! Find out more about Platinum Picnic at Rochester Castle. 

Park & Walk is available from Jackson's Field and Rochester Esplanade. £3 per car.

Beacons will be lit at five locations across Medway

Medway Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting - Thursday, 2 June

The Platinum Jubilee Beacons is the first national event of the celebration weekend.  It will see thousands of communities, charities and different groups throughout the regions of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories come together to light beacons at exactly the same time.

A long-standing tradition at royal jubilees, weddings and coronations, beacon lighting has become a symbol of unity across towns, borders, countries and continents.

Events will take place as part of the National Beacon Lighting ceremony for the public to come and witness. Beacons will be lit at 9.45pm at the following locations:

• Riverside Country Park, Rainham
• Great Lines Heritage Park, Gillingham
• Victoria Gardens, Chatham
• Broomhill Park, Strood
• Kingshill Recreation Ground, Hoo

A Dickensian celebration weekend with a jubilee twist

A Celebration of Dickens – Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 June

Location: Rochester High Street and the castle grounds

Step back in time as we honour both our sovereign and arguably our greatest author at a weekend of Dickensian discovery with a Jubilee twist. 

Immerse yourself in a cultural celebration of literature and entertainment and take in character parades from bygone years, eclectic live music performances, prose and poetry readings and comedy skits as you stroll the historic cobbled streets. 

As a tribute to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and to commemorate the life and works of Charles Dickens, events and activities will also take place alongside our Jubilee Picnic Site in the castle grounds. 

Find out more about the Celebration of Dickens weekend programme of entertainment. 

Park & Walk is available from Jackson's Field and Rochester Esplanade. £3 per car.

Look out for the Platinum Jubilee Medway River Pageant

The Platinum Jubilee Medway River Pageant - Saturday, 4 June.

The River Medway will play host to a spectacular Platinum Jubilee Medway River Pageant and river-side street party in Chatham for the jubilee.

Throughout the afternoon, a procession of historic, commercial and leisure sea vessels will sail up-river to Sun Pier, Chatham, to join a synchronised spectacle of sights and sounds from ship to shore.  'The Grand Cacophony' will be the coming together of the boats’ horns, cheering crowds, coastal attractions and church bells, further amplified by the whistles, bells and more from The Historic Dockyard Chatham and a 21-gun royal salute at Fort Amherst.

From 12pm-5pm enjoy live music, crafts and food and drink on a shoreside celebration at Sun Pier. Find out more about the river pageant.

The River Pageant is being organised by Tiller and Wheel CIC, in association with Medway Council. 

UPDATE 4/6/22: Due to the predicted weather conditions, we’re sorry to say that there will be no official boat formation at the Platinum Jubilee River Pageant today. Larger boats will still make their way along the river and the Grand Cacophony will still go ahead. 

Medway's Jubilee celebrations aren't restricted to the Bank Holiday Jubilee Weekend - there are more major summer events with a Jubilee twist

Let us know about your Jubilee events

If you are planning an event for the Platinum Jubilee, let us know about it and we can add it to our events listings for the Jubilee. Email details including time, date, location and a brief description of the event - along with any images - to us at [email protected] 

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