Platinum Jubilee celebrations revealed for Chester and the borough

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The Queen in Chester 2018

The celebrations to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee start with a Jubilee Proclamation on Thursday 2 June at the Cross. Chester’s Town Crier, David Mitchell joins Town Criers from across the country announcing the Jubilee and beacons being lit. 

“Oyez Oyez Oyez. Today in our nation – and throughout the Commonwealth – we are celebrating our glorious Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Elizabeth – the second of that name – our most beloved Sovereign and Head of the Commonwealth for seventy years.” 

The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor John Leather said: “The celebrations start on Thursday 2 June for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with the proclamation and a service at Chester Cathedral plus Jubilee parade in the afternoon, following this I will be lighting the Jubilee beacon at 9.45pm.

“The exhibition ‘Her Majesty’s connections with Chester’ shares treasured photographs of previous Royal visits to Chester over the years. Our Regalia talks are always popular so please book early. On Saturday there is a special Children’s Jubilee concert in Eastgate Street. There will be street parties across the borough plus a host of activities at our museums in Chester and Northwich.”

The Jubilee Beacon will be lit in the Town Hall square at 9.45pm from a torch presented to the Lord Mayor by Roman soldiers. Soldiers from Chester Roman Tours will march from the amphitheatre to Town Hall Square. 

Cheshire West and Chester Council and the City of Chester Charter Trustees are offering Regalia Talks and Tours of Chester Town Hall. As well as delving into the history of the Town Hall and the ceremonial side of the City of Chester, the tours will also explore Chester’s civic connections with Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. Tours include entrance into the Lord Mayor’s exhibition ‘Her Majesty’s connections with Chester’. Regalia Talks and tours of the Town Hall will last around 1hour and 15 minutes and donations to the Lord Mayor of Chester’s charities are welcome. Dates and Times:

Friday 3 June: 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm
Saturday 4 June: 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm

Places are limited, so to avoid disappointment please book early.  To book a place on one of the tours and talk please use the link for Eventbrite:

If you have any accessibility requirements, also email the Chester Civic team, and confirm which tour has been booked: 

Platinum Jubilee programme


Thursday 2 June 12 noon
The Cross

  • Town Criers Jubilee Proclamation

Thursday 2 June 2pm
Chester Cathedral

  • HM Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire’s Services of Thanksgiving.(By invitation only but available to watch live on Chester Cathedral’s Website: ).

Thursday 2 June 3.30pm
Chester City Centre

  • Jubilee Parade

Thursday 2 June 9.20pm to 10pm
Chester Town Hall Square

  • City of Chester’s Jubilee Beacon Ceremony

Friday 3 June 11am to 5pm
Chester Town Hall

Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, 10am to 5pm
Grosvenor Museum, Chester

  • Free films in the lecture theatre – footage of the Coronation and Chester in the 1950s, plus a film by Theatre in the Quarter.
  • A display of 1950s costumes and items from around the Museum. 
  • An exhibition of photos from Chester in the 1950s and Jubilee craft activities (not Sunday).
  • A small display of royal collection items in the Museum Foyer and for people living with Dementia there will be a themed event. 

Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 11am to 5pm
Chester Town Hall

  • Chester’s Royal Connection Exhibition – Free entrance

Saturday 4 June 2pm to 2.45pm
Eastgate Street, Chester

  • Children’s Jubilee Concert

Saturday 4 June 11am to 5pm
Chester Town Hall

Ellesmere Port

Thursday 2 June
Ellesmere Port Civic Square and Civic Hall

Friday 3 June to Sunday 5 June
Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port

  • Tributes in the Park/Decades of Dance
    Ticket for each day/evening available from

Saturday 4 June 11am to 9pm
Ellesmere Port Civic Hall

  • Ellesmere Port Pride Free entry for all


Thursday 2 June 9.45 pm
Verdin Park, Northwich

  • Beacon lighting

Friday 3 June, 12.30 to 5pm 
Weaver Hall Museum, Northwich

  • Platinum Garden party: a ‘cuddly animal’ picnic with face-painting (bring along your cuddly animal), the showing of 1950s films plus the special Jubilee film and a display of 1950s clothes. There will also be craft activities
  • Northwich Libraries will give a reading from a children’s book  

Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 10.30am to 5pm
Lion Salt Works Museum, Northwich 

  • Garden Party featuring music through the decades with a live band and tombola. Both days will feature a Queen’s Quiz, bring an outdoor picnic or alternatively buy food and drinks on site.
  • Jubilee craft activities available for children
  • Small display of royal collection items in the café.
  • Friday only, ‘Right Royal Bake-Off competition’ (with judging at 3pm).

Saturday 4 June From 1pm
Verdin Park, Northwich

  • Verdin Park Music Festival, with fireworks at 10pm


Thursday 2 June from 5pm to 10pm
Marina Island, Winsford

  • Platinum Jubilee celebration with live music, children’s entertainment, stalls, food and drink available
  • Lighting jubilee beacon at 9.45pm


Friday 3 June 8am to 2pm
Neston Market square

  • Jubilee Market
  • Jubilee fancy dress parade 11.20am

Friday 3 June
Mostyn Square, Parkgate

  • Party on the Parade – including live bands and DJ’s

Sunday 5 June 2pm to 6pm
Stanney Fields Park and Neston Civic Hall, Neston

  • The Big Jubilee Lunch


Thursday 2 June
Ashton Hayes & Horton Cum-Peel

  • Jubilee Beacon Lighting Event

Thursday 2 June
Field Lane, Tattenhall 

  • Tattenhall Jubilee Jamboree, Climbing wall, activities and prizes

Thursday 2 June to Monday 6 June

  • Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Marquee, includes a four-day Coronation Roadshow with the theme of what life was like in Malpas between 6 February 1952 and 2 June 1953

Saturday 4 June
Tarvin Community Centre

  • Community event 

Sunday 5 June
St Luke’s Church/Village Hall, Dunham-on-the-Hill and Hapsford 

  • Community event

Sunday 5 June, 12 noon to 5pm 
Stretton Watermill 

  • Jubilee picnic with 1950s music playing in the background.  An added attraction of this special event will be the presence of vintage motorbikes.  

Sunday 5 June 2pm to 7pm
Tirley Garth, Willington

  • The ‘One big thank you’

Sunday 5 June 3pm to 6.30pm
Vale Royal Abbey Arms, Oakmere

  • Community gathering

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