Her Majesty’s unprecedented Platinum Jubilee anniversary is a wonderful opportunity for Glastonbury to celebrate our unique association and relationship with the Royal Family of this sceptred isle.
With an overarching theme of ‘Avalon of the Heart’, there will be year-long celebrations in Glastonbury – reflecting the celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the World – reaching a peak with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend; a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday, 2nd to Sunday, 5th June.
Our programme of events tie Glastonbury’s past and present together as we celebrate our unique Royal Heritage, which includes King Arivargus’ grant of the 12 Hides, King Ina’s Charter and those of successive Monarchs – through which Glastonbury epitomised a truly independent ‘First Estate of the Realm’ – with the significant mediaeval Royal Visits of Edward I and Edward III respecting the primacy of the Holyest Erthe in Englande, renowned as the site of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere’s tomb, the burial place of Saxon Kings, Edmund I, Edgar the Peaceful, and Edmund Ironside.
It’s going to be an extraordinary year! May Glastonbury Flourish!
Cllr. Jon Cousins
Chair of the Platinum Jubilee Committee
Thursday, 2nd June 2022 – Tor Beacon Lighting
The long Bank Holiday Weekend celebrations open with the lighting of Glastonbury’s ‘Platinum Jubilee Beacon’ on the Tor at 9:30 pm following a short ceremony at the top of the Tor. Space on the Fairfield is being made available for those who do not wish or are not able to climb the Tor.
Friday, 3rd June 2022 – Queens and Kings Community Procession
Glastonbury’s ‘Platinum Jubilee Pageant’ will celebrate Sovereignty with the theme of
“Queens and Kings for the day” setting off at 2pm from the top of the High Street. Participants are asked to assemble from 1:45pm at the top of the High Street The pageant will conclude in Glastonbury Abbey, where you’re encouraged to bring your own picnic and the celebrations will continue from 3pm with Glastonbury Brass Band, the newly commissioned Glastonbury St. George Mummers Play and Children’s entertainers from Children’s World. Last admission to The Abbey is 5:15pm and will close at 6pm.
Sunday, 5th June 2022 – Church Service & the Big Jubilee Lunch
The day will open with a Civic Procession from the Town Hall to St. John’s Church, where a special Platinum Jubilee Service takes place at 11am. The Church Service is followed by our ‘Platinum Jubilee Big Lunch’ (so bring your favourite picnic food!) on Glastonbury High Street supported by Glastonbury Co-Op from 12:30pm, concluding the long Bank Holiday Weekend at 3pm.
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With thanks to…
– Sponsors –
The National Lottery Community Fund
Glastonbury Co-operative – part of Radstock Co-operative Society
– Organisers –
Scarlet Shaffer and Conor Ogilvie-Davidson, Glastonbury Town Council
Glastonbury Town Council’s Platinum Jubilee Advisory Committee
Glastonbury Town Council Staff
– Supporters –
The National Trust
Children’s World Charity
Glastonbury Chilkwell Guy Fawkes Carnival Committee
The Somerset Lieutenancy
Deputy Lieutenant Edward Allen