Reading is set to host a four-day extravaganza of events, parties and activities this June, in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including a record-breaking 57 community street parties.
As well as the plethora of street parties organised by residents themselves after the Council waived its usual road closure fee, events on offer include a Beacon Lighting Ceremony and Jubilee beacon trail, a tribute concert in the Abbey Ruins, Water Fest festival and Children’s Concert in the Forbury gardens, as well as a whole host of other events and activities across the borough.
Join the festivities as Reading marks the occasion with a series of unmissable events across the town, including a four-day bank holiday weekend. Highlights to look out for:
- The Jubilee Beacon Trail, running Saturday 14 May – Sunday 5 June. Take part in our royal themed augmented reality (AR) trail in Reading. Find seven magical characters on a day trip from Buckingham Palace.
- Beacon Lighting Ceremony, with music from the Reading Scottish Pipe Band and Reading Male Voice Choir, Thursday 2 June, 9.15pm in the Abbey Ruins. Part of a country-wide celebration in which 1,500 beacons will be lit in recognition of the Queen’s service, bringing communities across the globe together to pay tribute. Free event but ticketed due to the limited spaces available. You can book a ticket from 6 May (when tickets will be released). Also available to watch virtually.
- The Jubilee Tribute Concert, Friday 3 June, 4.30pm in the Abbey Ruins. The top UK tribute bands, including Queen, The Beatles and George Michael, come together for a night under the stars to celebrate the Jubilee in one of Reading's most prestigious heritage sites. Book tickets for the Jubilee Tribute Show.
- Reading Water Fest, Saturday 4 June, 11am – 5pm in the Forbury Gardens, Abbey Ruins and along the Kennet, between Chestnut Walk and the Riverside Museum. Reading’s flagship Jubilee event. Come along to this free festival to enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments, Blue Collar street food, water activities, narrow boats, craft and charity stalls and lots more!
- Trinity Concert Band Jubilee Children’s Concert, Sunday 5 June 3pm – 4.30pm in the Forbury Gardens. As the concluding event as part of this year’s Reading Children’s Festival and Jubilee celebrations, Trinity Concert Band will be performing a free children’s concert at the Forbury Bandstand. Bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it.
- Jubilee Street Parties: A bumper 57 streets across Reading will be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee with their very own street party between Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 June.
Between 28 May 2022 - 4 June, Reading Museum is also offering three exciting workshops running during the half term to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee as well as the 200th anniversary of Huntley & Palmers’ biscuits. For a royal experience in the build-up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the new portrait of Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge will also be on display at the museum as part of the Duchess's 40th birthday celebrations. The stunning portrait will be on display until Saturday 4 June.
Opening on 26 May, Berkshire Record Office presents ‘Happy and Glorious’ - an exhibition celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and her longstanding connection with Berkshire.
During May and June, Reading Libraries are offering a whole host of Jubilee themed craft sessions across local branches and on 3 August will offer a special Jubilee Rhymetime in the Forbury, with two free sessions, one before and one after lunch. Children are invited to wear a crown or tiara (or even full fancy dress) as we’ll be singing some Royal songs as well as some old rhymetime favourites!