The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons in North East England

As part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations this year, over 1500 beacons will be lit across the the UK and commonwealth on the evening of 2nd June 2022 in recognition of the Queen's long and selfless service. 

Please always check details with venue direct before setting off as information may change. 

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons in North East England

These beacons are designed to bring local communities together to celebrate this historic milestone. 

The beacons will be lit between 9:45pm & 10pm on 2 June but many events will start with additional entertainment before this. The official time is supposed to be 9:45pm but a few events are lighting their beacons at 10pm. 

If you'd like to attend an event, I would urge you to find the beacon which is closest to you as they events have been designed to involve the local community. If you do need to drive a short distance to get to your closest event, make sure you park responsibly. 

Events will differ across the region but you may find an evening of entertainment including town criers, buglers, cornet players, choirs singing the official song for the commonwealth, food vans, fireworks and more. 

It has been tricky trying to find an official list of events and I have relied on asking my readers for events they know about for this post so if you are keen to attend Beacon event, please contact your local council or the venue mentioned or check their social media before setting out for the most up-to-date information.

You can also search the official Platinum Jubilee website for Beacon events near you, but it looks like not every event has registered with this.  

A special 'song for the commonwealth' has been commissioned especially for this event and will be performed by local groups and choirs. If you'd like to familiarise yourself with the lyrics, you can find them below and listen online here. 

In most cases, events are free and tickets are not required - you can just turn up (but do check as there may be a couple of exceptions). 

  • Rothbury Beacon Event 
    Includes a town crier proclamation and piper. Find out more here. 

  • Gisland Village Beacon Event 
    Includes a swing dance band, community parade, piper, choir, fireworks and brass band. Find out more here. 

  • Land of Oak and Beacon Event
    Includes a local community choir and Northumbrian Piper. Find out more here

  • Hutton Henry and Station Town Beacon Event
    Find out more here 

  • Pittington Village Hall Beacon Event 
    An afternoon of entertainment in the village hall including a 1950s vocalist, Pittington Brass Band, Singing Elf Choir, children's crafts, climbing wall, rides & local food and drink vendors. Find out more here. 

  • Segedunum Beacon Event 
    Free family entertainment, street vendors and market stalls, brass band, traditional piper, buglars, drummers, live 1960s band, community choirs and more. Find out more here. 

  • Ouseburn / The Cumberland Arms Beacon Event
    Includes storytelling, live music on the terrace, Roman beer and local food, a light show and music, performance by the Kingsmen. Find out more here. 

  • St John's Hall Meadowfield Beacon Event 
    Includes refreshments and a piper. Find out more here. 

  • Hexham Marketplace Beacon Event 
    Includes a Ceilidh under the shambles. Find out more here

  • Hodgkin Park, Benwell Beacon Event 
    Carnival finale, local food and activities. Find out more here. 
  • Ryton Cross Green
    (I can't find an official event link for this one)

  • Eastwoods Park, Prudhoe 
    Find out more here. 

  • Kielder Observatory Beacon Event 
    A ticket is needed for this one. Find out more here. 

  • The Kings Arms, Seaton Sluice 
    There will be a Bugle and choir at this event. Find out more here. 

  • Bedlington 
    (I can't find an official event link for this one) 

Let me know if you know of any other Beacon events (especially if you have an event link) and I will add to this list. 

If you are looking for other ways to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, please check out my full guide to events and what's on here. 


1 comment

  1. Bishop Auckland are part of the beacon network with The Bishop of Durham doing the honours at 9.45 as part of @Bishop Aucklands platinum party


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