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Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Norwich

Big Jubilee Lunch

This year marks 70 years since Her Majesty The Queen became Head of State, making her the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Here’s how you can celebrate this special occasion in and around the city.

Thursday 2 June

Lighting of the beacon

9.45pm City Hall, Norwich 

The extended bank holiday weekend will begin with the ceremonial lighting of the beacon outside City Hall at 9:45pm, along with landmarks around the country. 

Sunday 5 June

Big Jubilee Lunch, Norwich

11am to 3pm, City Hall and St Peters Street, Norwich

  • A Big Jubilee Lunch  will take place in the city centre on Sunday 5 June.
  • Joining in with celebrations around the country, residents can enjoy a traditional street party, complete with bunting and live music on the steps of City Hall. 
  • Performers include the African Choir of Norfolk, who will be singing ‘A Life Lived With Grace’, the official Commonwealth Jubilee Song, local sixties cover band The Austin Beats and The Garage. 
  • There will also be free activities such as a colouring wall and circus skills workshops to entertain younger guests.
  • You can take a seat at the 120m long picnic table any time between 11am and 3pm. 
  • Bring a picnic or enjoy the range of street food which will be available on Millennium Plain. 


Activities for young royalty

11am to 3pm

  • Digging for gems
  • Face painters – Filigree Face & Body Art and Sandra Grajales
  • Crown making workshop – Art At Work
  • Colouring wall made of three beautiful original artworks created by Geniality Art. Colouring pens will be provided.

11.30am to 2.30pm

A feast fit for a queen

11am to 3pm


The StreetFood Box

Katsu Don

Platinum performances

11 to 11.20am: The Garage presents Unsigned, an artist development programme funded by Youth Music. Featuring Maple Ward and Juliet Price Thomas.

11.30 to 12.15pm: The Austin Beats – One of the top 1960s cover bands! A tribute to British beat music.

12.25 – 12.45pm The Garage

1 to 1:45pm: The Austin Beats – One of the top 1960s cover bands! A tribute to British beat music.

1.55 to 2:05pm: The Garage

2.10 to 2.20: The Garage

2.45 to 3pm: African Choir of Norfolk

Sign up to the Facebook event. 

Sunday at the parks

Waterloo Park

Enjoy the jubilee to the sounds of classically trained opera singer Emma Nuule, who will perform two 30 minute sets at 2.30 and 3.30pm. 

Eaton Park

A string quartet will be playing from 12.30 to 2.30pm, adding to the beauty of Eaton Park on this special occasion. 

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