Queen's Platinum Jubilee Programme

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council will mark the 70th year of Her Majesty The Queen on the throne with a full programme of Queen's Platinum Jubilee events for the local community. Take a look at our programme below and check back regularly as new events are added.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Exhibition

The Irish Linen Centre and Museum has opened an exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of accession of Her Majesty The Queen to the throne.

This will include displays of royal memorabilia, images and literature relating to royal visits to Lisburn and footage from Lisburn Camera Club’s 1953 film ‘A Royal Occasion’, a step back in time showing Lisburn at the time of the Queen’s Coronation in February 1952.

You can find out more HERE.

Talks Programme

The Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum held a talk with Alan Greer, from Historic Royal Palaces, to explore the history of Hillsborough Castle and its link to the Royal Family.

The talk examined Hillsborough Castle and its role as a family home and Royal residence, as well as the awarding of Letters Patent in 2021, and the creation of ‘Royal Hillsborough’.


A further talk will be arranged for later in the year and details will be announced in due course. 

The Queen's Green Canopy

The Queen’s Green Canopy is an inclusive national initiative, meaning that everyone from across the United Kingdom can get involved. Whether you’re an individual hoping to plant a single sapling in your garden, a scout group planting a large tree or a city council intending to plant a whole avenue of trees to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Find out more to plan and deliver your project or pin your tree on the map at https://queensgreencanopy.org/

Queen's Green Canopy (LCCC)

70 Tilia ‘Pallida’ trees, a variety of lime, were planted at Billy Neill MBE Country Park by Mayor Alderman Stephen Martin, The Queen’s Green Canopy Ambassador for Northern Ireland Lady Mary Peters, Lord Lieutenant of County Down Gawn Rowan Hamilton and Chair of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Working Group Councillor Hazel Legge with the help of children from Dundonald Primary School.

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim Mr David McCorkell also joined Mayor Martin, Councillor Hazel Legge and Chief Executive, David Burns to plant a special tree at Council Headquarters at Lagan Valley Island.

In addition to this, LCCC have also planted a tree in each District Electoral Area in the following locations: Castle Gardens, Sir Milne Barbour Memorial Park, Maghaberry Village Green, Moira Demesne, Annahilt Play Park and Hydebank Park & Playing Fields

Find out more HERE.


Flowerbeds will be planted in June at Castle Gardens in Lisburn, Moat Park in Dundonald and in Royal Hillsborough on the theme of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The floral display will be based upon the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Crest. 

Beacon Lighting

On 2 June, ​LCCC will join with more than 1,500 areas in lighting a Beacon to celebrate the 70th year of Her Majesty The Queen on the throne.

Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.

This will enable local communities, individuals and organisations to pay tribute to her as part of the official Platinum Jubilee Weekend of celebrations from 2nd to 5th June 2022.

Details of the councils event will be announced in due course. 

Service of Thanksgiving

On Wednesday 1 June, LCCC will host a service of thanksgiving for Her Majesty The Queen as part of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend celebrations. 

The service will start at 3pm and will take place at Lisburn Cathedral. 

The Big Jubilee Lunch

The Big Jubilee Lunch 2nd to 5th June will be the official community celebration for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend .

Register your Jubilee plans and get free materials at www.thebigjubileelunch.com

You can register even if you’re planning a small gathering to watch the activity together.  You’ll receive a note in your pack from HM The Queen and you can have your activity whether private or public listed as an official part of the celebrations and added to the map here.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Grant Fund

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has introduced a small grants programme to support Community/Voluntary organisations based in and/or operating within Lisburn and Castlereagh who are wishing to develop and implement celebration events, community festivals and/or street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

CLICK HERE for full details.

These grants are now closed.

Platinum Pudding Competition

Residents were encouraged to take part in the Fortnum & Mason competition to invent the Jubilee Pudding for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. 

The winning pudding will be an important part of the celebrations marking Her Majesty’s 70 years as Monarch and the creator of the winning pudding will be invited to be at the centre of the celebrations. 

Entries for this are now closed.

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Jubilee Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle

Celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in royal style! Hillsborough Castle will transport you back to 1953 - when HM The Queen visited the Castle and Gardens on her Coronation Tour – with a vintage garden party to remember.

There will be plenty of fun to be had for all the family. Relax to 1950s live music and Duke Special’s Gramophone Club, while enjoying something delicious from our food stalls. For younger visitors there will be a range of games, storytelling and a vintage carousel.

From free swing dance classes and fashion and craft stalls to classic cars, vintage lovers will be kept busy all day. Get dressed up in 1950s vintage style to be in with the chance of winning spot prizes daily!

Get your tickets HERE.