The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022
Sandwell Celebrations and Activity
NACO Civic Leaders Tree Planting -
Civic Leaders across the United Kingdom planted trees to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the same day (March 10, 2022) – the seventieth day of the year in which The Queen marks the seventieth anniversary of her accession. The Queen’s Tree in Sandwell was planted along with plaque to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee in Dartmouth Park by Sandwell Council Deputy Mayor, Councillor Richard Jones, along with Deputy Lord Lieutenant Gurpreet Bassia. A Monteray Cypress “Goldcrest” was planted to mark the occasion and this will become a specimen tree forming a unique element to the park’s tree canopy.
The Big Lunch - Street Meets & Street Parties - Thurs 2 to Sun 5 June
Every year since 2009, communities have been encouraged to get involved in the Big Lunch. This year’s big lunch is bigger and better than ever and residents across Sandwell are encouraged to get together with families, friends and neighbours to enjoy big lunches to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Your Big lunch can take place in your home or garden, as a picnic in a park, as a street meet or a street party, or organised with community centres, schools, and religious buildings.
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting - Thurs 2 June - 9.30pm
The Sandwell Beacon will be part of an important chain of Beacons lit across the country to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen on the evening of Thursday 2nd of June. The Beacon will be seen across Sandwell and this year for the first time we will be using environmentally friendly light beams to light the Sandwell Beacon Monument. From high points in the Borough it will be possible to see three separate beacons lit simultaneously including the Sandwell beams and the beacons in Dudley and Walsall.
The Big Lunch - Sandwell Valley Showground - Sun 5 June, 1pm - 5pm
A Big Lunch will be hosted by the hosted by the Worshipful Mayor of Sandwell and dignatairies at Sandwell Valley Country Park – the Jewel in the Sandwell’s Crown, and for the Big Lunch, where better than the biggest lunch in the borough’s Crown. The celebration event for 500 invited guests will be in the style of a Buckingham Palace Garden Party with all the trimmings including (yes) cucumber sandwiches. Invited guests will include residents the same age as The Queen, community leaders, residents and workers who have done great work, and will be a multi-generational inclusive afternoon bringing together some of the oldest and youngest people who live within the Borough. The Big Lunch will include garden party style food and drink, entertainment representing the last 70 years of The Queen’s Reign, and inclusive traditional games and activities for all ages.
Sandwell Valley Visitor Centre & Forge Mill Farm Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend - 2 June - 5 June
Our animals at Forge Mill Farm will be celebrating, and our Platinum Jubilee themed farm weekend will include activities for all ages, including cooking activities using farm ingredients to prepare your own Big Lunch treats.
Sandwell Valley Park Farm Courtyard will have a programme of activities for the weekend, including traditional fair stalls (think coconut shy’s, (fake) donkey derby), and Jubilee themed stalls, food and drink, and history.