Thousands set to celebrate like never before!

Nearly 50 official street parties are taking place in Welwyn Hatfield over the first (and possibly last!) ever Platinum Jubilee Weekend, with hundreds more taking place in pubs, parks and private gardens across the borough.

Union Jack bunting hanging between trees

Roads to be turned over to flag-waving festivities over the four-day weekend include street celebrations in Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn, Newgate Street, Oaklands, Digswell, and Brookmans Park.

To help people celebrate in style, the council has put together a special jubilee toolkit, with queenly cocktails, make-your-own bunting, Jubilee-themed recipes and party games, and even a Best of British Spotify playlist! Find it all at one.welhat.gov.uk/queensplatinumjubilee.

The council will also mark the momentous occasion with a plethora of patriotic events. Mill Green Museum and Mill hosts Jubilee Family Day on 2 June, with garden games, crafts, and 50s music and entertainment. On 3 June people can party like it's 1952 all over again with vintage cars, costumes and dancing at the Jubilee Vintage Day. The Mill Green venue will also have a Coronation Celebrations exhibition.

Red, white and blue bunting has already gone up in Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City town centres ahead of the festivities, and residents and visitors will soon see the clock tower and Coronation Fountain in Welwyn Garden City, as well as The Arcade lights in Hatfield town centre, turn red, white and blue.

The full list of council-organised events across the Jubilee Bank Holiday includes:

Wednesday 1 June

  • A celebratory lunch at The Hive (in partnership with Jimmy Mac's)
     

Thursday 2 June

  • The lighting of the Jubilee Beacon at Campus West
     

Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June

  • Rockin', rollin' and jitterbugging down at Mill Green with the Platinum Jubilee-inspired Family and Vintage Days taking us back to the 1950s, and the early days of Her Majesty's reign!
     

Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June

  • The Coronation Fountain and Clock in WGC and the canopy of lights in the Hatfield Town Centre Arcade will be lit red, white and blue for the Bank Holiday weekend.

During Jubilee week, on Monday 30 May, the final tree of the Queen's Green Canopy initiative to mark this unprecedented year will be planted in the redesigned Anniversary Gardens in WGC town centre. Mill Green Museum will also be hosting a special jubilee exhibition throughout the month of June.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Tony Kingsbury, said: "We have an amazing set of events planned for the whole week of the Jubilee celebrations, culminating in the street parties that we've got a full toolkit of ideas for! We think there's something for all ages to really get excited about and we can't wait for it all to begin.

I'd encourage everyone to take a look at our Jubilee webpage for ideas and updates about the festivities. You can also find out the full list of road closures given the go-ahead by the county council to make way for this once in a lifetime occasion!