Communities in Kirklees are preparing to celebrate the platinum jubilee weekend in style

Have a great bank holiday weekend!

Communities in Kirklees are preparing to celebrate the platinum jubilee weekend in style with a range of events across the district.

We are encouraging residents to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by publishing local events, activities and party ideas on our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee page.

We will also host events at Greenhead Park, Oakwell Hall, Dewsbury Town Hall, light the Castle Hill beacon, and fly special Jubilee flags at all our Town Hall buildings in Kirklees.

Whats on in Kirklees?

Here are details of some key events taking place:

The lighting of the Beacon Castle Hill

Thursday 2 June: Beacon lighting at 9.45pm

It is a tradition across the UK to light beacons to mark momentous occasions and the Queen’s Jubilee is no exception. Join us at Huddersfield’s much loved iconic landmark – Castle Hill – for the lighting of the beacon.

In the run up to the lighting there will be musical performances by Musica Brass Quartet at 9.15pm -9.35pm followed by a piper playing “Diu Regnare” at 9.35pm. A special bugle call ‘Majesty’ will be played at 9.40pm before the beacon lighting at 9.45pm, which will be conducted by the Mayor of Kirklees, supported by the Scouts. Honley Ladies Choir, Cleckheaton Community Choir and Almondbury Choir will be performing ‘A song for the Commonwealth’ during the lighting of the beacon.

Please note:  We are encouraging residents to come and enjoy the beacon lighting event at Castle Hill, but ask that residents walk to the event site, in order to prevent congestion on the surrounding roads.

You can find out more about road closures and parking restrictions here: Beacons | Kirklees Council

The Big Jubilee Lunch at Oakwell Hall

Sunday 5 June: 11am – 3pm

Join Oakwell Hall for a right royal knees-up! Bring a picnic and find a spot on out lawns to enjoy some live music to make this Jubilee celebration one to remember – and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Live music will be performed by the energetic swing band The Big Easy. You can create your own crown and other crafts fit for a Queen, try a Jubilee themed cocktail from the Oakwell Bar and tasty bakes from the Friends of Oakwell Hall. Fancy Dress encouraged!

The Queens Jubilee concert by the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra

Sunday 5 June at 5pm, Dewsbury Town Hall, Tickets £5

Join Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra for a rousing ‘last night of the proms’ style concert in the ornate surroundings of Dewsbury Town Hall.

The programme will include largely familiar music such as Pomp and Circumstance, William Tell Overture (The Lone Ranger!), Orb and Sceptre, I Vow to Thee my Country, Jerusalem, and more.

The Big Jubilee Lunch Family Fun Day at Greenhead Park

Saturday 4 June: 12pm – 5pm, lower grassed area

Get your picnic ready, choose a spot on the lawn and enjoy a fun day of free, fun, family activities at Greenhead Park.

Interactive street theatre, live music on the bandstand, Bhangra workshops, climbing wall, circus skills, craft activities and more!

Queens Platinum Celebration Weekend at Beaumont Park

Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June:  12pm – 4pm

Live music on the bandstand, children’s funfair, catering van serving burgers and hot dogs and the Visitor Centre will be open both days serving refreshments.

More information

More information about these and other events by local organisations can be found here: Queen’s Platinum Jubilee | Kirklees Council