Where are the Jubilee Beacons in Bristol? How to find your nearest one, when they will be lit

Jubilee Beacons are set to be lit across the UK to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s time at the helm of the country - and there are some taking place in and around the Bristol area.

The first stop of the Platinum Jubilee calendar is the lighting of Jubilee Beacons across multiple different countries around the world - all of which is in honour of her majesty the Queen.

With various events already taking place throughout Bristol - whilst all the major supermarkets have announced differing operating times to accommodate the celebrations - will there also be Jubilee Beacons in Bristol despite the underwhelming weather forecasted?

Here is everything you must know about the Jubilee Beacons, as well as if there are any in and around Bristol and how to find the one closest to you.

What are the Jubilee Beacons and what will happen?

The Queen reacts to her horse Carlton House coming in third in the Epsom Derby in 2011 (Pic: Getty Images)
The Queen reacts to her horse Carlton House coming in third in the Epsom Derby in 2011 (Pic: Getty Images)
The Queen reacts to her horse Carlton House coming in third in the Epsom Derby in 2011 (Pic: Getty Images)

The Jubilee Beacons are a part of the official celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

To mark 70 years on the throne, this is the first community event of the extended four-day weekend.

Beacons will be set alight throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and the Commonwealth as a way to bring everyone together to mark this outstanding occasion.

The event’s official website says: “There is a long and unbroken tradition in our country of celebrating royal jubilees, weddings and coronations with the lighting of beacons.

“A beacon chain, once used as a tool for communication, has now become a symbol of unity across towns, borders, countries and continents and is often the central point of focus for any outdoor gathering or celebration.”

Beacons are a huge tradition, used previously during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, as well as in 1977, 2002, 2012, as well as during Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday 6 years ago.

During this year’s lighting of the Jubilee beacons, expect to hear a new song sung by choirs in all of the 54 Commonwealth countries.

When are they going to be lit?

All beacons in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man will be lit at 9:45 pm on Thursday, 2 June 2022.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Anchor Chain will be lit at 9:30 pm, whilst the beacons along Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England will be lit at 10 pm.

In regards to international beacons, they are set to be lit at 9:15 pm local time.

Where are your nearest Jubilee Beacons in Liverpool?

In total, more than 2,022 beacons will be lit throughout the UK, as well as in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth.

Are there any Jubilee Beacon Lightings in and around Bristol for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next month? Let’s take a look at three examples:

  • Whitchurch Village Beacon Lighting - Open for all the public with no booking required (Whitchurch Village Playpark, Norton Lane, BS14 0BT)
  • Patchway Jubilee Beacon Lighting - a candle-lit walk to light the beacon at 9:45 pm (Bristol BMX Club, Waterside Drive, BS34 5JT)
  • Beacon Lighting at a Family Fun Day - this Jubilee Beacon lighting event is partnered with a family fun day featuring picnics, stalls, a dog show, as well as a circus and live music. Starts at 8:15 pm (Brockwell Park, Church Road, Wick, BS30 5PD)
  • Lighting of a Beacon at Battery Point - a free entry to all Jubilee event that starts at 9:15 pm, featuring local singers performing the nation’s tribute ‘A Life Lived With Grace’ (Battery Point, Portishead)

To have a more detailed look at Jubilee Beacon lightings near you, visit the official finder where you can enter your location and browse a catalogue of various events near you.