southampton tea party

The Right Worshipful Mayor of Southampton is inviting anyone celebrating their 70th birthday in 2022 for afternoon tea in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Southampton Civic Centre, to mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee. 

If you are reaching 70 this year and live in Southampton, you and one guest can enjoy a free afternoon of sandwiches, cakes and tea with the Mayor of Southampton in celebration of the Queen’s 70 years of service.

This year is particularly special as Southampton is set to welcome the 800th Mayor of Southampton in May 2022, who will be present at the event.

Spaces will be strictly limited, and the successful birthday guests will be chosen at random. Applicants must be Southampton residents and available on Tuesday 31 May 2022 for the event.

How to apply: 
Send email to [email protected] or by post: 
Mayor’s Office 
Southampton City Council 
Civic Centre 
Southampton SO14 7LP 

Please include name, address, contact details and any special dietary requirements. 

Closing date: 1 May 2022.

A series of events and activities are being planned locally in Southampton to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee:

The Big Platinum Festival – Sunday 5 June in Mayflower Park 

Unity 101 Community Radio station based in Southampton is organising a special family-friendly celebration event at Mayflower Park to celebrate the Jubilee from 10am – 9pm. 

Highlights will include local artists ranging from music and DJs to buskers, dancers and poets, food stalls and cooking demonstrations, funfair rides and family activities. Tribute Band, Forever Queen, will be performing hit songs from the music legends Queen. 

More details can be seen on their website.

The Queen’s Green Canopy 

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee inviting people from across the United Kingdom to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.
To help the environment and make local areas greener, Southampton City Council will be planting over 100 trees as a ‘special gift’ for the Queen in her Platinum Jubilee year. 

Already, 40 trees have been planted in Townhill Green, 70 trees in Riverside Park and the Mayor will also be planting a tree later this month at Cedar Lodge. The trees will create a legacy in honour of the Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations. 

As well as this, the council will be designing and planting special Jubilee Flower Beds in the summer with a Union Jack theme in Palmerston Park and two themed flower beds featuring the colours of red, white, and blue flowers in West (Watts) Park.

Street parties in Southampton

More than anything, street parties have traditionally been associated with jubilees and the Platinum Jubilee will be no exception. Southampton residents can apply to close their street or road to host a street party to celebrate with their neighbours. Find out how you can organise your own street party with your neighbours.

Lighting Up Southampton for the Jubilee weekend

The Southampton City Art Gallery, Central Library and Southampton O2 Guildhall building will be illuminated each evening throughout the Jubilee weekend in red, white, and blue. The Queens Peace Fountain will also have a red, white, and blue water display. Throughout the Jubilee weekend the fantastic lighting scheme at Queen’s Park will be set to red, white, and blue. 

More information is available on Visit Southampton.


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