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Ashford Celebrates

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 LogoThe Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the 80th Anniversary of HMS Albacore & the Ashford Sea Cadets

This year, 2022, Her Majesty the Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, 70 years of service, having ascended to the throne on 6 February 1952.

The extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, is the opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone. You can view the national programme of events at National Platinum Jubilee website.

Ashford Borough Council has organised a long weekend of celebrations and commemorations to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the 80th Anniversary of HMS Albacore, Warship Week and the Ashford Sea Cadets.

For the bank holiday weekend 2 June – 5 June 2022 there is free parking in all Ashford Borough Council owned car parks.

All events are free and everyone is welcome to attend  - we hope you enjoy the celebrations. 


Timeline of Events


Thursday 2 June 2022

Lighting of the Civic Memorial BeaconThe Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons 2nd June 2022

Starting at 9pm, with the lighting taking place at 9:45pm

Civic Park, Ashford, TN23 1PL

Join us for the lighting of the Ashford’s Civic Memorial Beacon, whereby we will be on of 1,500 Platinum Jubilee Beacons from towns, cities and villages from all corners of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Commonwealth to mark the unique milestone, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Civic Park will be lit in celebratory colours, with pre-recorded music to celebrate the seven decades of the Queen's life. You have chance to look at the decorated trees as part of the Ashford Tree Trail and share your wishes of goodwill to the Jubilee Blossom tree.  

Friday 3 June 2022

The Mayors Thanksgiving Service for her Majesty the Queen

Guests should be seating for 1:45pm and due to finish approximately at 3:15pm

St. Mary the Virgin Church, Ashford, TN23 1QG

The special event will be a community celebration, in music and words to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. All seven decades of the Queen’s reign will be featured including music sung at the Queen's coronation on the 2 June 1953 and the word of Sir John Betjeman. Performances from local choirs from the Ashford Borough, including the Ashford Invicta Singers and young people from St Mary’s Primary School. Musical highlights will include, the music for the Royal Fireworks, the Lord of the Dance and as a finale, the Ark 2030 Anthem - 'It Matters to Me' written by Ashford residents Jenny Bailey and Chris Symons. 

Download the lyrics for It Matters To Me PDF [pdf] 111KB

Saturday 4 June 2022

80th Anniversary for HMS Albacore and Ashford Sea Cadets

Starting at 10:15pm and due to finish approximately at 11:45pm 

Memorial Gardens, Ashford, TN23 1RD

The commemorative service and unveiling of the new dedicated memorial for HMS Albacore and will be led by the Chaplains of both the Ashford Sea Cadet and Mayor Elect. The Ashford Sea Cadet band will be playing before and after the ceremony. The Captain of the Sea Cadets, Captain Neil Downing RN, who will be attending on behalf of both the Sea Cadet Corps and the Royal Navy, and the Mayor will be inspecting the platoon of cadets before the service.

To find out more head to the HMS Albacore and the Ashford Sea Cadets webpage on our website

Sunday 5 June 2022

The Big Jubilee Lunch has been chosen as the official community celebration for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend. For celebration tips and ideas with family and friends head to The Big Jubilee Lunch website

If you are planning an event for you celebrations and would like to feature on our map please submit the details on our community celebrations notification form.

The Ashford Tree Trail Logo

The Ashford Tree Trail 

The community arts project, Ashford Tree Trail will be on display 2 June – 25 June throughout Ashford town centre.

You can follow the trail of decorated trees, created by local schools, community groups, businesses and Animate Arts Company.

All are decorated to celebrate the 70-years of The Queen’s reign.

You can get involved by making your own tree and decorations at home and feature on the virtual forest map!

The free activity pack to get you started is available to download here Ashford Tree Trail Activity Pack [pdf] 20495KB.

Once you have completed take photos of your creation and submit your tree using our online form.

To find out more about the community arts project visit the Ashford Tree Trail webpage

You could also use our free Jubilee colouring pages for kids

View A4 Jubilee Colouring Pages For Kids [pdf] 612KB

View A4 Jubilee Colouring Pages For Kids Tenterden [pdf] 213KB