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Town gears up for Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a host of events

Brightlingsea is getting ready to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in style in the lead up to and over the four day holiday weekend of June 2-5.

Besides street parties and family gatherings, there are several organised events taking place – including beacon lighting, a fun fair, family sports and fun days, and a Jubilee picnic.

We've listed the events we know about so far below. Most are free to attend unless otherwise indicated. If you're running a Jubilee-related event, you can publicise it for free in our town diary – just fill in our events form and we'll do the rest.

Sunday May 29

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea in the YMCA from 2-5pm. Music by Bobby Francis. Tickets are free from the Autumn Centre in Victoria Place.

Monday May 30

Make a fun fascinator or a medal of honour to wear for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in Brightlingsea Museum from 10.30am to noon. Make a fun fascinator or a medal of honour to wear for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Click here for more information.

Tuesday May 31

Make a fun fascinator or a medal of honour to wear for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in Brightlingsea Museum from 10.30am to noon. Make a fun fascinator or a medal of honour to wear for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Click here for more information.

Wednesday June 1

Make a fun fascinator or a medal of honour to wear for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in Brightlingsea Museum from 10.30am to noon. Make a fun fascinator or a medal of honour to wear for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Click here for more information.

Thursday June 2

Jubilee Sports Jamboree from 1-5pm at the Bayard Recreation Ground hosted by Brightlingsea Cricket Club. A range of sporting contests involving individuals, families and sporting organisations – activities range from a rowing machine challenge, ‘beat the goalie’, hit the stumps, a basketball challenge and more.

Thanksgiving Service at St James' Church at 7.15pm with music from local choirs.

Mayor's Reception, 8-9pm. Invitation-only event hosted by the town mayor in a marquee off Promenade Way.

Beacon Lighting at Brightlingsea Lido at 9.15pm. A ceremonial lighting of the town beacon, installed on the roof of the Lido pump room.

Music in the Marquee on Promenade Way from 9.30pm. Free live music from Chris West and One by One. Bar available.

Friday June 3

Platinum Jubilee Party at the Community Centre from noon. Invitation only event with free lunch for older residents.

Jubilee Gala Ball in the Marquee on Promenade Way from 6.30pm. Ticket only black tie dinner with music by the Sweeting Swing Band. Organised by Brightlingsea Town Council. Tickets £60 from Little Boat Gifts in New Street.

Saturday June 4

Family Fun Karaoke at the Community Centre from 7-11pm. Free entry, call 07557 818607 to pre-book tables

Family Fun Day from 11am to 4pm on the Western Promenade. Magic, Punch & Judy, balloon modelling and glitter face art. Traditional family fun, games and races.

Family Fun Fair at the Community Centre from 12-5pm. Rides, slides and inflatables (wirst bands £10), plus craft stalls, barbecue, music, bar and refreshments.

Family Disco  from 6-9pm at the marquee on the Western Promenade. Aimed at under-16s, under-11s should be accompanied by an adult

Sunday June 5

Big Jubilee Picnic at the Marquee on Promenade Way from 10.30am to 2pm. Bring your own picnic. Background music provided by the Jazz Duo and paid licenced bar available.

Family Fun Fair at the Community Centre from 12-5pm. Rides, slides and inflatables (wrist bands £10), plus craft stalls, barbecue, music, bar and refreshments.

Tea Dance at the Marquee on Promenade Way from 3-5.30pm. Dancing to Bobby Francis. Free, but get tickets from Spirals in Victoria Place.

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