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Apply to host a Platinum Jubilee street party, and find extra information on how to make it a success.

Published: 16 March 2022

Last updated: 25 April 2022

To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years on the throne, we are supporting residents and community groups who would like to host Platinum Jubilee street parties to mark this once in-a-lifetime event.

The Platinum Jubilee is taking place over a special four-day Bank Holiday weekend from the 2 to 5 June. We are now accepting applications from residents and community groups and look forward to working with you to make the process as straight forward as possible. We are waiving our fees in support of community-led activities and providing practical advice to guide you through the process of planning your Platinum Jubilee street party. 

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Applications to host a street part have now closed.

If you have any questions before hosting a street party, get in touch by emailing [email protected]

Guide to organising your own street party

The Government has published guidance, including tips, advice and support on organising a street party. View street party guidance on GOV.UK.

Platinum Jubilee street parties are classed as:

  • Private community events held in residential streets, which are only open to residents and surrounding neighbours.
  • Organised by a resident’s association or a group of residents, with full support of neighbours.
  • Free to attend and not commercial or sponsored.
  • No selling of any food/drink or other goods.

To organise your street party, you'll need to:    

  • submit an application to us
  • plan in advance, please apply to us by Thursday 21 April so that we can work with you to get everything in place.
  • consult with everyone on your street to get their support for the event. We recommend doing this via a letter drop or you may already have other means of communication in place such as WhatsApp, an email group or a newsletter

Consulting with your neighbours

It is important that you inform everyone on your street about your plans and the easiest way to do this is via a letter drop through everyone’s letterbox. You should aim to circulate your resident letter or communication as early as possible.
Below is a list of the information which should be included in the letter:

  • The proposed date of your event
  • The proposed location of your event, we would recommend including a map
  • The start and end time of your event, including when event set up will begin, the time of the party and when the street will be clear again
  • If the road will be closed, a map of the closure(s) with timings, highlighting clearly when vehicles will not be allowed to be moved.
  • What your event will include, for example, supply of food and drink, music, entertainment, bunting and street decoration
  • An invitation for neighbours to get involved, offer feedback, ask questions, or simply attend
  • Your, or the organiser's, contact details

Download a template resident letter:

Do I need a road closure?

If you are looking to hold your party in the street (for example people, tables, chairs etc on the road), you will need to close the road. Your application needs to be with us by Thursday 21 April and should include details of the section of road or whole road that you want to close to enable us to discuss your plans, how to do this safely and process the relevant documentation.

Risk assessments and insurance

We are not requesting professional event plans for residential street parties, however, as your event will be taking place in a public space, we will require you to complete a basic risk assessment to identify any potential hazards. Please be assured this is not an onerous task and we will guide you through this. We can provide a template risk assessment on request. 

Public Liability Insurance is recommended and can be purchased for a very low cost from a range of insurance companies.

Find a risk assessment template below:

What else should I think about?

Cars

Instead of suspending parking bays, encourage your neighbours to move their cars elsewhere for the day if possible or look at where you set up your event to avoid parked cars. Also check with your neighbours for important appointments or deliveries on the day or if anyone is moving house or has construction works. Plans may be able to be changed in advance or you may need to factor in how to safely manage vehicles whilst your event is taking place.

Food and drink

One of the most fun things about a community street party is everyone sharing food they have prepared or bought. It may be helpful on the day to remind everyone to be mindful of allergies, and to ask if they are unsure what might be in a dish if you are sharing.  

If you are thinking of cooking or BBQing on the street, let us know as there are a few more considerations we need to run through with you.
For everyone’s safety, you may want to ask people to use plastic glasses, plates and bowls to avoid any glass being broken.    

Music

As with any events or activities, if you are looking to play music, please be mindful of, and respect your neighbours by keeping noise levels within comfortable limits and by not playing music too late or long.

Access

Entrances to all premises on your street should be kept clear and a route should be kept clear for emergency vehicles to access the street. Make sure you also make room for people to move about up and down the street.

Weather

We are all hoping for a weekend of sunshine, but just in case of wind or rain, make sure that anything on the street is properly secured with weights or tied down and that any electrical connections are waterproof.