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Newmarket’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations


In celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Newmarket’s Town Council has organised a splendid, three day party and everyone is invited! In addition to the events the council has created a Jubilee flower bed in the Memorial Gardens with colourful flowers fit for a Jubilee celebration. Purple, red and yellow gold flowers have been chosen to represent the Queen’s racing colours. With Newmarket’s strong royal connections, going back centuries, the town is looking forward to marking this momentous occasion. Here is the full line-up:


Thursday 2nd June – Lighting of the Beacon and Jubilee Tea Dance

The celebrations begin at 2 pm where our Town Crier will undertake the Proclamation at the Bill Tutte Memorial announcing the lighting of the beacon later that evening. The Town Council will be hosting a special Jubilee Tea Dance to honour the Queen. The council extends a warm invitation to join the party in the Memorial Hall. Come and dance the afternoon away to the sounds of the Big Band classics as well as enjoy some delicious cakes and refreshments.

At 9.15 pm residents are invited to assemble at The Severals as the town joins the nation in lighting a beacon. A Piper will first play Diu Regnare, a unique tune especially written for this historic Jubilee, and then at 9.45pm Newmarket’s Beacon will be lit.  Newmarket Community Choir will sing ‘Song for the Commonwealth,’ a song especially written for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This is followed by the opportunity to taste the delicious Jubilee Beacon Tart with ingredients representing all 4 nations of the UK.

Street Procession in Newmarket

Friday 3rd June – Jubilee Town Party and Procession (1 pm to 8.30 pm)

Between 1 and 2 pm, the town’s celebrations will continue with a Jubilee procession along the High Street. Everyone is welcome to watch this splendid parade which will include stilt walkers, Newmarket Samba band, a special appearance by ‘’Elton Wrong’’ and many more surprises!

Mighty Macca

The procession will make its way onto The Severals where there will be a host of activities including fun fair rides, bouncy castles, food and drink stalls, children’s art workshops, and a Jubilee music stage with an exciting line-up of young artists. The event draws to a close with the Mighty Macca on stage at 5 pm followed by an Elton John tribute, Elton Wong, as seen on Britain’s Got Talent.

Sunday 5th June – Big Afternoon Tea Street Party (2-4 pm)

The grand finale of the town’s celebrations is the Big Afternoon Tea Street Party on Palace Street. The National Horseracing Museum will play host to some wonderful, traditional childrens games such as egg and spoon and sack races. There will be lots of other family entertainment for everyone to enjoy within the expansive grounds of the Museum as well as Palace Street and St Mary’s Church. Refreshments for the Tea Party have been kindly sponsored by Tesco.


Platinum Jubilee celebration stories and photos can be shared on social media by using the hashtag #PlatinumJubileeNewmarket and tagging @NewmarketTC on Twitter and @newmarkettowncouncil on Facebook, and Instagram.