In recognition of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth more than 1,500 beacons will be lit. The beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.

The beacons will enable local communities, individuals and organisations to pay tribute to her as part of the official Platinum Jubilee Weekend of celebrations from 2 to 5 June 2022.

You can view and download The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons 2 June 2022 – Your guide to taking part here

Participants Event Schedule letter

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons update letter – February 2022
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons update letter – October 2021

Find out how to register a beacon below.

Guide to registering a beacon in Somerset

Confirm your involvement

To confirm your involvement and make sure we have a comprehensive record of beacons across the County of Somerset, please register your involvement, providing the information below, direct to: brunopeek@mac.com

Please do this as soon as possible, but no later than 1 June 2022.

Please also send a copy of your information to the Somerset Lieutenancy Office, to:
Julia Knight – JXKnight@somerset.gov.uk or Justin Fudge – JRFudge@somerset.gov.uk

The information required to register your Beacon:

  • Name and job title of contact/coordinator
  • Name of council or organisation (if applicable)
  • Is it a public or private event (see note below)
  • Name of piper (if applicable)
  • Name of town crier (if applicable)
  • Name of choir (if applicable)
  • Postal address including county and postcode
  • Phone number – landline
  • Mobile number
  • Email address
  • Beacon location – if known when registering, please include the postcode or grid reference

Please note – If your event is a private occasion and NOT open to the public, and you do not want your involvement shown on any public or media listing, it is important that you confirm this when providing information. Your participation will still be noted as part of this important event but NOT made public. However, if your event IS open to the public, your contact details will be shared with the media so that they can contact you direct to arrange any publicity and/or coverage of your event.

By registering your Beacon you will receive a certificate in June 2022, to print and frame.

Beacon lighting ceremony – 2 June 2022
Please light your Beacon at 9.45pm

Things to consider

1 - Safety measures

Make sure you have undertaken all the safety measures before lighting your beacon (advice available at www.queensjubileebeacons.com).

Undertake any risk assessments required and ensure everyone involved is happy and familiar with your plans. This is your responsibility as coordinator.

A list of all registered events will be sent to the emergency services so that they are aware of the location of your Beacon.

2 - People you could invite and things you could do

Consider inviting your Lord Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenant, Lord Mayor, High Sheriff, Chairman or Leader of the local Council to light your beacon at 9.45pm.

Alternatively, you may like to organise a competition (in partnership with your local media?) with the winner having the honour of lighting the beacon

3 - Photos

You might consider having professional photographs taken during your event. Immediately after, please send no more than two high quality, copyright-free photographs to brunopeek@mac.com including the name of the photographer, the beacon location, county and postcode, along with the name of the local council or organisation.

4 - Social Media

If appropriate, use social media channels to promote your event. On Facebook, post photographs of your beacon lighting ceremony.

5 - Publicise your event

A Press Release template will be available which you can localise. Provide as much information as you wish regarding your event, but including your contact details. You can send this to your local media to enable them to get in touch with you direct.

More information

More information is available at www.queensjubileebeacons.com