Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations • Vision RCL

Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure have organised a range of celebratory activities in tribute to Her Majesty the Queen, becoming the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

Just Sing – The Queen’s Song

Redbridge Creates will be marking The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by writing a song for the borough. But first we want your input, you are the song writer:

  • Do you have an interesting fact about the Queen?
  • How will you celebrate the Jubilee?
  • If you could say anything to the Queen, what would you say?

We’ll then be taking all your ideas, and writing a song with a documentary video. We especially want to hear from those who have been around as long as the Queen (or almost)!

Parks and Open Spaces

outside view of valentines mansion

Valentines Park

  • A beautiful commemorative border has been planted at Valentines Park to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The collection of beautiful spring and winter flowers, evergreen shrubs, and various tree species, has been created as a gorgeous legacy for residents to enjoy. The project has been part-funded by Redbridge Council.
  • A Memorial Tree and Plaque ceremony will take place at Valentines Mansion Gardens in tribute of Queen Elizabeth II visit to the Mansion with her late husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on her Diamond Jubilee back in 2012 and 70 years of service to the Reign.
Hainault Forest

A Royal Hainault Forest

Hainault Forest has been chosen as part of the Jubilee tree planting project. 

We are thrilled that our country park in has been selected as part of a UK-wide network of 70 Ancient Woodlands and 70 Ancient Trees dedicated for the celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee. 

Create a garden fit for the Queen

Residents of Redbridge are invited to mark this remarkable occasion and get involved with Vision’s annual amateur gardening competition, Redbridge in Bloom to create a garden fit for the Queen. Decorate your containers, planters and hanging baskets with pretty red, white and blue flowers as a symbol of the Union Jack. Public Houses, Schools, Residential Care Homes are also encouraged to enter too.

Redbridge Musuem

Princess Elizabeth and the Mayor of Ilford during her visit in 1949

Royal Redbridge – Redbridge Museum exhibition

Redbridge Museum will hold a brand new display on the Royal Family, on the ground floor of Redbridge Central Library. The exhibition will feature remarkable Royal memorabilia from the Museum’s permanent collection alongside local historical objects associated with the Her Majesty The Queen’s four Royal visits to Redbridge in 1945, 1949, 2002 and during her Diamond Jubilee Tour in 2012.

Visit the display between 27 May and August to see Redbridge’s Royal history up close through a variety of stunning historical objects and local stories.

Royal Redbridge – Redbridge Museum film

To commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Redbridge Museum have created a new film showcasing The Queen’s visits to Redbridge, first when she was a Princess in 1945 and 1949 and then as Queen in 2002 and 2012. 

The film also includes archive footage and photographs, including the visit of Her Majesty The Queen on her Diamond Jubilee tour to Valentines Mansion, in the heart of one of Redbridge’s 9 Green Flag parks, and met with local people from across the borough.

Watch Royal Redbridge here:

Redbridge Libraries

If you love discovering new books head to our libraries and explore the specially curated Jubilee collections including books listed under ‘The Big Jubilee Read’ – a national reading project celebrating great reads from across the Commonwealth to coincide with Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee.

Get involved with ‘The Big Jubilee Read’ with Redbridge Libraries

Under the project led by the Reading Agency and BBC Arts, an expert panel of librarians, booksellers and literature specialists have chosen seventy titles for people to explore – ten books for each decade of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. The list offers brilliant, beautiful and thrilling writing produced by authors from a wide range of Commonwealth countries over the last seventy years to engage all readers in the discovery and celebration of great books, and you can find them on offer across our libraries.

children's jubilee collection
Platinum Jubilee Collection

The Great Jubilee Read Book Club

The Great Jubilee Readathon and Monthly Book Club will be taking place from May to December. The London Libraries Consortium have curated a special reading list, our Readathon and monthly book club will be based on titles in the Jubilee Collection – celebrating writers from the Commonwealth across the 7 decades of the Queen’s reign.

Children and Family events

Let’s Celebrate – Platinum Jubilee Programme at Redbridge Libraries

Family friendly activities at Redbridge Libraries during May half term will include arts and crafts, storytelling & theatre, Lab Central Family Learning, Bunting Making and Jubilee Treasure Trails.

image of laundry basket promoting children's theatre

The Case of the Missing Royal Knickers

Calling all detectives: The Queen’s Knickers have gone missing and we need your help to find them! We need to interrogate the suspects and find the Knicker Nicker before the Queen finds out! Join Cat&Hutch for this interactive storytelling show inspired by ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ by Nicholas Allan.

Saturday 28 May

Fullwell Cross Library
Show: 10.15am-11am
Craft activity: 11am-11.30am
Wanstead Library
Show: 2pm-2.45pm
Craft activity: 2.45pm-3.15pm

All events are FREE. No need to book just turn up!

Lab Central

Collage of images of activities at Lab Central

Tech Ilford 2022

Tech Ilford is back on Saturday 18 June 2022! Come all day to try out every single activity or pop in at any time to participate in those that you fancy the most! All of the following activities are free for families to enjoy together:

  • An interactive game zone for all
  • Build a 3dponics garden
  • Turn your drawings into music
  • Name the bike parts
  • Coding for toddlers
  • Plus so much more!

inIlford Town Centre events

InIlford Talent competition images of adults performing

Redbridge Talent and inIlford Platinum Jubilee Auditions

Take part in an opportunity to showcase your talent by competing in Redbridge Talent and in Ilford Platinum Jubilee Auditions Competition. Contestants may take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration Event in Ilford Town Centre, to mark the Queen’s 70th year of service by performing on stage during the inIlford Platinum Jubilee Competition Event.

Ilford Platinum Jubilee Trail

Ilford Platinum Jubilee Trail

Come and take part with the inIlford Platinum Jubilee trail. A totally interactive experience! As you visit the storypoints within Ilford Town Centre, you’ll collect digital stamps, learn more of the story along the way and be able to take selfies with some AR characters. Available until 12 June.

image of face inside royal crown

Colouring Competition

Colour in or create your own drawing for your chance to be one of ten lucky winners that are awarded £20 gift vouchers and have your entry printed as a specially designed commemorative poster. Closing date 12 June.

Platinum Jubilee Party

Join us on Ilford High Road on Saturday 4 of June to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th year of service. Our Platinum Jubilee party will showcase musical and variety acts on stage from 12pm, as well as fun assault courses, art props, a big lunch table, food and drink market stalls and a fireworks display. For more information visit the inIlford website.