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Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in Banffshire!

On 7 February 2022, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.

A huge variety of events are taking place in communities all over Banffshire to mark Platinum Jubilee Weekend, from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June.  Picnics, street parties, beacon lighting, equestrian events, pipe bands, tree planting, children's activities... get involved and enjoy the celebrations! 

"Those who planned these events are to be congratulated.  It is wonderful to see how the organisers from across Banffshire have put together such a wide range of activities for young and not so young.  These activities will not only mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, but will also allow communities to come together and build partnerships for the future.  I hope that all who attend will enjoy the different activities.”

Andrew Simpson, Lord-Lieutenant of Banffshire

Banffshire Platinum Jubilee events

Members of the Banffshire Lieutenancy are planning to visit events in each community. 


Saturday 28 May


11am: Community Picnic, Silver Band and unveiling of a Queen’s Green Canopy plaque.  Organised by the Alvah & Forglen Community Council


Sunday 29 May

Turriff & Forglen

6pm: Buchan Presbytery Service of thanksgiving at St. Ninian’s & Forglen Church


Thursday 2 June

Banff & Macduff

1:45pm Macduff Harbour and 2:00pm Plainstones, Banff – Town Crier.

9:45pm – Beacons in both towns

Ben Rinnes

9:30pm: Beacon and piper organised by the Dufftown Royal British Legion

Cornhill & District

4pm-7pm: Picnic in the Hall – family event with - live music, beacon, games


6pm-10pm: Tomintoul Square Street Party  - 50 free meals first come first served at each of the Clockhouse Restaurant, Hotel on the Square, Richmond Arms, and the Glenavon Hotel.  Live music and school choir, school art competition, giant outdoor games including jenga and noughts and crosses.  Bring a blanket. Culminating in beacon lighting at 9:45pm


Friday 3 June

Banff & Macduff

Local Brownies and members of other uniformed organisations will be visiting care homes to distribute Celebration Jubilee Cake


7:30pm:  Party in the Hall (strictly over 18s) live music


5pm: Royal School Disco for nursery and primary school children


11am-4:30pm: Kermis, at Touchdown Memorial Home for Horses, The Stables, Fangorn Farm, Keith – lots of games, stalls and a huge range of family activities


12-2pm: Soup and Sweet at Portessie Public Hall (vegetarian and gluten free options available, Bottle Stall)

Sandend – 2pm in the playing fields – arts & crafts, sports day racing, balloon making


Saturday 4 June

Banff & Macduff

2-4pm: Play in the Park, rugby pitch, Duff House, Banff - an afternoon of fun, games, magic and music.  Bring your own picnic


10:30am: Queen’s Green Canopy Tree Planting at the Land Girls’ Memorial 


1:30-4:30pm: Vintage Tea Party with live music in a marquee


2pm: CANCELLED: Bring a picnic to a picnic at St Rufus Park & Episcopal Church Garden

Newmill – 12-4pm - Jubilee Picnic in the Newmill Playing Field

Portknockie – 12 – 4pm - Party in the Park at the McBoyle Hall & Park – family games and music *


12-4pm: Jubilee Picnic in the Newmill Playing Field


12-4pm: Party in the Park at the McBoyle Hall & Park – family games and music *

Sunday 5 June


11am: parade, football, dancing, Doric Books Reading, dog agility course competition, family games, etc. *


2-4pm: Bring a picnic to a picnic.  Aberlour Pipe Band, races and games for the family

Banff & Macduff

12-4pm: Duff House Grounds - Bring a Picnic to a Picnic – pipe bands, brass bands, games, stalls, etc. 


12-5pm – Family Fun Day in the main square with family entertainments & stalls 


12pm Children’s Cinema; 4pm – Adult Cinema in the Royal British Legion


2-4:30pm: Edinvillie Hall – 1950s style afternoon tea


2pm: BBQ Picnic at the Bleachy, beside the Auld Kirk


1-4pm: Glenlivet Big Lunch at Glenlivet Public Hall with Glenlivet and Inveravon Community Association and Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust.  BBQ, Kid's competitions, live music, treasure hunt, giant games, cake competition and quiz Tree planting at 2:30pm.  Bring a picnic and picnic blanket.


12-3pm – Picnic in the King George V Playing Fields, Rothiemay

Monday 6 June


6:15pm: Old Strathlene Swimming Pool, the Boys’ Brigade, in partnership with the Buckie Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, along with a number of the 1st Buckie Sponsors, will be holding a “Lighting of the Beacon”.  Games, food vans, and stalls.  The event is open to any parent, carer, or friend of the boys / girls associated with the Boys’ Brigade, Buckie Guides, Brownies or Rainbows.

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