Queen’s Platinum Jubilee East Devon: what’s on Exmouth, Sidmouth, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Sidbury, Budleigh Salterton, Cranbrook, and the surrounding villages

Towns and villages across East Devon are gearing up to hold a host of celebrations, events and street parties in a bid to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Picnics and parties in the park, beacon lighting, live music and children’s entertainment are among the family fun for all ages planned as part of the four-day Jubilee bank holiday celebrations, starting on Thursday, June 2.

Residents across East Devon can look forward to packed programmes of events in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Axminster, Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Sidbury, Budleigh Salterton, Cranbrook, and the surrounding villages, joining in with the rest of the country to honour the Queen’s 70 years of service.

Some 70 English Oak trees – one for each year of her reign – have been planted across East Devon as part of the UK-wide planting project – The Queen’s Green Canopy – to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Cllr Ian Thomas, Chair of East Devon District Council, said: “I wanted us to recognise the 70-year period of Her Majesty’s reign in an enduring way, working with each part of our district, from our smallest parish to largest town and supportive of a key council priority.

“Rather than civic functions, my modest budget has been used to establish a network of English Oak trees dedicated to Her Majesty’s Jubilee and set to grace East Devon for decades to come.

“Each of these English Oaks, when mature, will be able to absorb up to 150Kg of CO2 in support of our Carbon reduction work.”

He added: “Our fantastic StreetScene team can now draw breath, after planting an amazing 70 Jubilee Oaks in towns and parishes across the length and breadth of East Devon. Each is marked by a commemorative plaque.

“The Jubilee weekend is almost upon us. I hope that all local communities have a great time and that the oaks gifted by East Devon District Council help create glorious, uplifting memories of 2022.”

Here is your comprehensive East Devon what’s on guide to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – things to do, street parties and events.

When and where will the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee beacons be lit in East Devon?

Thursday, June 2, at 9.45pm. Beacons to mark the occasion will be lit across the UK simultaneously.

See beacon lighting at:

Exmouth – Orcombe Point.

Honiton – at the top of Roundball Hill.

Seaton – Cliff Field Gardens – to be lit by Ted Gosling, from Axe Valley Heritage Museum.

Sidmouth – Esplanade (York steps) Lit by Chair of Sidmouth Town Council, Chris Lockyear. And Fire Beacon Hill.

Sidbury – Evergreen Hill. Lit by Lady Cave.

What’s on Exmouth:

  • The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail is an augmented reality trail in seven stops around Exmouth. Free, open until June 12. Find seven characters, and historical information, as you pass each of the stops. Scan the QR codes displayed at each location in the town and collect digital stamps and see the characters come to life. See more here.

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  • Beacon lighting. 9.45pm, Orcombe Point. Thursday, June 2. All are welcome to gather on the beach below to watch from 9.15pm.
  • Sunday, June 5 Exmouth Festival Jubilee Celebration Day, starting at 12 noon with a Big Jubilee Lunch – bring a picnic blanket, food, and join in. Or buy tasty treats from local traders.
  • There will be a circus skills workshop in the afternoon, 12noon-3pm, and theatre shows from The Grimm Sisters at 3pm. And live music throughout the afternoon on the main stage.The town’s Jubilee celebrations coincide with the return of Exmouth Festival, on the Recreation Ground – free live music, theatre, circus and art, food and drink.

    Come together with community artist Hayley Watson and create a collaborative masterpiece. Materials, are provided.

What’s on Sidmouth:

  • Thursday, June 2: Salcombe Regis 50th Anniversary Country Fair.
  • The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Street Party organised by The Chamber of Commerce,
  • Jubilee beacon lighting – Fire Beacon Hill, The Seafront, and Evergreen Hill, Sidbury.
  • June 2-5: Sidmouth International Jazz and Blues Festival – lots of free music.
  • Friday, June 3: Sidbury Jubilee dance, hog roast/barbeque.
  • Saturday, June 4: Sidford W.I Community Platinum Jubilee coffee morning.
  • Jubilee Cream Tea and Concert at St Peter’s, Sidford.
  • Sunday, June 5: Sidbury Jubilee Celebration, exhibition, lunch and sports.


What’s on Honiton:

  • June 4 and 5: Jubilee celebrations take place on Allhallows playing field, and Honiton High Street.
  • June 2: 2pm. Lighting of the beacon proclamation by the town crier. St Paul’s Church.
  • 9pm-10.45pm. Lighting of the beacon. Roundball Hill.
  • June 4: 10am. Historic fun run, start, St Paul’s Church.
  • 9am-4pm. Street market, High Street, and charity stalls, Northcote Lane.
  • 4pm-10pm – street disco.
  • 9am-4pm – Allhallows playing field – all-day entertainment and displays by local clubs.

Sunday, June 5: Honiton High Street.

  • 10.30-12noon – street parade.
  • 12.30pm-4pm – Honiton’s Big Tea – take along a picnic. Prizes for best dressed tables.

See more information here.

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What’s on Budleigh Salterton:

June 4 – Platinum Jubilee Street Party on Budleigh Salterton High Street, 6pm-10pm. Tickets are £36 per table of six, or £6 per ticket for seat on a mixed table.

Other themed events to mark the Jubilee are:

  • Children’s pavement art competition.
  • Coffee morning in aid of Cats Protection.
  • June 2 – event in the gardens and marquee at Seachange.
  • Horse racing evening, organised by Budleigh Carnival Club.
  • Jubilee Praise – Temple Methodist Church lawn.
  • June 5: Jubilee quiz night, The Dog and Donkey pub, Knowle.And the popular Lions Club Budleigh Gala Week, until June 5, promises a host of Jubilee-themed events.

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What’s on Ottery St Mary:

  • June 2: Coronation concert, 7pm, St Mary’s Church, followed by torch-lit procession through the town at 8.30pm.
  • June 3: Picnic in the park, Land of Canaan, 12noon onwards.
  • June 4: 1960s-style tea dance, The Institute, from 7.30pm. Tickets £2.
  • June 5: Ottery St Mary Cricket Club will take on Tipton St John, starts 2pm.
  • 2pm-4pm: Community family party, St Mary’s Church.

For more information, see here.

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What’s on Seaton:

  • June 2: 4pm-10pm. Cliff Field Gardens, live music, children’s circus skills, craft activities, table-top games and more.
  • Free ice cream for children, refreshments and popcorn stand.
  • Display by Seaton majorettes.
  • Beacon lighting at 9.45pm.

See more here.

Also, there is a free Queen’s Trail at Seaton Wetlands this half term.


What’s on Axminster:

  • Thursday, June 2: Jubilee Field open day, 11am.
  • Friday, June 3: Bingo, Axminster Football Club, 6pm.
  • 8pm, live music, buffet, raffle, quiz. The Conservative Club.
  • 8.15pm, lighting of brazier on Minister Green followed by a toast to Her Majesty at 9pm.
  • Saturday, June 4 – teddy bears’ picnic, 11am-2pm. Tickets to the free event are limited.
  • High tea. 3pm. The Conservative Club.
  • ‘Ax-Enders’ garden party and barbecue, 6pm, the Axminster Inn.

See more here.

What’s on Cranbrook:

  • Friday, June 3 – Jubilee quiz, Cranberry Farm, 7pm-9pm. Entry by ticket. Prizes.
  • Saturday, June 4 – 11am-3pm, picnic in the park, Cranbrook Country Park.
  • For more information on the |Jubilee events, see here.

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The village and parish will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a host of entertainment and family fun on the parish playing field.

On the day there will be a free bouncy castle and face painting, 3pm-5pm magic show, displays, and a fire entertainer at 7pm.


The residents of Poltimore are gearing up to win a luxury Jubilee hamper worth £150, donated by developer Redrow for the village’s Big Prize Royal Raffle.

The village is already in the swing of celebrations, with a scarecrow trail.
Also planned is a treasure hunt, royal garden party, disco, and fun dog show.

  • Thursday, June 2, village hall, royal bingo and big prize raffle, 7.15pm.
  • Friday, June 3, fun dog show, 2pm, churchyard wildlife area.
  • Royal quiz, village hall, 8pm.
  • Saturday, June 4: royal coffee morning, 10.30am, village hall, followed by treasure hunt around the village.
  • 2pm, bouncy castle, village hall.
  • 6.30pm, royal disco, village hall.
  • Sunday, June 5: Songs of praise in the church, 10.30am, followed by coffee.
  • Royal garden party, 12.30pm, the Old Rectory. Prizes for the best hat.

John Edwards, one of the Poltimore Jubilee event coordinators, said: “We are so excited for this event that will bring our community and the whole country together after two challenging years. We hope there is something for all the villagers to enjoy.”

Kevin Bradford, Redrow South West spokesman, said: “Organisers have been working hard to create events for the village – there truly is something for every individual and family to enjoy.

“We wish the whole community the best for the upcoming festivities, and hope everyone has a splendid time.”


The luxury hamper donated to Poltimore for its Jubilee celebrations.
Photo|: Redrow.


The hamper worth £150 is up for grabs in Poltimore as part of the village’s Jubilee celebrations.
Photo: Redrow.

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