Oxfordshire’s jubilee beacons and where you can see them

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, thousands of beacons will be ignited across the country as a symbol of recognition for the 70 years the Queen has ruled. She is the first British monarch to reach the milestone. Over 2,000 beacons in the UK are set to be lit at 9.45pm on Thursday, June 2, which forms part of a long-standing tradition of celebrating major events, including royal jubilees, weddings and coronations.

Though once used as a form of communication, a beacon chain is now a symbol of unity. The lighting of these beacons is an official event of the Platinum Jubilee 2022 and is described as an “opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth, to come together to celebrate this historic milestone”. : 10 Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events in Oxfordshire you won’t want to miss

Beacons will also be lit at the four highest points in each of the UK’s four countries. These are Scafell Pike in England, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Mount Snowdon in Wales and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland. All beacons in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man will be lit at 9:45pm except the beacons in the Commonwealth Countries and United Kingdom Overseas Territories which will ignite at 9:15pm local time.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Anchor Chain will be lit at 9:30pm and the beacons along Hadrian’s Wall will be lit at 10pm. Here is where people in Oxfordshire can find the nearest beacon to them:

Oxfordshire beacon locations

  • Blenheim Palace

  • Henley on Thames Town Council

  • Westwell Parish Council

  • Croxden Parish Council

  • Brize Norton Parish Council

  • Highlands Farm Brightwell-cum-Sotwell

  • Brightwell Baldwin Parish Meeting

  • Grove Parish Council – Village Green

  • Daylesford Estate, Kingham

  • Southmoor and Kingston Bagpuize Parish Council – Millennim Green

  • Shutford Parish Council – Jester’s Hill

  • Goring Heath Parish Council – close to Cold Harbour

  • Swinbrook & Widford Parish Council – Tower of St Mary’s Church

  • The Hernes Estate – Church Field, Hernes Estate

  • Mollington Parish Council and Village Hall – Playing Field

  • Rollright Parish Council – Great Rollright Village Hall

  • Bucknell Jubilee – The Playing Field

  • Wootton Playing Fields Association – Wootton Memorial Playing Field

  • North Hinskey Parish Council – Green Hill

  • Chastleton Village – Harcomb Farm

  • Appleton with Eaton Parish Council – Badswell Lane

  • Nuffield Parish Council

  • St Helen Without Parish Council & Dalton Barracks – RAF Abingdon Airfield

  • National Trust – White Horse Hill

  • Friends of St Michaels Church Steventon – Hill Farm

  • Village of Standlake – Oxford Downs Cricket Club

  • Parish of Farnborough – Farnborough Church

  • Thame Town Council

  • The Red Lion, Old Marston

  • Fringford Parish Council – Cricket Ground

  • Tackley Parish Council

  • St Leonard’s Church, Eynsham

  • Chacombe Sports & Social – Berry Close

  • Charlton on Otmoor Parish Council – Charlton on Otmoor Playing Field

  • Finmere Parish Council Jubilee Committee – Finmere Playing Field

  • Vale of White Horse – The Red Lion, Chapel Lane

  • Pishill with Stonor Parish Council – Maidensgrove Common

  • Stoke Row Parish Council – Maharajah’s Well

  • Bicester Heritage, The Station Armoury Building

  • Tusmore Park Farm, Bicester

To find out all the locations for the beacons across the country, visit the official website here . Want the latest Jubilee news from across Oxfordshire?

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