BEACONS will be lit across Herefordshire over the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend in honour of the Queen’s 70-year reign.

In 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

In 1977, 2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of The Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty's 90th birthday.

On June 2, more than 2,022 beacons will be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries in recognition of The Queen’s long and selfless service.

All beacons will be lit on Thursday, June 2, at 9.45pm.

Here's a list of where to find them in Herefordshire:


Hereford is keeping the tradition of lighting a beacon in Churchill Gardens in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

At 7.30pm, pipe music and the singing of the national anthem will accompany the lighting of the beacon on Churchill Gardens.

The public are welcomed and encouraged to attend this historic occasion.

This will be done early so that, as ours burns, others across the county will be lighting up over the following two or three hours.


Ross-on-Wye will light the Beacon, at the Prospect.

At 2pm the town crier will announce a specially written proclamation at the Market House heralding the lighting of the beacons later that day.

At 9.35pm at the Prospect in Ross-on-Wye a piper will play Diu Regnare, a unique tune specially written for the occasion by Piper Major Stuart Liddell, the world’s leading piper, then at 9.45pm the Beacon will be lit.


The beacon in Bromyard will be lit by Lady McFarlane.

After this Bromyard Community Choir will sing Song for the Commonwealth followed by the National Anthem.


A jubilee beacon is being lit in Chockbury Lane, Cradley, and on the Friday evening there will be Music for Her Majesty at St James Church.


The Beacon will be lit at Kington Golf Course with the bar open and food available.


Choirs and a piper will play at 7pm at Memorial Square car park before the lighting of the beacon.


The ceremonial lighting of the Platinum Jubilee beacon will then take place on the lawn of St Mary’s Church, being lit by former national hunt jockey Richard Johnson OBE.


Burton Court will one of the beacon lighting locations marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The event is hosted alongside Eardisland Parish Council to kick start the celebrations that will be happening throughout the bank holiday weekend.

Tickets are £5 on the night and will include a pig roast.

There will also be entertainment from pipers, the bugle call, the live television broadcast in the Great Hall and the official beacon lighting done at 9:30pm.

Bars will be open inside the house and ice cream will also be available.


There shall be a jubilee beacon lit on the summit of May Hill.


There will be a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee beacon lighting at Aymestrey, accompanied by a hog roast, music from local performers and a licensed bar.

The event is free and thanks to support from the National Lottery Awards for All Fund, the hog roast will be either free or heavily subsidised, numbers depending.