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Updated: May 24, 2022

There are some fantastic events being held to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee across the city and Peterborough Cathedral is set to be an amazing backdrop to one of them.

They will be staging a free picnic on the green in front of the Cathedral, from 12 noon until 3pm as part of their celebrations on Sunday June 5.

The picnic will be followed by a special service of Choral Evensong at 3.30pm, attended by the dignitaries including the Lords Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, and representatives of Peterborough City Council.

At the picnic there will be some free food stalls including a hog roast, tea and coffee, fizzy drinks and ice cream, as well as entertainment. Just take your blanket or a deckchair to sit on, dress for the weather, and enjoy the occasion.

The Revd Canon Tim Alban Jones, Vice Dean at the Cathedral, said:

“We are delighted to be able to offer the Cathedral’s beautiful grounds as a venue for this very special occasion and I hope that people from across the city will make the picnic part of their Jubilee weekend plans.

“Her Majesty The Queen has given such loyal service to the country for the last 70 years and it is an honour to be part of these celebrations. We ask that people register to say they are coming, so that we have an idea of the numbers to cater for.”

The Cathedral will also be marking the jubilee by lighting the west front in red, white and blue when darkness falls on Thursday June 2.

Anyone planning to attend the picnic is asked to register in advance via the Cathedral website, [direct link is]

It is not necessary to register to attend the service.

It’s thanks to the support of the National Lottery Community Fund that this event is being offered free of charge.

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