Royal celebrations are just one day away.

Tomorrow, June 2, the nation will come together to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee - the start of a four-day celebration of everything British.

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in Britain's history so millions of people are expected to take to the streets for parties, picnics and lunches.

As the long weekend approaches, here’s a round-up of everything going on in Southampton and Eastleigh on Thursday - the first day of celebrations.

From street parties to picnics, there’s something for everyone.

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Street Parties

  • Redhill Close and Holyrood Avenue will both be closed for street parties

Events for children

  • Children-only Jubilee party – Totton and Eling Community Centre, 3-5pm
  • A fun, free event for those aged 0-9-years. Call 023 8087 3143 or email to reserve your place

Picnics & teas

  • Family-friendly picnic (plus crafts and stalls) – St James’ Park, from 11am. Bring a picnic and get comfy for this event run by Friends of St James’ Park. Guests can expect crown-making crafts, a tombola, a Jubilee-themed trail and more. Come dressed as a Royal to enter the fancy dress competition!
  • Jubilee afternoon tea – Tudor House and Garden, 1-2.30pm. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches and scones at Tudor House Café. Toast to the Queen from only £5 per glass of prosecco

Beacon lighting

  • Knowle Park beacon lighting – Knowle Park in Fair Oak, from 8.30pm. Meet at the Trig Point to celebrate the Jubilee with Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council. For more info call 023 8069 2403.
  • Queen’s Peace Fountain beacon lighting – Queen’s Peace Fountain in East Park, 9.45pm. The beacon will be lit simultaneously with other beacons throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Overseas territories.

Virtual and AR

  • Virtual Balloon Race 2022 – Wessex Cancer Trust. Buy your balloon for £4 and track it as it sets off from Westminster Abbey. Contact 023 8067 2200 for more info.
  • Southampton's Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail – Visit Southampton and High Street Safari. A free, augmented reality story-trail. Visit the website for more information.

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