Bunting lines the halls of nearly every British building, ready to look over the weekend celebrations. (Photo credit - Unsplash, Alexander London)

The Platinum Jubilee festivities kick off tomorrow and the schedule is jam packed. To help you prepare for your bank holiday weekend, the team at CBJMagazine have compiled a handy guide of both local and national events.

Exhibitions, tree planting, and street parties in Nottingham

From Wednesday 1 June to Sunday 5 June, Nottingham City Centre will also host an exhibition in the Market Square titled 70 Glorious Years – The Queen in Nottingham, showcasing the Queen’s rich history with the city.

In the evening on Thursday June 2nd, in Gedling, Keyworth, Ruddington, and a number of other areas in the county, beacon lighting ceremonies will be held to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. Also taking place on Thursday will be the Picnic in the Park in Mansfield’s Yeoman Hill Park from noon until 2pm, with visitors encouraged to bring their own food and drink.

In Gedling on Friday June 3, there will be a special service for the Queen’s Green Canopy Tree Planting, taking place in Gedling Country Park from 1pm until 4pm.

On Sunday June 5, West Bridgford will be be hosting a Platinum Jubilee street party along Central Avenue from 11am and 4pm. Picnic benches will line the street and attendees will be treated to live music and entertainment.

Ceremony’s, Broadcasts, and Platinum parties across the nation

Celebrations in the country’s capital kick off on Thursday June 2, with the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony taking place at the Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, Central London from 10am to 1.15pm. The parade will consist of 1500 soldiers, 240 horses and 400 musicians, followed by a balcony appearance from Queen Elizabeth II and other key royals.

Later in the day, The Queen and her party will arrive at The Mall to watch the principal Platinum Jubilee beacon being lit at 8pm, while thousands of others are lit across the country.

The BBC will broadcast both the parade and the beacon lighting ceremony live.

On Friday June 3, a Service of Thanksgiving will take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral with members of the Royal Family arriving from 11am. The BBC will broadcast the service from 9am until 12:30pm.

The Queen will attend the Epsom Derby on Saturday June 4, with the race starting at 5:30pm. It is expected the Queen will be greeted by a guard of honour consisting of 40 jockeys who have ridden her prized horses over the years.

Later on in the day, the BBC will host the ‘Platinum Party at the Palace’ concert from 8pm to 10:30pm, featuring musical performances from Alicia Keys, Duran Duran and other performers.

On Sunday between 2:30pm and 5pm, the Jubilee Pageant will end the festivities in Central London. The pageant will feature a carnival procession of performers telling the story of the Queen’s reign as it moves down The Mall and past Buckingham Palace.