Cardiff Council Update: 20 May 2022

Here is our latest update, covering: four days of Jubilee celebration coming to Cardiff; our Riding School open day this weekend; our travel advice for two major concerts; and a new orchard for Bute Park.


Four days of Jubilee celebration in Cardiff

A Big Jubilee Picnic in Bute Park will round off four days of celebrations in Cardiff to mark the Queen's Jubilee.

The bank holiday weekend will also see a Royal Gun Salute take place in Roald Dahl Plass, followed by a military music festival, a concert at Cardiff Castle, the visit of a Royal Navy ship, and the lighting of a Beacon in Cardiff Bay.


Military Music Festival (Thursday 2nd June, midday - 1.15pm)

A Royal Gun Salute in Roald Dahl Plass will signal the start of Jubilee celebrations and an hour of military music from the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh. The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh is one of the very few all-brass bands within the British Army. The Band is regularly seen performing ceremonial duties such as Royal Gun Salutes, freedom of the city parades, and in front of rugby fans worldwide at the Principality Stadium.


Beacon Lighting Ceremony (Thursday 2nd June, 9.15-9.45pm)

A Beacon outside the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay will be one of more than 2,000 beacons being lit simultaneously across the UK, as well as in all 54 Commonwealth capital cities in honour of the Jubilee.

Ahead of the Beacon lighting there will be a programme of music from The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh.

The Beacon will be lit at 9.45pm, followed by a short firework display.


Platinum Jubilee Concert (Saturday 4th June, 3.30-10pm)

Some of Wales's finest singers and entertainers will be live on stage at Cardiff Castle. With a line up including choirs, bands, dance, and a full orchestra, the iconic venue will reverberate with music, song and laughter. Tickets are free for under 16s with an accompanying adult (


Big Jubilee Picnic (Sunday 5th June, 12-5pm)

Pack a hamper, gather your family and friends and head to beautiful Bute Park for a Big Jubilee Picnic to round off the weekend. Visitors will be able to watch the Platinum Jubilee Pageant live from London on a giant screen or simply relax and enjoy the free music and walkabout entertainment on site.

With everything from giant flamingos to wandering opera it promises to be a very memorable afternoon.

There will not be food and drink for sale on site so remember to bring your own sandwiches, snacks and cakes to create your own delicious Jubilee spread!

The Big Jubilee Picnic is supported by the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


Visit of HMS Severn (Arriving Monday 30th May)

HMS Severn, named after the River Severn, will be berthed at Britannia Quay for the Jubilee. During her visit to the Welsh capital the ship will open her gangway for members of the public to visit. The tickets will be released via Eventbrite and details of how people can obtain these will be available soon. 

To find out the latest news on the ship, follow it on Twitter, @hmssevern


Ahead of the bank holiday weekend the Museum of Cardiff will also be holding a drop-in Royal Jubilee Craft event on Wednesday 1st June (10am-3pm) where kids aged 3+ can get creative making their own royal crown and design their own bunting. Free event, suggested donation £1. No booking required.

Hubs across Cardiff will be holding Jubilee parties and events throughout half-term and the Jubilee weekend. All the details will be on the Cardiff Hubs website (


Cardiff Riding School Open Day

Cardiff Riding School is holding an Open Day this weekend. The event, which starts at 10am on Saturday 21st May, will feature a horse-jumping display and a musical drill ride by the staff, and marks the opening of a brand-new Outdoor School made possible with support from the Friends of Cardiff Riding School.

Full event timetable:

10am- Gates open

10:30- Opening ceremony

10:45- Staff musical drill ride

11:15- Horse jumping display

11:30- Dog agility

12:30- Fun dog show


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Travel advice for the Ed Sheeran concerts at Principality Stadium and My Chemical Romance at Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground

Ed Sheeran will be performing at Principality Stadium on May 26th, 27th and 28th and to facilitate these events, a full city centre road closure will be in place on health and safety grounds to ensure people can safely enter and leave the stadium after the concerts.

My Chemical Romance will also be performing on Saturday May 28th at Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground.

On both May 26th and the 27th, there will be a full city centre road closure from 4.30pm until 12.30am. On Saturday May 28th, the road closure will be put in place slightly earlier, from 2pm until 12.30am.

Those attending these concerts are strongly advised to leave large bags at home and pay attention to the prohibited items listed atwww.principalitystadium.walesbefore they travel into the city.

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New orchard in Bute Park as two trees planted for every tree destroyed in 2021 vandalism

One hundred trees are to be planted in Bute Park, creating a new orchard and replacing 50 trees damaged by vandals in September last year. The planting follows a community-led campaign set up in the wake of the vandalism, which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

A fundraiser, set up by Melissa Boothman, owner of The Secret Garden Café in Bute Park, has raised £5,000 so far. Now, by joining forces with the council's Coed Caerdydd tree planting programme, two trees will be planted during the next tree planting season, for every one tree that was destroyed.

Fifty of the new trees will be native fruit trees, returning an orchard to Bute Park for the first time since it was handed over to the people of Cardiff by the Bute family in 1947. The orchard planting will be inspired by Welsh heritage varieties and provide trees that are beneficial to both the community and wildlife.

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