The Queen’s birthday beacons in the East

Jubilee Beacon on Dunstable Downs

To celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday, Her Majesty The Queen will light a Beacon on Thursday 21 April at Windsor Castle. This will be followed by the lighting of over 1,000 beacons to celebrate her landmark birthday.

Why not join us, as we wish Her Majesty a very Happy Birthday?

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk

Thursday 21 April, from 5pm with beacon lighting at 8.30pm

From Wuffings to Windsor, Sutton Hoo celebrates the Queen’s 90th Birthday and 1400 years of royalty in England. 

In the early 7th century the site was a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of East Anglia – a dynasty called the Wuffings. However, it wasn't until 1939 that archaeologists discovered a royal ship burial at Sutton Hoo, full of extraordinary treasures, possibly belonging to King Raedwald of East Anglia. 

This royal regalia can be compared with the crown jewels today – the burial had a sceptre, a decorated sword, decorative items, and a lot of gold and silver. The kings of this period didn’t have crowns, but the spectacular Sutton Hoo helmet could be considered an equivalent treasure. 

The celebrations on the 21 April will be overseen by the Mayor of Woodbridge, and by King Raedwald himself! Visitors will also be able to explore the Exhibition and Tranmer House 'out of hours'.

In the week from 18 to 24 April, which also includes St George’s Day, the site will be exploring the theme of English royalty across the centuries through a series of short talks and a display of information and royal genealogies. You can even get a Saxon Selfie with a replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet! 

Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

Thursday 21 April, 8.30pm

You are invited to join friends, family and colleagues as we light our bonfire beacon to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday. The bonfire site is at Cobbs Wood Farm, which offers great views over both Wimpole and Cambridgeshire. Why not bring something to eat or drink, a chair or rug to sit on if you wish? And don’t forget a torch for the way home! Car parking is in Long Ropes, opposite Home Farm.

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire

Thursday 21 April, 7.30pm

Join us at Dunstable Downs and the highest point in Bedfordshire, as we light out beacon, which people will be able to see for miles around.