The Queen's birthday beacons

A beacon burning at Culver Down on the Isle of Wight for the Queen's Jubilee in 2012
Published : 18 Apr 2016

To help the nation celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April, we’ll be lighting beacons across dozens of our places. From a coastal clifftop to parklands and hills, the beacons will help light up the country as more than 1000 are set to burn across the United Kingdom.

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will light the Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle. This will be followed by the lighting of a number of Beacons along the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park.

Many of the beacons will be able to be viewed from a distance, but we’ve put together a selection of events that you can visit – just remember to bring a torch.

Corfe Castle in the mist

Corfe Castle, Dorset 

From lunchtime onwards on 21 April, the tea-rooms will be serving a special Royal Tea including a mini scone with jam and cream, Victoria sponge, a pot of tea and much more. The castle will open up its gates for everyone between 7 – 8pm, offering you a unique opportunity to see the castle at night. Five beacons will be lit around the castle accompanied by a choir leading a rousing chorus of the National Anthem.

view from the Edge

Kinver Edge, Staffordshire 

Head to Kinver Edge Hill Fort overlooking the dramatic redstone rock houses and watch the celebratory beacon being lit. Join the team in singing the National Anthem while enjoying the twinkling view of the countryside by night from the top of the Hill Fort.

The Heathland at Simons Wood, Finchampstead Ridges, Surrey

Runnymede, Surrey 

Don your walking shoes and make your way up to Coopers Hill with the Runnymede team. Watch the celebratory beacon being lit in this historic landscape.

A crowd of people gathered around Thorncombe Beacon to watch it being lit for the Jubliee celebrations in July 2012

Thorncombe Beacon, Golden Cap, Dorset 

If you don’t mind a steep climb, watch the lighting of Thorncombe beacon on the south coast’s highest point, the Golden Cap Estate, and admire the spectacular backdrop of the Jurassic Coast. Thorncombe Beacon was one of a chain of beacon sites along the south coast used to warn of the approach of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

National Trust West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire

West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire 

Come and help West Wycombe Park celebrate the 90th birthday of her Majesty the Queen with a beacon on West Wycombe Hill. The Church Tower will be open for fantastic views of the Chilterns.

Spring on the Wimpole Estate

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire 

Join the team at Wimpole and take in the views of the Cambridgeshire countryside as they light the 90th Birthday Beacon on the eastern edge of the estate. Make an evening of it by bringing something to eat and drink and a chair or rug to sit on.