Next week, celebrations will take place across the district to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with towns and villages taking part in the UK-wide celebrations to mark the momentous occasion.

Primary schools across the district are also joining in the celebrations, with a range of festivities planned for the Jubilee Week prior to the bank holiday.

The following are some of the many events taking place, alongside many individual celebrations across the region.


Festivities will begin in the county town on Thursday, June 2 at 2pm with the proclamation of National Beacon Lighting, to take place at Enniskillen Courthouse.

At 8.30pm, the Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving for Her Majesty The Queen and celebration event will begin with a welcome platinum peal of the St. Macartin’s Cathedral bells.

This will be followed by the Pipers Tribute, ‘Diu Regnare’, by massed pipes and drums hosted by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Brand, Fermanagh section.

Meeting Denzil.

Meeting Denzil.

The Buglers Tribute, ‘Majesty’, will then be performed by Noel Trimble.

Jane Styles, Deputy Lieutenant for Co. Fermanagh, will light The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon, and a song for The Commonwealth – ‘A Life Lived With Grace’ – will be performed by St. Macartin’s Cathedral Choir.

St. Macartin’s Cathedral Guild of Ringers will then ring the ‘Celebration Peal’.

The massed pipes and drums will perform, before parading to Enniskillen Castle via the Erne and Castle Bridges, where further beacons will be lit on the walls of Enniskillen Castle by Enniskillen Rotary Club.

The castle will be illuminated in purple by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, with two beams of light crossing over, symbolic of Her Majesty’s visit in 2012. The public are encouraged to view this event from Henry Street.

Also on Thursday, June 2, the ‘Our Coronation Story’ community exhibition at Enniskillen Castle will open, running until June 12.

Saturday, June 4 will see a family fun day and Armed Forces Display take place at Enniskillen Royal Grammar School, from 10am to 4pm.

The ‘Beating Retreat’ will then take place at Wellington Place Car Park and Enniskillen Castle, hosted by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Fermanagh section at 7.30pm.

Sunday, June 5 will feature a Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving and Civic Parade hosted by the Royal British Legion, Enniskillen Branch at St. Macartin’s Cathedral at 11am.

The festivities in Enniskillen will conclude with the Big Jubilee Lunch at the castle, where members of the public are encouraged to bring their picnic and enjoy a family day out with silver bands, Erne Highland Dancers, entertainment and food vendors, running from 11am to 5pm.

Queen Elizabeth on her visit to the official opening of The South West Acute Hospital in 2012.

Queen Elizabeth on her visit to the official opening of The South West Acute Hospital in 2012.


Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place in Kesh on Friday, June 3. Commencing at 2pm at Mantlin Road Playing Fields, the official opening will be performed by the guest of honour, Major Shaun Pendry DL, and a non-stop programme of competitions, music, dance, entertainment and fun will continue until later in the evening.

The day will finish with a grand finale pageant through the village at 7pm, featuring bands, community sporting and voluntary organisations, Loyal Orders, ex-Service organisations, vintage vehicles, and more.


The grouped parishes of Maguiresbridge and Derrybrusk are also hosting a number of Jubilee celebration events.

On Friday, June 3, from 7pm to 8.30pm, there will be a Jubilee Juniors Fun Night.

High Tea in the Hall will take place on Saturday, June 4 from 2pm to 4.30pm, with a special guest attending on the day.

The celebrations will conclude on Sunday, June 5 with a Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at Derrybrusk at 10.30am, followed by a barbecue, bouncy castle and ice cream.


On Saturday, June 4, Fivemiletown Royal British Legion are hosting The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee BBQ and Dance.

The barbecue will start at 8pm, followed by live music from dynamic singing duo, Just Sayin, featuring Claudia Magill and Ryan Mac from 9.30pm.


The Ballinamallard Jubilee Party will take place on Sunday, June 5, starting with an open-air community service of thanksgiving for the life of The Queen at 11am.

During the service, the Ballinamallard Jubilee Children’s Choir will perform.

Following the service, there will be a barbecue as part of The Big Lunch community initiative.

Other activities on the day include a fancy dress competition, where children are being encouraged to dress up as kings and queens – with a prize for the best-dressed – as well as face-painting fun, garden games and more.

Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Enniskillen in 2012.

Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Enniskillen in 2012.


On Saturday, June 4, the community of Lack will be celebrating The Queen’s 70-year reign with a Jubilee Party from 1-5pm at Lack Playpark.

Lack Pipe Band will be leaving Glenarn Close at 12.55pm and making its way to the playpark for those who want to follow behind.

There will be a fancy dress competition for the kids, but adults are more than welcome to dress up also.

Everyone is welcome to this free event which will also include bouncy castles, football dartboard and various stalls featuring crafts, flowers, cakes and candles.

There will also be a chip van and an ice cream van present on the day.

The event has been organised by Lack Community Group, with support from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Queens Visit to Enniskillen - 26-6-2012 - picture by John McVitty, Enniskillen, Co.Fermanagh, N.Ireland-07771987378

Queens Visit to Enniskillen - 26-6-2012 - picture by John McVitty, Enniskillen, Co.Fermanagh, N.Ireland-07771987378

In addition to the celebrations in towns and communities across the region, County Fermanagh Grand Orange Lodge is celebrating Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee with a family day at Castle Irvine Necarne, Irvinestown on Sunday, June 5, from 2-6pm.

Activities on the day will include face-painting fun, a bouncy castle and a pet farm.

There will also be a range of performances, with acts to include the Swing Time Starlets, Clara Wilson, Billy McFarland, Robbie Pearson, the Schomberg Society, Silvertones, Alice Lindsay and the Erne Highland Dancers.

Unicyclers and jugglers will show their skills throughout the day, and a display from the NI School of Falconry is sure to thrill.

Plenty of refreshments will also be available, including free ice-cream.

The activities will be followed by a service of thanksgiving for The Queen, celebrating her 70 years on the throne.

In advance of those events, Thursday, June 2 will see Brookeborough District Lodge hosting a barbecue and fun evening to mark the Jubilee.

The event will take place at the Brooke Memorial Orange Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Entertainment will include a bouncy castle and musical performances from Cavanaleck Pipe Band.

A beacon will be lit at 9.45pm in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign.