Bedales role in Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations

100s of people are expected to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a lantern festival on Petersfield Heath. At dusk on 4 June lanterns will be lit, banners will wave, samba band Bloco Fogo will strike up and flaming torches will lead the lantern-bearers along the banks of Heath Pond. The evening will end with Petersfield’s official Jubilee Beacon, a blazing tribute to the Queen, shimmering on the water. Everyone is invited to make Petersfield’s Jubilee festivities a truly glittering event, by creating a simple lantern to carry in the procession or to float on the pond. If you read this in time, come and make your own lantern at Bedales today (19 May) from 1 – 5pm (allow two hours and wear old clothes). For further information, email Sylvia Coates at Read more and view photos.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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