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Cockney Night and Beacon Lighting

FireworksThursday 2 June

5.30pm to 10pm - Gates open at 5.15pm

Barking Abbey Ruins

Free event - no tickets required. 

Part of The Jubilee Weekender 

Come and celebrate all things East End with a proper cockney knees up as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

There will be live performances headlined by star of stage and screen Laurie Brett, who will be singing all your favourite cockney classics and will lead our sing along. Laurie, who formally played Jane Beales in Eastenders, comes from Walford to Barking for one night only!  

Performers include:

  • Laurie Brett and live band
  • Chas n Dave tribute 
  • O’Brien Sisters (wartime songs) 
  • Fireworks finale 

The evening with conclude with the official lighting of the beacon taking place, as beacons are lit across the country to honour Her Majesty the Queen and her 70 years of service. Followed by a spectacular fireworks finale to light the sky above Abbey Ruins. 

Cockney Night & Beacon Lighting Poster.pdf

Road closures - Please be aware there will be a road closures in place on Broadway from the junction of Broadway/East Street and the junction of Broadway/Bobby Moore Way between 4.30pm – 10.30pm. Clockhouse Avenue will also be closed. Buses on this route will be diverted between 11am to 11pm. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

An official photographer has been commissioned by the council to take photographs and/or film at the Cockney Night and Beacon Lighting. The photographs and films may be published, transmitted or broadcast in LBBD publications and/or publicity materials, and websites, and may be circulated to the press and other broadcast media and internet websites for publication, transmission or broadcast. Should you have any queries, please contact the Events' Team at summeroffestivals@lbbd.gov.uk

Thank you to our sponsor

McLaren Construction Group 

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Programme Toggle accordion

5.30pm - Welcome by host Laurie Brett

5.35pm - We R The Band

6.35pm - Chas and Dayve - Tribute to Chas and Dave  

7.50pm - O'Brien Sisters

8.50pm - Laurie Brett with We R The Band

9.40pm - Diu Regnare - played by Suzanne McManus

9.43pm - Majesty - played by the Dagenham Eagles

9.45pm - Official Beacon lighting by Deputy Lieutenant of Barking & Dagenham

9.50pm - Fireworks finale 

*Programme subject to change

Don't miss our cheeky strollers, the Dodgy Guys at 5.15pm, 6.30pm and 7.45pm!

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There is no public car parking on site but parking is available at Bobby Moore Way and London Road Multistorey Car Park, only a short walk away from site.

Local parking charges apply (RINGO) for council car parks.

Blue Badge Holders

Blue Badge holders are entitled to 4 hours free parking in designated disabled bays located close to the site.

Public Transport

Barking has great transport connections via Barking station which is only a five minute walk from the venue. The station is serviced by District and Hammersmith & City underground lines, National Rail services via C2C and London Overground Gospel Oak to Barking line.


The Abbey Ruins is on two levels, with the main entrance point via the Curfew Tower (off Broadway) which services the majority of facilities including a good viewing area and toilets including one accessible toilet and one adult changing area. Steps lead to the lower level where the caterers and the bar is located.


Site has toilets, baby change and adult changing areas.

We are working with Mobiloo to provide specialist facility with ramped access, accessible change, toilet and shower and a hoist.

For assistance during the event, please visit the Information Point.

First Aid on site is located near the Information Point.

Families attending are encouraged to visit the Information Point in order to gain a wristband in case children or vulnerable adults become separated from your group.

Local Accommodation

There is no accommodation on site, however, we have a number of local accommodation within walking distance.



Ibis Budget

camp sites

Entry Conditions Toggle accordion

Searches including bags will be carried out as you enter the venue.

You can bring:

  • food, or this can be purchased
  • sealed soft drinks or water
  • folding chairs or picnic rugs

Please do not bring:

  • alcohol or unsealed soft drinks
  • glass
  • BBQs or gazebos
  • weapons, drugs or legal highs
  • uncontrolled or dangerous dogs (please keep dogs on leads)

Official event photography and filming will take place and will be used for all marketing and communication purposes. Photo consent forms will be completed for close-up shots of children. Please contact the Information Point if you have any concerns.

We look forward to welcoming you to our family friendly festival!

Covid19 Guidance for Visitors Toggle accordion

  • Do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid19 including a new, continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change of taste/smell.
  • Do not attend if those in your household are displaying symptoms or isolating.
  • We encourage visitors to take a Covid19 test before attending. All personnel working on site have been asked to demonstrate a negative test.
  • Maintain social distancing where possible and respect others space.
  • Face coverings are available at the sanitising stations and Information Point. We strongly advise those with health conditions to wear them.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly, sanitising stations are around the site.
  • Dispose of waste safely, including items such as used disposable face coverings.
  • If you start to feel unwell, please return home or seek medical attention if required.
  • We urge caution for the clinically extremely vulnerable attending the events on public health grounds. Please take extra care with social distancing and good hygiene protocols.
  • Toilets and areas of the event will be regularly cleaned.

Subject to change following government guidelines around Covid19.