RESIDENTS are preparing for a royal knees-up with more than 310 street parties planned across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole next month.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee between June 2 and 5 will be marked with a host of festivities throughout the conurbation.

Councillor Beverley Dunlop, portfolio holder for culture and vibrant places, said: “I am so pleased to see the number of parties and other events that are being organised across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

"Everyone has embraced the jubilee weekend and are wanting to get out there and celebrate.”

Beacons will also be lit across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole at 9.45pm on Thursday, June 2.

In Bournemouth, a beacon lighting event will be taking place on the East Overcliff near the Jon Egging memorial, followed by fireworks in the bay.

Christchurch will be lighting its beacon at Mudeford Quay but the celebrations will commence at 5pm with an entertainment programme planned along with food and drink stalls. The town will be decorated with red, white and blue bunting and flowers.

A twilight procession is also planned along the beaches at Mudeford just before the beacon is lit.

In Poole, the beacon lighting will be at Sandbanks followed by fireworks in the bay.

A Park & Ride service will be available with additional evening journeys being laid on every 15 minutes by Morebus 60 service from Poole to Sandbanks.

Over bank holiday weekend, further events and activities will be happening with a Jubilee theme.

At Druitt Hall in Christchurch on Saturday, June 4, Christchurch BID is hosting a free children’s jubilee tea party and cupcake competition aimed at children under 13, and their families.

Foodies will also be able to enjoy Christchurch Food Festival and Poole Seafood Festival.

In Poole a big screen will be in Falkland Square showing jubilee events throughout the weekend.

On the Saturday there will be a live music stage and on Sunday there will be a ‘jubilee street singalong’ in various locations all provided by Poole BID.

The large screen will be back in the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth showing national events being broadcast by the BBC such as the live concert, Platinum Party at the Palace and films related to the Queen’s 70-year reign.