Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend - Need To Know

Trooping the Colour

Advice to help you enjoy the weekend

Planning to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June? Check out the advice and tips below.

Safety and security

In the run-up to and during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, you may see more police activity than usual. 

This is nothing to worry about, it’s all part of ensuring everyone can enjoy this momentous occasion safely and securely.

The police are experienced in policing large-scale public events, and have been working with event organisers and partners for many months to prepare for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Measures to keep you safe

A range of visible and less visible measures will be in place to help keep everyone safe. This includes things like vehicle barriers, road closures and specialist teams carrying out searches in and around event locations. 

Airspace restrictions will be in place around a number of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events, which means that it will be illegal to fly a drone there without permission. You will know if airspace restrictions are in place where you are, because posters will be on display. To be on the safe side, leave your drone at home.

You will see stewards and other staff, who are there to help you enjoy the celebrations. Don’t be surprised if they pop up and say hello if you’re looking a little lost or in need of help.

Project Servator police officers will be on patrol across London and at other event locations in the run-up to and during the celebrations. They are specially-trained to spot the tell-tale signs that someone may be gathering information to help them plan a crime. They will talk to you to encourage you to be their extra eyes and ears and report anything that doesn’t seem right.

Play your part 

We all want to enjoy the celebrations safely and securely. You can play your part by being vigilant for anything that doesn’t seem right. If you’re concerned about anything you see or hear, trust your instincts and tell staff or a police officer. They will do the rest. In an emergency, always call 999. 

You can also find out more information on how to report any suspicious activity to police at www.gov.uk/ACT 

In an emergency, always call 999. 

Transport

Trains

If you are planning to travel around the UK by train, visit National Rail Enquiries  for UK train times and timetables before you travel.

Transport for London

TfL public transport will be running with no planned line closures during the celebrations.

The celebrations will be popular, so public transport and roads in central London will be busy, particularly on Saturday night and during the daytime on Sunday, but you will be able to get where you need to go.

As with all large events there will be certain times and places where short term safety measures such as queueing, changes to the way you enter or exit a station, and road closures may need to be introduced. Please listen out for announcements and speak to TfL staff who are there to help you. If your destination is not in central London, you are advised to use non-central London routes for a quicker and easier journey.

Visit https://tfl.gov.uk/platinum-jubilee for more information on travel around London during the celebrations.

Plan ahead, allow more time for your journeys and use TfL’s real time information to see how services are operating. Use the TfL Go app or visit www.tfl.gov.uk 

Road closures

Road closures will affect large areas around the main events in Westminster and the City of London. In some areas, we would advise that travel by car is limited to essential journeys only. The main affected areas are shown on this map, covering the following days and areas:

  • Friday 3 June – events in the City of London
  • Saturday 4 June – the Platinum Party at the Palace in St James’ Park
  • Sunday 5 June – the Platinum Pageant in Westminster and St James’ Park

Access Information for general event areas

Access Locations

Step-free and level access is provided at the majority of access points to  the Queen’s Birthday Parade,  Platinum Party at the Palace, Platinum Jubilee Pageant events. These will be clearly signposted for those requiring access support.

Accessible Parking and Drop – Off

No designated Blue Badge or other accessible parking or drop-off is available. Please check the Transport for London website for best public access to the events.

Wayfinding and Signage

Fixed signage is provided throughout the events site for wayfinding and for identifying designated areas and facilities. 

A range of public information screens are also provided throughout the events site to provide real time information and important updates. 

Site Circulation

The events site is largely accessible via paved surfaces and is generally level. However, as a public outdoor area, people should be aware of the risk presented by uneven ground and changes due to weather conditions. 

The events site includes one significant gradient between The Mall and St James’s Park Lake, located within the boundary of the BBC Jubilee Concert area (ticketed area).

Events Assistance / Stewarding

Stewards and marshals are available to assist people attending the events.

Viewing Areas

There are no dedicated wheelchair accessible viewing areas provided for use by the public. The majority of the viewing areas are accessible and are available for friends / families and carers on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

British Sign Language Platform

A British Sign Language performance interpreter is located within St James’s Park Bandstand screen for Platinum Party at the Palace (Saturday) and also the Platinum Pageant (Sunday). 

Catering

The events provide a range of catering facilities, some of which provide an accessible lowered counter for ease of use by wheelchair users.

Accessible WC Facilities

Accessible toilets with hand washing facilities are located at each of the toilet blocks. 

Welfare Facilities

Whilst there might be areas of the site with fewer crowds, those with sensory needs should be aware that most of the event site will be very busy and noisy.

Welfare stations are also located across the events site, where there are St John Ambulance staff, water, and support available for other welfare needs.

The Royal Parks

The Royal Parks are delighted to play host to events as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022. Those coming to join the celebrations and enjoy the parks are advised to plan ahead and refer to the information on The Royal Parks’ website

Staying safe during the Jubilee celebrations

Stay hydrated

If you’re travelling, or out in the city during the weekend, carry water with you, drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol.

If you need to refill your water bottle while you’re out – you can download and use the Refill app to find the nearest refill station to your location.

Download the free Refill App from your app store today.

Weather updates

The Met Office publishes up to date weather forecasts on its website: www.metoffice.gov.uk 

If you use Twitter, you can follow the Met Office (@metoffice) and UKHSA London (@UKHSA_London) for updates and health information. Follow the hashtag #WeatherAware. 

Sun safety tips

If you’re out and about enjoying the festivities, be sure to: 

  • wear a hat, UV sunglasses and light, loose-fitting clothes
  • use sunscreen – at least factor 15 (SPF15) with UVA protection
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm when UV rays are strongest
  • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – such as children, older people and those with underlying health conditions 

For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/  

The signs of heatstroke / exhaustion to look out for

  • If you feel dizzy, weak or have intense thirst and a headache, move to a cool place as soon as you can. Drink some water or diluted fruit juice to rehydrate and avoid alcohol. 
  • If you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms, or abdomen), rest immediately in a cool place and drink electrolyte drinks. Most people should start to recover within 30 mins and if not, you should seek medical help. Call 111 if you feel unusual symptoms, or if symptoms persist

Call 999 if a person develops any signs of heatstroke as this is a medical emergency.  Further information on heatstroke and heat-related illness is available at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/heat-exhaustion-heatstroke 

COVID-19

COVID-19 is still circulating, so it’s important that you remember the simple things you can do to keep yourself and those around you safe.

  • Stay at home if you don’t feel well 
  • Consider wearing a face covering when travelling on public transport and if you’re in enclosed or crowded spaces during the day
  • Wash/sanitise your hands as often as you can 
  • If you’re celebrating the Jubilee at home with friends – remember to let fresh air in