Over 100 Communities Celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with a Free Family Story-trail



This Spring, families in over 100 communities across the UK will be able to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and have a great day out with this augmented reality story-trail.

As part of national plans to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, High Street Safari, a geogaming experience company, are partnering with at least 100 communities to run a free story-trail running from April 30th until June 12th. This innovative experience let’s family choose what happens on the story-trail and is completely contactless, with anyone with a smartphone being able to take part. Players will not only discover cute characters along the route, but they also get to see them burst to life in augmented reality and take selfies and record videos with them.


The idea behind the story-trail is to give families a free day out with a safe, socially distanced and ambitious event. It has been designed in conjunction with the Platinum Jubilee Pageantmaster, Bruno Peek, to be as accessible to as many communities as possible with over 100 having already signed up. On the trail, shopping parents will love being able to get the kids on board with an amazing experience and families looking for a relaxing day out can encourage kids to have a screen-time break, do some walking and get rewarded at the end.


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail is located at seven story-points around each location, positioned so that families can discover hidden parts of the town, city, park or shopping centre. Families will be guided on their trip by Sir Barnaby Beacon as he visits seven memorable and magical friends, like Charlie Crown or Theadora Throne, who have come to life from Buckingham Palace and gone on a day trip.


The trail takes about forty-five minutes to complete but can be completed in more than one visit. It’s completely free for families and groups to take part in and they win a free, digital fun pack at the end. Schools are also being sent colouring sheets to enter a competition to have their works displayed on the trail, with gift vouchers being awarded to ten lucky national winners, as well as their winning entry printed as a specially designed commemorative poster.


The trail works without the need for families to download or sign up to anything. With safety in mind, it has been designed so that there is no need to go inside the venues, but some participating businesses are offering discounts and vouchers to come in while players visit.


Not only is the trail an innovative and fun day out for players, but they can also choose to donate to Help for Heroes to support our veterans and their families. Melanie Waters, chief executive of the charity said:


“We’re thrilled to be the charity partner for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons Trail and really looking forward to taking part in this innovative, community-based activity, as part of our plans to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee this year.”


The trail runs from the April bank holiday weekend on the 30th, right through to the June Spring half term on the 12th. To see the full list of locations and find out more about the trail, visit this page.