The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail Comes to Houghton Hall Park

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail
When: Starts Saturday 30th April until Sunday 12th June
Time: 10am
Cost: Free!


As part of local plans to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, from April 30th until June 12th, Houghton Hall Park has teamed up with High Street Safari to run a free story trail. This innovative experience lets the family choose what happens in the story.  Anyone with a smartphone is able to take part for free. 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 Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail is located at seven stops around the park. 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 trip to see Houghton Hall Park.

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.

What To Do

As you spot each of the 7 characters around Houghton Hall Park, you can scan unique QR codes to engage with the story and answer questions to choose how it progresses. You’ll also get to learn about a different decade in Her Majesty’s 70-year reign from each character. 

Finally, you’ll also be able to engage with the characters as they come to life in Augmented Reality (AR*). Once you’ve collected all 7 stamps you’ll be rewarded with the conclusion to the adventure and be able to take selfies with digital prize badges ‘pinned’ to yourself.

Help for Heroes

Not only is the trail an innovative and fun day out but you 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 April 30th to June 12th. To find out more about the trail, visit the jubilee website

*AR - Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory and olfactory.