Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022 on the Thames

Exciting festivities are being planned up and down the country to commemorate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. We’ll enjoy a special Bank Holiday weekend in June to celebrate Her Majesty's 70th anniversary as monarch, the first time any British ruler has achieved this incredible milestone. The May bank holiday weekend will be moved to Thursday 2nd June, and an additional bank holiday on Friday 3rd June will be added, meaning the UK will see a four-day weekend to honour this historic event. There will be many exciting celebrations and festivities taking place all over the country, including some along our cruising routes, and you can join in on the action.

Chertsey Queen's Jubilee Beacon

Chertsey Base

There is a long and unbroken tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons. On the 2nd June close to our base in Chertsey, you can witness the Beacon on St Ann’s Hill being lit by the Mayor of Runnymede.


Celebrate this unique and exciting event before or after your boating holiday with us. The event will be accompanied with Morris Dancers, live music and light refreshments to make it a fun afternoon out for everyone!

Jubilee Picnic in the Park

Union Jack Bunting

A fun Jubilee Picnic in the Park is taking place on the 3rd 4th and 5th June at three different parks, each with a different theme. This free event will be hosted at parks all a fifteen-minute drive from our Chertsey base, making it very easy to attend before or after your cruise with us on the Thames.

Friday 3rd June: 1950s and 1960s themed picnic at Fordbridge Park

Featuring 1950s and 60s Jazz and Rock and Roll music, puppetry, roaming circus hippies and much more.

Saturday 4th June: 1970s and 1980s themed picnic at Laleham Park

Featuring 1970s and 80s hits and entertainment. You can meet a transformer and flex your muscles with ‘The Legwarmerz!’ comedic 1980s aerobic troupe.

Sunday 5 June: 1990s themed picnic at Lammas Park in Staines-Upon-Thames

Go back to the 90s with fun performances featuring the music from the Britpop era.

The God Save The Queen Platinum Jubilee Run

Le Boat - Thames

If you enjoy being active, then one event to be part of is the God Save The Queen Platinum Jubilee Run on Friday 3rd June. Located on a beautiful stretch of the river in between Staines and the village of Old Windsor, mere minutes up the river from our base in Chertsey, this event welcomes runners of all abilities as well as walkers. You’ll need to sign up beforehand for this 7-hour challenge, and you can control the distance you run with the minimum being 5km. Do as many laps as you wish, and you’ll receive a medal and goodie bag at the end. After mooring up your boat nearby along this lovely part of the river, joining in on the God Save The Queen Platinum Jubilee Run will be a great way to celebrate the festivities and to feel involved in the celebrations during this week.

Standard entry tickets cost £36. Sign up and purchase tickets for the God Save The Queen Platinum Jubilee Run

Visit Windsor

Le Boat - Windsor Castle Thames

The Royal Borough of Windsor is located along our Thames route, and a visit to this historic market town and Windsor Castle itself is a must for anyone visiting England. Walk along the quaint, cobbled streets and explore The Queen’s favourite weekend home after mooring up your boat. You might want to enjoy a spot of afternoon tea, shop for souvenirs, or stroll through one of the many beautiful gardens in the town.

If you want to do some gift and souvenir shopping in Windsor, try the Windsor Royal Shopping Centre. Connected to the railway station just a stone’s throw from the castle, dip into an array of stores as you walk along cobbled paths, and visit a replica steam engine before stopping off for a bite to eat in this charming shopping area.

For a pretty garden to stroll through, try The Savill Garden. The whole family will enjoy exploring Britain’s finest ornamental garden, home to woodlands, pretty flowers and a café.

Windsor Castle

Le Boat - Windsor Castle Thames

No visit to Windsor is complete without exploring its magnificent castle. Windsor Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and is The Queen’s favourite weekend residence. Spend time discovering 1000 years of royal history in this imposing fortress. Explore the State Apartments which are ceremonial rooms used today by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family, or discover the historical rooms built for Charles II and his Queen, Catherine of Braganza.

St George’s Chapel is set within the grounds of Windsor Castle and is not to be missed. One of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England, construction of the chapel began in 1475, and it features a stone ceiling and the tombs of 10 monarchs, including Henry VIII and Charles I. The chapel is closed to visitors on Sundays as services are held throughout the day.

Booking for Windsor Castle in advance is advised, with a standard adult ticket costing £23.50. Visiting during the week of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is the perfect way to mark the occasion and the castle is open every day apart from Tuesday and Wednesday.

Purchase tickets to Windsor Castle

Changing the Guard Ceremony

Changing of the guard ceremony

Witnessing the colourful and quintessentially British display of the Changing the Guard ceremony at the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world is a must when in Windsor during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. The castle guard are scheduled to change every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11am, with the New Guard stepping off from Victoria Barracks on Sheet Street at 10:45am. Traffic is stopped as the guard marches through the bustling town centre led by a Regimental Band, and on towards Windsor Castle, and people line the streets to watch as the high street is transformed into a Parade Ground. At 11am, the Changing the Guard Ceremony takes place inside Windsor Castle, and so tickets will need to be purchased. At 11:25am the Old Guard step off as they hand over to the New Guard and march back to the barracks.

Seeing this ceremony for yourself is fascinating. Whether you choose to line the streets to watch the marching, sit in a café nearby and listen to the band as you sip on a cup of tea, or purchase a ticket to witness the ceremony first-hand, you will take a treasured memory home with you during this special holiday.

Afternoon Tea along our cruising route

Afternoon tea

Triangle sandwiches, dainy cakes, colourful macaroons - there is nothing quite so quintessentially British as sipping on an Earl Grey for a charming afternoon tea. There are many tea rooms and resraurants in which to enjoy a typical cream tea along our Thames route, and here are some of our favourites.

The Clarence Tea Room Windsor is a two-minute walk from the castle and serves fluffy scones and delicate sandwiches to accompany an array of teas, perfect to devour whilst soaking up your surroundings.

The Runnymede on Thames is located between Winsdor and our Chertsey base, and you can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea here in their picturesque riverside location. 

From street parties with colourful bunting to picnics with Pimm’s and scones, there is fun to be had all over the UK during the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. This is a great opportunity to cruise with us for the week, whether you mark the event or not, as you and your loved ones can enjoy a full weeks' holiday in June with just a couple of extra days booked off.

A seven-night cruise departing Saturday 4th June from Benson on the Countess (sleeps up to 6) from £1,959, or from Chertsey on the Calypso (sleeps up to 8) from £2,949.*.


*Prices subject to change.