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Interactive story trail and prize draw launch in Derby city centre to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Interactive story trail and prize draw launch in Derby city centre to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Visitors to Derby city centre are being invited to take part in an interactive story trail, and to enter a prize draw, as part of local celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

By using a smartphone and scanning QR codes displayed in the windows of local businesses, families will be able to unlock a series of characters including Sir Barnaby Beacon, Charlie Crown and Theadora Throne. This delightful lot have come from Buckingham Palace to visit Derby!

St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) is teaming up with High Street Safari to run the Beacon Trail – a unique and innovative experience which invites families to play out their own stories as they visit seven locations across the city.

While families are exploring the city, they can also enter a free draw which has a grand prize of £1,200. Twenty Queen’s Platinum Jubilee post boxes will be displayed in businesses across the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BID) so visitors can post their entry tickets. These can be collected at BID businesses, downloaded from the BID websites, or requested from the BID Rangers. There will be 12 winners, who will each receive £100 in vouchers to spend in the Cathedral Quarter and the St Peters Quarter.

To round up the BID’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, schools in Derby are also being invited to join in. They’re being sent colouring sheets to enter a competition to have their art displayed during the Beacon Trail. Budding artists are in with a chance to win a £30 voucher which will be awarded to 10 winners who take part in the colouring competition. Their winning work will also be printed on a specially designed commemorative poster.

Helen Wathall MBE, chair of St Peters Quarter BID, said:

“We are really pleased to bring the Beacon Trail to Derby for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We look forward to taking part in this innovative, city-based activity as part of our plans to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee this year.

“We hope that families will have some fun meeting all the characters, including Sir Barnaby Beacon!”

The Beacon Trail will take around 45 minutes to complete, and families will win a free digital fun pack at the end. The trail will launch on Saturday April 30 and will run until June 12.

For more information or to print off the entry tickets for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee prize draw, visit or

Picture: Cathedral Quarter Ranger Scott Harris and St Peters Quarter Ranger Nikki Matthews.

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