Each weekend in the run up to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations families in Hyndburn have been enjoying a ‘beacon bus trail’ across seven parks in the borough.

The family-friendly trail has been a huge hit, with hundreds of people taking park over the last few weeks, exploring award-winning parks and learning along the way.

The free service visits parks that are hosting the special edition Jubilee augmented reality trail, where people can use a smart phone to scan the QR code on park signs to learn about the Queen and meet virtual visitors who have ventured to Hyndburn from Buckingham Palace. The trail is also available for people to complete in their own time when visiting parks until 12th June.

Leader of Hyndburn Council, Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE said:

“Feedback from this free bus trail has been wonderful. Families have said it has meant they’ve not only been visiting parks they’ve never been to before, but have learnt so much about The Queen’s historic 70-year reign. There have been passengers of all ages on board and also people who have enjoyed the trip without taking part in the beacon trail.

“We are really proud to have brought this great offer to our community and hope to see the bus full on the remaining trips!”

The bus has been specially designed for the Jubilee celebrations and there are limited edition flags available on board for people to wave and take home. Town and District Transport Trust are running the service and welcoming passengers on board throughout the selected days.

The bus is running on:

Saturday 28th May, Sunday 29th May, Sunday 5th June, Saturday 11th June and Sunday 12th June. Starting at Churchfield Gardens, Church Street, Great Harwood at 10:40am, the trail takes approximately three hours to complete and makes a complete circuit back to the start point.

There is also the option to hop-on/hop off at other locations, full information and detailed timetable can be found online at: