It may seem a long way off, but it would be wise to start planning NOW for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday week.
As well as holding the London 2012 Olympic Games, the UK will be marking the Queen’s 60 years on the throne with Diamond Jubilee celebrations, taking place over an extended weekend in 2012 on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June.
The Queen will be 86 then and will become only the second British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. The first was Queen Victoria, who celebrated hers in 1897.
Whether you plan to join in the celebrations or will be just grateful for the extra time off, here are 5 holiday planning tips from Your Holiday Planner:
Start planning your holiday for the Diamond Jubilee NOW. It really isn’t too early.
Take advantage of the TWO Bank Holidays
Both Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 June are bank holidays, so Brits will only have to take 3 days leave to take advantage of a full weeks vacation.
If you are a family or large group, consider private rentals
Accommodation is in huge demand, not only in London but in other parts of the UK. Naturally, prices are reflecting this and it can be more cost-effective for families or large groups to consider a private house or apartment rental rather then hotels.
The traditional May school half term will actually take place in the first week of June in 2012. For large groups and families, my advice is to book your accommodation as soon as possible and look at private rentals, even if you’re staying in London. The same goes if you’re considering a holiday in other parts of the UK. I’ve just completed a search for a large family group in Devon and availability was a real problem. (Happily, I found somewhere AMAZING though and the price was perfect). ;-)
Book your flights early
Whether you’re looking to visit the UK during this time, or you’re from the UK looking to take a holiday abroad, my advice is to book your flights early to have a better chance of keener prices.
Have a street party!
The fourth annual Big Lunch will fall on the same weekend as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. So if you’re staying at home in the UK, why not have a street party by holding a Big Jubilee Lunch?
Some 10 million people celebrated the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and having a street party in 2012 would be a wonderful way to commemorate the Queen’s 60 year reign. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a party in the street, the venue can be wherever you want it to be; it’s just a perfect excuse for community and friends to get together.
For more about the events and celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Nl1/Newsroom/DG_197517