Diamond jubilee weekend: what’s on where – plus how to avoid it

Whether you're a royalist or a republican, the long weekend is a reason for everyone to wave a small flag of joy – Union Jack or otherwise. No work for four whole days. Thank you ma'am.

London, of course, will be awash with crowds, bunting and pageantry – check out this print-out-and-keep guide to the Thames river pageant – while street party organisers will be keeping fingers crossed for sun across the country. If you're in the capital you'll find thousands of things to do in our city guides.

Venues across the country are going all out to embrace the spirit of the 50s jubilee, from vintage tearooms to retro festivals and a National Trust property frozen in time. Plus, these nostalgic breaks aren't just for the jubilee weekend – vintage caravans, bicycles made for two and cream tearooms are good all summer long.

If you're heading away from the jubilee madness (and, who knows, with everyone else at a street party you might just have the countryside to yourself) our brilliant county guides to some of the UK's holiday hotspots include hundreds of expert tips on where to stay, eat out, campsites, family activities and more, to help you plan the perfect trip. The most recent guide covers Devon.

For walkers, the Great British Walks series, has step-by-step mapped routes across the country and we explore Wales's new coastal path in a gorgeous series of audio slideshows featuring locals' stories and maps. Cyclists will find 40 of Britain's best routes for all abilities mapped out and this car-free guide to the national parks could also help you dodge the bank holiday traffic.

Lunch stop? Foodie Tony Naylor has tasted and tested the best budget meals for under a tenner from Bristol to Bradford and beyond.

And if you just want to hole up in front of the telly with a Pimm's and pack of party sausage rolls, you might want to check out the jubilee TV listings, to find out what to watch – and avoid.


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