Beating Retreat

13th July and 14th July 2022

What to expect

Can I request help?
If you have a query regarding your booking please contact For queries about the event itself please refer to the information in this 'What to expect' section.
Do young children require tickets?
Infants up to the age of 2 years old do not require a ticket, provided they are sitting on a Parent or Guardian’s lap. Consideration should be given to the suitability of this Parade for young children.
Are pets allowed?
No, unless it is a Guide or Assistance dog. The owner must be in possession of a certificate.
Are toilet facilities available?
Some toilet facilities are available, mostly behind the stands, we do however advise you to use Public Conveniences before entering Horse Guards Parade.
How do I access the parade?
Whitehall Entrance:
Charing Cross Station, Embankment or Westminster.
North Side:
Trafalgar Square via Charing Cross Station/ Embankment.
South Side:
St James Park via Petty France & Birdcage Walk or Westminster.
What time does the event start?
Visitors must be seated by 18:45 (Please allow sufficient time to clear security).
What are the Parade timings?
Gates open at 17:15. Please allow time for security searches. The parade starts at 18:45 and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
How long does the Parade take?
The parade starts at 18:45 and finishes approx. 20:15.
Are cameras allowed?
Yes, for private use only and must not cause distraction to other members of the audience.
Is headware required?
For serving guests in uniform, yes. They should also stand and salute for the National Anthem & Sunset.
Is there wheelchair access?
There is wheelchair access via the Horse Guards entrance off Whitehall and you will be guided to the Special Enclosure North.
Is parking available?
There are no parking facilities available. Vehicles will be allowed to drop off at the Horse Guards entrance on Whitehall but not to park. All vehicles will then be directed to leave Whitehall via Horse Guards Avenue.
What are the nearest rail and tube stations?
The nearest Railway Stations are Charing Cross, Waterloo and Victoria.
The nearest Tube Stations are Westminster, Embankment, Charing Cross, St James’s Park and Victoria.
However, you must go through the correct security checkpoint for your stand (North, East or South).
Is water permitted?
Plastic water bottles are allowed but please take these back with you.
Will the Parade be cancelled in bad weather?
The Parade is unlikely to be cancelled owing to bad weather but the possibility cannot be discounted. It is recommended you bring a coat as the weather may change during the course of the Parade. Umbrellas must not be used in a manner that obscures the view of those sitting behind you.
Can I buy a programme?
Official Souvenir Programmes will be available to buy on the day of Beating Retreat itself and can also be pre-ordered online when purchasing tickets. If you have pre-ordered your programme, please bring your confirmation email and photo ID to the performance. You can collect your programme(s) from one of the members of serving personnel selling programmes in the vicinity of the entrance points to Horse Guards Parade. Official Programmes cost £5 each. Exact change would be preferable as change may be limited.
How do I access Horse Guards Parade?
Depending on which stand you have been allocated, you will need to go through the correct security checkpoint as follows:

Stands A1, A2 and A3 - via Whitehall and Horse Guards Arch.
Stands A4, A5, B1, B2 and B3 - via Birdcage Walk/Great George Street
Stands C1, C2, C3, D1 and D2 - via The Mall, Horse Guards Road (north)and Admiralty Citadel.

Toilet facilities are available behind stands A and D and disabled toilets behind stand C.

There is nowhere that a drone can be legally used in and around Horse guards, the surrounding parks or any area in central London.

Please check the map provided on your ticket to view the entrance points for each Stand/enclosure. You must use the entry point for your stand. If you try to use a different entry point, you may be re-directed to the correct one which will involve more walking and take more time.
Please arrive in good time (minimum of 50 minutes in advance) to allow for security searches. Children over the age of 2 cannot be admitted without a ticket.

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