You are here

How to attend a BAFTA red carpet

If you'd like to come down to our annual awards for the chance to see the stars in person, you'll need an official wristband. Read on to find out how you can get one.

Event: Virgin TV British Academy Television AwardsDate: Sunday 14 May 2017Venue: Royal Festival Hall, LondonHost: Sue Perkins-Area: RED CARPETBAFTA/Hannah Taylor


BAFTA’s red carpets are among the most exclusive and anticipated occasions in the entertainment calendar. Global stars of cinema and television regularly attend our awards, arriving arrive in style and joining home-grown talent for a night of celebration. 

The next Awards ...

The EE British Academy of Film Awards will be held on Sunday 10 February 2019.

How to apply

We have three public viewing areas open for this year's Awards:

A/ General red carpet viewing area

A map of the wristband distribution point will be published HERE and on Twitter at 10.00, Sunday 10 February. Wristbands will be issued from this time on a first-come, first-served basis. 
When there are no more available, we will make another announcement on Twitter.
If you miss out - don't worry!  We'll announce which social platforms will feature live coverage of red carpet arrivals closer to the event.

  • Access to the viewing areas are not permitted without a valid wristband.
  • Wristbands will be issued on the day of the Awards at a central London (Zone 1or zone 2) location.
  • Wristband collection will NOT be issued from the same location as previous years. 
  • Wristbands will NOT be issued from the awards venue, nor BAFTA offices. Please do not go to the venue without a ticket or wristband. Security will turn people away and prevent queues from forming. Overnight queuing will not be permitted so please do not attempt to queue on Saturday or early on Sunday.
  • The location of the wristband distribution point will be announced on this page and on social media at 10.00 on Sunday 10 February. Wristbands will be issued from this time on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • The wristbands are numbered and will be placed on your wrist immediately and are strictly non-transferable.
  • The number will dictate your position in the viewing areas so there is no need to queue until the areas open at 13.00 on Sunday 10 February. You must arrive at 13.00 promptly to guarantee admission.
  • ​BAFTA security will give instructions on the day to help you safely into the viewing areas. They will be dressed in high visibility jackets therefore easy to identify. Please listen to their instructions. 
  • No lists of any kind will be honoured and security will only allow access to the viewing areas based on the numbered wristband. 
  • Should your wristband become lost or damaged, there is no automatic right of re-admission during the event. 
  • Anybody found to be blocking doorways or the public footpath or restricting public or vehicle access in any way may not be issued a wristband and may be asked to move on. 
  • Tents are not permitted as they restrict access along the public footpath.
  • Please take all your rubbish with you and keep the area clean.
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather at this time of year.
  • There will be bag searches of all public in the viewing areas in operation so we advise you to bring as little baggage as possible.
  • We reserve the right to refuse admission to, remove or exclude any person whose behaviour gives rise to concerns regarding the health and safety of the public, security, staff or themselves.
  • Where someone is found to be in possession of an item that gives rise to health and safety concerns as above, they will be refused admission, removed and may be reported to the police.
  • Please note that due to the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps viewing area ballot there will be fewer wristbands than previous years available on the day.

B/ Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps viewing area

There is an additional red carpet viewing area available this year at Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps. Applications have now closed. The ballot winners will be announced on Tuesday 15 January. If you haven't heard from us by then, then please assume you haven't been successful on this occasion. 

C/ Viewing area for disabled people

We have an accessible red carpet viewing area for people with disabilities. Applications have now closed. The ballot winners will be announced on Tuesday 15 January. If you haven't heard from us by then, then please assume you haven't been successful on this occasion.