Millions of people across the country and the Commonwealth are invited to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort over a weekend of special events.
The Coronation will take place on the morning of Saturday May 6 at Westminster Abbey, London. Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit the capital city to experience this unique and historic occasion, with millions more watching from home, across the UK and around the globe.
Coronation Big Lunches, thousands of street parties, and a day dedicated to good causes will bring communities together throughout the UK over the special Coronation Bank Holiday weekend.
On Sunday May 7 a spectacular Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle will showcase the country’s diverse cultural heritage in music, theatre and dance. One of the highlights of the concert will be “Lighting up the Nation”, in which iconic locations across the UK will be lit up with projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
Communities are being invited to join the celebrations through a range of activities, which might involve parties on public land, street parties and other gatherings.
Councillor Philip Jackson, Leader of the Council, said: “As a council, we’re committed to trying to help communities celebrate in the best, and safest way possible.
“We know that this will be a special year for many people. Whether it’s having a party to celebrate The King’s Coronation, setting up a project as part of the “Big Help Out”, or getting the community together to enjoy time out, we’d like to help.
“If you’re thinking about having an event or a street party, please get in contact with the council through our website to let us know. This isn’t about us trying to manage your events, this is about making sure our services to all our communities, like bin rounds, are thought about in the planning.”
If you’re interested in holding a street party and need a road closure, please get in touch as soon as possible. Final deadline for applications is 22 March 2023 to allow the Council time to process the legal road closure orders. Road closure requests will be processed for free for this special occasion. There’s more information and ideas on holding a street party on The Big Lunch | Eden Project Communities.
The weekend of celebrations will end with the “Big Help Out” on 8 May, which will highlight the impact of volunteering. This will encourage people to get involved with activities run by local community groups, organisations and charities. Organisations already signed up include The Scouts, Royal Voluntary Service, National Trust and RNLI. Volunteer-involving organisations wanting to join in can sign up for more information: The Big Help Out
Additionally, National Lottery Awards for All programme has funding of up to £10,000 to help community groups put on events and activities. National Lottery Awards for All does not have a deadline, but it can take up to 12 weeks from the point of application submission to receiving funding, which means applications for the Coronation weekend should be made before the middle of February. All funding criteria and terms and conditions are here.
There’s really useful links on the Council’s website providing information about national celebrations as well as advice on how to plan your own. Visit the Event Safety Advisory Group page for more information.