Having just recovered from the Easter break, parents may be wondering how to keep their kids entertained with two consecutive weekends next month.
The early bank holiday falls on May 1 of this year, but the real event of spring is the following weekend, with the King’s Coronation on Saturday, May 6.
The Monday following the ceremony, May 8, has been designated as an additional national holiday.
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Many coronation-inspired activities are planned at home and abroad, with plenty of entertainment for kids as well as adults in what promises to be a long eventful weekend.
There’s also plenty to do for those who want to keep kids entertained without spending too much. Public screenings, street parties, and light ups are all free festivals that let you join in without spending a dime.
Read on for our selection of events for families happening in the UK, taking place both over the weekend and on bank Mondays.
Those who want to see the ceremony with a slightly more lively atmosphere can attend the various public screenings taking place across the UK.
The ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 6 and will begin around 11 a.m.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has spent £1 million on screenings that will take place in cities in all four countries in the UK.
So far confirmed locations include Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, Cardiff Castle, Jubilee Square in Brighton and Belfast Town Hall. Details can be found on UK government website.
Light up the Fatherland
Windsor Castle will host the Coronation Concert the day after the ceremony.
One of the highlights of the event will undoubtedly be the ‘Light Up the Motherland’, where some of the country’s most famous landmarks will be lit up with projectors, lasers, drones and lights. bright.
The list of confirmed landmarks has not been published yet, but you can keep checking government website. Alternatively, take a boat ride and head to locations that are often illuminated for special occasions, such as the London Eye.
Big Lunch Event
The coronation big lunch is a series of street parties and lunches held around the country on weekends.
The Eden Project, a nationwide initiative to create ‘happier and healthier’ communities, arranged the event to alternate with the ceremony.
Communities can order free Big Lunch packages “full of ideas, inspiration” and practical tips for throwing a party in your community.
Families can simply join in on one of the countless parties being held around the country, with more than 100 currently being held in London alone. Details of events and a map of where they are happening can be found on Big Lunch website.
parties in London
Several locations in the capital are hosting coronation parties for children and families.
Offering live entertainment, face painting, and activities like crown making, these events provide a great way to entertain kids during a day that is sure to be a busy one for anyone. anyone traveling to the capital.
Two such events are taking place at Covent Garden and Wembley. The Covent Garden coronation party falls on May 7 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., while Wembley Way is being renamed King’s Way on May 6. This ceremonial renaming ceremony returns the avenue to its original 1900s name, while activities and ceremony displays will be provided.
Celebrations in Birmingham
In addition to screening both the Coronation and the Coronation Concert, Birmingham’s Centenary Square will host “two days of community-focused activities” on May 6 and 7.
From 1-9 p.m., there will be cultural entertainment including live music and street artists, a fun fair for kids and “lots of family-friendly events and activities.”
Details are available on Birmingham coronation site.
The coronation concert in Glasgow
On Friday, May 5, various choir groups and orchestras will perform at the Glasgow City Hall to celebrate the coronation.
Starting at 7pm, this event can be a perfect way to start the celebration for families who want to celebrate in a more formal way.
Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance; the site recommends that you check regularly event for more information.
To mark the King’s Coronation, organizations across the UK are coming together to give people the opportunity to come together to help their local communities.
From May 8, people are invited to volunteer locally to help charities and other organizations.
Whether you have free time all day or just a few hours, download the app and see what’s available near you.
Events near you
While the above is a list of free events across major UK cities, you can find a list of hundreds of other local events on coronation site.
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