Activities & Days Out / 25 April, 2023 / Christina Walter

Best Family Coronation Events In London And Beyond

We’ve rounded up the best family events taking place in London to celebrate King Charles III’s Coronation.

Where can I celebrate the coronation in London?

Battersea Power Station Street Party

Battersea Power Station will be celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla with a street party like no other, paying tribute to the best of British culture, on Saturday, the 6th and Sunday, the 7th May.

To mark this once-in-a-lifetime moment, crowds will gather under the historic London landmark’s chimneys and enjoy Union Jack-themed decorations, family-friendly activities and live entertainment while proceedings of the Coronation will be broadcast on a big screen. The street party revellers will also be treated to specially curated Coronation-themed menus, cocktails and offers from British brands that call the iconic building home, as well as a variety of pop-ups.

Tower Bridge

Bring your family and friends to commemorate this momentous occasion inside London’s defining landmark. Explore Tower Bridge’s high-level Walkways, Glass Floors and atmospheric Engine Rooms, where you can join our drop-in family activities and receive a commemorative ticket as a memento of your visit.

Mark this historic event while exploring the best views of the capital, 42 metres above the Thames, and learning all about Tower Bridge. There will be something for everyone!

Wakehurst Coronation Weekend

Wakehurst in Sussex has announced a host of new family activities across the gardens to mark the King’s Coronation.

Opening on 6 May, the new Wild Wood sculpture trail is a treasure trove of delights for children to discover and for active explorers, the natural log trail Tree Trunk Trek will reopen with a refreshed look.

The Children’s Walled Garden is the perfect spot for messy play, and families can enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend with a stroll through spectacular Coronation Meadow or a picnic overlooking Mansion Pond.

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King Charles III Coronation Procession

Heads of state, British VIPs and other important-sounding people will descend on London for the coronation of King Charles III taking place on the morning of Saturday, May 6 2023. The service will take place at Westminster Abbey, but you’ll have to have an invite in order to see that. However, if you still want to glimpse a slice of the action, you can line the parade route to the service for free, also known as ‘The King’s Procession’.

The procession is due to start at Buckingham Palace and will head down The Mall before turning right around the corner of St James’s Park, through the Horse Guards Parade, and down Parliament Street before ending at Westminster Abbey.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the route, so best get there early if you want a front-row spot. There’ll also be screens in key areas if you sleep through your alarm.

Mayfair Coronation Garden Party in Grosvenor Square

Celebrate King Charles III’s Coronation in style at Mayfair’s free Coronation Garden Party in Grosvenor Square, a five-minute walk from Bond Street station.

Taking place from 6 to 7 May, this family-friendly party will see Grosvenor Square transformed into an enchanting garden wonderland to mark the crowning of King Charles III.

Winchester Cathedral, Screening of King Charles III Coronation

His Majesty The King Charles III will be crowned at Westminster Abbey and the ceremony will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. This televised service will be available to watch inside Winchester Cathedral.

As well as the TV screens throughout the Nave of the cathedral, there will be a central large screen by the altar.

‘Party in the Vineyard,’ Denbies 

Visit Denbies in Dorking, Surrey, for the King’s Coronation with a sparkling afternoon of music and celebration.

Your ticket price includes;

  • Sparkling Vineyard Train Tour
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea Picnic box
  • Wine to accompany the afternoon tea
  • Live music from the fabulous Noelle

The Hatch on the Lawn Bar will be open throughout the afternoon for the additional purchase of refreshments.

Coronation Capsule, London Eye

The unique Coronation Capsule recreates this once-in-a-lifetime moment by replicating the Westminster Abbey experience, with perfect views of the famous ancient religious building just across the river.

You’ll have the chance to sit in a recreation of the 700-year-old Coronation Chair and hold replicas of the Crown Jewels – St. Edward’s Crown, the Sovereign’s Orb and the Sovereign’s Sceptre – to capture the perfect stately selfie floating 135m above breathtaking views of London.

Hever Castle

Celebrate the King’s Coronation at the home of two former queens of England.

Bring along a picnic and revel in the royal atmosphere of the historic Castle and stunning gardens or purchase mouth-watering treats from the Moat Café.

Your little ones can get creative and decorate their own crown or shield in a free workshop, plus they can get their face painted*. Then head inside the Castle and learn more about former queens Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn in an exciting new exhibition, Catherine & Anne: Queens, Rivals, Mothers. The exhibition features two prayer books, one of which is on loan from The Morgan Library in New York until 4 June.

Royal Museum Greenwich

Enjoy a royal day out in Greenwich this coronation bank holiday weekend, and discover a place that’s been home to royalty for more than 500 years.

The National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House are hosting a series of free events marking the coronation of King Charles III, including royal-themed tours, picnics on the lawns and fun family workshops.

Free tours and talks will run throughout the long weekend in the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House. There will also be an opportunity to step back in time to the reign of Charles II and meet a 17th-century astronomer, cartographer and rope-maker.

Horwood House

Celebrate His Royal Highness’ Coronation with Horwood House on Sunday, 7th May, between 2-5 pm (Seating at 2 pm or 3 pm) with a grand Afternoon Tea and live music in the Manor House gardens.

Enjoy an array of tasty treats with a delicious glass of Champagne (or soft drink) to toast the new King whilst soaking up the live music, hopefully, sunshine and a lovely atmosphere! Menu is to be confirmed…

Biscuiteers

This April and May, Biscuiteers have a whole host of celebratory events in honour of King Charles III Coronation, hosted at their icing cafés in Belgravia and Notting Hill. Whether you want to have a go at icing your very own Coronation-themed creations or fancy an Afternoon Tea fit for a King, you’ll be sure to find a fun and unique way to help you celebrate the momentous occasion.

Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa

Join Mallory Court Hotel & Spa in celebrating the King’s Coronation for an afternoon tea with a royal twist! Enjoy a glass of fizz or ‘Royal Cocktail,’ sandwiches and fancies, finishing with crumpets and tea. Leave with our takeaway box of tea and chocolates to enjoy at home.

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