Salisbury will be paying tribute to King Charles III across the whole early May Bank Holiday weekend, through a vibrant mix of culture, craft and community.
From a live screening at Salisbury Cathedral to The Big Gig in the Guildhall Square, featuring The Deloreons, the weekend will have something for everyone to enjoy.
Before the big day…
Salisbury Cathedral is kickstarting the fun on 29 April by inviting people to pop along and make some colourful coronation bunting – ready to go on display in The Cloisters over the ceremonial weekend.
There will be a special ‘Encounters with Kings’ exhibition in the cathedral library at the same time.
From 2 May, the cathedral will put a magnificent replica of the Queen’s coronation robe on display in the St Lawrence Chapel.
The cathedral also has activities for young children – on 5 May, toddlers are invited to a craft workshop where they can make a crown fit for royalty before posing on a throne for a super-sovereign-selfie.
The activity continues on 6 May when older children are also invited to get involved.
Coronation Day – Saturday, May 6
Salisbury Cathedral will be the place to be to watch the coronation live on the big screen.
The refectory will also be serving food and drink, with the gift shop will be open as usual – this would be the perfect time to grab a souvenir to remember such a significant day in royal history.
From 1pm, residents and visitors are invited to join Swing Unlimited and their singers on the west lawn for some musical fun and a tasty outdoor barbecue in the afternoon.
Harnham Community Sports & Social Club is hosting a live music celebration with The Deloreons, supported by local band Signature Vision.
Starting from 6pm, the award-winning party band will have the dancefloor filled as the Coronation Day draws to a close. Tickets cost £7.50 and are expected to sell out fast.
Sunday, May 7
The Big Lunch – Queen Elizabeth Gardens will be home to a traditional British ‘Fête in the Gardens’ from 11am. Hosted by Salisbury City Council, there will be a variety of fun games and activities for the whole family to get involved in.
The event will also feature live music, a puppet show, community stalls and food vendors. Alternatively, residents and visitors are welcome to take a royal picnic along and spend the afternoon relaxing by the river in celebration of our new King.
The Big Gig – after an afternoon by the river, head over to Salisbury Market Square at 3pm for the Big Gig! With a selection of brilliant bands lined up, there will surely be something that’ll have you dancing the night away…
Headliners, The Deloreons, will end the evening in style to top off Sunday’s celebrations.
Salisbury Cathedral finishes off its weekend of celebration with an afternoon service to celebrate and give thanks to the new King.
Monday, May 8
The Big Help Out – King Charles III has asked us all to help those in need on Bank Holiday Monday.
The ‘Salisbury Foodie Network’ will be out in force from 12pm to 4pm, collecting as many food items as possible. If you can spare anything, be sure to pop down to the Market Square to make your donation.
Further activities and events, promotions and offers will be posted on Experience Salisbury’s Coronation Hub (www.experiencesalisbury.co.uk/what-s-on/coronation-celebrations).