King Charles III Coronation 

Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort 

The Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla is on Saturday 6 May at Westminster Abbey beginning at 11am.

A procession will set off at 10.20am moving along The Mall to Trafalgar Square, then down Whitehall and Parliament Street before turning into Parliament Square and Broad Sanctuary to reach the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey. The procession is expected to arrive at the abbey at 10:53.

The Coronation events will be televised on BBC1.

If you wish to go to London to watch the procession, viewing areas along the route will open from 6am on Saturday 6 May and will be on a first come, first served basis.

There is further information such as route maps and London park screenings available on the main Government website here.

Coronation Street Parties and Coronation Big Lunches 

Coronation street parties are expected to take place throughout the district and county between 6-8 May.

Applications for road closures have now closed.

If you are planning a street party for the Coronation, we have a guide available here

Coronation Concert 

There will be a Coronation Concert performed at Windsor Castle on Sunday 7 May from 8pm. Thousands of tickets were given out via ballot for the public to attend. The concert will be broadcast on the BBC.

Iconic locations across the UK will be lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations as part of the event.

The Big Help Out

Monday 8 May will be a special bank holiday in honour of the Coronation. People are being encouraged to use this day to volunteer in their local community.

The objective of The Big Help Out is to raise awareness of volunteering throughout the UK and provide opportunities for people to experience volunteering and make a difference in their communities.

Download the Big Help Out App to find local volunteering opportunities in your area.

You can organise and list your volunteer event on the Big Help Out website here; for people to find on the app.

Contact us on if you would like us to promote your volunteering opportunities.

Helping reduce social isolation with Essex Wellbeing Service

Essex Wellbeing Service needs volunteers to provide befriending support, helping to reduce social isolation and loneliness. Volunteers help with a variety of tasks and can take on several different roles including Facebook friend, phone friend, ‘front of house’ and buddy support.

Volunteering helps to bring communities together and can be a fantastic opportunity if you are suffering from social isolation by helping make connections to new people, expanding networks and boosting skills.

Volunteers are supported and training is provided.

Inspiring others to go green with Love Essex Champions

Love Essex Champions help their local communities to waste less and recycle more. Champions have access to a range of fun challenges which could include sharing on social media, creating short films, chatting to friends and neighbours or attending talks and events.

All champions receive training and access to resources to help them gain knowledge. It offers a flexible volunteering approach allowing volunteers to commit as much or as little time as they are able.

Sharing a love of books as a library volunteer

Essex Libraries offer a wide variety of volunteering opportunities helping to meet new people, learn new skills and make someone’s life better. Home Library Service volunteers visit customers in their own homes or care homes. These are customers who are unable to visit the library in person and the Home Library Service enables them to continue to enjoy reading and benefit from social interaction.

Baby and Toddler Rhyme Time volunteers help deliver rhymes and stories to families with everybody joining in the singing and actions. It is an ideal way to support the development of children through sharing a love of books.

For volunteers with strong technical skills other opportunities include Health and Digital Literacy Champion, Code Club Volunteer and Library Work Club Volunteer.

Supporting others to learn with ACL Essex

Classroom volunteers are needed to help support learners in adult learning classes across Essex. Volunteers can help in small groups or one to one, helping learners to gain confidence and to reach their goals.

Digital Champions are also needed to help people learn basic digital skills, helping them to access the online world and learn vital skills which in turn can improve education and employment opportunities. Digital Champions work with learners one to one or in small groups and are supported with training materials and resources.

Parent Ambassador Volunteers are a valued part of ACL Essex, supporting parental engagement for schools and communities, whilst developing their skills to support others. Currently focusing on the levelling up areas of Basildon, Tendring, Harlow and Colchester, ACL aims to recruit, train and offer unique personal development opportunities to anyone in a parenting role.

Becoming an independent panel member for statutory schools appeals

Volunteers are needed to act as panel members for statutory admissions or exclusions appeals. Each case is heard by three panel members including one trained to act as a chairperson. Specialist knowledge is not required but volunteers need to listen carefully to all sides of the argument and make reasoned decisions.

Training is provided and travel and subsistence expenses are paid.

Commemorative Coronation Tree Planting 

On Tuesday 2 May, we will be planting an oak tree in Weavers Park to mark the Coronation. There will be a plaque included to allow residents for years to come to see why this tree was planted. It will be nearby to Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee tree.

Coronation Events in the District 

There are a number of Coronation events happening across the district. If you would like us to list and promote yours, please contact


Sunday 7 May – St Paul’s Church on Hay Lane South will be hosting a community event with a celebration service at 10.30am and a BBQ from 12pm with fun activities for all the family. All welcome. Please bring your own drinks, donations welcome towards the cost of food.

Saturday 6 May – St Michael’s Church House will be hosting a ‘watch together’ event from 10am to 3pm. There will be an adult only TV room, family TV room, children’s activities, refreshments, lunch and cream teas. All welcome, drop in anytime.

Saturday 6 May – Braintree Baptist Church are hosting a Bounce Café for the Coronation. There will be a viewing of the Coronation from 11am-2pm then from 2pm-5pm the Bounce Café is open with a bouncy castle, children’s activities and afternoon tea for £5. All welcome, please arrive at 10.45am for 11am start if attending the Coronation screening.


Friday 5 May – Coronation Lunch at Witham Public Hall at 11.30am for the elder residents of Witham put on by Witham Town Luncheon Club free of charge. Tickets can be obtained from Witham Town Hall.

Saturday 6 May - Free music festival along the River Walk by Powers Hall End from 3pm-10pm with some great local bands, food and drink stalls, children's entertainers, amusement rides and more.


Halstead Town Council will be screening King Charles III's coronation in Halstead Public Gardens on a big screen on Saturday 6 May from 10am.

Great Bardfield 

The event will take place Sunday 7th May from 12pm-2pm.

There will be tables set up all along Vine Street (from the The Vine pub downhill to the junction).

Please bring your own seating and a platter of sharing food such as sandwiches, crisps, quiche, cake, scones etc.

Organisers Flora Olney and Carolynne Ruffel are appealing for help from the community if you can help and if anyone can lend tablecloths and bunting for the day please get in touch with them or via Bardfield Online Community here.

This event is for Great Bardfield residents only please.

Earls Colne

Saturday 6 May – Earls Colne Recreation Club- (Halstead Road C06 2NG) will be hosting Coronation celebrations including Coronation screening, beer festival, cream tea and inflatables for children with live music from James Burrage.


The Rayleigh Arms is hosting a Volunteers Day with live music on Monday 8 May where you can meet local organisations from Terling and Fairstead between 12pm-3pm. There will be a royal treasure hunt around Terling from 1pm to 3pm and live music from 5pm.


Friday 5 May – Scouts and Guides will parade from the playing field to the church for the raising of the Union Flag Ceremony. It will return to the playing field for the lighting of the beacon at 8pm. All welcome.

Saturday 6 May – Afternoon BBQ at the social club and activities at The Kings Head.

Sunday 7 May – Big lunch from 1pm to 7pm on the playing field. Bring your own gazebo, picnic blanket, hamper and bunting with a prize for the best decorated gazebo. BBQ by the social club and pop-up café by Gosfield Bloomers. DJ and live music.

A tree will be planted during the afternoon to commemorate the occasion.

Castle Hedingham

Sunday 7 May – The Coronation Big Lunch and Charity Throne Race, the throne race will start at 1.30pm meeting at Memories in Crouch Green. There will be a street party from 2pm-5pm in St James St.

More information

For further information, visit the following webpages:

Official Coronation Website

Official Royal Website

The Big Help Out

Street Party Guide

The Big Lunch

Bank holiday bin and recycling collections