Communities getting ready for a right royal coronation celebration
Communities across North Yorkshire are preparing to share their renowned warmth and hospitality once more as the country and beyond marks the Coronation of Charles III at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6 May.
People are invited to celebrate the coronation ahead of and over a weekend of special events from May 6 to 8. Free events will take place across the UK over the bank holiday weekend to mark this historic occasion.
On Sunday, May 7, a Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle will be available to watch on free screens across the country, showcasing the UK’s diverse cultural heritage in music, theatre and dance. The centrepiece will be “Lighting up the Nation”, in which locations across the UK will be lit with projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
Find out more about how to get involved.
In North Yorkshire, preparations are well under way.
Our highways teams waived the road closure fee for a period to make it easier for neighbours to hold Coronation street parties. They have approved more than 30 applications from across the county. Or course, there will be many more parties in towns and villages that don’t require road closures.
Below we give a favour of the volume and variety of celebrations that will take place across the county, but there will be more where you live, so check locally for details.
Numerous councillors are helping their communities to celebrate by using some of their locality budgets to support events. The locality budget is a limited fund that enables councillors to back initiatives in their division.
For the Coronation , their support has ranged from funding food and hall hire to entertainment, including live music and fireworks, to buying commemorative souvenirs for children in their areas.
Many of our elderly persons’ homes and extra care developments will be decorated for the occasion and will hold parties or celebration teas.
Libraries around the county will celebrate the coronation by promoting the Coronation themes of youth, community, diversity and sustainability. Libraries will highlight these themes through displays of stock and resources, and some branches will hold special events.
On Saturday, 29 April, Sherburn and villages community library will offer a free session making Coronation crowns in the children’s area. There’s no need to book and all ages are welcome.
The Friends of Knaresborough Library are organising a Coronation coffee morning at the library on Wednesday, 3 May, from 10am to noon.
Sherburn Library will hold a free Coronation story time for pre-school children on Thursday, 4 May, from 1.45pm to 2.15pm. Children are invited to come dressed as kings, queens, princes and princesses.
At Starbeck Community Library, a coronation afternoon tea is planned for Friday, 5 May, with royal stories and crafts for children after school.
Whitby Library is holding a children’s writing competition with a royal theme, asking “If you were crowned king or queen what new rules would you want to create and why?”. The library will also have colouring sheets on which people can design their own royal stamp or coin.
Filey library will hold a Coronation celebration tea party in its garden on Friday, 5 May, at 11am, and on Saturday, 6 May, from 10.30am will run a “design your own crown” craft session for children – all ages welcome.
Pickering library will screen the Coronation live and invite customers to join them for tea and cake.
The main libraries in North Yorkshire will be open on Coronation day, but most community libraries will close. Please check with your library before visiting.
The BBC has issued a licence fee waiver for 6 May and 7 May, so events can be shared on TVs and screens in libraries and people can use our public computers to watch the coronation.
On Montpellier Hill in Harrogate, our parks team is creating a display of the royal cypher using a technique called carpet bedding, which is the most intensive form of bedding, using plants so compact and tightly knitted that the result looks like a woven carpet. The display will stay in place for 12 months.
In Harrogate, parks and environmental services hosts a three-day party in Valley Gardens. The Big Coronation Celebration from May 6 to 8 involves family-friendly entertainment, free fairground rides and an artisan market – with a big screen broadcast of the Coronation.
On May 6 and 7, the Harrogate Business Improvement District will host a family celebration event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel and Spa. The entertainment will include competitions and music from local DJ Mark Green on the Sunday.
Locals and visitors to Thirsk and Ripon will find the towns decorated with Coronation-themed knitting. Thirsk Yarnbombers will be out on Sunday (April 23) bedecking the town centre with 25 knitted items featuring Charles, Camilla, carriages, guardsmen and corgis, as well as bunting and flags.
Ripon Community Poppy Project have updated their knitted decorations from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to reflect the Coronation and will be adorning the city centre with them next week, along with knitted red, white and blue triangular bunting. The group meets every Monday (except Bank Holidays ) at Hazel House, behind the Workhouse Museum, from 9.30am to 11.30am, when anyone is welcome to attend.
Ripon will also host a screening of the Coronation with refreshments at Ripon Cathedral.
Goldsborough Hall, just outside Knaresborough, hosts a Coronation afternoon tea on Saturday, May 6, from 11am to 4pm. At Newby Hall and Gardens, visitors can take a Coronation-themed afternoon tea on Monday, May 8, and view the replica Crown Jewels - which are owned by descendants of the royal goldsmith who made the original set, and which are on display as part of the house tour.
Harewood House is hosting royal and Coronation-themed events and activities throughout May, with special menus in the cafés and a street party atmosphere. Visitors can discover the story of Harewood’s relationship to the historic Coronation ceremony, with the Lascelles family coronation robes and other precious items from its historic collection on display.
The leader of North Yorkshire Council, Cllr Carl Les, said: “It is exciting and at the same time unsurprising to see North Yorkshire communities working together and pulling out the stops to mark this historic occasion. We know how to celebrate and how to involve our friends and neighbours to make those celebrations a community affair.
“However, you spend the Coronation , I wish you all a safe, enjoyable day. Finally, I’d like to recognise all those people who will be working on May 6 to keep our county’s services running smoothly and its economy flourishing.”