The Coronation of King Charles III will take place on 6th May with plenty of opportunity to celebrate across Devon. Whether you’re travelling with the kids, already on your summer holidays or just visiting for the day, there is something for everyone to get involved with here.
If you are visiting with the family, make sure to head to Bear Town in Cullompton on the Bank Holiday Monday for their Coronation Celebrations – the kids will get the chance to dress up in royal regalia and each one will get their own union flag to fly on the way home!
Another family friendly option is to head to Kent’s Cavern in Torquay where you can join in Cavog’s Coronation Fun! Cavog the caveman has decorated the whole site and convinced the restaurant team to serve a special Coronation Afternoon tea! Suitable for the whole family, there are hidden crowns throughout the cavern and plenty of other surprises too!
As you might expect after the street parties to celebrate the jubilee, there will be a host of street parties to choose from across the county. In Sidmouth, the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ticketed street party in Market Square and Budleigh Salterton’s Tourist Information Centre is also hosting a street party. In Brixham, there are over 40 free events taking place from 3rd-8th May across the town, including music, exhibitions, entertainment and more! Nearby in Paignton, there will be a firework display on the seafront to end the day of celebrating, with more information about times coming soon.
Exeter Cathedral are hosting a service of celebration for the coronation, with a dress code of lounge suits or uniform. While you’re in Exeter, be sure to stop by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum where there will be a display of royal related memorabilia as part of their coronation exhibit. You’ll be able to see everything from Honiton Lace (who created Queen Victoria’s wedding dress) to souvenirs from the last coronation – that of Elizabeth II.
The National Trust is also holding a series of Coronation events, including a celebration at Buckland Abbey. Running on 7th and 8th May, there will be picnics and royal themed crafts taking place through out the day and no booking is required – the event itself is free, but non members will have to pay an entry free.
It isn’t all partying either – there’s the chance to enjoy some spectacular food and drink! The Bedford Hotel are hosting a Coronation Celebration Tea, compete with fizz on arrival followed by a traditional afternoon tea – just make sure to book your space!
Afraid of missing the ceremony? Don’t be, it will be shown on big screens around the county, including at these venues:
Newton Abbot Library
Torre Abbey Meadow
Dawlish town centre
Gateway Theatre, Seaton
The Kings Arms, Tedburn St Mary
The Lamb Inn, Sandford
St Andrew’s Parish Church, Colyton