With the Coronation fast approaching, here is everything you need to add to your diaries for the big event taking place across East Devon.
With its royal connections – it was once the home of Queen Victoria – Sidmouth is going all out with a coronation street party, which is being organised by Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce. The event is ticketed and will be taking place in and around market Square on 7th May, you can find out more here. There will also be live, traditional music, thanks to the Sidmouth Town Band!
Budleigh Salterton are also hosting a street party in the high street on 7th May. Attendees are asked to dress up in their finery and to bring a party atmosphere with them! Before the street party, there is also a chance to celebrate on the big day itself with a Right Royal Afternoon Tea Party at the Seachange.
If you’re worried about missing the ceremony as it happens, make sure to head to Seaton who will be live streaming the ceremony on the big screen at the Gateway Theatre with free entry. On the same day, you can take part in a coronation t-shirt decorating activity at the appropriately named Windsor Gardens and on Sunday, you can view the coronation concert, once again at the Gateway Theatre with free entry.
In Honiton there will be a Coronation Big Lunch at Allhallows Playing Fields with everyone invited to bring their hampers and picnics to celebrate together. Local bands and a disco will also be taking place as well as a variety of street stalls and entertainment for the whole family. The next day, the Beehive are hosting a Royal Coronation Celebration with music from the South Devon Big Band.
From 5th onwards, there will be several events taking place in Ottery St Mary, including an Open Garden to raise money for the town’s hospicecare. There will also be a celebratory picnic for local children with art and craft activities as well as the unveiling of new thrones in the playpark.
Nearby in Exmouth, there will be several community events taking place, including tree planting to create a tree trail and a commemorative bench. Elsewhere in town, there will be big band performances taking place at the Pavilion.
Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on our what’s on pages for the latest news on coronation events.