Celebrating the coronation on a budget

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Tuesday 18th April 2023

The coronation of King Charles III is happening on Saturday 6 May 2023 and, with an extra bank holiday coming our way, you have plenty of time to celebrate.

But how can you mark the occasion without overspending? With these eight top tips, you’ll be able to get involved whatever your budget…

1. Host a DIY street party

Pool resources with your immediate neighbours and get together to celebrate. You’d be surprised how much buzz a bit of bunting can create! Ask everyone who wants to get involved to bring something along to the party. Before you know it, you’ll have a fabulous feast for the whole street to get stuck into.

You could also join in with The Coronation Big Lunch, which aims to bring neighbourhoods and communities together on 7 May. Host your own or check out The Big Lunch map to find an event already going on near you.

2. Create a cinematic experience

The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will be televised live on BBC One. If you have a TV licence, you will be able to watch the service from the comfort of your own sofa.

You could even make it a movie day by watching films or TV series related to the royal family, such as The King’s Speech.

Don’t forget the Coronation Concert will be broadcast live at Windsor Castle on Sunday 7 May too so there are plenty of chances to gather your family and create a five-star small screen experience.

3. Find a local event to go along to

There are loads of family-friendly celebrations happening across the UK, so why not get involved in the activities your local community is organising? You could find a live-stream of the coronation, village fete or a party-in-the-park and, best of all, a lot of these events will be free to attend.

To find a great event near you, check out the event listings in your local newspaper or online.

4. Host an afternoon tea

Is there anything more quintessentially British than an afternoon tea? Cucumber sandwiches, scones and a lovely cup of tea are a great addition to any afternoon tea spread. BBC Good Food has plenty of fantastic recipes if you’re looking for further inspiration, including easy-to-make coronation chicken and tasty celebration cupcakes.

Get in a celebratory mood by curating a royal playlist to enjoy in the background too, helping to make the day even more memorable.

5. Get the whole family involved with some royally fun craft activities

From creating crowns to designing your own postage stamp, there are lots of fun craft activities you can do with the whole family. For kids who aren’t too crafty, gather to write a poem about the monarch or create a story about what it must be like to be the king.

6. Celebrate through social media

You don’t have to organise a gathering in person to get involved with the celebrations. You’ll find hundreds – probably even thousands – of people talking about the coronation on social media.

The hashtags #Coronation, #CoronationConcert, #CoronationWeekend and #CoronationBigLunch will be accompanied by the official emoji celebrating the occasion so you can join in the conversation by using these hashtags. Get involved with your online followers by sharing highlights from your day. Enjoy finding out how other people are celebrating too.

7. Create a time capsule

Commemorate the coronation by creating a time capsule you or future generations can look back on in years to come. Gather together items that represent the coronation day, such as newspapers, magazine articles or other memorabilia. You could even write letters to the monarch – or a letter to the person who’ll find the time capsule – detailing your favourite moments of the coronation. This is a wonderful way to mark the occasion that will be appreciated long after the day has ended.

8. Join The Big Help Out

On Monday 8 May, people are being encouraged to give back to their local communities. Find a charity that’s close to your heart or a local organisation who’d like a helping hand and donate your time to making a difference. Take a look at The Big Help Out website to find an opportunity to suit you.


How will you be getting involved?

Whatever you do to mark the occasion, we hope you have a lovely long weekend! For more money-saving tips and advice, bookmark our blog or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.