MARCH 1, 2023
By Harry Mottram: It may come as a surprise for some that if you plan on staging a Coronation celebration event in one of Bath’s parks such as a concert or a street party you will have to book it with the Council and pay a fee.
The advice is to get your application in early and if you are not sure if your event will attract a fee such as one for closing a road for a day then email the events team at firstname.lastname@example.org with an outline of the plans, together with any questions – ideally by early March.
However, many people will celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III in their own way – with a picnic, in a pub, with a walk or with a party at home. The date is Saturday May 6th, with a bank holiday on the Monday (8th May).
So it is likely that it will be a long weekend of events with many people whether they are Royalists or Republicans, will take the chance to let their hair down and party.
Buckingham Palace has issued this statement: “Buckingham Palace is pleased to announce that the Coronation of His Majesty The King will take place on Saturday 6th May, 2023. The Coronation Ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, London, and will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Ceremony will see His Majesty King Charles III crowned alongside The Queen Consort.”
Councillor Dine Romero, cabinet member for Children and Young People, and Communities, said: “The Coronation is going to be a fabulous occasion and holding neighbourhood events is a great way to get into the community spirit. We are asking anyone planning an event to get in touch with us at the earliest opportunity, so we can help you make it a great success and avoid any pitfalls along the way.
“We hope that as many neighbourhoods as possible will take the opportunity to join in this international celebration and we hope to hear about all your exciting plans soon.”
If events are deemed large enough by the Events team to need an application via the council’s EventApp, full documentation, including risk assessments and event management plans need to be returned eight weeks in advance (Monday 6 March 2023) at the latest for events taking place over the Coronation weekend.
If you are organising a public event and want people to turn up like a giant picnic or street party – then email the editor at email@example.com
Further information on the King’s Coronation can be found at the official Royal Coronation Weekend website.
There’s a website dedicated to street parties that has their history but also tips on organising one: https://www.streetparty.org.uk/ The photo is of the last time there was a Coronation for a King – it is of a party in Edmonton, London in 1937 for the Coronation of King George VI.
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