Watford is gearing up for a weekend of royal celebrations, as it joins the rest of the country in commemorating the coronation of King Charles III and the Queen Consort.
The events, running from 5-8 May, promise something for everyone, from food and drink to live entertainment and a royal-themed art exhibition.
Kicking off the weekend on Friday 5 May, Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor will raise the coronation flag outside the Town Hall at 9:30am, marking the start of the festivities.
From 6pm – 10pm, Watford Market will host a ‘Market Lates – King’s Coronation Special’. Visitors will enjoy a range of food, drinks and crafts from local vendors, as well as live entertainment from the 1950’s inspired band ‘The Jivettes’.
On Sunday 7 May, the council will be hosting ‘The Big Coronation Lunch’ at Cassiobury Park’s iconic bandstand, sponsored by the Berkeley Group. Visitors are invited to attend the coronation-themed festivities from 12pm – 4pm, and celebrate this moment in history in a place with royal connections. In 1946, Princess Elizabeth visited Cassiobury Park, and returned a number of times to Watford during her reign as the Queen.
Watford BID will be illuminating the town red, white and blue, with union flag banners and bunting adorning the High Street throughout the weekend. They will also be arranging for some fantastic artwork in town centre shop windows, as part of the school coronation art exhibition. Visitors can also participate in a coronation-themed town trail, where they can discover the secret letter hidden in venues along the High Street that spell out someone closely linked to this historic weekend.
Atria Watford will be inviting visitors to watch the Coronation and festivities on the Big Screen on Saturday 6 May, and continuing the fun into Sunday, where visitors can hop in their free Mini Cooper photo booth.
The Coronation of King Charles III and the Queen Consort is an important event in the country’s history, and Watford is excited to be a part of the national celebration. Everyone is invited to join in the festivities from 5 – 8 May and celebrate this historic occasion.