A Coronation Weekend in Norwich

4 May 2023

A Coronation Weekend in Norwich

Just as the May Day Bank Holiday wraps up, we’re excited to see another one follow in celebration of King Charles’ Coronation to the Throne this weekend (Friday, May 5 – Monday, May 8)! For most of us, this will be the first coronation we’ve ever seen, so it’s definitely worth making the most of the long weekend!

Whether you’re from the local area looking to get involved in the celebrations, or visiting Norwich for a weekend away from home, there’s plenty on this Coronation weekend, here’s some to look out for.

The Coronation Big Screen in Chapelfield Gardens (FREE)

Starting off strong, make the most of the Coronation on Saturday, May 6 by joining other royal fans at The Coronation Big Screen event in Chapelfield Gardens. Watch the King get inducted to the Throne on this massive 5m x 3m screen, which will show the BBC’s live broadcast from 9am until the festivities come to an end!

Everyone is encouraged to bring their own chairs, picnic rugs, and hampers to make the most of the day and enjoy the communal atmosphere. Food will be available to purchase throughout the day, from cupcakes, vegan and non-vegan food, ice creams, as well as hot and cold drinks.

The children can enjoy balloon modelling, stencil face painting, and a ‘Make Your Own Crown’ workshop! There really is something for the whole family as we celebrate this historic day.

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Chapelfield Gardens will be transformed into a Coronation haven!

The Coronation Weekend at Norwich Cathedral (FREE)

Norwich Cathedral has got a big weekend planned for the Coronation, and in a building so beautiful, where better to be? Everyone is welcome across their three-days of celebration, and it’s certainly worth checking out!

Starting on Friday, May 5 (5:30pm), enjoy some gorgeous Choral Evensong with special prayers for both The King and The Queen Consort. Then, on the big day of the Coronation itself, Saturday, May 6, you can join everyone at the Cathedral in watching the BBC’s coverage of the day in the Cathedral’s Nave.

Finally, on Sunday, May 7, start your day with Festal Mattins (10:30am) followed by drinks in the Cloister, before enjoying Festal Evensong (3:30pm) and the BBC’s coverage of the Coronation Concert in the Cathedral’s Nave (8pm).

As you can tell, it’s going to be a very busy weekend at the Cathedral. Whether you’re popping in for one of the days, or staying for all three, you’re bound to love what’s on!

It’s going to be a lively Coronation weekend at the Cathedral!

The Royal Crown Trail at Castle Quarter (FREE)

To celebrate His Majesty the King’s Coronation, Castle Quarter have hidden royal crowns around the shopping centre. It’s your job to find them all before Sunday, May 14 and fill in the trail sheet for your chance to win £50 to spend in Castle Quarter!

Use your trail sheet for hints on where to look for the royal crowns, they’ll help you find all 14! Once you’ve completed the trail, return your completed sheet to the postbox by the spiral staircase and you’ll be entered into the prize draw. Not a bad way to spend your morning or afternoon!

Plus, if you’re looking to take it up a notch, visit Castle Quarter on Saturday, May 6 to enjoy the crown trail, as well as afternoon tea, family games, and live music from 7:30pm at Castle Social!

Snap a Photo at Chantry ‘Palace’ (FREE)

Chantry Place are getting in on the Coronation fun as they temporarily rebrand the centre to Chantry Palace. Visitors can feel like royalty themselves and enjoy a free photo opportunity fit with a royal throne, red carpet, and royal backdrop.

Chantry Palace has also been redecorated with colourful crowns by local school children from Lionwood Infant School, The Free School Norwich, Magdalen Gates Primary School, Fairhaven C.E V.A Primary School, and the Hamlet Centre. Be sure to keep your eye out for the wonderful new look next time you’re visiting Chantry Palace!

Get in the Coronation Mood with Cosy Club

Out to celebrate? Or just enjoying a good meal for the long weekend? Whatever you do, the Cosy Club is the right place to be. For the Coronation, the Cosy Club mixologist has even created two amazing, limited edition, British-inspired cocktails!

Served in fine China teacups, you can choose between the Victoria Sponge cocktail, served with a mini-Victoria sponge on the side, or the Coronation Cup, served with a mini cucumber sandwich on the side. Both of these drinks are priced at just £6.95 each!

To further add to the occasion, the Cosy Club are offering anyone named Charles, Camilla, or with the surname King a free teacup cocktail! (ID is required to take advantage of this offer!)

And if you prefer the classics, the Cosy Club are also offering their Espresso Martini’s and Porn Star Martini’s at the celebratory price of £11.95 for two. Running from Friday, May 5 – Monday, May 8, be sure to get yourself to the Cosy Club before the end of the long weekend!

Enjoy one of two very British cocktails this Coronation Weekend!

Coronation Afternoon Tea at the Maids Head Hotel

What better way to celebrate the Coronation than with a quintessentially British tradition? We are, of course, talking about a delicious afternoon tea. And you’re in luck. The Maids Head Hotel are offering a Coronation special afternoon tea, and it sounds delicious.

Enjoy a limited-time menu, available from Friday, May 5 – Sunday May 7 (12pm – 4pm), including tasty treats like a King’s Coronation Quiche, Welsh rarebit, or some King Charles III Lemon Cream, and Tipsy Whiskey Chocolate Cake.

This afternoon tea will also be served with a glass of prosecco, so you can raise a toast to his Majesty, The King. Get your afternoon tea booked from £24 per person, or £30 per person with a glass of prosecco included.

Enjoy a British tradition inside Britain’s oldest hotel!