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Celebrate the Coronation in York – Events and activities for families

Coronation Castle Howard

We don’t get a new monarch every day, so why not mark this historic occasion by doing something special? A few things are planned around York, with more to be revealed, so keep checking back for the details. Here are some of the best things around York for kids for the coronation.

Kings coronation york murton park

Coronation celebrations at Murton Park – Saturday 6th May – Watch the King’s Coronation in The Yorkshire Barn Café. Get creative with some royally good crafts. The craft session will run from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm and cost £1 per child (payable on the day). Let the kids run off steam whilst they follow a Royal trail (runs until Monday 8th May; free with annual pass).

Sunday 7th May – Marvel at some Morris dancers as they put on a show at 12.30 pm, 1.45 pm and 2.45 pm. FREE with your annual pass. Visit the website

The Yorkshire Arboretum

Make Your Own Crown at The Yorkshire Arboretum – To celebrate the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, children will have the opportunity to create a crown from leaves and other natural treasures collected in the arboretum. Sunday 7th and Monday 8th May 2023, 10am to 4pm – Visit the website

Coronation the deep hull

The Royal Reef at The Deep – Head to The Deep for a double bank holiday event (29 April-1 May & 6-8 May), Royal Reef! Discover what makes a healthy/unhealthy reef, the impacts of the changing PH of the oceans, and the small changes we can make to positively impact coral reefs for future generations. Included in standard ticket entry; prebooking essential for all visits. Visit the website

The King’s Coronation at The Forbidden Corner – On Sunday 7th and Monday 8th May, the Forbidden Corner will play host to a knight and maiden in honour of the King’s coronation! Note that they will be closed on Saturday 6th. Follow them on Facebook for the latest details.

York Minster Monarchy

Majesty: Monarchy and York Minster – Discover York Minster’s royal connections and collections in celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III. See an ancient ‘coronation chair’, Maundy Money distributed by Queen Elizabeth II, Chinese silk gifted to Queen Victoria on her wedding day and other fascinating artefacts. Try on regal robes, cuddle a soft-toy corgi and pose for a majestic photograph before adding your wishes for the Coronation year to a special crown-shaped tag. Open daily – free admission for York residents – Visit the website

York Marriott Hotel family

Coronation Garden Party at Delta Hotels by Marriott York – You are cordially invited to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III with a grand garden party hosted at Delta Hotels By Marriott York. Enjoy an afternoon filled with family fun, sumptuous food and delightful company in the picturesque gardens. Arrive at 12.00 pm for a glass of fizz and dine like a royal with a handpicked traditional British Afternoon Tea (presented in garden party boxes) while they live stream the coronation on multiple wide-screen TVs. Children’s tickets are limited and are suitable for children 5 and over. Find out more.

Yorkshire Air Museum

We’ll meet again at Yorkshire Air Museum – The Yorkshire Air Museum is hosting ‘We’ll Meet Again’, its annual festival of 1940s life, over the coronation weekend, with re-enactors in period wartime dress, alongside vintage vehicles, talks and demonstrations. Visitors will be able to watch the King’s coronation in the reconstructed 1930s Astra cinema. The site will be full of re-enactors, dressed as WW2 British soldiers, sailors and airmen, along with many in civilian dress of the 1940s. As well as the usual café service, refreshments will be also offered from an original, period NAAFI wagon, serving mugs of tea and slices of ‘bread pudding’ made to an original 1940s recipe. Find out more

Bish Bash Pot

Pimms and cake at Bish Bash Pot – Gorgeous pottery painting studio, Bish Bash Pot, is taking bookings for painting slots on coronation day. Head along, choose something to paint and enjoy complimentary Victoria sponge and Pimms/fruit juice for every painter! The outdoor area will be open to painters and they have heaters and blankets if it gets chilly! Saturday 6th May – Book via Facebook

Harlow Carr

Coronation weekend at RHS Harlow Carr – Head to RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate for a weekend of live music in celebration of the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. As part of the coronation weekend, on Sunday 7 May they will also be hosting ‘The Coronation Big Lunch’ where you can bring a picnic to enjoy alongside an afternoon full of spectacular live music. Visit the Harlow Carr website for details.

Coronation Castle Howard

Coronation exhibition at Castle Howard – The Long Gallery will play host to an exhibition celebrating the King’s Coronation, featuring luxurious peers’ robes worn to coronations gone by. Their full set of Crown Jewels, exact replicas of the historical regalia used in the coronation itself, will also be on display, giving you the opportunity to appreciate first-hand their scale and splendour.  Free with a House ticket. Visit the website for information

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