King’s Coronation Celebration Events Across the Borough
Sandwell Council has launched its calendar of events that celebrate the coronation of King Charles. You can find out more details by visiting: www.visitsandwell.com/whats-on/coronation-celebrations, but here are some of the highlights:
The Mayor will be taking the opportunity to visit schools and organisations/community groups in the week prior to the Coronation.
The Coronation Big Picnic Lunch with The Mayor at Sandwell Valley
4pm Sunday 7 May
As Big Lunches will be held on this day across the country, The Mayor of Sandwell will be joining celebrations with his own Big Lunch at Sandwell Valley.
The Sandwell Valley Coronation Big Lunch will be a Picnic with the Mayor and all are welcome. Bring sandwiches, snacks and drinks and join The Mayor celebrating the King’s Coronation.
Live Screening of the Coronation Concert at Sandwell Valley
5pm until late Sunday 7 May
A huge FREE to attend LIVE screening of the Coronation Concert being held at Windsor Castle.
You can also enjoy diverse performances from entertainers from across Sandwell at the Sandwell Valley Showground before the concert begins and then settle down for an evening of world-class entertainment as the concert is broadcast live from Windsor.
Visit the range of street food vendors on-site or bring a picnic. There will also be fair rides, community stalls and children’s crafts and games.
The trees behind the screen will also be illuminated in red, white and blue and there will be a special finale at the end of the night.
Showcasing Sandwell’s local community is important and stalls for charities, volunteering organisations and not-for-profit groups are free on the evening. To sign up an organisation or group, and join us for an evening of great entertainment, please enter details here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=m_jApLkj60movyRPsKTP_OvxuRZHzzVJuZcr7NftguNUMlpPQ1NUTzJJMVBFNU5JVklJUURIUU9BNS4u
Organise a Street Meet or Street Party
Saturday 6 May to Monday 8 May
Celebrate the Coronation with neighbours, family and community. People are being encouraged to take part in street meets and street parties across the borough – whether on the traditional Big Lunch date of Sunday 7 May or anytime across the weekend. This year the process of hosting free street meet and street party events has been made much easier. Find out more here: www.visitsandwell.com/street-parties
In 2023, the Council will still request Public Liability Insurance, as per recommended legal advice, but is offering a grant scheme to cover this cost for eligible applicants. It is also waiving highways fees and staff overtime costs for providing appropriate road barriers/ensuring they are placed safely. Applicants will be automatically added to the PLI grant scheme on application. Applications will be open from February 22 until April 1, 2023.
Organise a larger celebration in a park or green space
Saturday 6 May to Monday 8 May
There are some magnificent open spaces in Sandwell that are great for celebrations. Anyone wishing to host a larger event in a park or green space, can find more information on the process here www.sandwell.gov.uk/organiseevents
Design a Card to go the Palace
The Mayor of Sandwell will be launching a competition across schools and children’s groups in the Borough to design a celebration card. The card will be from the people of Sandwell to congratulate King Charles III on his Coronation and will be kept as a national record. The competition will be launched on March 1, 2023 and will be open for entries until March 31, 2023 when schools break up for the Easter holidays.
Tree Planting in nominated parks
To celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III and the monarch’s birthday, trees will be planted in key Green Flag parks across the Borough in and around November 14, 2023.
Trees will be planted in key Green Flag parks across the Borough to mark the Coronation. These will become a lasting legacy in Sandwell marking the King’s commitment to tree planting and the positive effects of trees can have on tackling climate change, improving community wellbeing and in creating wildlife habits.
The trees will be planted in their dormant period in line with the Council’s proposed tree strategy and will be selected native specimen species. Planting in November will give the trees the greatest opportunity to thrive. The planting will take place around the King’s 75th birthday on November 14, 2023.