With the Coronation fast approaching many of us are gearing up to celebrate the symbolic religious ceremony of King Charles III’s reign as the new Monarch of the United Kingdom along with his wife Camilla as Queen. The official ceremony will be broadcast live on TV and radio on 6 May, but there will be many Coronation events in East Sussex taking place across the bank holiday weekend from 5 to 8 May.

There are lots of ways you can get involved with many people who will be joining the Big Lunch across the celebratory weekend with planned street parties up and down the country. Their Majesties have even shared a recipe for Coronation Quiche for you to cook up.

East Sussex Libraries are also holding a series of Coronation-themed events at libraries across the county Check them out here. There are also many events lined up for the weekend, below are some of our top picks to celebrate the King’s Coronation in East Sussex in style.


Coronation Events in East Sussex


Mencap Coronation Tea Party

When? 5 May

Where? The Robsack Centre, St Leonards

What? A Coronation tea party includes a high tea, entertainment, games and a photo booth. Bring your friends and family, all are welcome. A red, white and blue dress code is encouraged.


Best of British Weekend

When? 6, 7, and 8 May

Where? Bodiam, Northiam, and Tenterden

What? To celebrate the King’s new reign, Kent and East Sussex Railways has planned a three-day Coronation celebration, with something for everyone. Tenterden Station will host a medley of traditional festivities and enjoy a nostalgic trip back in time a journey by steam through the beautiful Rother Valley countryside to Bodiam in East Sussex with a selected number of fares for 30% of the normal price.


Bexhill Official Coronation Celebration

When? 6 May

Where? Outside the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

What? A giant video screen showing the whole processions and ceremonies live on the main lawns, followed by a Coronation concert bringing together the very best local musicians. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and there will be family entertainment, food and beverages available.


Coronation Brit-Pop Party

When? 6 May

Where? Eastbourne Bandstand, Eastbourne

What? Join Eastbourne Bandstand on this Coronation evening and celebrate everything British. The Brit-Pop Society will transport you back to the roots of the Brit-Pop movement of ‘Cool Britannia’.


Coronation Celebrations at Bateman’s

When? 6 ,7, and 8 May

Where? Bateman’s, Burwash

What? Escape the crowds and relax in the peaceful gardens of Bateman’s over the Coronation three-day weekend. With lawn games, cream teas and beautiful flower beds, Bateman’s is a perfect place to unwind on this Coronation Bank holiday weekend. Stroll through the orchard’s spring blossom and visit the house to see Rudyard Kipling’s family home and the book-lined study where the writer worked.


Coronation Celebrations at Bodiam Castle

When? 6, 7, and 8 May

Where? Bodiam Castle, Bodiam

What? Celebrate The Coronation of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen Consort against the backdrop of Bodiam Castle, with flags, bunting and picnic spots in the grounds. Join the craft workshop to decorate your own crown or try your hand at the medieval sport of archery, with trained instructors. Children can also enjoy some interactive storytelling throughout the weekend.


Coronation Party

When? 6 May

Where? The Paddock, Ripe

What? You’re invited to the Coronation celebration with music from live bands, hot food, a raffle, a fancy dress competition and much more.


Kings Coronation: Family Day out

When? 6 May

Where? Goldsmiths Recreation Ground, Crowborough

What? In celebration of the historic occasion, Crowborough Town Council will be providing an opportunity for residents to come together as a community, and celebrate with friends and families. There will be children’s activities as well as various performances on stage. There will also be food and drink vendors onsite but bringing along picnics will also be encouraged.


Sidley Coronation Party

When? 6 May

Where? The New Inn, Sidley Green

What? Enjoy some family fun in Sidley to celebrate the Coronation with a free buffet, brass band, children’s entertainment, raffle, and best crown competition.


Alfriston Village Street Party Coronation Celebrations

When? 7 May

Where? Alfriston Village High Street

What? Join Alriston Village for a right royal knees up celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III. The day starts with a special church service at St Andrew’s Church followed by lunch and music on the Highstreet, Royal Parade dress up, games, stalls, competitions, cream teas and so much more.


Camber Right Royal Garden Party

When? 7 May

Where? Camber Jubilee Field and Memorial Hall, Camber

What? A right royal garden party to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy cream teas, stalls, music and games.


Coronation Family Fun Day

When? 7 May

Where? Heathfield Community Centre Playing Field

What? Live music, stalls, food, and drink and lots of entertainment for adults and children.


Coronation Tea Party

When? 7 May

Where? Pevensey and Westham Community Forest Garden, nr Pevensey Castle

What? A right royal tea party in the new community orchard situated against the magnificent backdrop of Pevensey Castle. Tea, milk and maybe some cake! Bring along any royal tea ware to add to the regal splendour of the occasion!


Coronation Festival

When? 8 May

Where? Martello Fields, Seaford

What? A community and family fun day to celebrate the King’s Coronation with support from Seaford Town Council. Events include a children’s parade, dog show, performances, games and family fun, local crafts and food stalls, community stalls and hot and cold food.


The Big Help Out

When? 8 May

Where? Across the Nation

What? On Monday 8 May people are encouraged to get involved in The Big Help Out. Joining forces and helping volunteers throughout the UK who already make a real difference in your community. They need helpers of all shapes and sizes so visit thebighelpout.org.uk to find out how you can join in and lend a hand. By visiting the website or downloading the app you can be connected with volunteering opportunities near you. 


With so many Coronation events in East Sussex going ahead, we can’t possibly list them all, check out the official Coronation events map and the Big Lunch interactive map to find Coronation events and street parties local to you.