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Coronation events planned in the city centre

13 April 2023

A programme of events fit for a King are being planned in Peterborough City Centre for the weekend of the Coronation.

His Majesty King Charles III will be crowned alongside the Queen Consort at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6 May at a ceremony conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

And the people of Peterborough will be cheering them on throughout the day with events that are in the process of being planned by Peterborough City Council in partnership with Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough Museum and St John’s Church.

Funding for the screening of the Coronation has been secured through the Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport, St John's Church (originally funded by the National Lottery) and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

So far, the events will include:

Friday, 5 May

  • 2pm – Royal Connections tour of the Cathedral - Tickets priced £8. Book tickets on the Cathedral’s website
  • 4pm to 8pm – Crowns and Carriages event. Celebration in St John's Church including music, fashion show with historic costumes, flower displays, craft activities, carriages, exhibits and refreshments. St John's Church PE1 1XB.

Saturday, 6 May

  • 10am-2pm – Screening of Coronation - Held both indoors and outdoors at Peterborough Cathedral. Free of charge and no need to book. If you are planning on attending, please register your interest on Eventbrite, so we can plan ahead for capacity and facilities required.
  • 1pm – Community Procession - From the front of the Cathedral to the Guildhall.
  • 1.30pm - Coronation Outdoor World Food Picnic - Held in the Cathedral grounds with a range of food vans available serving international cuisines. Those attending can also bring their own food and blankets.
  • 4pm – Coronation Concert at the Cathedral - Featuring the stunning voice of Gabriella, mezzo-soprano and performances from Lucy’s Pop Choir, Peterborough Community Gospel Choir and Tu danse. Tickets £3. To book, visit the Cathedral’s website
  • In addition, throughout the day there will be children’s craft activities taking place along with tours of the Cathedral available.
  • 10am-4pm – St John's Church will be open for mini screenings with refreshments. St John's Church PE1 1XB.

Sunday, 7 May

  • 3.30pm - Choral Evensong – A special service of Choral Evensong at Peterborough Cathedral attended by civic dignitaries. All are welcome and no need to book a place.
  • 2pm-4pm – St John's Church will be open for mini screenings with refreshments. St John's Church PE1 1XB.

Monday, 8 May

Every day (Sat/Sun/Mon)

  • 10am-4pm – Coronation Exhibition – The Community Gallery will be displaying memorabilia from past coronations. There will be a family trail around the museum exploring royal connections in our collections.

More details and information on other events for the Coronation weekend are currently in planning and will be announced closer to the date.

Julie Spence, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, said: “We are delighted to announce these events in Peterborough, which will bring joy to residents on the day of the Coronation itself.

"This will be a huge national celebration and what better way to enjoy it than together in such wonderful surroundings.”