As we head into May 2023, we are rapidly approaching one of the biggest events of the year – the Coronation of King Charles III, with a bonus Bank Holiday on 8th May 2023 set to help the public celebrate in style.

If you’re looking for things to do with your friends, family and neighbours over this momentous weekend, here’s our selection of some of the best activities you could take part in in Chelmsford, or from the comfort of your living room.

1. ‘Street Party’ at Beaulieu Community Centre

What better way to celebrate the Coronation than with a ‘Great British Street Party’? For residents at The Arbour, local neighbourhood hub, The Beaulieu Community Centre, will be hosting a Street Party event  – taking place between 10am and 3pm on 8th May.

The Community Centre will be partnering with ‘The Mini Market, Beaulieu’, to host the exciting event. You can expect arts and craft stalls from a number of local suppliers, as well as plenty of celebratory cheer!

Just a five-minute walk from new homes at The Arbour, the party will be a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and support local business. Find out more details on Facebook, here.

2. Coronation Crafts

No Bank Holiday celebration would be complete without some festive bunting! Bunting adds a lovely touch to your home – inside and out.

Perfect for beginners (and a great activity for all the family to take part in on Bank Holiday weekend!), bunting is very simple to make at home. All you’ll need is some pins, a pencil, some scissors, a tape measure, either some fabric tape (or a sewing machine, if you have one!) and your chosen fabric – union jack print ideally!

Follow this handy step-by-step guide from Hobbycraft, and your Coronation decorations will be the talk of the town!

3. A Classic British Village Fete

If you’re looking for a right royal knees-up, why not head to Danbury Leisure Centre and Dawson Fields for a traditional village fete on the 7th of May! Just over a 10-minute drive from homes at The Arbour, Danbury Village Fete will be free to attend and will offer a guests the opportunity to browse a range of local craft stalls, enjoy pop-up street food and cocktail vans, and take part in family-friendly activities.

There will also be a children’s inflatable funfair, performances from traditional Morris dancers, Parkour display teams, musical acts and even a Dog Show! Find out more here.

4. Host a Royal Tea Party

For those wanting to celebrate from the comfort of their home, hosting you’re very own tea party is the perfect way to celebrate the festivities in style! Simply stock up on British treats – from scones, cream and jam to Victoria Sponge cake – and whack out your favourite teapot for a proper English pot of tea!

And don’t forget – pinkies out!