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A royally good weekend!

More than 67,000 Coronation Big Lunch events took place in all four corners of the UK as part of the celebrations for His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation. They stretched across the length and breadth of the UK in all shapes and sizes, showcasing the warmth of our communities.

It was a chance to be part of history, boosting community spirit, helping to reduce loneliness and supporting charities and good causes.

Royals joined in festivities at Windsor, Cranleigh in Surrey, Chalfont St Giles in Berkshire and in Swindon on Sunday 7 May – a day set out during the special Coronation bank holiday weekend for communities to come together to share friendship, food and fun.

It was a day focused on community togetherness. Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Traditional street parties were everywhere, exemplified by a West London community’s event where special guest Coronation Big Lunch ambassador Mel Giedroyc popped up.
  • Bude Sea Pool held a cream tea extravaganza with scones served on paddleboards.
  • Over a thousand turned up in Ballater, near Balmoral, to honour the new monarch, who often stays at nearby Balmoral Castle, with a Big Lunch on the village green. The Aberdeenshire village which has boasted a close royal connection since Queen Victoria was on the throne, was awash with red, white and blue, whilst live music entertained the crowds. Ballater was also the first place the new King visited after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Abraham Moss Warriors in Manchester held an event for generations to come together in their sports hall for a Coronation Big Lunch featuring a food sharing table and talent show.
  • Rainbow Alley in East Belfast put on a range of Coronation delicacies, including Coronation quiche, Coronation chicken pie, delicious Indian delicacies and a commemorative cake celebrating the countries of the Commonwealth.
  • Morecambe Bay hosted 900 tables stretching across the seafront, bringing thousands together to celebrate.
  • At the Eden Project in Cornwall, home of The Big Lunch, a whole weekend of activities took place across the world-famous landscape, including talks, activities and the unveiling of a giant Coronation Quiche to be shared.
  • In Caerwys, Wales, a carriage race took place, which saw neighbours racing their DIY royal carriages across the street!

See our picture highlights

“North, South, East and West – from Orkney to the Isles of Scilly, East to Lowestoft and West to Enniskillen – 7 May 2023 will be remembered as a Coronation celebration day all about community. A day when people came together over a bite to eat, a glass of bubbles or a cuppa, to raise a toast and just share a moment of togetherness where they live.”

Peter Stewart, Eden Project Chief Purpose Officer

After last year’s Big Lunch…

Her Majesty Queen Camilla has been Patron of The Big Lunch since 2013. Following last year’s Big Lunch, we discovered the impact on communities across the UK had spread far and wide…

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A few of our Coronation Big Lunch highlights

Lucy Scott, who runs Lil's Food Parlour, wearing a Big Lunch apron, surrounded by a big group of cheering people, in West Heath community centre.
Lucy Scott, who runs Lil’s Food Parlour, held a Big Lunch at West Heath Community Centre, Birmingham.
Cutting a giant Coronation Quiche in the Med Biome at the Eden Project
Cutting a giant Coronation Quiche in the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project
A Union Jack and Welsh flag drawn in chalk on the pavement
Chalk fun in Plas Peregrine, Milford Haven, Wales
Three women smile in a Big Lunch selfie frame
Street parties took across the length and breadth of the UK, including this one in Wallace Park, Northern Ireland.
Mel Giedroyc celebrates with residents of Grosvenor Gardens. She has her arm around two women and they're smiling, with red white and blue balloons and Union Jack bunting in the background. The scene behind them is bustling with people.
Mel Giedroyc celebrates with residents of Grosvenor Gardens.
A small boy sits in a big deckchair wearing sunglasses and a paper crown. Bude Sea Pool is visible in the background.
Bude Sea Pool hosted cream teas on paddleboards in 2022!
Drone footage of the Ballater Coronation Big Lunch - groups of people sitting around picnic tables and a band performing can be seen. Tents line one side of the green space.
People celebrate and groups perform in Ballater, near Balmoral, Scotland
A large group of people sit around tables and chairs in the sports hall and smile up at the camera
Abraham Moss Warriors Coronation Big Lunch, Manchester
Large fluffy dog adorned with bunting, looking very cheerful
It wasn’t just the humans celebrating in Morecambe Bay!

The whole point of these celebrations is for our wee town to come together and get talking to other people. It’s a moment of celebration, but it is also a time to focus on the bonds of affection that bridge all differences. We hope that everyone enjoyed their day and we thank the National Lottery for all their support

Love Newmilns Community Development Officer, Caitlin Baker