The busy streets of London for King Charles III’s coronation on Saturday will not be to everyone’s taste but don’t worry, nobody has to miss out on any festivities as Kingston has an array of celebrations to join in on throughout the weekend.
Kingston Council, All Saints Church, Kingston Music Service and the Rose Theatre are organising a coronation parade that will gather at Ancient Market Place at 2:45pm on Sunday.
The parade includes a fanfare and a storytelling of Kingston’s royal past.
Historically, Kingston was a place of numerous coronations of Anglo-Saxon kings and was declared a royal borough in 1965.
You can visit the Coronation Stone which is located outside Guildhall to commemorate Kingston’s past with royalty alongside to celebrate the upcoming coronation.
Festivities don’t end after the parade with All Saints Church holding a coronation thanksgiving service at 4pm on Sunday.
All Saints Church recommend people reserve a space to attend the service due to high demand.
Kingston Centre For Independent Living (KCIL), a charity for supporting disabled people to live more independently, is holding a coronation lunch for their members and people who are interested in supporting KCIL on Friday at 1pm.
Why not get yourself involved in some arts and crafts, with events available for people of all ages.
Just 10 minutes outside of Kingston on Thursday, Surbiton library is holding a free coronation stamps and coins craft session from 4-5pm.
Kingston’s History Centre is also holding a coronation exhibition which is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10am-12:30pm and 2-4:30pm.
Another way to welcome the newly crowned King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla is through throwing your very own street party.
Kingston Council recommends sustainable street parties by swapping out single use items such as plastic kitchenware and decorations to handcrafted Union Jack bunting and pre-owned kitchenware.
Kingston Council have now closed street party applications however check with your neighbours to see if someone has already organised one.