A host of celebrations are taking place across Saffron Walden to mark the coronation of King Charles III and the Queen Consort.

On Saturday, May 6, Saffron Walden Town Council and Saffron Walden Museum will welcome visitors to Walden Castle from 10am to capture the King's Procession.

The Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey will be broadcast live at the castle from 10.30am.

Much-loved family film Paddington will be streamed at 2.30am.

Food and drink options will be available on site, but visitors are welcome to bring a picnic. 

The museum will also be open to visit, with Coronation crown crafting for £5 per child.

Celebrations continue on Sunday, May 7 with the 'Coronation Big Lunch' in Jubilee Garden, from 11.30am until 4pm.

The event features live music at the bandstand by Fairycroft House, as well as refreshments and a charity tombola with prizes up for grabs from local businesses.

The town council and Saffron Walden Museum will continue the fun by hosting a live open-air streaming of the BBC Coronation Concert from Windsor Castle.

Doors will open at 6.30pm, with the concert starting at 8pm. There will be licensed bars on site and a 'pre-order food collection initiative' with the support of Saffron Walden BID.

Saffron Walden BID has teamed up with local food and drink businesses to offer 'Picnics Fit For a King' to those attending the live screening.


Those attending the concert are urged to pre-order their picnics directly via a QR code - which is displayed on posters and flyers in the businesses taking part.

These include La Boite, Goat and Grass, Mini Miss Bread, Subway, Fish and Chips, Saffron and Sage, Sushi & Salad, The Grill, The Mogul and Dominos.

All events are free to attend, and no booking is required.

A town council spokesperson said: "We are proud to be hosting this wonderful programme of events to celebrate The Coronation of the King and The Queen Consort.

"We hope everyone can join in on the festivities during this wonderful weekend of inclusive community events.

"Another huge thank you to all the town council’s sponsors and supporters."