Cirencester Town Council announces Coronation Big Lunch celebrations on May 7th

Cirencester Town Council is delighted to share its plans for the May bank holiday weekend (6th – 8th May) to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation. As part of the Eden Project’s ‘Big Lunch’ initiative, everyone is invited to share food and fun together in a nationwide act of community and friendship.

Tens of thousands of events are expected to take place across the United Kingdom, bringing neighbours, communities and the nation together, and raising community spirits as part of this historic occasion. In Cirencester, the Town Council will be hosting a Big Lunch on Sunday 7th May between 12 noon and 6 pm in the Abbey Grounds. There will be an artisan market, live music, entertainment, fun, family activities and food stalls for those who choose not to bring a picnic. Local charities and community groups will be invited to come to the event to signpost their services and talk about volunteering opportunities in the area.

As part of the Coronation celebrations, Cirencester Town Council is working with local willow sculptor and outdoor educator, Chris Oakey (Oakey Bear Sculptures) who will run willow weaving workshops at six of Cirencester’s schools to build three willow play shelters. The shelters will be on display at the Big Lunch and will be installed in 3 of the town’s play areas as a lasting memory of the celebrations.

Chris will also be running an activity on the day that everyone can join. Lead Member for Community Services, Cllr Gary Selwyn said “We are delighted to be able to help our community participate in the Big Lunch and celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. It’s going to be a really memorable day!”

Community Services Manager, Becky Coles commented, “The Coronation Big Lunch will be a wonderful way of bringing everyone together to celebrate this historic event in our beautiful Abbey Grounds. It’s free and everyone’s welcome, we hope that people will bring a blanket and picnic and join in the fun.” Other events for the weekend of the King’s Coronation include Charter Markets on Friday 5th and Monday 8th May and an Arts and Crafts Market on the 6th of May.

The Coronation service itself will be screened in the Parish Church on 6th May. In anticipation of the coronation celebrations, environmentally friendly bunting, which is fully recyclable and made from recycled plastic bottles, will be installed in the town centre in April and will remain in place until August.

The Big Lunch is an idea from the Eden Project made possible by The National Lottery, that brings millions of people together annually, boosting community spirit, reducing loneliness and supporting charities and good causes. Find out more at www.edenprojectcommunities.com

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