Cirencester Town Council has revealed exciting plans for the upcoming May bank holiday weekend, as the nation prepares to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation. The council is set to host a Big Lunch event on Sunday, May 7th in the Abbey Grounds, as part of the Eden Project’s nationwide initiative to bring communities together in a spirit of friendship and fun.
The Big Lunch is expected to attract tens of thousands of people across the UK, with events taking place in local communities to raise spirits and mark this historic occasion. In Cirencester, the Town Council is planning a range of activities to keep visitors entertained, including an artisan market, live music, family activities, and food stalls.
Local charities and community groups will also be on hand to signpost their services and talk about volunteering opportunities in the area, making this a truly community-focused event. Willow weaving workshops will be held at six of Cirencester’s schools in the lead-up to the event, with willow play shelters on display at the Big Lunch and installed in three of the town’s play areas as a lasting memory of the celebrations.
Cirencester’s 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!”
The Community Services Manager, Becky Coles, added: “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.”
In addition to the Big Lunch event, other activities taking place in Cirencester during the weekend include Charter Markets on Friday 5th and Monday 8th of May, an Arts and Crafts Market on the 6th of May, and a screening of the Coronation service itself in the Parish Church on 6th May.
To add to the festivities, environmentally friendly bunting made from recycled plastic bottles will be installed in the town centre in April and will remain in place until August.
The Big Lunch initiative is made possible by The National Lottery and the Eden Project and aims to bring people together, reduce loneliness, and support good causes. For more information, visit www.edenprojectcommunities.com.