Celebrate the King's Coronation on Saturday 6 May

The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty Queen Consort will take place on Saturday 6 May at Westminster Abbey.

It is the first coronation of a monarch to take place in the United Kingdom since that of the late Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 – almost 70 years ago. It has been declared a time of celebration, with a number of exciting activities taking place over the weekend from Saturday 6 May to Monday 8 May.

The Coronation programme will include the procession and service at Westminster Abbey on 6 May, the Coronation Big Lunch across the country on 7 May (with a concert taking place in Windsor in the evening), and The Big Help Out community activity on the bank holiday, Monday 8 May. Find out more about the Coronation.

To mark this occasion, the University will be showing the Coronation on campus and Old Joe will be lit up in red, white, and blue colours.

Please note that the University will be closed on Monday 8 May, as it is a bank holiday. There will be no teaching taking place and many services and facilities will be closed during this time. We hope you take a well-deserved break but in case you want to fit in some time on campus for revision, we've got you. The Main Library will remain open 24/7 during the Coronation weekend and on the bank holiday.

All other study spaces are closed during the bank holiday, with normal hours returning on Tuesday 9 May.

How can I watch the Coronation?

The Coronation will be shown on BBC One and BBC iPlayer, with a signed version broadcast on BBC Two and alternative commentary for those with sight loss on the red button or iPlayer. It will also be shown on Sky News and ITV.

You can watch the Coronation at Shackleton and the Library Café. You can also head to Centenary Square in Birmingham city centre to watch the celebrations on a giant screen - check out the events below.

Are you planning to travel to London to watch the procession? Find information and advice on the route, timings, and screening sites in St James' Park, Hyde Park, and The Green Park on the government's 'How to watch the Coronation' page.

What's on for the Coronation

During this time, people across the UK and the Commonwealth come together to celebrate and be a part of this exciting time in history.

The BIA Coronation Tea Party and Picnic

Wednesday 3 May, 13:30-15:30, Lucas House Gardens, next to the BIA at Priorsfield

Join us in the lead-up to the King's Coronation for a celebratory afternoon tea party and picnic! Share in this unique moment in history with free food, tea, and lawn games here at the BIA. Sign up here to secure your spot. Please note that this event is open for all Birmingham International Academy and College of Engineering and Physical Sciences home students only.

Get crafty with the Community Wardens

Thursday 4 May, 13:00-16:00, Owsley Room, Bournbrook Pavilion

Come along to a craft event held by the Community Wardens at your Guild of Students in Selly Oak to celebrate the Coronation by decorating bunting and painting plant pots!

The King's Coronation at Centenary Square

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May, 13:00-21:00, Centenary Square, Birmingham City Centre

Celebrate in the city with free community events! Watch the Coronation and Coronation Concert live on the big screen, grab some food and drink, and enjoy performances on the Community Stage, including bhangra, steel drums, acoustic sets, drag artists, dancers, and much more.

Find out more

The Big Help Out

An additional bank holiday has been set on Monday 8 May to mark King Charles III’s Coronation, with people across the country encouraged to use the time to get involved in their local community.

Get involved with The Big Help Out, an initiative aimed at bringing together thousands of organisations across the country to lend a hand, make a change, and have a go at different types of volunteering in our local communities.

You can get involved through your Guild of Students. Whether it's helping out with a student voluntary group, getting involved in Community Warden activities, or helping out your local Selly Oak community, learn more about how you can make a difference on the The Big Help Out website.

Get involved

Grab a free flag to wave and make-your-own paper chains from locations across campus, including Aston Webb Reception, and find other fun activities to help you with your Coronation celebrations, including make your own bunting, a Coronation playlist on Spotify, and printable craft activities, on the official Coronation website.


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