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King Charles III Coronation events in towns including Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Stowmarket and Ipswich

As the Coronation of King Charles III draws closer, community groups and residents in Suffolk have been putting the finishing touches to their events and street parties.

West Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds

Long Melford artist Sophie Mann, 25, gives a Bury St Edmunds town centre hair salon a topical paint job to mark the Coronation
Long Melford artist Sophie Mann, 25, gives a Bury St Edmunds town centre hair salon a topical paint job to mark the Coronation

The Royal British Legion is organising a veterans’ meet the community event today at Combat2Coffee in Guildhall Street from 9.30am until 3pm. The day is free and the first 50 people will receive an English breakfast. There will be cakes and hot drinks available all day.

On Sunday, St Edmundsbury Cathedral will host the county service for HM Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, to celebrate the Coronation.

The service, which is open to anyone, will start at 10am and include prayers and music reflecting the Coronation service at Westminster Abbey.

A Suffolk Heraldry Exhibition is also taking place at the cathedral until May 16. It showcases the colourful world of royal heraldry and is presented by the Suffolk Heraldry Society.

The artwork of sculpture Barry Davies will be displayed alongside the exhibition.

There will be a community gathering at Abbeygate Cinema on Saturda from 10am to 1pm.

The Coronation will be screened live on the built-in 4K TV in the cinema’s new function space.

At the Priory Hotel, there is a Royal-Tea Garden Party from 12pm until 3pm on Saturday.

Also on the Saturday, Bury St Edmunds Constitutional Club is holding a Coronation Party from 2pm to 6pm.

In the afternoon, entertainment includes garden games and a special performance by singer Ashlea Lauren, as well as a barbecue.

Prince Charles during his 2003 visit to St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Prince Charles during his 2003 visit to St Edmundsbury Cathedral

The Bury St Edmunds Round Table has organised a free to attend ‘King’s Coronation Celebration’ on Sunday in the Abbey Gardens.

Open from 2pm, families can bring their own picnics and there will also be food stands and fair rides. From 8.30pm to 10pm, the Coronation concert will be screened on a cinema-style TV.

Southgate Community Centre, Southgate Church and Hardwick Primary School have planned a celebratory party on the playing field at the school on Monday from 11am until 4pm.

There will be an inter-school football tournament, free bouncy castles and obstacle courses, as well as activities and refreshments.


Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa in Newmarket is hosting a Royal Afternoon Tea until Sunday from 2.30pm to 4pm.

The afternoon tea will be served in Squires Restaurant, or on the terrace, and include a selection of traditional finger sandwiches and baked savouries, followed by warm homemade scones and a selection of freshly baked cakes and pastries.

King Charles and The Queen Consort at Sandringham
King Charles and The Queen Consort at Sandringham

On Sunday, the hotel will be offering a Coronation Sunday lunch, served between 12pm and 2.30pm.

Executive Head Chef, Lee Cooper has created a bespoke menu using locally-sourced ingredients delivering an exceptional three-course luncheon fit for a King.

The National Horseracing Museum has organised a Coronation Trail from Saturday until Monday, 10am to 5pm.

The family-friendly trail will see particpants gather clues as they explore the former five-acre Palace House estate of King Charles II.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk

In Sudbury, a free picnic in the park event is being held on Sunday at Belle Vue Park from 12pm until 5pm. There will be live music, hot and cold drink stalls, face painting, circus workshops and games.

Stowmarket Town Council will be handing out 1000 free cupcakes from 3pm on Saturday. There will also be music from a Pop Chorus and the mayor will say a few words.

Stowmarket town centre last year. Picture: Mecha Morton
Stowmarket town centre last year. Picture: Mecha Morton

East Suffolk

On Saturday, Some residents will be able to see the Red Arrows Coronation flypast off the coast of Lowestoft, as well as in Aldeburgh and the Nacton Heath area of Ipswich. For details of times see the map:

Or visit the website here.

Our Woodbridge Big Lunch is being held on Sunday from 11.30am to 3pm at the Pod at Jetty Lane. People are invited to brink a dish or bring themselves. There will also be crafting, crown making and music.

Also in Woodbridge on Monday is a Music in the Park - Coronation Celebrations event at 2pm.

The Woodbridge Excelsior Band will be playing in Elmhurst Park.

In Lowestoft, there will be a Coronation Concert organised by the town council and the Royal British Legion at Sparrows Nest Gardens. There will be food and charity stalls, with Live swing/jazz music from 12pm.


A civil service will take place in Ipswich at St Mary Le Tower Church on Friday at 7:30pm on Friday, with Ipswich residents invited to attend.

The Mayor of Ipswich, councillor John Cook and Mark Pendlington, High Sheriff of Suffolk, will proceed to the church from Ipswich Town Hall in official robes at 7.15pm.

A big screen is to be installed in the town’s Cornhill which will broadcast the Coronation of Charles and Camilla, starting at 10am on Saturday.

From 11am to 4am, face-painting will be available for children and there will also be various food stalls.

All Saint’s Church is hosting a community BBQ on Sunday.

Marlborough Bowling Club is serving tea and cake for the local community on Sunday.