Big screens announced for the Coronation

Residents and royal enthusiasts can watch the Coronation of King Charles III live on big screens that are being installed in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

The bank holiday weekend of 6-8 May will be a momentous occasion marking King Charles III’s accession to the throne, and BCP Council is encouraging residents to get in the community spirit and come together to watch the events that mark this historic occasion.

The big screens are being installed in the Lower Gardens, Bournemouth; The Quomps, Christchurch; and Baiter Park, Poole.

On Saturday 6 May, the official Coronation Service at Westminster Abbey will be streamed live through the screens, with residents encouraged to bring chairs and a picnic and watch as the new king is crowned.

On Sunday 7 May, residents can bring a picnic to one of the three locations as part of the Coronation Big Lunch in a nationwide act of celebration and friendship, then later, enjoy the music on the big screens which will be showing the special Coronation Concert that’s taking place at Windsor Castle.

The screens are being funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) who have invested more than £1 million for these screens to show the Coronation event nationwide. Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer announced the screening locations last week.

Councillor Beverley Dunlop, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Culture and Vibrant Places commented:

“Some of our residents may remember the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, but for the large majority of us, this will be the first time witnessing a Coronation event. 

“We’re lucky to have been chosen to receive this funding from DCMS and I hope everyone makes the most of these celebrations and gets involved with all the community events that are taking place across the conurbation.”

The Charter Trustees for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are currently working on more local events in their respective towns, with details being announced soon.

Please visit bcpcouncil.gov.uk/coronation to find out more on the events.