The King’s Coronation: Bank Holiday Weekend Celebrations

26th April 2023

If you’re visiting Cornwall over the Coronation Bank Holiday, there are plenty of events happening, where you can soak up the atmosphere of this momentous occasion.


Here are a few of them to help you getting planning.

Coronation Celebrations at Polmanter and in St Ives

Here at Polmanter, we’ll be screening the Coronation Service on Saturday 6th May, from 10am onwards. Find a comfy spot in either our bar or conservatory and settle in for the afternoon. From 12pm, you’ll be able to order some sweet treats. Choose between a Cornish Cream Tea or a more sumptuous Afternoon Tea* (with the addition of bubbles, if you like!), to enjoy alongside the coverage.

The bar will be serving hot and cold drinks all day, with the addition of some British themed cocktails for those in the party mood.

(*Please note, if you are planning to join us and would like Afternoon Tea, this needs to be pre-booked with Reception).

Sunday is the return of our weekly homemade roasts, served at both lunch (12-3pm) and dinner (5-8pm). For this particular bank holiday, we’ll ensure the TVs are tuned in again, this time for the Coronation Concert.

St Ives is hosting its own screening. Take a deckchair and a picnic, and set up on Harbour Beach by Smeatons Pear. A giant screen is being placed above the arches, with live coverage streamed from 10am. It’s a free event, so be sure to get there early for a good spot.

Source: St Ives BID
National Trust garden parties

Cornwall’s National Trust gardens and properties are always a must visit, and particularly over this weekend, you may want to visit Trengwainton or Trelissick.

Trengwainton Gardens is closest to Polmanter, in Penzance, and has a flag-making workshop. Bring a picnic and a rug, and join others in ‘The Coronation Big Lunch’.

Over at Trelissick near Truro, there will be garden games to enjoy and the chance to make your own Coronation crown in the house. For those wanting to take it easy, take a seat in a deckchair overlooking the river views.

Both properties are open from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. No bookings required, just normal admission fees will apply.

Source: Best Days Out Cornwall
More events to choose from

If you’re wanting to travel further afield, why not consider heading to North Cornwall and stopping by the Eden Project. They have a full weekend of events, including music, lawn games and a line up of inspirational speakers that will be addressing the themes of the Coronation – youth, community, diversity and sustainability.

Nearby, Lost Gardens of Heligan are hosting a garden party, with food and music throughout the afternoon. An additional £5 charge is applied to the general entry cost for Saturday.

For a day out on the beach, Lusty Glaze in Newquay have an open invitation to their ‘quintessentially British seaside home’. Pimms, G&Ts, ice-creams and stone baked pizzas are some of the delicious treats they’ve got on offer, alongside the Coronation coverage. A beautiful, unique location for this once in a lifetime event.

Spread the celebrations across the weekend, and take a trip down to Penzance’s Coronation Celebration on Sunday 7th May, from 10.30am – 3pm. It takes place in Morrab Gardens with live music, fete stalls, face painting and free cream teas (whilst they last!) throughout the day
More events are popping up on a daily basis, so keep an eye on the official Coronation website, where you can search for those closest to you.


If you haven’t booked your stay yet, there is still time! We’ve also now reduced our minimum night stay to 2 nights for advance bookings, or for 1 night getaways, call ahead to check availability and check yourself in on arrival. Wherever you decide to watch this historic moment, we hope you enjoy the extra bank holiday.