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The Best Ways to Celebrate King Charles III's Coronation in Chester

Celebrate King Charles III's Coronation in style with our guide to the best activities and events in Chester, from historical tours and royal-themed dining to outdoor adventures and cultural events.

As we prepare to officially welcome King Charles III to the throne, there's no better place to celebrate than the historic city of Chester. With its rich history and vibrant culture, Chester is the perfect place to mark this momentous occasion. In this blog, we'll highlight some of the best activities and events happening in Chester to celebrate the coronation in style.

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Historical Tours

Chester is known for its fascinating history, and what better way to celebrate the coronation than by taking a tour of the city's most iconic landmarks? From the Roman walls and amphitheater to the stunning medieval cathedral, there's plenty to explore. And for a truly immersive experience, consider booking a guided tour with a local expert.

Roman ruins

Chester Roman Tours

The Award-winning Roman Tours in Chester are a great way to learn all Chester's rich Roman history and the ancient Deva Victrix, Britain's biggest Roman fortress. A legionary guide fully dressed in authentic Roman clothing and equipment will take you behind the scenes of key sites across the city.

This is an immersive, interactive and educational experience for all ages, with daily tours starting from £5 per child and £9.50 per adult, or £27 for a family ticket.


Chester Medieval Tours

For an exciting tour of Chester in the year 1403, Chester Medieval Tours are well worth your time. Immerse yourself in Henry IV's England, whose reign is threatened by the rebellion of Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy and his allies Owain Glyndwr and the Earl of Douglas.

In this immersive and family friendly tour, authentically dressed medieval soldiers will lead you around the famous medieval sights of Chester, telling you all about the significant events of the time and what life was like for the soldiers living in the city, particularly the famous Cheshire archers. Tickets cost £5 per child and £9.50 per adult, or £27 for a family ticket.

Chester walls clock

The Chester Tour

From the Roman era all the way to present day, this 90 minute guided tour will lead you through 2000 years of Chester's history, including the Medieval times, the Civil War, the Georgian era and the Victorian revival. This is a great way to see and learn all about the main sites of the city and their rich history.

The Chester Tour costs £10 per adult, with up to 2 children under 16 going free with every adult ticket.

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The Rows Revealed tour

The Rows Revealed tour explores Chester’s famous and unique two-tiered shopping galleries, first built in the Middle Ages and developed over the Tudor, Georgian and Victorian eras.

Your Guide will take you inside The Rows to discover ancient ruins and treasures you never knew were hidden away among the modern bustling shops and cafes. This 90 minute interactive tour is a great way to appreciate a wide range of British history.

To book this tour for your group, visit the website and get in touch with one of the specialist guides covering this tour.

Coronation Events in Chester


Steve Hunter at the Boathouse

Join us at the Boathouse Cafe Bar at Tattenhall Marina on Coronation Day, Saturday 6th February from 1pm for live music with the fantastic Steve Hunter.

The Boathouse will be showing the coronation live on TV, and from 12pm you can also enjoy a traditional afternoon tea and limited addition Weetwood Coronation Ale to really make the most of this special day. To reserve a table or find out more, call 01829 771742.


Helsby Scarecrow Trail

For some great fun for the whole family, stop by the Helsby Scarecrow Trail in Helsby, just under a 30 minute drive from Tattenhall Marina. This year's theme is to celebrate all Kings and Queens, whether that is royal kings or queens, musical legends, or even Disney princesses.

The Scarecrow Trail is a great community event starting Monday 1st May, with a special coronation event on Monday 8th May including artisan stalls, food and drink, live music, mini fairground rides and more.

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Become a Royal For The Day

To celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III, you can become a royal for the day at Grosvenor Museum! Create your very own crown and dress up as royals through time.

This is a free drop-in event on Saturday 6th May, from 10:30am to 12pm. Perfect for crafty kids to get creative and make something to remember the special day by.

Chester cathedral

BBC Coronation Service Livestream in Chester Cathedral

What could be a more beautiful way to remember this special occasion? Come along to Chester Cathedral for a special live stream of the BBC’s coverage of The Coronation of The King and The Queen Consort.

The Cathedral opens at 10.45am with the live stream starting at 11am until 2:30pm.

Malpas coronation

Malpas Coronation Celebration

Come along on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th for lots of celebratory fun at the Malpas Coronation Celebration on Malpas High Street and Malpas Recreation Ground.

On Sunday from 12:30pm there will be a free-entry parade and traditional country fayre, followed by exciting live evening entertainment. Then join in with the bank holiday Monday Fun Run at 8am for £5 entry, plus a treasure hunt and afternoon tea!

Coronation art exhibition

The Coronation Art Exhibition

This historical British event is a great time to appreciate some of our country's best contemporary art.

Supporting Ukraine, British Art Portfolio will be displaying a Coronation Art Exhibition displaying a high quality selection of new and exciting artworks by British contemporary artists, including paintings in all mediums, drawings, hand-coloured engravings, sculptures and ceramics.

The exhibition opens on Friday 28th April until Friday 5th May at The Sicily Oak Gallery in Cholmondeley.

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Coronation Picnic in the Park

To celebrate the Coronation, the Friends of Queens Park and Crewe Town Council will be holding a free Coronation Picnic in the Park event on Sunday 7th May, with live music from local bands beginning from 1pm.

Bring your own picnic and join in the fun at Queens Park!

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Traditional afternoon tea at the Boathouse Cafe

Celebrate King Charles III Coronation in style at the Boathouse!

Come and watch the coronation live on TV with us, then from 12pm indulge in our traditional afternoon tea and limited edition Weetwood Ale's Coronation Ale. We'll also be joined by Steve Hunter at 1pm for a fantastic afternoon of live music, so don't miss out!


Sunday Lunch at the Boathouse Cafe

A classic British favourite. Treat yourself and the family to a homemade Sunday roast at the Boathouse Cafe Bar, with all the traditional trimmings and a beautiful waterside view.

Booking is essential, please call 01829 771742 to reserve your table.


The Coronation Big Lunch

Head to the recreation ground at AHSRA in your best red, white and blue outfits!

At The Coronation Big Lunch you'll find hot and cold drinks, ice cream, cake and a barbecue at The Pavillion, and a licensed bar will be serving beer and wine.

With free-to-play traditional side stalls, tug of war and lighting of the beacon, this is a great free entry event for the whole family on Sunday 7th May. You can also join with with the free wheelbarrow parade and races, with exciting prizes to be won!

Where to stay near Chester

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Tattenhall Marina

What better time to truly appreciate some of the most beautiful British countryside? Make the most of the long weekend with a tranquil glamping getaway in rural Cheshire.

Treat your friends, family and loved ones to a celebratory break at Tattenhall Marina in our luxury floating pods for the ban holiday weekend. Our pods include all your home comforts, from a double bed and pull out sofa bed to a fully equipped kitchenette and bathroom.

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The coronation of King Charles III will be a historic moment, and Chester is one of the most perfect places to celebrate in style. From historic tours to exciting events and activities, there is something for everyone. By following this guide, you'll be able to plan the ultimate celebration that you will remember for years to come!

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