5 Coronation events ideas to help your school and PTA community celebrate


It’s not long until people across the country and the Commonwealth get together to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort over a weekend of special events on 6–8 May 2023. We have a run down of events, some school PTA event ideas and a list of useful links to get you started.

What’s happening?

  • Saturday 6 May - the Coronation Ceremony takes place at Westminster Abbey.
  • 6-8 May - will see Coronation Big Lunches across the country and across the Commonwealth.
  • Sunday May 7 - a spectacular Coronation Concert will be performed at Windsor Castle with iconic locations across the UK lit up using projections, lasers, drone displays and illuminations.
  • Monday 8 May - a special Bank Holiday giving everyone the opportunity to join in with their communities and good causes through Big Help Out activities.

School PTA event ideas

We’ve put together six ideas that schools and PTAs could consider setting up. Those schools that have Classlist can easily create and manage these events on the app!

Raffle a hamper 

Raffle a hamper for the Big Lunch. Families can donate an item for a cream tea or picnic, Fill one or more hampers. Sell paperless tickets with a Classlist Raffle to parents and your local community if desired.

Coronation Concert 

An evening or afternoon of music performed by your little musicians. Set up an event with tickets on Classlist for both performers and proud parents.

The Big School Lunch

Come together with friends for a potluck picnic lunch - indoor or outdoor. Use Classlist to get a feel for numbers, and use sign-up lists to manage helpers (car-parking, tables, chairs and clearing up etc).

PTA & Friends Taster Session / How-to

A strong part of the coronation celebrations is about volunteering in the community.

Show parents what happens behind the scenes and discover where they can help or even lead. Remove obstacles to recruitment, pull more people in and boost next year's PTA cohort. Volunteering is known to be a really positive way for people to connect and feel good.

PTA and Friends Social 

Thank your volunteers with a friendly get-together. Make sure your community helpers feel appreciated and show everyone that there's a lot of fun as well as hard work involved.

How is your school parent association celebrating the Coronation?

We’d love to hear from schools and PTAs who are busy planning events for this weekend. However big or small, please drop us a line at support@classlist.com. Hip, hip, hooray!

Useful links

The Big Help Out - are you organising a volunteering day on Monday 8 May or would like to find out about lending a hand to a local event? The Big Help Out website and app 

The Big Lunch - from the Eden Projects’ Big Lunch, find out how you can download the Coronation Big Lunch pack to get started.

About the Coronation - learn more about the Coronation, the solemn religious ceremony that has remained largely unchanged for over 1,000 years.

Official Toolkit - a range of useful templates and materials to help your school with the Coronation celebrations, including homemade bunting ideas, recipe cards and kids’ activity sheets.

Add your school event to the map - share your event plans to the interactive Coronation party map.

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