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Official events in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales for the Coronation.
Find out everything you need to know about the coronation weekend in the Welsh capital, from official events in Cardiff Castle to other major events over the weekend you can enjoy.
A ROYAL TIME
CARDIFF'S OFFICIAL CORONATION EVENTS
THE SERVICE AND GUN SALUTE
Saturday 6th May | 9:30am-2:30pm | Cardiff Castle | Free entry, no tickets required.
Cardiff Castle will host a large screen in the grounds for visitors to watch the Coronation Service – and the processions to and from Westminster Abbey. The Castle will also participate in the official gun salute, as part of a network of salutes, which will take place across the country as the crown is placed on the King’s Head.
104 Regiment Royal Artillery, Regimental Mascots from The Royal Welsh and The 1st Queens Dragon Guards, Welsh Guards and the Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh will be in attendance, along with representatives from The Royal Navy and The Royal Air Force. The Coronation event starts at 10am, and the gates will open from 9.30am for those wanting to attend the event. It will remain open to the public throughout the day.
Due to ceremonial proceedings taking place live at the Castle as part of the coronation some elements of the screening of the main coronation event in London may be subtitled only.
RIGHT ROYAL PICNIC
Sunday 7th May | 12pm-4pm | Cardiff Castle | Free entry, no tickets required.
Dress up, gather your family and friends and join together in Cardiff Castle for a Right Royal Picnic as part of The Coronation Big Lunch across the UK. The festivities include a programme of live music and themed walkabout entertainment, creating a celebratory atmosphere and a focus for people to share food and fun together. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic or to make use of the Castle Cafe. Cardiff Castle will be open as usual, if you want to take the opportunity to buy a ticket to discover Cardiff Castle and upgrade to a Castle Tour.
Sunday 7th May | 7:30pm-11pm | Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff Bay | Free entry, no tickets required.
Cardiff Bay has been chosen to host an official relay of the Coronation Concert and take part in a synchronised light show, among other select locations in the UK. Watch the concert, broadcast from Windsor Castle, on a large screen in Roald Dahl Plass. During the evening, the centrepiece will be ‘Lighting up the Nation’, which will see the country join in celebration, as iconic British locations are animated with an incredible, immersive high-tech light show experience, using an array of lasers and drones to create the illuminations.
The concert coverage starts on the big screen at 8pm, with the main drone show expected to start soon after 9.15pm (exact time dependent on the broadcast schedule and weather conditions).
MORE TO EXPLORE
OTHER STAND OUT EVENTS
Wheelchair Rugby European Championship
Wednesday 3rd May – Sunday 7th May | Principality Stadium | Adult tickets from £11.
Clashes, collisions and historic rivalries. There’s so much to look forward to when the 2023 Wheelchair Rugby European Championship comes to Cardiff. Witness wheel-to-wheel action as Europe’s top athletes put everything on the line to become European champions on one of the world’s most famous sporting stages. Europe’s best eight teams will take to court in the iconic Principality Stadium in Cardiff, where places at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will also be at stake.
Saturday 6th May – Monday 8th May | Bute Park | Adult tickets from £18.
Known as Gastro-Glastonbury, the festival will take place at Cardiff’s prestigious Bute Park across the Coronation Bank Holiday weekend. The three-day event features live cooking demonstrations from champions and stars of MasterChef, Great British Bake Off and Great British Menu, plus top-rated Michelin-starred and award-winning chefs. Music headliners include Scouting for Girls, Toploader and Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club.
AFTERNOON TEAS FIT FOR A KING
Whether you’d prefer to opt for a traditional affair, or one with cocktails, we have it all. Check out the many delicious options around the city, this coronation weekend.
Looking for more things to do during your visit? You’re in the right place from museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and shops – our website is the definitive guide to everything you need to know about Cardiff.
Why not make the most of the bank holiday weekend with a stay in one of our city centre hotels?