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Coronation street party

 

Coronation 2023 emblem

Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort

The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will be held on Saturday 6 May 2023. To accommodate this, an additional Bank Holiday has been granted on Monday 8 May 2023. Activities are planned across the weekend from Saturday 6 to Monday 8 May, and the direction from Buckingham Palace is that the Sunday is for communities to come together and celebrate through street parties and the Coronation Big Lunch

Holding a street party

When organising a street party, consideration needs to be given to the formal road closure process, and as such, communities are encouraged to think about green spaces within their wards that could be used instead.

Funding

Street parties/park parties don’t need to cost any money and could be as simple as everyone being invited to a local park and bringing a picnic with them, or each neighbour producing a different dish to share.  

Funding is available of up to £10,000 for events and activities through the National Lottery Awards for All programme and you can encourage community groups to apply.

National Lottery Awards for All does not have a deadline, but it can take up to 12 weeks from the point of application submission to receiving funding, which means applications for the Coronation weekend should be made before the middle of February. See all funding criteria and terms and conditions.

Difference between street parties and larger events

The main differences between a small street party and other public events are listed below:

Street parties

  • For residents/neighbours only
  • Publicity only to residents
  • In a quiet residential road or street 
  • Normally no insurance
  • No formal risk assessment needed
  • Self-organised
  • No licences normally necessary (unless the sale of alcohol is involved)

Other public events

  • Anyone can attend
  • External publicity (such as in newspapers)
  • In buildings, parks etc.
  • Insurance needed
  • Risk assessment common
  • Professional/skilled organisers
  • Licence usually needed

Things to consider

Below is a table with things to consider when holding an event in an open green space or on the street, please note this isn’t everything and other things might need to be considered:

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  • Road closures
    • Do you need to close a road?
    • Is it main through route for emergency vehicles?
  • Access to toilet facilities
    • Where can people use locally?
  • First aid cover
    • If the event is small, one street (forecample) is there someone with first aid experience?
  • Food being shared
    • If people are bringing their own for their household to eat this isn’t an issue.
    • If people are sharing food, signs need to be up to warn no liability will be taken, and encourage people to bring things that aren’t potentially dangerous (leave shellfish etc at home)
  • Public liability
    • For events led by a community organisation or faith organisation they will need to have public liability in place
  • Access to toilet facilities
    • Needs to be considered
  • First aid cover
    • Needs to be considered
  • Food being shared
    • Needs to be considered
  • Public liability
    • See FAQ's below
  • Road closures
    • Paper work will need to be completed and agreement from the relevant departments in the council
  • Access to toilet facilities
    • Needs to be considered
  • First aid cover
    • Needs to be considered
  • Food being served
    • Needs to be considered
  • Public liability
    • See FAQ's below 

Frequently ask questions (FAQ's)

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The Licensing Act 2003 does not require a music licence at a street party unless amplified music is one of the main purposes of the event.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed that one-off events such as street parties aren't usually considered food businesses, so there are no forms to fill in. However, you must ensure that any food provided is safe to eat.

You do not have to register a lottery (which includes raffles, sweepstakes and tombolas) if you are running an “incidental non-commercial lottery”, for which tickets must be sold and the winners announced at the event. Anyone at the event (including children) can take part in this sort of lottery. The expenses that can be deducted from the proceeds must not be more than £100, and no more than £500 can spent on prizes (not including donated prizes).

There is no requirement from central government to have public liability insurance. You should not need a risk assessment – as long as consideration is given to the needs of all those attending, common sense precautions should be enough./p>

The deadline for receiving submissions is Friday 14 April 2023.

If you wish to hold a street party then please complete the application form below. For further information contact: [email protected]

Apply for a street party

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