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Coronation celebrations: Events in Moray, the Highlands and islands

A full list of events happening across the Highland, islands and Moray.

King Charles and his coronation emblem collaged with an image of people eating at an outdoor celebration.
The King's Coronation weekend will be warmest in the Highlands. Image: DC Thomson.

Communities across the Highlands and Moray will gather to celebrate the coronation of King Charles next month.

For many people it will be the first coronation they will see, given the late Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign from 1953.

While the coronation is to be televised on May 6, everyone will be able to join in the festivities across the bank holiday weekend.

The north of Scotland has a special affinity with the Royal Family, given its proximity to Balmoral and the new king being a former pupil of Gordonstoun School.

Thousands are expected to gather at their local parks, gardens and on streets to celebrate the coronation.

The festivities will be spread out over the bank holiday weekend and include Coronation Big Lunches and community volunteering projects for The Big Help Out.

We have compiled a list below of the coronation events taking place across Moray, the Highlands and islands between May 5 and May 8.

If you know an event we’re missing, please e-mail

Busy street during celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee last year.
Expect similar scenes during the coronation weekend as last year when the country celebrated the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Image: Jason Hedges/DC Thomson.

Coronation Events in Moray

Saturday, May 6

  • Alves Community Hall – Posh Afternoon Tea Party, 2-4pm
  • Buckie High Street – Street Party
  • Buckie, Fishermen’s Hall – Sing-a-long, 2-4pm and 6-8pm
  • Dufftown Royal British Legion – Ceilidh, 6.30pm-11pm
  • Elgin Library – Coronation screening
  • Findochty Link Road – Street Party
  • Findhorn Yacht Club – Coronation screening
  • Findhorn James Milne Institute – Ceilidh and live music, 8pm-11pm
  • Forres Town Hall – Coronation screening
  • Glenrinnes Community Centre – Hog roast and Ceilidh, 6.30pm
  • Portessie Community Hall – coronation screening and fun day, 10-2pm
People enjoying a picnic and musical entertainment to mark the Platinum Jubilee last year.
People of all ages enjoyed a picnic and musical entertainment to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Image: Paul Glendell/DC Thomson.

Sunday, May 7

  • Aberlour Square – Big Weekend, 12.30pm
  • Bellie and Speymouth Church – Afternoon Tea, 4-6pm
  • Buckie to Portsoy, then back to Buckie – Buckie Rotary Vintage Vehicle Run, 10-3.30pm
  • Buckie Fishermen’s Hall – Indoor street party, 2-4.30pm
  • Burghead Community Hall – Posh Afternoon Tea, 2-4.30pm
  • Craigellachie Park – Community picnic, 1-4pm
  • Cullen and Deskford Parish Church – Afternoon tea and entertainment, 2pm
  • Duffus – Gordonstoun Community Picnic, 12-3pm
  • Dallas Village Hall – Community Picnic, 1.30pm
  • Edinvillie Hall – Afternoon Tea Party
  • Elgin Reidhaven Street – Street party
  • Elgin Town Hall – Moray Big Lunch, 3-5pm
  • Elgin, South Street – Orrin Coronation Big Lunch featuring the Queen’s coronation menu
  • Findhorn Bay – Maritime Pageant at 2pm and Coronation Big Lunch street party, 1pm-3pm
  • Findochty Town Hall – Big Lunch, 12-2.30pm
  • Fochabers Institute – Summer Tea, 4-6pm
  • Hopeman Bowling Club – Big Picnic, 2pm
  • Hopeman Pavillion – Community picnic, all day
  • Lossiemouth Football Club – 2-3 Group Soup & Sweet, 12-2pm
  • Lossiemouth Guide Hut – Friends of Guiding Soup & Sweet, 12-2pm
  • Portknockie McBoyle Hall – Big Lunch, 12-4pm
  • Spey Bay Community Hall – Posh Afternoon Tea Party, 2-4pm

Monday, May 8

  • Drummuir 21, Botriphnie Primary School – volunteering to clear and improve school grounds
  • Kingston – Unveiling King Charles III memorial bench, 1pm
  • Findhorn Yacht Club – Coronation Big Help Out, 10am
  • Forres, Mackenzie & Cruickshanks – Coronation tea, 2-4pm
  • Elgin, Bishopmill Hall – Big Help Out for Cats in Moray, 10-3pm
Busy dining hall during a previous royal celebration.
Communities are expected to gather for a right Royal knees up with a spot of Afternoon tea. Image: DC Thomson.

Coronation Events in the Highlands

Saturday, May 6

  • Inverness, British Legion Club – Coronation screening with buffet, 10am
  • Inverness, Highland Bowling Club – Fun Night, 6pm
  • Mey, Thurso – The Castle & Gardens of Mey Coronation Celebration, 10-4.30pm
  • Nairn British Legion – Flag raising and coronation screening, 9.30am
  • Spittal Village Hall – Coronation celebration , 2-4pm
  • Culrain & District Community Hall – Ceilidh, 7.30pm
  • Oban, St John’s Cathedral – Coronation screening, 10am
  • Lairg Community Hall – Crofter’s show, lunch and celebration, 2-4pm, 7pm
  • Ardgay, Kincardine Parish Church – Big Coronation Bash, 2-4pm
  • Aultbea, MacLennan Park – Coronation Capers, 12-4pm

Sunday, May 7

  • Bonar Bridge Community Hall – Coronation Big Lunch, 12pm-2pm
  • Dornoch beach – Barbeque and party, 1pm
  • Dingwall, National Hotel – Big Coronation Lunch for Senior Citizens, 12.30-3.30pm
  • Appin Village Hall – Coronation Lunch
  • Wick – 1st Wick Coronation Garden Party, 11am
  • Thurso, Rotterdam Street – Street Party
  • Loch Duich – Afternoon Tea, kids fancy dress and live entertainment
  • Cawdor Castle – The Big Cawdor Picnic, 12-6pm
  • Spittal Village Green – A Right Royal Knees Up, 2-4pm
  • Nairn High Street –  Nairn & District Pipe Band followed by gathering at Legion Club, 2pm
  • Nairn United Reformed Church – Tea and Cakes for the King with donations going to Nairn Hospital and Nairn Macmillan Nurses, 3pm
  • Tiree, Public Hall – Coronation Afternoon Tea, 2pm
People will gather at parties, picnics and lunches across the Highlands, Islands and Moray during the coronation to celebrate King Charles. Image: Paul Glendell/ DC Thomson.

Monday, May 8

  • Cromarty, Victoria Park – Cromar-Tea in the Park, 2pm
  • Cromarty, Victoria Park – Kings Krew Coronation Event, 1-4pm
  • Skye Camanachd Clubhouse – Portree & Bracadale Free Church Royal Tea Party 1-3.30pm
  • Brora Heritage Centre – Coronation picnic with the biggest conga line ever attempted in Brora, 1-4pm
  • Muir of Ord, Urray House – Coronation event, 1.30pm
  • Muir of Ord – Big Lunch, 12-2pm
  • Tobermory, Glen Iosal – Coronation Big Lunch, 2-4pm
  • Thurso, Brigade Hall – Big Help Out litter pick, 11.30-3:30pm
  • Kirkhill, Community Centre – Big Help Out litter pick, 1-4pm
  • Farr, Community Hall – Coronation Tea Party, 2-4pm
  • Nairn, War Memorial – The Big Help Out litter pick, 10am
  • Tain Youth Cafe – Kings Coronation event, 10-2pm
  • Slattadale Forest – King’s Day
People beaming at an event held for the Queen's Jubilee last year.
Hope for sunny weather on the Coronation weekend to bring people out and celebrate. Image: Kath Flannery/DC Thomson.

Coronation Events in the Northern and Western Isles

Friday, May 5 

  • Stronsay  – Junior High’s Summer Fate and Afternoon Tea, 1.30-3pm
  • Stornoway, Perceval Square, Sandwich Road – Flag raising ceremony with Lewis and Harris Youth Pipe Band, 6pm
  • Stornoway Town Hall – Light switch-on ceremony, 6pm
  • Whalsay School – Coronation Celebration

Saturday, May 6

  • Smiddybrae, North Hub – Coronation screening and finger buffet
  • Shapinsay Hall, Orkney – Grand Royal Ceilidh Ball, 7pm
  • Rousay School – Coronation party, 10.30am
  • Orkney, Flotta – Coronation screening and buffet lunch, 11am
  • North Ronaldsay, Community centre – Indoor street party, 5pm

Sunday, May 7 

  • Dounby, Milestone Church – Big lunch, 12pm
  • Westray, School community hall – Big Coronation Lunch, 12-2pm
  • Stornoway, St Columba’s Church –  Ecumenical Coronation Service, 11am
  • Sandwick Community Association – Royal Garden Party
  • Steness Hall, Orkney – Coronation celebration, 2-4pm
  • Shapinsay, school field – Family fun day, 2pm

Monday, May 8

  • Smiddybrae – The Big Help Out, 2.30pm
  • Kirkwall, King Street Halls – Coronation tea party, 11-3.30pm

Living in Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire? See what events are taking place in your area.