Wembley Park's Free Coronation Celebration on King's Way

Wembley Park’s Free Coronation Celebration on King’s Way

Last Updated: February 4, 2024By

The King’s coronation is fast approaching and it’s a momentous occasion not to be missed! Considering that the coronation of a new British monarch doesn’t happen everyday, it would be a shame to let the day pass without celebrating it in some way. So if you’re keen to get involved in the celebrations and be a part of this historic event then why not consider taking a trip down to Wembley Park for their free coronation celebration? Throughout the month of May, the iconic Olympic Way will be reverting to its original name, King’s Way, to honour His Majesty’s accession to the throne.

 

To honour the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III on Saturday 6th May, North London neighbourhood Wembley Park will be holding a free-to-attend Coronation Day celebration, the Wembley Park Coronation Celebration.

Olympic Way Wembley Park coronation celebration King's Way

Image credit: Chris Winter / Wembley Park

 

To mark the occasion, the neighbourhood will be temporarily reverting the name of its well-known processional route to Wembley Stadium, Olympic Way, to its original name, King’s Way, throughout the entire month of May in recognition of His Majesty’s accession to the throne.

Widely recognised as “Wembley Way” among football and music enthusiasts worldwide, the renowned avenue can trace its roots back to the early 1900s, when it was originally named “King’s Way”. On July 6th, 1948, Minister of Transport Alfred Barnes MP re-named it “Olympic Way” during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, also known as “the Austerity Games”, hosted in Wembley that year.

Olympic Way Wembley Park coronation celebration King's Way

Image credit: Chris Winter / Wembley Park

 

Over the years, this famous walkway has welcomed countless athletes, musicians and international celebrities and featured on millions of TV screens across the world as a backdrop to events ranging from Live Aid in 1985 to the more recent UEFA EURO 2020 Games.

Visitors to the Wembley Park Coronation Celebration will be able to enjoy the ceremony on deck chairs from a giant screen positioned in front of the National Stadium, opposite the Olympic Steps. A stage below the screen will host a variety of live entertainers, curated by Busk in London. Large Union Jack-themed ceremonial banners will be on display for the occasion to adorn “King’s Way”, with party freebies including Union Jack flags, paper crowns, top hats and other decorations gifted to everyone attending the event.

Olympic Way Wembley Park coronation celebration King's Way

Image credit: Chris Winter / Wembley Park

 

Shoreditch-based Urban Food Fest will operate a pop-up food market, with picnic tables and an array of street food available on the day, from cake pops and stuffed cookies to pizza and gourmet burgers, while celebrated Wembley Park bakery Bread Ahead will delight visitors with their famous doughnuts. A selection of artisan traders will sell locally sourced homewares, gifts, and fashion items.

Around Wembley Park’s new outdoor stage, the Sound Shell, there will be a special area for families with young children. This family zone will offer various forms of entertainment such as face painters, magicians and stilt walkers. Additionally, kids can have fun playing life-sized board games like Jenga and other family favourites. For memorable pictures of the day, a Royal Photo Booth will also provide visitors the opportunity to pose with ‘King Charles’.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III alongside the Wembley Park community and visitors from further afield on 6th May. It promises to be a memorable day, with fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy. As custodians of this iconic site, we hold Wembley Park’s rich history close to our hearts; it continues to influence many aspects of the neighbourhood’s naming and landscaping design. I can think of no better way to celebrate the King’s Coronation than with a nod to Olympic Way’s legacy, temporarily renaming it with its former title – King’s Way.”

Julian Tollast, Head of Masterplanning and Design, Wembley Park

 

The Wembley Park Coronation Celebration will be free to attend on a first come, first served basis, up to capacity.

For more information visit wembleypark.com/coronation, find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.

 

 

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