Forres area putting on celebrations for Coronation weekend

Community groups and local businesses have pulled together a list of things to do over the Coronation weekend. We’ve gathered them all together in one place. Have fun!

In the picture are Findhorn volunteers, left to right, Claire Weller, Captain of Findhorn Coastal Rowers, Timothy Finnegan, Convenor of Findhorn Dunes Trust, Diane Smith, Findhorn Residents’ Association, Sian MacDonald, Social Events Secretary, Findhorn Coastal Rowers

Saturday 6 May

  • Forres Town Hall – Coronation Livestream 11am to 4pm
  • Findhorn Yacht Club – open to non-members for screening of Coronation with tea and cake, bar open from 10:30am. For more information contact Michael Barron on 07774152998 or email
  • Findhorn: James Milne Institute – community street party and flotilla in the bay, 1pm–4pm
  • Rafford – Coronation Cream Tea, Rafford Village Hall, 3pm (£5)
  • Dallas – Coronation celebration – Dallas Hall, 1:30pm
  • Findhorn – Captain’s Table, Live Music with Jenna Ross, 2-4pm
  • Brodie Castle – A Royal celebration for the entire family, 10am to 4pm. Free entry for anyone named Charles or Camilla!
  • Findhorn – Coronation Ceilidh in the James Milne Institute from 8–11pm. There will be a marquee next to the James Milne Institute to give more space for dancing. Dancing to the Dunphail Ceilidh Band. BYOB. Tickets £5 from Findhorn Village Store. For more information contact Claire on 077839 24032 or email

Sunday 7 May

  • Findhorn – free come and try rowing sessions at the Piers with Findhorn Coastal Rowers, 12–1.30pm. For more information contact Claire on 077839 24032 or email 
  • Findhorn – Coronation ‘Big Lunch’, 1–3pm – street party in the marquee on the grassed area at the side of the James Milne Institute. Bring your own picnic. For more information contact Findhorn Residents’ Association on 07740 763136.
  • Findhorn – Maritime Pageant, 2pm – Boat crews should meet at 1pm in the Yacht Club garden.  For more information contact Michael Barron on 07774 152998 or email
  • Brodie Castle – A Royal celebration for the entire family, 10am to 4pm. Free entry for anyone named Charles or Camilla!

In Findhorn, the Ice House will be open 2 to 5pm on Saturday Sunday and Monday. For more information go to  or email

There will also be a Coronation-themed art competition with entries judged by Findhorn residents who lived in the village at the time of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Entries can be any medium and should be maximum A4 size. Entries will be accepted in the James Milne Institute between 11am – 12noon on Sunday 7 May. Please mark entries with name and contact details. Prizes will be awarded for under 12 years and over 12 years and winners will be announced at the Big Lunch. For more information contact Janet Wallace on 01309 692342 or email  

Monday 8 May

  • Brodie Castle – A Royal celebration for the entire family, 10am to 4pm. Free entry for anyone named Charles or Camilla!
  • Findhorn – The Big Help Out. Findhorn Dunes Trust will lead two walks to the dunes to remove non-native, invasive Lodge Pole Pine seedlings and saplings, which are damaging the dune heath. The morning walk will start at 10.30 a.m. and the afternoon one at 2.30 p.m. Both will begin at the Playpark / Tennis Courts and will last about 90 minutes. You can leave earlier if required. Participants will walk onto the dunes towards the wind turbines and learn to identify Scots Pine from Lodge Pole Pine. There will be information about the dune heath and lichens and a short demonstration of removing seedlings and saplings. Everyone welcome. Please wear appropriate clothes and bring tough gloves. For more information contact Timothy Finnegan by emailing
  • Findhorn – Royal Findhorn Yacht Club will lead a Bayside Beach Clean. Volunteers should muster in the Yacht Club garden at 10am. Litter pickers and rubbish bags will be provided but volunteers should bring their own gloves. It is expected that the Beach Clean should not last more than a couple of hours. For more information contact Michael Barron on 07774152998 or email
  • Findhorn – Findhorn Bowling Club Help out at the ‘Big Tidy’ at Findhorn Bowling Club in preparation for the club opening its doors for the summer season. Meet at the Bowling Club at 2pm. Jobs include painting, strimming and weeding. Equipment will be provided but bring your own gloves. If anyone has a strimmer please bring it with you! Tea, coffee and cakes will be provided for all helpers! The club really needs new members and will be happy to arrange a free ‘come and try’ session for anyone who is interested. For more information contact Claire on 077839 24032 or email contact.findhorndogwalking@alison-jones

Elsewhere in Moray

This list is not exhaustive – these are events known at this time, please note some events are private.

Friday 5 May

  • Burghead Community Hall: Posh Afternoon Tea, 2-4.30pm
  • Drummuir 21 Service and tree planting: Location and time TBC
  • Elgin, East End Primary and Nursery, Tea Party
  • Elgin, Bishopmill Primary School: Picnic in the park, Morrison Playing fields, 12-1pm
  • Lossiemouth: Rock House Hotel, Afternoon Tea Party/Over 70s, 2-4pm

Saturday 6 May

  • Alves Community Hall: Posh Afternoon Tea Party, 2-4pm
  • Buckie sing-a-long: Fishermen’s Hall, 2-4pm & 6-8pm
  • Dufftown Royal British Legion: Ceilidh, 7-11pm
  • Findochty: Street party, Harbour Green, 12-4pm
  • Forglen Hall: Coronation viewing and lunch, time TBC
  • Glenrinnes Community Centre: Hog roast and Ceilidh, 6.30pm
  • Portessie Community Hall Committee: Live screening with coffee and cake and family fun day, 10am-2pm

Sunday 7 May

  • Aberchirder Community Association: Fun day at MacRobert Park, 12-4pm
  • Alvah & Forglen Community Council: Woodland picnic, Mountbairy Estate, 11am-3pm
  • Banff Castle Community Gathering: 12pm
  • Buckie Rotary Vintage Vehicle Run: Buckie to Portsoy, 10.30am-3.30pm
  • Buckie Fishermen’s Hall: Indoor street party, 2-4.30pm
  • Craigellachie Village Council: Community Picnic at Craigellachie Park, 12-4pm
  • Cullen & Deskford: Parish Church, Tea, Quiz and Entertainment, 2pm (ticket only)
  • Duffus: Gordonstoun Community Picnic, 12-3pm
  • Edinvillie: Community Hall Afternoon Tea Party, 2-4.20pm
  • Elgin: Street party, Reidhaven Street
  • Elgin Rotary: Ukraine/Scotland Afternoon Tea and ceilidh, Elgin Town Hall, 3-5pm
  • Elgin: Williamson Hall, St Columba’s Church: Coronation Brunch, 11.30am-12.30pm
  • Elgin: St Giles Church, picnic on the Plainstones, time TBC
  • Findhorn James Milne Institute: Coronation Ceilidh, 8-11pm
  • Findochty: Big Lunch, Findochty Town Hall, 12-2.30pm
  • Fochabers: Bellie & Speymouth Church, Afternoon Tea, 4-6pm
  • Fochabers: Gordon Castle Walled Garden, Afternoon Tea and Coronation Lunch, 11am-4pm
  • Fochabers: Village Association, Fochabers Institute, Summer Tea, 4-6pm
  • Glenlivet: Bring a picnic to a picnic, village hall, 1-4pm
  • Hopeman: Community Picnic in the Pavilion, 1-4pm
  • Lossiemouth: Friends of Guiding Soup & Sweet, Guide Hut, 12-2pm
  • Orrin Restaurant, Elgin: Recreation of Queen’s Coronation menu, 2-4pm
  • Portknockie Community Council: Big Lunch, 12-4pm
  • Portsoy Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and Portsoy 75 Club: Dances through the decades, Portsoy Church Centre, 12-5pm
  • Sandend: Bring a picnic, Sandend Hall, 1-3pm
  • Spey Bay Community Hall: Posh Afternoon Tea Party, 2-4pm

Monday 8 May

  • Aberlour Community Association: Litter pick, The Square, 11am
  • Banff & MacDuff Men’s Shed: volunteering, time TBC
  • Drummuir 21: volunteering to clear and improve school grounds (Botriphnie Primary School), time TBC
  • Elgin: 3rd New Elgin Guides, New Elgin Hall, Tea Party, 7-9pm
  • Hopeman Bowling Club: Picnic and fun day, all day
  • Kingston: Unveiling King Charles III memorial bench, bring your own picnic, from 1pm
  • Portessie Community Hall: volunteering, 10am-4pm
  • Spey Bay: Community Hall, Afternoon Tea Party, 1-3pm

Private events

  • Abbeyside Care Home: Afternoon tea party and BBQ
  • Abbeyvale Care Home: Afternoon tea party
  • Anderson’s Care Home: Afternoon cream tea and tea dance
  • Buckie: Street party, High Street
  • Glenisla Care Home: Afternoon tea party
  • Speyside Care Home: Garden Party
  • Spynie Nursing Home: Afternoon tea party
  • The Grove Care Home: Afternoon tea party
  • VIP Childcare nursery: A week of Coronation themed activities and picnic in the Biblical Garden, Elgin

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