Oxford City Council waives road closure charge to encourage street parties for King’s Coronation

Published: Thursday, 9th March 2023

Oxford City Council has waived the road closure charge to encourage residents and community groups to hold street parties to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III.

The City Council is now accepting applications for street parties (for small community events) on any of the days across the Bank Holiday weekend - Saturday 6 May to Monday 8 May.

Buckingham Palace is encouraging people across the country to hold street parties and share food and fun as part of the Coronation Big Lunch on Sunday 7 May.

The Coronation of The King and The Queen Consort will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6 May, with a concert at Windsor Castle and the Big Lunch on Sunday 7 May, and the Big Help Out on Monday 8 May 2023.

Organising street parties

Oxford residents and community groups interested in holding a street party should complete the street party application form and email it to: licensing@oxford.gov.uk.

Applications must be submitted no later than Friday 7 April 2023.

The City Council has waived the road closure charge for small community events (£16), but charges for large events, commercial events, and those selling alcohol over the Coronation weekend will remain in place.

For more information, please visit the City Council’s Street Parties webpage.

More information about organising a street party is available on the Government’s website and the Street Meets website. You can also add details of your street party to the interactive map on the Coronation event’s website.

Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor James Fry, said:  “For many of us this will be the first Coronation we’ve seen – and residents who saw Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953 will no doubt remember what a special event it was with hundreds and thousands of people buying their first black and white TV set to see it unfold.

“This time we know that people can follow the Coronation ceremony on the television and online, but getting together with our neighbours and local communities together to share food and drink is still a very special thing to do.

“We are making it as easy as possible for people to do this by waiving the street party road closure charge.  So please get in touch with us and we can help to  make sure that you have what you need to put on a great small community event in common with many other households and communities over Oxford to mark this historic occasion.”