The coronation weekend will be full of fun activities for families to take part in around Watford.

King Charles III coronation will take place on Saturday May 6, with a country-wide Big Coronation Lunch planned on Sunday. Monday May 8 has been declared a bank holiday to mark the historical weekend.

In Watford, the occasion will be marked with community activities and a big screen on Saturday to watch the service at Westminster Abbey in London.

Children can explore the town centre and head out on a trail looking for 10 hidden letters in shop windows that spell out a secret word.  

Ten shops will be taking part where the A3 letters will be on display. 

It won’t be as easy as you may think to find all the letters because many shop windows will be decorated with coronation drawings.

Businesses in Watford High Street, The Parade, Atria Watford, King Street, Market Street or Queens Road, will be taking part.

The free event, ran by Watford BID in partnership with Aspire Academies Trust, will run from May 5 to May 8.

Watford Observer: The event runs from May 5 to May 8.The event runs from May 5 to May 8. (Image: Watford BID)

To enter, download and print out your entry form at, or visit The Beech House at 49-51 Watford High Street from May 5 to May 8 to collect your entry form.

Hand the entry form back in at The Beech House once you and your search party have completed the trail.

Those daring explorers that find all 10 missing letters, spell out the secret word and hand in their entry form, will be sent an online certificate to crown them as a Town Centre Trail King or Queen.

They will also be entered into a prize draw with the chance to be the solo winner of a £50 Watford gift card.

Watford Observer: King CharlesKing Charles (Image: PA)

The colourful coronation drawings you'll find in Watford town centre shop windows have been created by the school children of six local primary schools, all part of the Aspire Academies Trust network. 

On Saturday, May 6, the King’s Coronation will be showing on a big screen in Atria Watford.

The fun doesn’t stop there. On Sunday visitors will be able to take pictures in a Mini Cooper photo booth and take pictures of the momentous occasion.

Watford Observer: The bandstand at Cassiobury Park.The bandstand at Cassiobury Park.

On Sunday, May 6, everyone can come together at Cassiobury park where The Big Coronation Lunch will be held near the iconic bandstand.

From 12pm to 4pm, visitors are invited to attend the coronation-themed festivities and celebrate this moment in history in a place with royal connections.

In 1946, Cassiobury Park hosted the Herts Show and had a very famous guest attend – the then Princess Elizabeth.

Later, as The Queen of England she went on to visit Watford a number of times throughout her reign, including visiting Watford Museum.

Before the offical weekend, King Charles’ day kicks off. There will be a chance to listen to live music and enjoy lots of food and drink at Watford Market.

On May 5, from 6pm to 10pm, the 1950s and royal themed event will take place.

It will feature local vendors, offering a diverse range of food, drinks, and crafts.

Watford Observer: Local vendors will be serving food at the market.Local vendors will be serving food at the market. (Image: Watford Borough Council)

From traditional dishes to modern twists on old favourites, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

To coincide with the era of the King’s birth, there will be live music from The Jivettes’, an all singing, all dancing, retro trio playing two sets throughout the evening.

If the royal-themed outfits aren’t to your liking, then visitors can also dress up in 1950s-inspired fashion, such as tailored dresses with full skirts, large overcoats with fur trim, polka dot prints, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, padded suit coats and double-breasted suits.

Market manager Calvin Poon said: "We are thrilled to be hosting this special event in honour of our new King.

“Our goal is to create a truly unique and unforgettable experience that showcases the best of our town’s culture and food.

“We invite everyone to come out and join us in this celebration of our community."

Watford Observer: Live music will be at the evening market eventLive music will be at the evening market event (Image: Watford Borough Council)

King Charles famously attended the opening ceremony of Charter House, the previous location of the market, on February 21, 1978.

In a video seen by the Watford Observer the then Prince of Wales unveiled a plaque and had a tour of the building where he also met and spoke with many people from Watford.