Big outdoor lunch to celebrate town’s regal connection


A part of Hemel Hempstead that has a royal connection will be hosting a street party to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

The Big Coronation on Sunday, June 2 will take place in Queens Square, Adeyfield, from midday to 4pm.

There will be rides, stalls, face painting, giveaways and displays from local groups, as well as a long table set up so that people can enjoy packed lunches and picnics outdoors.

Everyone is welcome and the get together is part of the national Big Lunch – an initiative that aims to get as many people as possible from across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year.

Adeyfield has a special connection to the Queen as one of her first engagements after her accession to the throne was a visit to the square in July 1952.

Queens Square will be closed to traffic from 8am until 6pm on the day.

Schools have taken part in a ‘decorate a wheelie bin’ competition and the winners will be announced at the event.