The King's Coronation

Library Activities

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From 2-13 May, as part of the King’s coronation celebrations, Newham Libraries will host a variety of activities and events that can be accessed by all residents. 

There will be a huge range of open events to choose from including an adult creative writing workshop with Vaseem Khan at Manor Park Library and families’ circus skills workshop with Splatt Circus at North Woolwich library. In addition, there is an extensive programme of STEM activities, coronation themed story telling at each library and much more.

Some of the activities however, have been organised specifically for schools and these include the Children’s Author event with Sufiya Ahmed, Pride and Premeditation with Tirzah Price and Patchlarks storytelling. 

Look out for further details about what will be happening at your local library. 






Art Exhibition Fit for a King

Newham Libraries presents a unique exhibition of art works created by some of Newham's most marginalised: young offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk of re-offending. 

Stratford (1st floor) 

All week

All times 

We Are All Royals Secondary School art Exhibition

For coronation week, the libraries will display artwork created by our local secondary school students, providing a glimpse into their thoughts and feelings about what it means to be a Newham resident during this celebratory time

East Ham 

All week

All times 

By Royal Appointment – Storytelling with Oliver Patchlarks


Stories of wise rulers and the what happens when a kingdom is not governed wisely. Immersive and interactive traditional tales from faraway places with Patchlarks storytelling

Book your tickets here

Canning Town

2 May

10.30 onwards

Drum roll please


Time to celebrate with these amazing Drum Roll Please workshops and performance, no experience necessary, just come along and give it a go

Book your tickets here

Beckton - outside

3 May

4.30 - 6.30pm

A Right Royal Stitch Up On board


Create and embroider your own coronation bunting.

Open for all adult residents - drop in. Booking essential contact 0203 373 0857

Green Street

4 May

11am 2pm

Make a Crown Sewing Workshop

Come along and learn to make a fabric crown to wear to the coronation. Children with an accompanying adult welcome. You will be using a sewing machine; full guidance will be given. No experience necessary, beginners welcome.

Booking essential please contact Plaistow Library 0203 373 0859


4 May


Elizabeth Chadwick: The King's Jewel


Join us for a visit from award-winning, best-selling historical fiction author Elizabeth Chadwick on why royal families appeal to her, what she's learned from writing, and how to go about writing real people and factual events as fiction.

Open for all adult residents

Book your tickets here

Forest Gate

4 May

6.30 - 8pm

Sufiya Ahmed presents – Princess Sofia Duleep Singh

Daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh and goddaughter of Queen Victoria, Princess Sophia Duleep is best known as a suffragette and campaigner for women's rights. Sufiya Ahmed's author event for Key Stage 2 children tells the story of this inspiring royal.


5 May


The King is in his Counting House - circus skills workshop with Splatt Circus


Come along and learn to juggle like a court jester and watch the fire breathing dragons who guard the royal palace. Circus skills workshop with Splatt Circus.

Book your tickets here 

North Woolwich outside

6 May


The King's Coronation

Iroko share a traditional African tale about a king's coronation, fun for the whole family

Book your tickets here

East Ham Library

6 May


Pride and Premeditation with 
Tirzah Price

A special virtual school visit from Tirzah Price, author of the Young Adult series Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, which reimagines three of Jane Austen’s classic tales as Regency-era mysteries in the vein of Agatha Christie. We'll learn about writing historical fiction as well as rewriting the classics.


9 May


The Sceptre and the Orb - Adult Creative Writing workshop with Vaseem Khan

Looking at the fictional portrayal of monarchs through the ages. Vaseem Khan will give you the tricks and tips on creating your own piece of historical fiction

Book your tickets here 

Manor Park

10 May