As the UK gears up for one of the biggest events this century has ever seen, people across the North East including in and around County Durham are hosting parties to celebrate the big day.

May 6 will bring the coronation of King Charles III, as the UK celebrates the first Coronation of a new monarch since 1952.

Those wanting to watch the once in a lifetime event can tune in to the BBC, who are airing special coverage of the Coronation all day.

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But, for those wanting to make the day extra special, everything from picnics to screenings are being held across the region to get into the Coronation spirit.

Here are some of the events happening in County Durham on Coronation weekend (May 6-7).

Beamish Museum

The North East’s popular living museum is hosting a special Coronation Weekend from May 6-8.

Visitors join in with a 1950’s themed celebration held in the 1900s Pit Village Chapel and 1950s Welfare Hall.

Durham Cathedral

Visitors to Durham Cathedral can look upon the landmark illuminated in red, white, and blue from May 5-9, marking the Coronation weekend.

The Cathedral will also play host to a ‘Big Lunch’ over the weekend, which will see picnics held in the Cloister Garth.

Ramside Hall

Carville’s Ramside Hall Hotel and Spa are hosting a deluxe Coronation Celebration with tickets priced at £25 per person.

Attendees can enjoy a three course Sunday lunch and entertainment that is said will celebrate the “best of Britain”.

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Bishop Auckland Town Hall

King Charles III will be projected proudly on the front of Bishop Auckland Town Hall from May 5-9.

No tickets are required and is open to members of the public to view.

Great Aycliffe Town Council

Those marking the occasion can gather in the Town Park in Great Aycliffe on May 7 for a day of food and fun to celebrate from 1-4pm.

Great Aycliffe Town Council have organised live entertainment including performances from Brancepeth Brass Band and The Shine Choir.

Bishop Auckland Hardwick Hall Hotel

One North East hotel has found a unique way to spice up Coronation weekend, holding its first ever Curry and Beer festival on May 7.

The Northern Echo: Indian classics will be on offer.Indian classics will be on offer. (Image: SORTEDPR)

Visitors can enjoy a day filled with classic Indian cuisine and entertainment from Bollywood dancers in the Lakeside Marquee at the Hardwick Hall Hotel.

Tickets are just £12 and under 16’s can attend for free.