Did your invite to the royal wedding get lost in the post? or you simply can't make it to Windsor for the big day? Fear not, there's lots of fabulous events, parties and celebrations taking place across Durham to mark the occassion of Britain's favourite Prince marrying his new Princess. 

Enjoy a Royal Afternoon Tea at Bowes Museum 

The Bowes Museum

What better place to visit to mark the occasion than The Bowes Museum?! 
The museum’s connection with the royal family goes back to The Queen Mother, who belonged to the Bowes-Lyon family and was a descendent of the museum’s founder, John Bowes. The museum even welcomed the father of the groom – HRH the Prince of Wales on his recent visit to Durham in February.  

Join Café Bowes for a very special Royal Afternoon Tea. This quintessentially British Afternoon Tea features dainty sandwiches, delicious cakes and scones all made using local produce. You can also choose to raise a toast to the happy couple with a glass of fizz. 

Queen Victoria in Paris at the Bowes Museum

While visiting the museum visitors can even view watercolours from the royal collection – Queen Victoria in Paris exhibition, which brings together 51 watercolours created for and by Queen Victoria to remember the events of her visit to Paris in 1855. Showing scenes of the splendid celebrations held in the Queen's honour, the watercolours capture this unique moment in British and French history.

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May, to pre-book click here

Gin and Jazz at South Causey Inn

The South Causey Inn

Join in the celebrations on Saturday 19th May in the Durham Suite at the South Causey Inn. Guests are invited to arrive from 12pm dressed in your finest royal attire to celebrate Harry and Meghan’s big day. 

On arrival guests will receive their very own commemorative Gin Goblet and a token for a delicious Gin and Tonic from the hotel’s vast gin bar. At 12.30pm by royal appointment the first set from the amazing 19 piece ‘Little Lampton Band’ will kick off the party, playing a selection of Jazz and swing melodies. At 1pm guests can enjoy a live screening of the wedding followed by the ‘Around the World‘ help oneself feast.

Jazz Band at the South Causey Inn

Fill up your plate and browse the Gin stalls, themed cocktails and have a gamble on the Casino table where you could win a FREE overnight stay with breakfast in one of the hotel’s Deluxe Hot tub Suites. Once you’ve indulged in as much as you possibly can, the rest of the afternoon is yours to boogie away with the 19 piece Jazz Band!

£29.95 per person, to pre-book click here. 

Celebrate the Big Day in style at Rockliffe Hall

Rockliffe Hall Afternoon Tea

It’s the perfect excuse to dress up as if you’re guests at Windsor (hats and fascinators are encouraged). Walk down the red carpet into the Rockliffe Suite at Rockliffe Hall to be welcomed with tea and coffee on arrival and then take your seats to watch the build up to the wedding of the year on the big screen. 

Rockliffe’s renowned afternoon tea including quintessentially British sandwiches, delicious cakes, pastries and scones will be served just before midday so you can just sit back and enjoy watching the royal nuptials followed by the carriage procession through Windsor. A glass of fizz will be served for you to toast the happy couple!

For more information and to pre-book click here. 

Join the party at the Woodman Inn

The Woodman Inn

Enjoy the spring time sunshine and come along to the Royal Garden Party at the Woodman Inn, Durham City. You can sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing drink as the wedding is screened outside, listen to live music and enjoy a bite to eat from the BBQ and a glass or more of Durham Gin! Doors open at 11am on Saturday 19th May. 

For more information click here. 

Celebrate Harry and Meghan's wedding at Pazzo Italian Restaurant  

Pazzo Restaurant Stanley

For an afternoon to remember visit Pazzo Italian restaurant from 11.30am in Stanley to watch Harry and Meghan tie the knot while enjoying a traditional British afternoon tea with a glass of procecco for only £12.95 per person.  As well as celebrating the royal wedding, Saturday will also see the launch of the restaurant’s beer garden where guests can enjoy the warm spring sunshine whilst sipping a glass of pimms. 

Step back in time with the Mighty Wurlitzer 

The Mighty Wurlitzer

The North East Theatre Organ Association AKA Mighty Wurlitzer presents a weekend of Royal Concerts featuring Top International Organist and Entertainer Kevin Grunill.  

Enjoy fabulous entertainment from a bygone era in the stunning art deco surroundings and enjoy the sounds of the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. The Royal Concerts take place on the 19th 7.00pm and 20th May 2.30pm, tickets are £8.00 and must be pre-booked by calling 01388 762467.    

Congratulations Harry and Meghan, we wish you both have a fantastic day & a very happy marriage and we hope everyone celebrating the wedding this weekend has an fabulous time too! 

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