Ding dong the bells are gonna chime
Not invited to Harry and Meghan's big fat Berkshire wedding, *sniff*? Head this way, here's where the real fun is happening on Sat May 19!
Right Royal Toast parties, The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour & The Townhouse, Stratford, Fri May 18
These two Warwickshire sister pubs will be hosting Right Royal Toast parties on Fri May 18. They’ll be serving up ‘Harry’s Hampers’, a blend traditional British teatime favourites with American treats inspired by the bride’s homeland (£25 for 2, now until May 19, Mon – Sat, 12 – 6pm), quintessentially British Hendrick’s gin teapot cocktails –Wedding Cake and The Ginger Prince (gin, fresh lime juice, raspberry jam and ginger beer) – and Hooray Harry commemorative ale brewed by Henley-based brewer Brakspear.
Royal Wedding Party including ‘Sparkle like Markle’ Prosecco cocktails, The Stratford Park Hotel & Golf Club, Sat May 19
One of the best-named cocktails I’ve come across so far… Enjoy your glass of fizz with finger sandwiches, Elderflower & Lemon cupcakes, mini chocolate brownies, Almond & Raspberry slice, macaroon, mini fruit scone served with strawberry jam & clotted cream and award-winning Novus teas. Enjoy live TV coverage of the wedding along with photo opportunities and prizes for best dressed ‘wedding’ guests. £24.95 per person.
Alcester Food Festival, Sat May 19 & Sun May 20
The wedding will be screened throughout town in all pubs and the Baptist Church on Henley Street during this fabulous foodie fest. Enjoy free parking, free festival entry and lots of lovely Warwickshire produced artisan food/drink! Yum!
Tuck into a Royal Afternoon Tea at a country house hotel
This special celebratory Royal Afternoon Tea begins with a Kir Royale cocktail followed by a selection of finger sandwiches, home-made cakes, pastries and delicacies – including scones with clotted cream and preserves – and assorted Macaroons. Book for reservations in May and June 2018 at three Hand Picked Hotels in the Midlands – Warwickshire’s Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, Worcester and New Hall Hotel & Spa, Sutton Coldfield, £40 for two teas.
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Free entry into Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall for all Harry and Meghan’s, Stratford-upon-Avon
The first couple called Harry and Meghan (or Megan) will also get a free copy of Shakespeare’s Love Sonnets! Aww very romantic…
A Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea, The Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sat May 19
Served in the gardens (weather permitting) you can view the royal wedding and toast the royal bride-and-groom with a glass of chilled Prosecco (plus top up) or a local gin, lemon and elderflower cocktail. Enjoy with a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and clotted cream, afternoon tea cakes and endless leaf tea or filter coffee. Arrival for 11am, £30pp.
Watch the Royal Wedding in Ardencote’s Brasserie Bar, Sat May 19
A large screen overlooking the Warwickshire Countryside, will be in place at this gorgeous rural four-star hotel near Warwick – the perfect setting for alfresco dining and drinking!
Entertain the kids, watch the Royal Wedding in a museum & see a collection of Royal Cars
The British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire is not only screening the wedding but you can also see the Queen’s old 1971 Rover P5B, a 1974 Range Rover which was used as a royal ceremonial vehicle and a 1968 Vanden Plas Princess which has transported many of the current royal family.
Learn how to create your own DIY wedding bouquets, Sarah Horne’s 3-day Intro to Wedding Floristry course, (May 23-25)
Leamington Spa-based Chelsea Gold Medallist Sarah Horne will be continuing the celebratory vibe through the week following the Royal Wedding with her Intro to Wedding Floristry course, (May 23-25). Learn how to DIY and create beautiful Tied Pew Ends, Bridesmaids Bouquet and Tied Bridal Bouquet, starts £225pp.
Royal Wedding, Windsor, Sat May 19
Royal Wedding Garden Party, Cliveden House
If you’re not besties with Harry, Meghan or the Windsors, a Royal Wedding Garden Party at Cliveden House has got to be the next best thing. Cliveden’s hosted many a royal and aristo in it’s time, so buckle up for a fancy pants day of bubbles, BBQ lunch, more bubbles and a toe-tapping jazz band. You’ll also have the best seats in the house, watching the Royal Wedding in the Churchill Room. It’s like being at wedding without having to buy a gift. Adults £95; Kids £47.50.
Windsor Racecourse, Royal Wedding and FA Cup Party
If you’re planning crowd surfing your way to the gates of Windsor Castle (er, good luck), Windsor Racecourse is running a Park and Float service. You can book a return riverboat from the racecourse into town for £10. If you get that far and can’t be fagged to battle your way through the world’s media and royal stalkers (I mean fans), pitch up at Windsor Racecourse’s famous Lawn and watch the wedding and the FA cup final on a giant screen – food, drink, kids entertainment and a DJ, should keep the party going.