The nation is in the grip of royal wedding fever as it’s almost time for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day! The couple will marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Saturday 19 May, watched by millions around the world. I hope you’ve got your bunting at the ready and the bubbly on ice!
If you’re staying at one of our cottages, why not join in with one of the public events being held in honour of the big day? Here’s our pick of the royal wedding celebrations taking place around Cumbria!
Free party in Carlisle
Cumbria Down’s Syndrome Support Group (Cumbria DSSG) has organised a day of festivities in Carlisle’s Bitts Park for the community to come together and celebrate. Taking place from 10am-4pm, the Party in the Park is a free event with a meaningful motive.
Partygoers are invited to bring their own picnics to tuck into, as well as enjoying inclusive activities such as a performance from an additional support needs theatre group. Prism Arts will organise a ‘walk of art’, inviting everyone to contribute a drawing to a large sheet of material to help produce a unique piece of community art, and various charity stalls will also be there. And in keeping with the royal theme, there’ll be a prize for the best fancy-dress prince and princess!
On your visit to Carlisle, why not make time to explore the historic Border city itself? You could enjoy a walk along the River Eden while you’re in Bitts Park, discover the dungeons of Carlisle Castle or check out what’s on at the Sands Centre, a popular entertainment and sports venue.
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Celebrations in Keswick
You can watch the royal wedding on the big screen at Keswick Rugby Football Club, off Crow Park Road, which is open all day on Saturday from 10am to 11pm. The bar will be open and burgers, bacon butties and cakes will be served. There’ll even be a prize for Best Dressed and Best Hat! And after all the wedding excitement is over, you can stay on and watch the FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United, which kicks off at 5.15pm!
You could also visit the Dog & Gun pub in Keswick town centre – lauded for its Hungarian goulash – to toast the happy couple. Greene King has brewed a limited edition celebration beer called “Something Borrowed, Something Brewed”, which is a refreshing 4% American-style pale ale with citrus and tropical fruit aromas and taste. Alternatively, the team have picked out spirits from two producers with the Royal Warrant – Gordon’s and Pimm’s – so you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to raising a glass!
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Pretend you’re royalty at Muncaster!
Muncaster Castle, near Ravenglass, is set in 77 acres of woodland and gardens against the backdrop of the Western Lake District fells and is the perfect place to feel like a prince or princess! You can explore the vast grounds and delight in the seasonal blooms, including rhododendrons and bluebells, make the most of the play and picnic areas, get swept away by the breathtaking views and try to spot a range of wildlife, including deer and red squirrels.
The gardens and the Hawk and Owl Centre are open from 10.30am to 5pm, with bird of prey displays at 11.30am and 2pm and a wild heron feed at 4pm – a sight that has to be seen to be believed! The castle itself is closed on Saturdays but open from 12noon to 4pm Sunday to Friday.
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Raise a glass in Bowness-on-Windermere!
If you’re staying in the South East Lake District there’ll be plenty of opportunity to watch the wedding on big screens in many of the bars and restaurants. For a different experience, why not head to the Fizzy Tarté, a buzzing café-bar in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere serving a luxurious range of Champagne, cocktails and afternoon teas – an ideal afternoon indulgence!
Alternatively, you could choose to escape the celebrations and take a lake cruise around Windermere. Boats sail from three points around England’s largest lake, which stretches more than 10 miles between Ambleside and Newby Bridge, and you can stay on board for a round cruise or hop on and off at the different launches.
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Free family fun at Lancaster festival
Visitors staying around South Cumbria could take a day trip to Lancaster to explore the city, walk along the canal, enjoy a bit of retail therapy, take a guided tour of Lancaster Castle and check out the impressive Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park. A free daytime family festival takes place in the park this weekend as part of the three-day Highest Point music festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday. To compliment the paid-for evening events, organisers are throwing open the gates of the park during the day for a host of free activities from 9am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.
A very special wedding party is planned for Saturday, including live screening of the big day complete with a cast of consummate comperes, unusual ushers and awesome activities. And on both days you can follow the paths throughout the park to discover hidden woodland with natural stages and amphitheatres hosting a variety of music and entertainment, including theatre performances, storytelling, and craft workshops, as well as plenty of places to sit and – hopefully – enjoy the sunshine! Refreshments will be available.
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Tuck into a celebratory afternoon tea
Meanwhile, lots of hotels in the Lake District are putting on special afternoon teas inspired by royalty! Armathwaite Hall, overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake, is offering a Right Royal Affair Afternoon Tea from 12noon on Saturday, which comes with a glass of kir royale for the wedding toast and the chance to watch the ceremony on a big screen. There’s even a ‘best wedding hat’ competition!
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Lake District Hotels properties have also created an afternoon tea worthy of the royal seal of approval, available until Sunday 20 May. These can be served at Lodore Falls Hotel, on the shores of Derwentwater, Borrowdale Hotel in Borrowdale, Inn on the Square in Keswick and Inn on the Lake at Glenridding, on the shores of Ullswater.
Alternatively, if you want to keep it simple you could just raise a royal toast at an aptly named pub such as the Queen’s Head, Royal Oak and King’s Arms! There are quite a few to choose from in Cumbria!
And if you haven’t yet booked your next stay in the Lakes, you could take a look at our fabulous luxury cottages that we reckon are perfect for royalty! Who knows, you might even spot the royal newlyweds in the Lake District some time soon!
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