Alternative Ways to Celebrate the Royal Wedding

Sian Brett

The highly anticipated nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are fast approaching and those of us whose invites got lost in the post need to get planning how we’re going to spend the special day. Similarly, those of us who are resolutely uninterested in wedding froth and can’t be doing with any of that nonsense need an escape. Worry not – we’ve put together a handy guide on how to celebrate the special day, but please everyone at the same time.

Live Screening in Winchester Cathedral
For the royal devotees amongst you, who can’t imagine anything worse than missing this historic event, you can book a ticket to sit inside the nave of the beautiful Winchester Cathedral to watch Harry and Meghan get hitched. The ceremony will be screened from noon to 1.00, before food and drinks will be served in the Outer Close, followed by entertainment for the whole family. Tickets are free but you need to make sure you reserve yours so you don’t miss out.

Image Credit: Winchester Cathedral

Reserve your ticket for the live screening in Winchester Cathedral.

Tea Dance
If Royal Weddings make you feel ready for a party like us, then you’re going to want to join the Entelechy Arts crew at the Southbank Centre for their Royal Wedding 21st Century Tea Dance Party. Bringing the traditional form of a tea dance into the 21st century, and hosted by Christopher Green as his alter ego Ida Barr, it’s a multimedia event full of live music, video, performance, and of course, dancing. We’re particularly excited to see the aerialist dancers performing with their mothers, as well as the catwalk. And the Royal Wedding too of course. That bit will also be good.

Image Credit: Entelechy Arts via Twitter

Book tickets for the Royal Wedding Tea Dance

FA Cup Final
If the Royal Wedding is really not up your street at all then make sure you don’t miss the highly anticipated FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Man United. If both weddings and footie are your thing, then kick off’s not until 17.15 so you might even be able to throw some confetti before getting your football chants at the ready.

Image Credit: The Emirates FA Cup via Twitter
The Royal Bedding Day
At a time of celebration and happiness, it’s important to remember how incredibly privileged we are. Musicians Against Homelessness have organised a protest against the way that the streets of Windsor are being ‘cleared’ of homeless people for the wedding. Music venues across the country will be holding gigs in order to raise money and awareness of the way that many homeless people have been treated not only in the past but on the day of the Royal Wedding in particular.
Image Credit: Musicians Against Homlessness via Facebook

Find out more about Musicians Against Homelessness and The Royal Bedding Day here.

Museums at Night
If the only bit of the Royal Wedding that’s interesting to you is the history of the institution, you’ll probably be much happier in a museum come 19 May. Luckily, the Royal Wedding coincides with the very exciting Museums at Night program, taking place at venues across the country between 16 and 19 May. We’re particularly excited for The Campfire Tales at the Canterbury Tales attraction, where an audience gathers round a fire to listen to a storyteller recount stories inspired by the Canterbury Tales, adapting them every night so they’re never the same. Another exciting night time event is The Night Shift at Bletchley Park, featuring drop-in Enigma demonstrations with a real life WW2 Enigma machine, guided tours, and the chance to see the new Bombe Breakthrough exhibition.

Image Credit: Museums at Night via Twitter

Find out about all the
Museums at Night events.

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