A right Royal day

COMMUNITIES in north Northumberland are coming together to celebrate the Royal wedding.

Here, the Gazette takes a look at some of the events taking place in the area to commemorate tomorrow’s monumental event.


Alnwick: McCarthy & Stone invites the over 60s to join them in raising a toast to the Royal couple.

Visitors to Robert Adam Court, on Bondgate Without, will be welcomed with a celebratory glass of Champagne and a slice of cake and get to tour the complex. Visitors will also receive a limited edition Royal Mint commemorative £5 coin (terms and conditions apply/subject to availability) to take away and enter a prize draw to win prizes, including a National Trust family membership.


Alnwick: A Royal wedding farmers’ market in the Market Place. Traders will celebrate with bunting and wedding cake.

Hadston: Fun-packed day held around the Precinct and Hadston House from noon–6pm. Activities include rodeo bull, adult/children’s fancy dress, face-painting, family treasure hunt, bouncy castle, refreshments, children’s tea party (tickets £1 available from Hadston House) and more.

Longhoughton: Features pooled lunch, adult/children’s fancy dress, fete games/races, face-painting, raffle and more, including a possible appearance from the 202 Squadron helicopter. At Westfield Park. 1pm–5pm. Tickets, which need to be bought in advance, are £1 adults, 50p children, and are available from the village post office, The Burnside or from Sharon Mockler at 12 Portal Court or on 01665 572665/07850 971369. Also a children’s drawing competition, with entry closing at midnight tonight, contact Sharon for entries.

Rothbury: Street party outside the Newcastle House Hotel, featuring a BBQ. The free-to-all event runs 10am–6pm.

Shilbottle: Party on the green at Tyelaw Meadows from 2pm, featuring a talent show and games as well as raffle, tombola, pooled tea and more. Anyone attending is asked to give a donation and any money left over will go to the Joseph Foote Foundation, in aid of village lad Matthew Phillips who died earlier this year.


Alnwick: Friends of Bailiffgate Museum hold a Royal coffee morning at the Town Hall, 9am–11.30am. The event features music from a clarinet trio, cake stall, raffle with Royal prizes and more. Entry £1, including refreshments and wedding cake.