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National Trust News: Royal Wedding Weekend

"With spring flowers in full bloom, warmer weather on the way and an extra day off for the royal wedding, May Day bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to explore National Trust places and enjoy the very best of England, Wales and Northern Ireland,'' says Sally Airey.

"Celebrate the Royal Wedding in majestic style at a beautiful country house – complete with wedding cakes, garden parties and bunting. Or get the family together and experience traditional May Day celebrations, with Morris dancers, cream teas and maypole dancing.''

Events to celebrate the royal wedding:

Gibside, Tyne & Wear
Royal Wedding celebrations, 29 April 6.30pm – 9pm
(Bunting and crown making activities and games will be running throughout the day).

Gibside – the ancestral home of the Queen Mother’s family, the Bowes-Lyons – will be holding a free street party as the sun goes down, bringing to life its historic half-mile tree-lined Avenue with live music, fun family games, a lantern procession and a long line of decorated tables. Gibside’s street party will end a day of regal bank holiday fun including frisbee golf, staff donning crowns, stately food served in the Potting Shed cafe, and the chance for visitors of all ages to help prepare for the evening’s activities by decorating bunting, which will be strung from trees along the Avenue.

The estate will also be honouring its royal connection with a display featuring images, newspaper cuttings and an invite to the Queen Mother’s visit in the 1960s when she officially handed over the keys to Gibside’s magnificent Palladian chapel to the National Trust on behalf of her family.
Normal admissions charges apply during the day, evening celebrations free entry.
Booking it not required for this event.

For more information please call 01207 541820.

Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire
An invitation to the Royal Wedding, 29 April 9.30am – 5pm

As the nation gains a bank holiday on Friday 29 April to celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding, the team at Nunnington is hosting a very special royal garden party and everyone is invited. Watch the wedding of the decade on a giant TV screen in the walled garden and join in the celebrations in style. There will be garden party-style refreshments available and don't forget to bring a hat.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01439 748283.

Bateman's, East Sussex

Royal Wedding high tea, 29 April 3pm – 5pm

Celebrate this special day with a delicious English tea of sandwiches, scone, jam, cream and, of course, wedding cake. The house and garden will be open all day and there will also be a fun, garden trail and storytelling for the children.

Normal admission charges apply, plus £10 per high tea.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01435 882302.

Belton House, Lincolnshire

Royal Wedding celebrations, 29 April 11am – 5pm

See Kate and Will's big day on the big screen. Bring a picnic and join in the celebrations.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01476 566116.

Killerton, Exeter

Royal Wedding celebrations, 29 April 2pm – 4pm
Come and enjoy the Bank Holiday with an afternoon of fun; music in the garden, a King and Queen's trail around the garden and entertainment for all the family. Bring a picnic or visit one of the two tea rooms.

Normal admission charges apply.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01392 881345.

Powis Castle and Garden, Powys

Royal Wedding garden party, 29 April 9.30am – 5.30pm (Castle open 1pm – 5pm)

You are cordially invited to help Powis Castle and Welshpool Town Council celebrate the marriage on Prince William and Kate Middleton. Watch the wedding on a huge outdoor TV screen in the formal gardens, browse the community stalls and take part in children's entertainment and games on the Great Lawn. Bring a picnic or eat in the restaurant.
Entry to the castle and garden is free for everyone to enjoy the festivities.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01938 551929.

Here’s a great selection of other events taking place over May Day bank holiday weekend:

Erddig, Wrexham

Bank Holiday Craft Fair, 30 April - 2 May 11am – 4pm
The Gwynedd & Clwyd craft workers association bring their traditional and local arts and crafts to the grounds of Erddig, described as ‘the jewel in the crown of Welsh country houses’. The house and gardens of this fascination early 18th-century house will also be open, revealing 250 years of upstairs-downstairs life.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01978 355314.

Morden Hall Park, London

Town and Country Fayre, 30 April - 2 May 10am – 6pm
Join Morden over the bank holiday weekend for the annual May Fayre, run by Oakleigh Fairs. There will be all day entertainment, including birds of prey, working dogs, children's entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. On Monday, there will also be the Companion Dog Show – so bring along a canine friend and have a go. All proceeds from entryies will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Adult £6, Concessions £5, Child aged 5 -16 years £3, Family £15 (2 adults, 2 children).

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 020 8545 6850.
Advance tickets available from www.oakleighfairs.co.uk/morden

Speke Hall, Liverpool

Tudor May Day festival weekend, 30 April -1 May 1pm – 4pm

Celebrate May Day as the Tudors would have done at Speke Hall on the banks of the River Mersey. Enjoy Tudor trails, try craft activities - such as quill writing or board games - join a costumed guided tour, dress up in Tudor costume and much more.

Booking is not required for this event.
Normal admission charges apply, plus an additional £1 for craft activities.

For more information please call 0151 427 7231.

Blickling Estate, Norfolk#
Bluebell weekend, with guided walks on 2 May, 10am

With the sounds of birds singing and flowers bursting into colour, this is the perfect time of year to witness a carpet of blue on a walk through the Great Wood at Blickling Hall. Discover swathes of bluebells hidden in the woods and if you want to find out more, why not enjoy a guided walk with our warden.

Normal admission charges apply. £5 for the guided walk, under 14s free.

Booking is required for the guided walk, please call 0844 800 4308

Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd

International Dawn Chorus Day walk, 1 May 5am - 9am

Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day and join Penryn guides for a very early walk to discover the bird life around Penrhyn and savour the dawn atmosphere. The 19th-century castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait, so there will also be stunning morning views over mountains and sea. After all that fresh air, head to the tea room for a hearty breakfast.

Adult £20 (NT member £15), Child £10 (NT member £7.50). All tickets include a delicious regular or vegetarian breakfast.

Booking is essential for this event, please call 01248 353 084.

Stourhead, Wiltshire

Bluebell Walk, 1 May 10.30am – 12.30pm

Join the estate ranger for a woodland walk to experience Stourhead's breathtaking bluebell display, set amidst its world-famous, 18th-century landscaped garden. Take in the stunning vistas and learn how the ranger looks after the woods for both wildlife and visitors.

Adult £10, Child £5.

Booking is essential for this event, please call 0844 249 1895 (a small booking fee applies).

Killerton, Devon

Punch and Judy, 2 May 2pm – 4pm

Enjoy a fun performance of traditional Punch, Judy and friends in the garden, which will be filled with the scent of rhododendrons and magnolias and is surrounded by rare trees and rolling Devon countryside. Wander into the house and see how it brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon’s oldest families. This year’s historic fashion exhibition, ‘Dressing up, dressing down’, explores the numerous changes of dress required daily.

Normal admission charges apply, there is no additional event charge.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01392 881345.

East Devon Jurassic Coast, Devon

Bluebells and early purples at Musbury Castle - nature ramble, 2 May 11am – 1pm
East Devon's coastline forms part of the stunning Jurassic Coast, England's first natural World Heritage Site. Join the ranger for a walk suitable for everyone and enjoy tales of the past and discover carpets of wild flowers at the Iron Age hill fort of Musbury Castle.

Free event.
Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01752 346585.

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Craft show, 2 May 10am – 5pm

Enjoy a day out on this dramatic country estate, with plenty of fine crafts and quality goods to buy, as well as demonstrations and free children’s entertainment.

Adult £3.50, Child £1, NT members £3.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01332 863822.

Gibside, Tyne & Wear

Bank Holiday Family Fun Day, 2 May 11am – 4pm

Experience a fun day out at Gibside for the whole family, including archery, frisbee, golf, carriage rides, gruesome Gibside tours (1pm and 3pm) and the family scramble trail. There are also miles of woodland and riverside walks to enjoy with views across the Derwent Valley, as well as the rope-climbing challenge.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01207 541820.

Cherryburn, Northumberland

May Folk, 2 May 1pm - 4pm

Get toe-tapping at Cherryburn with traditional music and entertainment by family folk band, ‘Canny Crack’. View the exhibition dedicated to the work of Thomas Bewich, Northumberland’s greatest artist, wood engraver and naturalist, who was born in the cottage here. And don’t forget to say “hello” to the donkeys in the farmyard.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01661 843276.

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens, North Yorkshire

Red, White and Blue May fair, 2 May 12noon – 4pm

Come for a traditional English nostalgia fair, with period vehicles - cars, trains and scooters - plus cream teas and red white and blue celebrations.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01904 472027.

Standen, West Sussex
May Day maypole dancing, 2 May 12pm – 4.30pm

For a traditional May Day, enjoy an ancient custom in the grounds of this late Victorian family home and have a go at dancing around the maypole. After all the excitement, head into the house to enjoy the many designs of Morris and Co. throughout.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01342 323029
The Greyfriars, Worcestershire

May Day, 2 May 1pm – 5pm

Celebrate May Day in style with a traditional Morris dancing show to entertain the whole the family. Don’t miss a wander around this fine timber-framed house, first built in 1480 and rescued from demolition after the Second World War. Now carefully restored and refurbished, it is a haven of tranquillity in Worcester city centre and has a delightful walled garden.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 01905 23571.
Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
May Day Fun, 2 May 11am – 5pm

On the mysterious Shugborough estate, with rumoured connections to the Holy Grail, enjoy traditional entertainment, music and Victorian games. For those wanting to explore, the classical landscape is peppered with unusual monuments and the Georgian mansion house, with magnificent views over riverside garden terraces, has costumed characters at work in the servants’ quarters: doing laundry, cheesemaking, milling, brewing and baking.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 0845 459 8900.

Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds Co. Down

May Day madness, 2 May 12pm – 4pm

Join the gardening team in one of the most unique and unusual gardens in the National Trust’s ownership and participate in gardening activities and demonstrations for all the family. The garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry and young explorers can discover the dinosaurs and duck-billed platypuses that jostle on Dodo terrace.

Normal admission charges apply.

Booking is not required for this event.

For more information please call 028 4278 8387.

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