The Manchester Guide to the Royal Wedding

Posted on April 26, 2011

Friday 29th April 2011 British history will be made with the marital union of Kate Middleton and Prince William. People around the country and the world as a whole will be marking the event with street processions, tea parties and purchasing royal wedding memorabilia.

To mark this event, Around Town Flats has brought you your very own Royal Wedding Guide to get you clued up on the event, what is on TV, and if you want to go out and enjoy the sun, let you know where the best places to celebrate the wedding are. If we cannot be in London to celebrate the wedding, let the wedding come to Manchester!

Watching the Royal Wedding

If you would like to watch the Royal Wedding, there are several ways to do so. YouTube fans can log in to the Official Royal Wedding Channel to watch it broadcast live on Friday morning. On the channel, well-wishers can also upload your very own video message to the royal couple and donate to the charitable fund set up by the couple.

If you would like to venture outdoors to watch the royal wedding, you can do so at The Exchange Square from 8am – 4pm. Ensure you arrive nice and early to guarantee yourself the best seat with the best view.

If you do not have Sky or Virgin, do not worry, the Royal Wedding will be broadcast at 8am on BBC 1 and ITV1 from 8am. For Full Listings on when the Royal Wedding will be broadcast throughout the day, visit UK TV Guide. For all other Royal Wedding shows for your entertainment, visit TV Guide Online where all the unmissable shows are listed with channels and times to make sure you do not miss anything.

Street Parties

Street parties have been a British tradition for a very long time and have been linked with royal events in the past. Take advantage of the day to have your very own street party and get to know your neighbours. For a comprehensive guide on how to organise your own, check out the Street Party Website.

Before you begin planning your street party, make sure you have applied for permission from the council for road closure. The Manchester City Council has kindly waived the fees normally charged for the closure of roads for the event and you can apply by visiting the Manchester City Council website.

If you have missed the deadline for the application, why not attend a street party that is already on. Attend the Northern Quarter Street Party from 12pm until 9pm for swing dance lessons, craft workshops, food, vintage art and many more. Tickets are at the cost of £4 and can be purchased at the event. You can also head down to the Printworks Street Party featuring food samples from their restaurants, free face painting for kids, live music and other entertainment.

Food and Drink

A celebration is never complete without good food and drink. To ensure that you are well stocked up with minimal effort, Marks and Spencer’s has a range of Party and Dining Menus, which you can order online and pick up in store. From cakes to sushi to finger sandwiches, they provide delicious food you can celebrate with.

The Co-Operative has a huge range of royal wedding food and drink deals for your parties on the day. Visit their website for their full range of deals including tins of Roses chocolates for £5.99 only. Twinings has a limited edition Royal Wedding Commemorative Blend, of which you can get a free sample from their website. Woolworths is back online with an amazing range of food solutions to celebrate the royal wedding. From your garden party to the street party, they have everything you need!

Royal Wedding Food has put together a guide on creative food ideas with comprehensive recipes to make it as effortless as possible. You can also purchase royal wedding cutlery and bunting to create a great atmosphere for your guests. The BBC Good Food Guide also has some mouth-watering ideas to get you started.

What else is On in Manchester?

On the morning of the wedding, Harvey Nichols is hosting a fabulous day of celebration in their Second Floor restaurant. For £65 per head, you can enjoy a lovely wedding breakfast from 10am with a selection of delicious breakfast canapés and a glass of bucks fizz while watching the ceremony live. After this, a 3-course lunch will be served with half a bottle of wine per person. You will not leave empty handed either, as each quest will receive a goody bag and a limited edition Harvey Nichols celebratory mug.

In the evening, head to Manchester 235 for “A Right Royal Wedding”, where for £21.50 per person you will be treated to dinner, drink on arrival and you can even learn to play blackjack and roulette! To celebrate while contributing to a good cause, dress up as a member of the royal family and visit the MedLab Fundraiser Royal Wedding Party at 7pm on 28th April. Entry for this event is free but donation is encouraged. Sign up to ensure you are guaranteed a space.

On 29th April, for a few chilled drinks in the evening, call in at Apotheca in the Northern Quarter where for free, you can sample promotional Hendricks cocktails in tea cups with scones and cakes. You can also have your photo taken with cardboard cutouts of the royal couple.


Harvey Nichols in Manchester has an amazing range of Royal Wedding Souvenir food and drink items including these amazing Royaltea teabags. The Royal Exchange Theatre gift shop also features a range of alternative royal wedding souvenirs.

To purchase souvenirs online, visit the Official Royal Wedding Website for a great range of souvenirs including phone cases, bobble heads, postcards, coins and magnificent royal wedding official china!

We hope these ideas all give you inspiration to make the most of the Royal Wedding. We hope you all enjoy the day.

Good luck to William and Kate and from all of us here at Around Town Flats.

Please note that Around Town Flats is not open on Friday 29th April 2011 but business will resume as usual on Saturday 30th April 2011 from 10am until 4pm.

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