Hot Lists Friday, May 18th

Weekend Essentials: Royal Wedding edition

Hot Lists Friday, May 18th

Weekend Essentials: Royal Wedding edition



The Royal Wedding

Saturday, from 11.30am.

Yep, we’re shelving our cynicism and rolling out the bunting this weekend. But, like, Meghan’s old man, we don’t have an invite.

If you’re in the same boat, head for one of the many events around the county screening the nuptials (funny how pubs get all patriotic whenever a major national event happens to be on terrestrial tele) or just swing by The Strawberry Stop, grab some Pimm’s and have yourself a street party. Rough timings here.

Among those venues planning things for tomorrow are;

- De Koffie Pot is giving the ceremony the big screen treatment, and putting on cupcakes, tea and champers in the courtyard from 11.30am.

- Kup-cake Kitchen on Union St is going one further and creating Meghan and Harry cupcakes for the occasion, to go with their bubbles.

- There’s a Royal Wedding Fayre at How Caple Court, if all this has got in the mood.

- Or high tea and Pimm’s at Pearl Lake Leisure Park, near Shobdon.

- The Cosy Club in Hereford have a deal on Victoria Sponge and a glass of fizz.

- And St Martin’s Church on the Ross Road has a good ol’ fashioned tea party from 11am – 2pm.

- Alternatively there’s a 10-band lineup at the Grapes – the Royal Bedding - which is raising money to support the homeless, as a response to Windsor Council’s not-so-subtle attempts to ‘relocate’ people who have the audacity to sleep on the streets.



FA Cup screening, followed by Damned United performance @ The Courtyard

Saturday, from 5.15pm.

For at least half of the population the real action on Saturday is happening about 40 miles north-east of Windsor, as Chelsea take on United in the FA Cup final.

And the Courtyard have got a cool event tying in with that; they’re screening the game in the bar with a pie-and-a-pint deal that’s probably cheaper than what you’d get at Wembley, before The Damned United – the brilliant Brian Clough biopic – gets a stage adaptation in the main house courtesy of Yorkshire's own Red ladder Theatre Co.

Get tickets here.



Discotek @ the Charles Bar

Saturday, 8pm - late.

The Left Bank’s running a Vegas Night – but that’s why this makes the list.

(Forgive us, but for all the ‘Vegas’ nights I’ve been to, I’ve not yet pulled on my tux, driven five miles down the road and woken up in a high-end suite with a face tattoo and chicken walking across the room like that scene in The Hangover. There’s only so much some downlights and a Best of Sinatra CD can do.)

But there is a triple-header of music going on down by the river, and some top mixologists on the cocktails.

The pick of the lineup, Discotek, are running the rooftop bar, with some sweet house music to watch the sun drop to, downstairs in the basement is Darkshire and their lineup of DnB and underground, and there’s also some festival-y brass-and-Bristolian-whiteboy-hip hop from the Dutty Moonshine Big Band in the main room, followed by the stripped back DnB of Hereford's Twisted Sounds  (and not Colombian industrial hardcore electronic group Twisted Sounds – who frankly scare me a little - and are linked on the Left Bank's page).

The kicker though, it’s a flat £20 fee – but that does get you in for everything. More here.



Hellens Music @ Much Marcle

Friday - Monday.

All weekend Hellens Music is bringing world-class classical musicians to intimate venues around Much Marcle – from Baroque acordian recitals to gypsy jazz down the local to masterclasses at the stately Hellens Manor.

Check out the full programme here – but for those new to classical the whistestop tour of Lindberg, Mozart, Schumann and Mahler on Saturday night is a great place to start.




Hereford Yoga Festival @ the Garnons Estate

Friday - Monday, all day.

Back for its third year is the small yoga festival with the big chakra. Taking over the Garnons Estate (Shetton, just outside Hereford) for the weekend, the programme is packed.

Check out the site for more, but everything from sound baths to DJ sets and mindfulness workshops, and obviously there’s full range of yoga classes catering to all abilities – as well the ‘Little Buddhas’ out there. (Kids, in case that wasn’t clear).

There’s 17 different teachers on the bill, including our personal favourite and local legend Suzanne Jevon-Hughston.


And if none of that takes your fancy, Deadpool 2's on at the Odeon.



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