Where will you be celebrating?

Royal Ride: Traffic Inspector Malcolm Wright is pictured with the Royal Wedding tram that will be in operation this week to celebrate the wedding of William and Kate.
Royal Ride: Traffic Inspector Malcolm Wright is pictured with the Royal Wedding tram that will be in operation this week to celebrate the wedding of William and Kate.

After weeks of excitement and preparation, the Royal wedding is finally upon us.

Anticipation for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton has reached fever pitch, with the global audience for the ceremony at Westminster Abbey expected to hit two billion.

And there’s plenty of places to celebrate all over the Dales on Friday, April 29.

Matlock Bath is hosting a street party at the Temple Hotel, with the whole village invited. The theme is red white and blue and revellers have been asked to help by providing food, entertainment or helping with organisation.

Hall Leys Park will be decked out with bunting and there will be a fairground ride, a living statue and a band concert.

Chatsworth will host a brass band in the garden, a champagne bar and free Union Jacks for children, with free entry and a glass of champagne for any couple whose wedding anniversary falls on April 29.

Crich Tramway Village is offering free entry on the day for anyone called William, Will, Catherine or Kate. There will also be a specially decorated tram to mark the occasion, as well as children’s activities.

Beeley is hosting a Royal Wedding Reception, which will be a fun day of afternoon tea at the village hall and stalls in the garden, plus a barbecue with a bar in the evening.

The inaugural Pilsley Beer Festival will be held outside the Devonshire Arms to run alongside the village’s street party.

For something a little bit different, The Barley Mow in Bonsall is hosting a Big Fat Royal Gypsy Wedding on the big day.

The real Royal wedding will be screened in the pub from 10.30am, before Bonsall couple Mike and Liz Susko parade through the village in fancy dress for their own wedding ceremony in the pub car park at 1.30pm, followed by a Bonsall Strongman competition at 3pm and live music, a barbecue and a campfire in the evening.

At All Saints Church in Ashover families have been invited to watch the wedding while enjoying a picnic in the pews.

There will also be a street party on Stoney Close in Bakewell from 3pm until late.

And Treetops nursery in Matlock is hosting a street party, with dozens of members of the community invited.

n Are you having a party on the big day? Send your Royal Wedding celebration pictures to news@matlockmercury.co.uk