Accommodation: Radisson Blu, Frankland Lane, Durham DH1 5TA
The Master looks forward to welcoming Liverymen, Freemen and Guests to his home City of Durham, where he has planned a varied and fascinating weekend. There will also be time to explore on your own.
The Durham city skyline is one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe, and is dominated by the majestic Durham Cathedral and the adjacent Durham Castle. The city has a wonderful timeless quality with rowing on the River Wear, relaxing riverside walks, and a vibrant contemporary culture with superb cafés, artisan workshops, boutiques, galleries and museums.
The Weekend includes:
- A spectacular open-air live show in Bishop Auckland to experience ‘Kynren – an epic tale of England’. It is a mesmerising live action extravaganza that takes you on a whistle stop tour of 2,000 years of history, myth and legend. The 90-minute show begins at sunset and ends in starlight and is set to an evocative original soundtrack by award-winning composer Nathan Stornetta.
- A visit to Beamish – The living museum of the north. This is no ordinary museum, but a 350-acre site where you can explore ‘hands-on history’, with everything from steam trains and collieries to gardens and a medieval church.
- Black tie dinner at Durham Cathedral where members and guests will be treated to a guided tour after the Cathedral has closed to the public. We will then have our reception drinks in the Undercroft foyer just off the medieval cloister, before proceeding to a three-course dinner with wines in the Undercroft restaurant.
For the first time in 2017 a welcome lunch was arranged for new Freemen and Liverymen. It was so well received that it will now be an annual event. It’s a great opportunity for new members to learn more about the Livery, meet other new members and talk to the Master and other Court Assistants in a relaxed environment.
No matter how many times you see or take part in it, the ceremony and election of the Lord Mayor is a unique and impressive event.
Liverymen are summoned to vote and Builders’ Merchants are among them. The Election is a popular event and you need to turn up at least an hour early to secure a seat.
Following the Election, the WCoBM is among many Livery Companies invited by The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers for lunch in their Hall.
Liverymen only and dress code is Lounge Suits.
The installation of a new Master is the highlight of our social calendar and in 2018 it takes place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall.
The evening starts with a formal ceremony in the Court at 5.00p.m. where the new Master and Wardens are installed. The ceremony also acknowledges the role of other Court Assistants. This part of the evening is open to Liverymen & Freemen only while guests enjoy a tour of the Hall. Subject to Election, our next Master will be Senior Warden Pippa Latham.
Following the election, the new Master, Liverymen and Freemen join their guests for a champagne reception at 7.00p.m., followed by a black tie Dinner at 7.30p.m.
Dress Code: Dinner jacket (Black Tie)
The Lord Mayor’s Show is unique. It’s the longest, oldest, most popular procession in the world. A spectacular Show with over 150 very colourful and
creative floats, and crowds of people lining the City streets to welcome the new Lord Mayor of London.
Tickets for the North Stand will be available from The Clerk for those wishing to attend. The stand is situated close to St Paul’s Cathedral where the Lord Mayor descends from his carriage. It provides prominent and perfect views of the Show from start to finish.
Tickets are limited so get in early to avoid disappointment!
Christmas Carol Service: St. Peter ad Vincula, H.M. Tower of London
We always end the year on a high with our annual Christmas Carol Service at the Tower of London in the historic Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula. This is an extremely popular event and this year, supper takes place at Trinity House, a short walk from the Tower.
The Service starts promptly at 6.30p.m. accompanied by a superb choir who lead the traditional Carols.
It’s a unique experience to attend a service in such an historic chapel, and a fantastic occasion for Liverymen and Freemen to enjoy with guests, family and friends.
Dress code: Lounge Suits