IT IS one of the most talked about events of the year.

Prince Harry will marry actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19.

But while the happy couple prepare to tie the knot, residents across Hampshire are busy preparing their street celebrations.

Councils across the county and in Southampton are preparing to shut off more than a dozen roads to accommodate street parties.

Winchester will be the area’s ‘royal wedding’ capital, with six street parties in the city, and three in surrounding villages.

Four street parties will be held in Southampton on Saturday, with a further two on Sunday.

Eastleigh and the New Forest will also have a number street parties, although there are no planned road closures in Test Valley or Fareham.

Hampshire’s biggest party by far will be held at Winchester Cathedral, where the royal wedding will be screened live.

The event is free to attend, although tickets must be booked in advance.

Celebrations will continue until 5pm in the historic Outer Close, with a number of family-friendly activities being held.

Dean Catherine Ogle said “As this is a joyous Christian wedding we feel opening up Winchester’s great Cathedral for people to gather together and share the joy of this new beginning and national event in community.”

Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, the Queen’s personal representative in the county, said: “The royal wedding has created a real buzz around the country and I am delighted that there are so many events across Hampshire to celebrate this wonderful event.

“It is exciting to know that the Hampshire will be represented in Windsor by several local residents on the day of the wedding.”

Ahead of the ceremony, the BBC has announced it will waive the television licence fee for communities which means street parties and other special events can screen the wedding live without buying a licence.



  • Strafford Road, Freemantle

  • Luccombe Place, Upper Shirley (Sunday)

  • Priory Road, St Deny's

  • Longmore Avenue, Woolston (Sunday)

  • Chatsworth Road, Bitterne

  • Juniper Road, Bitterne


  • Christchurch Road, Winchester

  • Eastgate Street, Winchester,

  • Grange Close, Winchester

  • Olivers Battery Road North, Winchester

  • Queen Street, Winchester

  • St Faiths Road, Winchester

  • St Johns Road, Winchester

  • The Crescent, Brambridge

  • A street party held at the Village Hall in Bighton, Alresford required a Temporary Events Notice from Winchester City Council


  • Northlands Road, Eastleigh

  • Wilmot Close, Bishopstoke

  • Coultas Road, Chandler's Ford

  • St Thomas' Church, Fair Oak

New Forest

  • High Street, Ringwood, between its junction with Kings Arms Lane and its junction with Market Place

  • Market Place, Ringwood, between its junction with West Street and its junction with High Street (including spurs to church)

  • Meeting House Lane, Ringwood, between its junction with The Furlong and its junction with High Street