Dippy on Tour: a Natural History Adventure

Wedding Breakfasts

Dippy on Tour: a Natural History Adventure is making its way to the Great north Museum: Hancock in May 2019, which means we have a wedding hire opportunity of a lifetime for you.

The magnificent national treasure Dippy the Diplodocus will be visiting us from 18 May 2019 - 6 October 2019.

Dippy has been an unforgettable wedding guest at the National History Museum for many years, and now it’s your opportunity to have Dippy as your very own special guest.

Join Dippy for a wedding breakfast for up to 100 guests, followed by your evening reception in the wonderful Living Planet Gallery for up to 120 guests. 

We are specialists in bespoke events, our award winning caterers can work with you to produce a bespoke menu, or you can choose your meal, buffet or canapés from one our fabulous menus below:  

Download our wedding breakfast menu

To find out more about hiring the Great North Museum: Hancock please contact us on: Telephone: (0844) 856 1074, Email: events@twmuseums.co.uk

Your event enquiry will go directly to our catering and events concession Sodexo Prestige. All events are subject to availability.


Wedding Breakfast  (from 7pm) Civil celebrant wedding only (from 7pm)Evening reception  (from 7pm)
Special Exhibition Space  (Dippy Exhibition)  100100N/A
Living Planet Gallery 100N/A120

Civil celebrant ceremonies

During Dippy's visit we are unable to offer civil ceremonies within the Special Exhibition Space (Dippy Exhibition); however, the Special Exhibition Space can be hired after 7pm for a civil celebrant led ceremony. 

About civil celebrant ceremonies

You will need to arrange for an official registration of your marriage, where you will legally become a married couple. You will need to fill out a marriage application, and arrange a basic ceremony including two witnesses at your local registry office. More information about marriages and civil partnership can be found here.

Once you have booked the venue you will then need to choose a civil celebrant. You will need to meet with your chosen celebrant to set the date for your ceremony, define the overall structure and programme, how you want to enter the venue, the vows, other readings, speeches, music, flow and timings. Your celebrant will draft your vows for you and review and finalise the ‘order of service’.

You must book your own civil celebrant, the civil celebrant’s fee is not included in your venue hire fee.
Please be aware that wedding ceremonies carried out by civil celebrants are not legally binding in England.