Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 15.23.34ONE of the North East’s best loved venues is swinging into action this month with a special afternoon tea event.

On Tuesday, 19 May, Lumley Castle Hotel, Chester-le-Street, is inviting visitors to enjoy live swing music from one of the region’s top performers along with a traditional afternoon tea, prepared by the four star venue’s award-winning chefs.

In the first event of its kind at the castle, singer, TV presenter and compere Alexander Lomas, will perform a packed repertoire of songs made famous by legendary rat-packers Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

Then guests will be served a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, created especially for the occasion, along with a choice of speciality teas, in one of Lumley Castle Hotel’s ornate State Rooms.

The Swing Afternoon Tea will take place between 2.30pm and 5pm and tickets, which cost £23 each, can be booked by calling 0191 389 1111, emailing or visiting