Why not take this once in a lifetime opportunity to join Lady Bangor – otherwise known as historian and biographer Sarah Bradford – for afternoon tea at the Aspects Festival on Sunday 30 September 2012 at 3.00pm. Tickets cost £9 (£7 concession).

Lady Bangor will be discussing her new book Elizabeth ll: Her Life In Our Times.  An avid collector, Sarah had such vast archives and stories coaxed from courtiers, friends and royal insiders that she produced this latest book to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  The finished book is the nation’s story told through everything that has happened to the Queen – and everything she has made happen over 60 years of change, turbulence, triumph and sadness.

Sarah Bradford is married to William Ward who, in 1993 became the 8th Viscount of Bangor.  The couple are reported to spend much of the summer months at Castle Ward.

Sarah’s other famous connection is with sister in law Lalla Ward, famous for her role in Doctor Who and who was briefly married to Tom Baker.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee both finishes and starts this year’s Aspects Festival, as we also welcome James Naughtie on Wednesday 26 September, when he will be discussing his New Elizabethans series, currently broadcasting on BBC Radio 4 (event starts at 8.30pm, tickets £11/£9 concession). Attending both events is a great way to consider both Queen Elizabeth herself and the era she has governed over – why not start Aspects by thinking about the key individuals of the New Elizabethan era, and end it by discussing, over afternoon tea, the life of this extraordinary monarch?

Tickets are available at, from the festival Box Office at North Down Museum (028 9127 1200) and from Bangor Tourist Information Office (028 9127 0069).