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Exclusive Drinks Reception
hosted by The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will open their home which you may know as 'The Real Downton Abbey', to help raise funds and awareness for Southampton Rheumatology Department and LUPUS UK.

Highclere Castle
Friday 5th June 2015, 6pm to 8.30pm
Suits/Cocktail Dress
Tickets £100 per person

On your arrival you can walk across the sweaping lawns which you may recognise from the opening titles of Downton Abbey. Guests will be welcomed into The Saloon at the very heart of the Castle, to enjoy a champagne and canapé reception. You are invited to view the main staterooms and bedrooms as featured in the television series. This includes, the Library, Drawing Room, Music Room and the Smoking Room. Highclere guides will be on hand in the Main State Rooms to answer any questions regarding the history of the building, artwork, furniture and even the filming of Downton Abbey!  Guests will also have an opportunity to visit The Egyptian Exhibition, which is housed in the Castle cellars. The exhibition tells the story of the discovery of Tutankhamun by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.

The two charities we are raising money and awareness for are The Southampton Rheumatology Department and LUPUS UK.

The Southampton Rheumatology Team  care for those suffering with a range of illnesses, one of which is Lupus disease. Lupus can be a very serious disease affecting the skin, joints and major organs. They often show symptoms of fatigue, swollen joints and display rashes on their body and face.  The disease involves various treatments to maintain long term control and children can have a flare up of these symptoms at any time. Despite this, these children are often very brave and manage their disease well, enabling them to live a normal life. Southampton Rheumatology Department supports these children through diagnosis, treatment and any ongoing challenges.

LUPUS UK is the only national registered charity supporting people with Lupus and assisting those approaching diagnosis. The charities priorities are:

All tickets for this event are now SOLD.

For more information on Lupus UK, please click here.


The 15th annual Highclere Castle Battle Proms Open Air Concert: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo - Saturday 1st August 2015

The ever popular Battle Proms Picnic Concert will return to Highclere Castle on Saturday 1 August 2015, for an exceptional evening of sublime classical music, carefully choreographed Spitfire and cavalry displays, dramatic cannon fire and a stunning firework finale, all set against the iconic backdrop of Highclere Castle, setting of ITVs Downton Abbey.

The Battle Proms takes much of its historical inspiration from the Napoleonic wars, which came to a conclusion 200 years ago at the Battle of Waterloo when Napoleon’s rule as Emperor of the French was ended. As well as marking this 200th anniversary the Battle Proms team are also planning to celebrate 75 years since the Battle of Britain and 70 years since the end of the Second World War with a number of additions to the programme. These will include The Battle of Britain Evening Gun Salute, honouring this pivotal air campaign and end of the war itself, as our gunners herald the arrival of the Grace Spitfire with a volley of shots from a vintage 13 Pounder field gun.

Battle of the Proms - Highclere Castle

Much loved TV and radio presenter, author and celebrated compère Pam Rhodes will be hosting the event and we are delighted to welcome back the Rockabellas, today’s answer to The Andrews Sisters, who will warm up the audience with an upbeat performance of unrivalled vintage vocals to keep your toes tapping as you picnic and get you into the party mood.

Later in the programme Battle Promenaders will be treated to the Battle Proms signature piece – Beethoven’s Battle Symphony – performed as he intended with the full complement of 193 live firing cannon providing a thunderous percussion! Conducted by Douglas Coombes and performed by the New English Concert Orchestra, the programme will also include soul-stirring classical favourites suited to the grandeur of the historic setting, from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture (which also gets the ‘Battle Proms treatment’ of live cannon fire) to a sing-along finale packed with all the prom favourites such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.

Accompanying the orchestra will be our superb soprano Denise Leigh, who will perform enchanting arias before bringing the finale to life - and the crowd to their feet – as the spectacular firework display lights up the summer sky. Widely regarded as the most exciting summer proms concert in the country, this is an event that fans return to year after year, to enjoy a memorable night out with friends or for a significant celebration.

For more information, or to book tickets for this spectacular night out, visit www.battleproms.com or call 01432 355 416. You can also purchase tickets locally from selected Tourist Information Centres.