highclere castle

Special Events


Exclusive Christmas Drinks Reception
 hosted by 
The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon
in aid of
The Royal British Legion

 Highclere Castle

 Wednesday 17th December, 6pm to 8.30pm


Tickets £100 each
Suits/Cocktail Dress

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will open their home, one of England’s most beautiful and finest Victorian castles, to help raise funds and awareness for The Royal British Legion. Guests will be welcomed into The Saloon, with its magnificent Christmas tree  to enjoy a champagne and canapé reception. The Library, The Drawing Room, The Music Room and The Smoking Room will also be open for guests to enjoy. 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 Royal British Legion spends £1.6 million every week providing practical, emotional and financial support to the Armed Forces community. Whether it’s families coping with the loss of a loved one, practical services for veterans, money and careers advice for service leavers or for residential care. Trustees of the charity will attend this event should you wish to find out further information. Please do show your support for this incredible charity, especially this year, 90 years from when when it was founded in the aftermath of the First World War and enjoy a unique evening at Highclere Castle.

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Special Evening Christmas Fair


3rd December 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Lord and Lady Carnarvon are opening their beautiful home for a limited number of guests on the evening of the 3rd December where they will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of champagne and minces pies in front of a roaring fire. Guests will have the opportunity to accomplish all their Christmas shopping from food to jewellery, accessories, decorative gifts, plants and wine all in the aid of the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.

Guests can see the magnificent Christmas tree in the Saloon, even bigger perhaps than the one found for Downton Abbey. Listen to Christmas carols, and admire the Christmas wreath in green gold and silver which winds down the great oak staircase. 

Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the Castle Bedrooms and explore the Egyptian Exhibition in the Castle cellars.

The Castle guides will be on hand to offer information and anecdotes about the history of the Castle and answer any questions guests may have.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 3rd December

Time: 5:30pm -8.00pm

Cost: £35 per person