highclere castle

Special Events


Exclusive Talk given by the Countess of Carnarvon
in aid of Highclere Church including entry tickets for
Highclere Castle
Monday August 3rd 2015

Day begins at Highclere Church
Monday August 3rd from 10am
Tickets £30

The 4th Earl of Carnarvon commissioned the eminent Victorian architect, Sir Gilbert Scott, to build a new church in the village of Highclere. The old medieval church had been taken down by Sir Charles Barry during the course of his work to transform the original Georgian mansion at Highclere into the present Castle.

Monday, August 3rd begins at Highclere Church (which is adjacent to Highclere Park) at 10am. Please enjoy coffee/tea and cakes followed by a short talk by Lady Carnarvon. Have you ever wondered what it is like to live at Highclere today or in the past? Could you live 6 months of a year with a film crew?

As you leave the Church you can collect your entry tickets for the Castle and make your way at leisure towards the Castle and Gardens.  Please note it is a 5 minute drive from the Church to the Castle, but a 20 minute walk.

The talk is in aid of the Church and any support is gratefully accepted.

For more information on this event please contact
Amy Nutland on 01635 253 210 or email anutland@highclerecastle.co.uk

Capability Brown Garden Tours 2016

If you are beginning to plan your holidays for 2016, or are a tour organiser, and would like to enquire further, please contact us and we can register your interest for when we release our limited number of tickets. Please email Sarah Somerville at SSomerville@highclerecastle.co.uk.




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.