highclere castle

Special Events

Exclusive Drinks Reception
hosted by The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon in aid of
Southampton Rheumatology Department and LUPUS UK 

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 Southampton Rheumatology Department and LUPUS UK.

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

Guests will be welcomed into The Saloon at the very heart of the Castle, 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.

At Southampton, the Rheumatology team looks after many types of disease one of which is Lupus disease. Lupus can be a very serious disease and children often present very ill. The disease affects their skin, joints and can also affect major organs. They often present very fatigued, pale, swollen joints and have a rash on their body and face.  The disease involves various treatments to maintain long term control and children can have a flare of their disease at any time. Precautions for their future are obviously taken and changes to their lifestyle needs to be made. Despite this, these children are often very brave and manage their disease well to enable them to live a normal life. Southampton Rheumatology Department support these children through diagnosis, treatment and ongoing flares.

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

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

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.

Lady Carnarvon, Highclere Castle and the Real Downton Abbey

Lady Carnarvon talks about life at Highclere Castle, past Countesses, the history of the castle and of course Downton Abbey.

Wednesday 11th February – Calcot Evening Women’s Institute – Kennet Valley Free Church

Tuesday 24th February – Roehampton Club – London

Wednesday 25th February – Chichester Connoisseurs Society –  Bognor Regis

Thursday 26th February - Itchin Abbas Village Hall

March – USA talks – details to follow

Monday 27th April – Bristol ESU – The Apostle Room of Clifton Cathedral, Bristol