highclere castle

Special Events


Sunday 5th April 2015 Easter Egg Hunt Highclere Castle
10:00am – 4:00pm
£5.00 per person (pay on the day - under 2’s go free)

Come and spend the perfect family day out in the grounds of Highclere Castle, and help raise vital funds for Naomi House and Jacksplace.

Enjoy a treasure hunt around the grounds and gardens of Highclere Castle, with a chocolate egg for all children who take part!

Meet Frozen’s Elsa and the Amazing Spiderman…as well as some other surprise guests! Have your photo taken with your hero by the wonderful team at Adam Hillier Photography!

Make your way through the Battlefield Assault Course, climb the giant Rock Wall and fly down the Zip Wire!

Have a cuddle with some adorable baby pigs, lambs, goats and ducklings at the Petting Farm!

Take part in the Easter Bonnet Parade, which will be judged by Lady Carnarvon with prizes for the winners!

Enjoy the Vintage Car Display as well as watching a variety of Birds of Prey perform in the arena!

This year we have a mini Shopping Village with plenty of lovely stalls!

Get your face painted, bounce around on the inflatable rides, have a go at lots of fun games and treat yourself to delicious treats and sweets!

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Easter games and your chance to win prizes in the run up to Easter Sunday.


Special Private Tour of Highclere Castle, the Egyptian Exhibition and Grounds
Friday, 24th and Saturday, 25th April 2015 

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The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will open their home, one of England’s most beautiful and finest Victorian Castles, on Friday 24th and Saturday, 25th April 2015, where you will receive a guided tour of the State Rooms, Castle Bedrooms and The Egyptian Exhibition.

On arrival you will be welcomed in to the Saloon which is the room at the heart of the Castle with a 75ft high glazed ceiling, a magnificent open fireplace and a gothic style minstrel gallery. Before you embark on your tour, our guides will  welcome you all to Highclere Castle and divide you into smaller groups.The tour includes the wonderful State Rooms and Castle bedrooms, as featured in Downton Abbey!  Our guides have exceptional knowledge of the building, artwork and furniture with plenty of anecdotes. The tour also includes the Egyptian Exhibition, which tells the story and contains antiquities from the tombs that were discovered in Egypt by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.

After the tour you are welcome to enjoy the gardens and gift shop at your leisure. The  Coach House will also be open for you to enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee with delicious homemade scones and cakes.

You can choose either a morning or afternoon ticket. Tickets are £100 per person which includes the 2 hour guided tour with plenty of time to view the grounds and gardens, complimentary refreshments and a goody bag! Please select either a morning ticket, where you arrive at 9am and depart at Midday or an afternoon ticket, where you arrive at 1pm and depart at 4pm.

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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