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Heroes at Highclere: 8th & 9th September 2018

September 1918 marked the beginning of the end of the First World War, culminating in the Armistice two months later. The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon have chosen a weekend to welcome you to Highclere to mark this centenary, with entertainments, from costumes to vintage cars and planes, exhibitions,  tea, and  Castle tours.  
Join us to raise money to support those who serve and those who save in today’s world.


Highclere Castle, a hospital in the First World War, will be open for tours

We hope you will join us to see a recreation of the operating theatre that stood in the Castle’s “Arundel” bedroom, costumes from the era, as well as entertainment and displays on the Lawns and Grounds.

Discover what it was like to arrive at a First World War Field Hospital, which will be created next to “Médecins Sans Frontières”, who will set up their modern Land Rover and Field Hospital which is still in use today.

Listen to some of the well-known authors and journalists in the Speakers’ tent, learn how to dance the Charleston withThe Gatsby Girls and enjoy a fairground ride!

With vintage car displays, the Tiger–9 flying team, a tent detailing the history of flight, cream tea, football and more, it will surely show the Dowager Countess of Grantham what a weekend really is.


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“This weekend is to raise money for those who serve and those who save. There were many heroes who both died and survived during those terrible years as there are today. The lives of veterans or doctors, nurses or journalists were and are compromised in ways we can barely understand. Join us to support them. We hope Heroes at Highclere 2018 will be a fascinating and meaningful weekend”.

Lady Carnarvon


The event and entertainment in the grounds will be scheduled throughout each day from 9am6:30pm.  

There is an option to purchase an ‘Event Only’ ticket without admission to the Castle. This ticket gives you the chance to explore the grounds and enjoy the various activities and entertainment taking place. 

If you do wish to tour the State Rooms, Gallery bedrooms and Egyptian exhibition in addition to the 'Heroes at Highclere' event, you can buy ‘Castle and Event Tickets’.

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Castle entry times

To help lessen queues, there are three Castle admission times

Group A - Please enter the Castle anytime between 9.30am and 12:00noon
Group B - Please enter the Castle anytime between 12.30pm and 3:00pm
Group C - Please enter the Castle anytime between 3.30pm and 5:30pm

Last admission time

Last admission into the Castle and grounds is 5.30pm. The Castle closes at 6.30pm and Grounds close at 7pm.

All ticket options give you access to the 'Heroes at Highclere' event from 9:00am – 6:30pm.

Dress Code

Why not enter into the spirit and dress for the First World War time frame? We will not be forgetting those who love Downton Abbey and will have our favourite competitions for the best Lord Grantham, the best Lady Mary, Mrs Patmore, or Carson the Butler as well the best upstairs and downstairs!

Serving men and women or veterans are welcome to come in uniform


Our Tearooms will be open from 9am, serving tea, coffee and croissants in the morning, then will continue to serve a selection of sandwiches, cakes, hot and cold drinks throughout the day. There will be vintage catering units, including Highclere’s own “Josephine”: the vintage cocktail van!

Please note that on the Sunday morning we are holding a short service at approximately 11.00am, to commemorate the airmen from World War Two who crashed in the hills around Highclere. We will unveil a statue to remember them.

They were American, Canadian, British and from New Zealand. Please do join us on the Lawns outside the Castle for this service.

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Heroes at Highclere 2018