VE Day Celebrations. Fri 8th May 2020 (Castle Tours Available)

Friday 8th May 2020

Victory in Europe (VE) Day

At 3pm on 8th May 1945, Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that the war in Europe had finally come to an end. Millions of people celebrated the news dancing and singing in the streets.

Please join us at Highclere Castle
to commemorate this historic day.

Tour Highclere Castle, listen to a variety of talks in the speakers tent from Colin Bell DFC and Kate Adie CBE amongst others, learn to dance swing with the 'Jazz Age Guys and Girls', sing along to the 1940's trio the 'Vintage Girls' and tap your toes to a 1940s Swing Band. 

There will be a vintage car and static aircraft display, fantastic aeroplane flypasts, a 'History of Flight' tent detailing the planes and crew who crashed at Highclere. To keep the children entertained we have a range of activities including a traditional 'Punch and Judy' puppet show and pedal planes. Our Tearooms will be open throughout the day offering a variety of food and drink. We will also have Highclere's very own 'Josephine': the vintage cocktail van!

The Castle will be open for Tours for you to explore at your leisure as well as enjoying living history re-enactments from the Second World War on the front Lawns, including activities for children.




Four charities who support those who serve and save today are joining us:










Join us outside the Castle at 3pm for a brief thanksgiving.

Event Times & Tickets:

The event and entertainment in the grounds will be scheduled throughout the day from 10:00am – 6:30pm.  There are three ticket options:

  • ‘Event Only’ Ticket (NO admission to the Castle). This ticket gives you the chance to explore and enjoy the various activities and entertainment taking place in the grounds and in the air.
  • Event & Castle/Egyptian Exhibition Tour Ticket divided into four admission times (see below) in order to help lessen queues.
  • Platinum VIP Ticket. Privileged access to include coffee and croissants in the Saloon of the Castle at 9.30am, a Tour of the Castle with Lord and Lady Carnarvon, photograph in the Library, complimentary gift bag and reserved seats to one of the talks in the speakers tent. 

Suggested Dress Code: Why not enter into the spirit of the day and dress in Second World War attire?

Ticket Details: All ticket options give you access to the event from 10:00am – 6:30pm.

All Day Event & Castle Tour Tickets:

Admission: Group A
     Castle entry anytime between 11am – 1:00pm

Admission: Group B
     Castle entry anytime between 1pm – 2:30pm

Admission Group C
     Castle entry anytime between 3:30pm – 5pm

Admission Group D
     Castle entry anytime after  4.30pm (closes at 6pm)

Ticket Prices:

All Day Event & Castle Tour Tickets

Adult     £45                   
Concession: Over 60, Disabled     £40
Concession: Armed Forces, NHS             £35
Child     £20






All Day Event Only Tickets

Adult     £20                   
Concession: Over 60, Disabled     £18
Concession: Armed Forces, NHS     £18
Child     £10
Family: 2 adults and up to 3 children     £50







Platinum VIP Tickets

Adult                                                                           £350                   


Hand-carved Cedar Statue of a US airman. Highclere Park


  • Please note: We reserve the right to amend the proposed schedule of events and entertainment and plane displays are weather dependent. We cannot be held responsible for events outside of our control that may prevent planned entertainment and displays taking place.
  • Picnics are not permitted at this event. 
  • All images shown here are for illustrative purposes only.

Click HERE to view our Terms and Conditions. The 'Frequently Asked Questions' section of our website does not relate to this event. Please contact the Castle office if you have any questions.

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Due to the popularity of the Castle, tickets purchased for a given date and entrance time cannot be exchanged, refunded or re-dated.

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