Sept 9th - 10th: Vintage Garden Party

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Sept 9th - 10th: Vintage Garden Party

Costumes, Castle Tours & Garden Party
at ‘The Real Downton Abbey’

Without a doubt, our Weekend Parties are the most all encompassing events we offer here at Highclere Castle.

Immerse yourself in everything that the Real Downton Abbey has to offer: embark on tours of the Castle, perhaps enjoy a traditional fairground game or two on the lawn, before indulging in a delicious picnic lunch and a glass of Pimm's. All included your ticket.

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The 1920s was famed for its iconic fashion and guests will step back in time, dress in attire from the era, dance to jazz – you simply cannot get any closer to being Hugh Bonneville or Maggie Smith in the award winning TV series. We even have ‘Vintage Victory Rollers’ Hair Salon to provide hair and makeup! Prizes will be awarded by Lord and Lady Carnarvon for the best dressed attendees in a variety of categories including ‘Best Upstairs’, ‘Best Downstairs’ and ‘Best Hat’.


Highclere Castle, with its magnificent State Rooms, will be open for visitors to explore at their leisure, with the help of our well informed guides. Admire the gilded bookcases in the iconic Library, the beautiful portraits and antiques; look at the real costumes from the Castle robing Rooms, as the piano plays softly in the Drawing Room.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Egyptian Exhibition, in the cellars of the Castle, which tells the story of, and contains antiquities from, the tombs that were discovered in Egypt by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter nearly 100 years ago.

“Never miss a party… good for the nerves
– like celery”
F. Scott Fitzgerald


Go for a promenade around the gardens. Wander through the Wild Flower Meadow. Try a little croquet. Enjoy the jazz music. Ride on the carousel and admire the vintage cars parked at the front of the Castle. Watch Morris dancing and listen to the brass band. 

A light lunch, freshly prepared from the Castle kitchens, and a glass of Pimm’s is included in the ticket price and can be enjoyed in one of our traditional marquees.

The Castle Tea Rooms will be open throughout the weekend for the purchase of teas, coffee, light snacks, scones and cakes. 

For local costume hire, we recommend Hampshire Wardrobe: click here for details.

Each of the two days will follow the same format with
music and entertainment scheduled from start to finish.

Admission tickets are for an arrival time
of either 10am or 11.30am.

Photography is not permitted within the Castle but there will be a roaming photographer to capture your portraits at various famous locations throughout the Castle and Gardens.
We are not able to cater for all dietary requirements but please notify us in advance of the event if you are vegetarian, vegan or gluten free by email at  
As on our other tour days, we are not able to welcome dogs other than guide dogs and refer you to our usual planning guidelines concerning mobility scooters: they are not permitted inside the Castle, although wheelchair access is available to the ground floor and the Egyptian Exhibition.
Drones are not permitted on the Highclere Estate at any time.
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We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to a magical weekend!

Tickets are priced at £120 per person. To purchase tickets for this very special event, please click on the required date in the date selector below and follow the on-screen instructions.

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