September Garden Party

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September Garden Party

Join us for a “Real Downton Abbey” Garden Party – 9th and 10th September, 2017. Lord and Lady Carnarvon are delighted to invite you to step back in time, delve into your wardrobe and come dance the Charleston or try the Foxtrot. Listen to jazz whilst sipping cocktails!

Do you remember the third series of “Downton Abbey” ?  Come and be on set and in costume. Prizes will be given for best dressed in various categories including “best upstairs”, “best downstairs” and “best hat”.

The outfits will be judged by Lord and Lady Carnarvon and some of the Highclere staff.

We hope you enter into the spirit of the event and enjoy putting your costume together.






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. Treat yourself to a hairdo in the “Vintage Victory Rollers” pop up hair salon.


Explore the magnificent State Rooms of the Castle and imagine yourself on the set of Downton Abbey!







Enjoy the pianist playing in the famous green Drawing room.

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



Traditional tents will be setup on the lawns serving a light lunch freshly prepared in the Castle’s kitchens and a glass of Pimms. This is included within your ticket price.

The Castle Tearooms will also be open throughout the day if you would like to purchase further refreshments.



“Pleasure was the colour of the time”. Harold Clurman.



Each of the two days will follow the same format with
music and entertainment scheduled throughout the day.

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

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you for a fun filled weekend!

Follow Noel Cowards advice and
“Come to a marvellous party” 

  • 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 by email at in advance of the event if you are vegetarian, vegan or gluten free. 
  • Please click HERE for our full terms and conditions.

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.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to a magical Highclere 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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