Join us to Celebrate a Christmas Evening at Highclere Castle.
The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon welcome you to a traditional evening of Castle Tours, Carols and Magic in aid of the University Hospital, Southampton.
Our Christmas traditions owe so much to the Victorian era, from the decorations to carols, Father Christmas, the cards we send and presents we give to family and friends. On Monday December 18th, Geordie and I are delighted to welcome you to Highclere or "Downton Abbey" as you may well call it, to enjoy the spirit of Christmas. You might well arrive on a winters' Christmas evening, seeing the floodlit Castle as you enter the Park, making your way past the trees lighting the drive, before escaping the wintery weather as you are welcomed into the Front Hall and the welcoming fire of the Saloon. A Christmas garland winds its way down the bannisters of the Oak Staircase and of course we will have decorated the rather large tree taking pride of place at the back of the Saloon. It really is a beautiful setting for a magical evening, which in this case will help raise funds and awareness for a children's' ward at University Hospital, Southampton.
I hope you will enjoy the champagne and canapés, come with me and the tour guides to explore the familiar rooms, climb the Oak Staircase, see the bedrooms, and discover the Egyptian Exhibition in the cellars. There is even a chance to shop and stock up for last minute Christmas presents from the gift shop too. The evening marks the beginning of the Christmas week before we close for all tours.
Many famous Victorian literary men, such as Robert Browning or Henry James stayed in December’s past but it is of course Charles Dickens who wrote most about Christmas. To quote him "I will honour Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year" so this evening is to share it with guests as a way of supporting a specialist paediatric cancer ward and centre which treats children in the South of England. Due to the demand, the ward is often at full capacity and urgently requires modernisation to suit the changing needs of the children and families who use it.
It will make the journey through cancer more bearable for the children and their families. Let's be inspired by these courageous children, their eternally loving parents, and the compassion of the nurses and doctors. This is a small way of trying to help them complete their fund raising.
Winnie the Pooh said "Christmas is a togethery sort of holiday" . I hope, therefore, that you might join us, enjoy the champagne and hospitality of our spectacular home and sing a few carols as well! – The Countess of Carnarvon.
For more information on this event or the fundraising please contact Charlotte Sheridan on 01635 253 210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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