March: Mothers Day, Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st, 2019

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Highclere Castle

Join us for a Guided Tour of Highclere Castle followed by Champagne Afternoon Tea in the State Dining Room to celebrate Mother’s Day on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March 2019.

The origins of Mother’s Day can be traced as far back to the Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Later, this particular Sunday was given as a holiday to household staff so that they could to return home to see their families. Thus, the tradition developed to take gifts for their mothers.

More recently in America the idea was developed by Anna Jarvis who held a memorial service for her mother at a church in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908. A peace activist, she then created a campaign for a day to honour mothers and this day has now become more well-known as Mother’s Day.

'M' is for the million things she gave me,
'O' means only that she's growing old,
'T' is for the tears she shed to save me,
'H' is for her heart of purest gold;
'E' is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
'R' means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell 'MOTHER,'
A word that means the world to me.

Howard Johnson

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” 
Abraham Lincoln

You will be welcomed into the Saloon, at the very heart of the Castle, where your tour will begin. Our guides will take you through the State Rooms that are so familiar from the TV series.  Enjoy hearing their exceptional knowledge of the building, artwork and furniture with plenty of anecdotes from the filming. The tour will also take you round the Gallery and Castle Bedrooms.

After the tour, you will be invited into the State Dining Room to enjoy your Champagne Afternoon Tea.  

You can then explore the Egyptian Exhibition in the atmospheric Cellars of the Castle. The Exhibition tells the story of the world famous discovery, in 1922, of the Tomb of Tutankhamun by the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.

Entrance is divided into three groups. You can purchase tickets for admission at 11:00am, 12.30pm or 2:00pm. Guests with admission tickets for 11:00am or 12:30pm are most welcome to enjoy the Gardens and visit the Gift Shop after their Castle visit. Guests with admission tickets for 2:00pm are welcome to arrive on site from 1:00pm to allow sufficient time to enjoy the Gardens and visit the Gift Shop. 

The Grounds will be closed at 4:30pm.

Regrettably the Castle is not able to provide specific vegetarian or gluten free menus for this event.

For further information about our Mother’s Day event, please email Stephanie:

Tickets are £120 per person and must be pre-booked. Each guest will be given a complimentary giftbag.

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