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Battle Proms - Highclere Castle


A sell-out in 2012, the Battle Proms Concert and its fireworks display take place on the park directly in front of the Castle (home of Downton Abbey), affording wonderful views of this soaring pinnacled mansion and the surrounding countryside of the Berkshire and Hampshire border. 

Please purchase you own tickets for this event and I would recommend booking early as this was sold out by June last year

Per Adult:

£29.00 if booked before 31 January 2013 (Online purchase only)
£31.50 if booked between 1 February 2013 and 30 April 2013
£34.00 if booked from 1 May 2013 until the day before the concert

Child aged 5 to 15:
£16.00 (children aged 4 and under are free, and do not require a ticket) 

4.30pm Gates Open

Relax with your hampers and champers, win a prize at the traditional fairground stalls, visit the Napoleonic re-enactors at their encampment and get in the party spirit as warm-up act The Rockabellas take to the stage!

6.45pm Napoleonic Cavalry and Infantry displays

There’s a thundering of hooves as the mounted cavalry invite you to discover the colour and chivalry of the Napoleonic era, demonstrating battlefield skill-at-arms with lances, rifles and superb horsemanship.

7.25pm Evening Gun Salute

The gunners of the English Field Artillery Company herald the commencement of the evening’s musical programme with a volley of shots from an authentic vintage field gun.

7.30pm-10.00pm The Musical Programme

The evening continues with an uplifting and inspiring celebration of soul-stirring classical favourites, performed by the New English Concert Orchestra conducted by Douglas Coombes, and hosted by popular BBC presenter Pam Rhodes.

The historic and unmistakable sound of the Spitfire engine rumbles overhead in accompaniment to the concert’s opening piece. This meticulously choreographed and tear-jerking aerial display is performed in the skies above the arena by Carolyn Grace in the legendary Garace Spitfire.Let battle commence! The ground shakes for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannon fire, serving as a pyrotechnical warm-up to the celebratory piece of music that gives the Battle Proms its name: Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory, more commonly known as the ‘Battle Symphony’, performed with a staggering 193 cannons, musket fire and fireworks.  

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  • Jane

    Thank YOU Jackie- one of the highlights of my year so far!
    I'm pleased the alternative style picnic made you smile.....

    Richard- I'm really pleased you enjoyed it so much too- great to see you bobbing up and down in tune with those great songs. I still cannot believe how you know ALL the words of the songs.
    Jane x

    August 4, 2013

  • Jackie M.

    Wonderful evening and thank you to Richard and Jane for your company, especially to Jane for the "interesting style" picnic :-) and also for getting us together with the Wiltshire group. It was also good to have the Hants group along so we made quite a crowd

    August 4, 2013

  • Jane

    Spectacular. If I could rate it 6 out if 5 I would.
    Incredible value- wonderful fireworks, incredible flying and horse displays and great company. AND the weather was extremely good.
    I could not have asked for a better evening. Thanks so much Jackie- a massive treat.

    August 3, 2013

  • Richard

    Just excellent brilliant weather, marvellous company, great entertainment, average singing and dancing that was enthusiastic and totally devoid of talent. Altogether a perfect evening. Thanks Jackie for organising and Jane for talking me into it.

    August 3, 2013

  • Jane

    Hmm. It seems the showers are coming through later than expected- according to the Met- should clear by 7pm!!

    Never mind- the British don't let a bit of weather put them off

    August 3, 2013

    • Jackie M.

      Looks like they may be coming now - hope it is earlier rather than later . . . .

      August 3, 2013

  • Jackie M.

    We are also going to be joined by 2 members of the Hants 40+ Walking Group who have contacted me so should be quite a crowd

    August 1, 2013

  • Jackie M.

    Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday. Reminder, we will meet at around 4pm at the gate leaving the car park (please excuse if a little late as traffic into the site can be bad). Please enter via the main gate signposted off the A34 so that we are all in the same place.

    Things to bring: A chair, some nibbles if you want to picnic (there are food and drink vendors on site), warm clothing and a blanket as it does get cold just sitting

    See you Saturday

    July 30, 2013

    • Jane

      The forecast shows reasonably strong winds. To reinforce what Jackie said you may want to bring REALLY warm clothes (& a sleeping bag). It really can get cold sat at one of these. Or simply summon a really warm balmy evening!

      1 · July 30, 2013

  • Jackie M.

    We are going to meet up with the Swindon group - I think there are 6 of them coming along to the event. Jane B is a member of this group and we thought it would be good to all get togerther. we will meet in the car park around 4pm so that we can get in as soon as the gates open and claim a good spot for our picnic

    July 22, 2013

  • Jackie M.

    Ticket purchased. Reminder that you only have a few days left to get the discounted rate of £31.50

    April 26, 2013

  • Jackie M.

    NOTE The early bird offer of £31.50 ends on 30th April so get your ticket(s) now if you want to get the reduced price. Also this event sold out May / June time last year.

    April 17, 2013

  • Jackie M.

    If you have not booked tickets already then suggest you remember to book this month to get them at the discounted price of £31.50. Tickets do sell out fast for this event

    April 1, 2013

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