Returning for the 14th Annual Battle Proms, our picnic concert at Highclere Castle will once again take place on the lawns directly in front of this iconic building, affording wonderful views of the striking architecture and incredible photo opportunities, especially during the dramatic firework finale!
Loved by many for its central role in the hit ITV series ‘Downton Abbey’, which is filmed on location here, Highclere Castle was the seat of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who, in 1922, famously discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun with his colleague Howard Carter. Today the Castle is also host to an Egyptian Exhibition that celebrates the 5th Earl’s achievements.
Highclere Castle official website: www.highclerecastle.co.uk
Relax with your hampers and champers, win a prize at the traditional fairground stalls, visit the Napoleonic re-enactors at their encampment, admire the horses and riders as Crown and Empire parade and get in the party spirit. The fun has only just begun!
There’s a thundering of hooves as the mounted cavalry take you back in time demonstrating battlefield skill-at-arms with lances, pistols and superb horsemanship. This year the cavalry will be in First World War regalia to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1.
Billed as The Andrew’s sisters of today, The Rockabellas perform a range of music, from 40’s favourites to hits of today, in their distinct velvety tones. This year there will be some added twists to reflect our World War 1 focus for 2014.
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 WW1 field gun. This year the Salute will be in honour of those who served in the Great War.
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.
Our ‘first half’ finale is the rousing 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, performed in true Battle Proms style with a ground-shaking percussion of cannon fire, serving as a pyrotechnical warm up to our signature piece: Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony’.
The Battle Proms is proud to still be the only place in the world where you can hear this dramatic piece performed as Beethoven intended, with the full complement of 193 cannons, plus musket fire and fireworks, providing a unique and breathtaking musical spectacular.
The perfect summer evening closes with the traditional sing-along, flag-waving proms finale, including favourites Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, and Land of Hope and Glory, culminating in a dazzling firework spectacular!
Widely regarded as the most exciting summer proms concert in the country, the Battle Proms is a firmly established favourite that thousands of fans return to year after year. Pack up a picnic, stock up on fizz and join the party; whether you’re planning a romantic evening as a couple, a celebration as a group, or want to enjoy an informal concert as a family then this could be the unique experience you have been looking for.
£29.50 if booked before 31 January 2014 (Online purchase only)
£32.00 if booked between 1 February 2014 and 30 April 2014
£35.00 if booked from 1 May 2014 until the day before the concert
£40 on the day (cash only, subject to availability)
Child aged 5 to 15:
£17.00 (children aged 4 and under are free, and do not require a ticket)
PURCHASING LAST MINUTE: Because your tickets are e-mailed to you straight away, they can still be purchased over the phone until 5pm on Friday 1 August, and online at any time on Saturday 2 August (SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY), providing you have access to your e-mails and are able to print the tickets and bring them with you to the concert. Please note, however, that the price increases to £40 on the concert day. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate (cash only).
Advance group bookings of 10 or more tickets (adults and children) can be booked online and qualify for a £2 per ticket discount.
(Discounts also available for groups of 40 plus - please call the Box Office on 01432 355 416 to discuss larger groups.)
Coaches - Please note that parking for coaches is strictly limited - please call 01432 355 416 to discuss your requirements.
Concert Pavilion: [NOW SOLD OUT]
£240.00 for a table of 4
£340.00 for a table of 6.
Please note – places are limited in the Concert Pavilion and sold out early last year. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Visit the Concert Pavilion page for further information.
Delivery Info: Secure barcoded e-tickets are delivered immediately by e-mail for you to print at home. Please enter your e-mail address carefully when booking.
CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE
Tickets are also available to purchase locally from:
Newbury Tourist Information Centre
Corn Exchange, Newbury
Winchester Tourist Information Centre
The Lights Arts Centre in Andover
Romsey Tourist Information Centre
Swindon Tourist Information Centre
Highclere Castle, Highclere, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9RN
- All traffic coming from the north (from Newbury and A34 Tothill junction) will be directed to the main entrance for Highclere Castle
- All traffic coming from the south on the A34 will be directed off at the Beacon Hill exit and will be directed into the estate via Beacon Hill/Highclere Stud entrance.
- All disabled traffic, taxis, coaches and VIPS will be directed to the main entrance.
- Please do not follow SATNAV instructions to the venue but follow the yellow event signage instead.
- Please advise any taxis picking up at the end of the concert to follow the taxi signage and to be on site by 9.45pm.
For detailed directions and public transport information please click here
For a list of places to stay in the area, please click here
We are delighted to have on board a new picnic provider: The Little Picnic Company... Whose picnics are anything but little!
Order here online and collect on arrival at the concert.
You can also hire chairs, tables and pre-erected gazebos from The Concert Shop to help make your Battle Proms evening extra special.
Click here to order online and collect on arrival at the concert
(NOTE - Strictly limited availability on gazebos - please book early to avoid disappointment)
Q. What time do the concert gates and the car park open?
A. Access to the concert site will be at 4.30pm. The car park will open approximately an hour before.
Q. Can I bring a gazebo and is there a charge?
A. Yes you can bring a gazebo and there is no charge. However gazebos can only be set-up at the back of the auditorium and there is limited space. Space is allocated on a first come first served basis at the discretion of the stewards. In order to avoid obstructing the view of other audience members, it is not permitted to fit the sides to your gazebo.
Q. Is there disabled car parking available?
A. We designate the area of the car park nearest to the concert site for disabled people. Priority will be given to blue badge holders, although this area can also be used by people who are temporarily disabled, pregnant, elderly or frail. Please inform the car parking stewards when you enter the car park.
Please see our Disabled Access Information page for further details.
Q. I'm booking my tickets last minute - will they get to me in time?
A. Yes, but purchasing last minute is strictly subject to availability. We issue e-tickets immediately to your inbox, so you can book on the phone until 5pm the day before the concert, and online until 4.30pm on the concert day, providing you have access to your e-mails and are able to print your tickets and bring them with you (note price increase to £40 per ticket on day of concert).
Q. Is there a good meeting point onsite?
A. The two main meeting points where you can also access concert information are the Ticket Tent at the very entrance to the concert site or the Flags and Programmes Tent. Both are at the back of the arena and are well signed.
Q. Can I come by taxi?
A. You are very welcome to arrive and depart by taxi and there are clearly marked drop off and pick up points for taxis onsite. The car parking stewards will direct taxis to these demarcated areas. Please request that your driver returns to the taxi pick-up point by 10 minutes prior to the concert's scheduled finish time in order to prevent them being held up by exiting traffic.
Q. Where is the best position to see everything on-site?
A. All members of the audience will be able to see the stage from any position onsite, and there is also a big screen next to the stage showing the entertainments. Although you will be able to hear the concert clearly within the audience arena, for the best sound please stay inside the area marked by white flags. To get a closer view of the cavalry and cannons it may be necessary to walk over to their display areas.
Q. What time are the fireworks?
A. There will be a flurry of fireworks at the end of the first half. During the second half fireworks and cannons form part of the Battle Symphony and then a spectacular firework display will accompany the proms finale.
Q. Where do I eat my picnic and at what time?
A. Feel free to make a picnic area for yourselves onsite where you can make a base for your group. People eat their picnic at any time throughout the evening.
Q. Is there food and drink available onsite?
A. Yes. There will be a selection of hot and cold food and drinks available onsite as well as a fully licenced bar.
Q. Can I bring my own BBQ or camping stove?
A. Unfortunately due to fire and safety regulations we do not allow naked flames onsite.
Q. Can I go back and forwards to the car park throughout the evening?
A. Yes. You will be given a pass when you leave the auditorium to enable you to get back in. Some people choose the interval as a time to take their picnic paraphernalia back to their vehicles while it is still light
Q. Are the house and grounds open to visitors during the day?
A. Entrance to the house and grounds is not included in the price. For information on the house and ground's opening times please contact the individual venues
Q. Is there a dress code?
A. There is no prescribed dress code. Most people choose to dress in practical clothing but some take the opportunity to go a bit more glamorous!
Q: Is the concert dependent on good weather?
A: No, the concert will go ahead in inclement weather. However, in certain conditions, the Spitfire air display will unfortunately not be possible due to safety reasons.
Q. What would you recommend bringing, and are there any prohibited items?
A. We recommend bringing appropriate clothing for the weather, and warm clothes even in good weather as it often drops cold after dark. The concert area and car parks are well lit, but it can be useful to bring a torch to help pack up your things and find your car. You are welcome to bring alcohol, glasses, cutlery etc, but the following are not permitted on site: flame torches, sky lanterns, bbqs, stoves, any naked flames, sound recording equipment. Dogs are NOT permitted, please do not leave your dog/s in your car.
Q: I am buying tickets under my details but intend to give them to somebody as a gift - will this be ok?
A:Yes! This is no problem, but please note that your name will appear on the tickets.