We are delighted to announce that our ‘Charity of the Year 2019’ will be the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Now in its 3rd year, our Charity of the Year programme allows us to pledge support to a local charity in a number of ways including the use of the castle for a fundraising dinner, the use of the grounds for a family fun day, complimentary tickets, collection boxes at the visitor entrance and an open invitation to be present on any day we are open to visitors.

We were keen to support the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity after meeting them at our Eastnor SOS Day in June and hearing of the critical work they do throughout six Midlands counties, including Herefordshire.

David Littlewood, General Manager at Eastnor Castle, went to meet some of the Midlands Air Ambulance Team based at their Strensham airbase to see first-hand how donations from local businesses support the service they offer. He’s pictured here (3rd from left) with Dr David Balthazar, Pilot Tim Hutchins and Critical Care Paramedic Colin Apps.

 

He said: “We are thrilled to able to support the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity this year. We are in awe of the work that they do and had no idea that the charity receives no Government or National Lottery funding and relies solely on donations and fundraising. They need to raise in excess of £9 million each year to operate and we hope that we’re not only able to contribute in some way towards this, but that we can also help to raise their profile amongst our visitors. We’ve already met with the team and are excited about working together on a number of events throughout the year.”

Mary Seldon, Fundraising Executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity in Herefordshire added: “Midlands Air Ambulance Charity relies solely on donations from local businesses and the general public, to undertake around 2,000 air ambulance missions every year. We’re so grateful to Eastnor Castle for choosing to support us this year, as it will help to raise vital funds and awareness in the local area. We’re really excited to partner with such a stunning visitor attraction.”

Details of the events being arranged here by the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity are still being finalised but will be announced soon… Stay tuned to our social channels!

 

Elf House Making & Broomstick Building, Giant Leaf Pile Kicking & Conker Collecting… Eastnor Castle Gets Kids Outside with Magical Events

The fact that the castle nestles on the fringes of the Malvern Hills, the landscape that inspired Tolkien’s Middle Earth, ensures a fairy tale visit in its own right. However, we’ve added to the magic for children and adults alike with two magical autumn events this September. What’s more, the dog can come along too as we welcome our furry friends in all areas of the castle and grounds.

Autumn Antics – Sunday 23rd September

There’s no need to travel to New England to see spectacular displays of Autumn foliage. Our Breath-taking arboretum and tree trail is a testament to the Victorian’s passion for creating exotic gardens based on worldly travels.

Children are encouraged to climb the trees, dive into giant piles of leaves and collect conkers and cones to their heart’s content.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will also be on hand to teach elf-house making and also hands-on lessons in pressing apples to make your own apple juice.

Broomstick Making & Racing – Sunday 30th September

Don’t miss the castle’s last Open Day of 2018 – it’s going to be spell binding. Budding witches and wizards can attend broomstick-making classes against the enchanted backdrop of Eastnor Castle and then take part in broomstick races and zoom off around the grounds hunting for clues in a magical treasure hunt.

Both of these events are included in the entrance prices alongside the collection of permanent attractions which include a maze, adventure playground, tree-top walkway, woodland play area, rope-swings, tree trails and lakeside walks. Opening times are 10.30am until 5.30pm and prices are Adults: £7.00, Children: £5.00, Families: £20.00 (Grounds only admission, castle upgrades are available. Online ticket prices shown, tickets cost more on the gate).

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MICHAEL BALL AND ALFIE BOE ANNOUNCE ‘TOGETHER AGAIN’ TOUR DATES FOR 2017

Following the stunning success of their Platinum selling album ‘Together’ and 29 sold out shows across the UK in 2016, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have announced today that they will return in 2017 for a selection of exclusive dates throughout the country.

Summer will see them performing outdoors at some of the UK’s most beautiful stately homes and castles, with six dates announced in June. In winter, they’ll come back inside to play ten arena dates in November and December.

Tickets for all dates go on sale on Friday December 16th at 10am from www.livenation.co.uk and www.gigsandtours.com. VIP Hospitality and Meet & Greet packages are also available to purchase via VIP Nation.

JUNE 2017
SUNDAY 18TH: EASTNOR CASTLE, LEDBURY
TUESDAY 20TH: WALCOT HALL, SHREWSBURY
WEDNESDAY 21ST: STANSTEAD PARK, CHICHESTER
SATURDAY 24TH: EUSTON HALL, THETFORD
SUNDAY 25TH: LINCOLN CASTLE, LINCOLD
WEDNESDAY 28TH: OPEN AIR THEATRE, SCARBOROUGH

NOVEMBER 2017
THURSDAY 30TH: MOTORPOINT ARENA, CARDIFF

DECEMBER 2017
SATURDAY 2ND: CENTRE, BRIGHTON
SUNDAY 3RD: INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, BOURNEMOUTH
TUESDAY 5TH: GENTING ARENA, BIRMINGHAM
THURSDAY 7TH: ARENA, MANCHESTER
FRIDAY 8TH: FIRST DIRECT ARENA, LEEDS
SUNDAY 10TH: SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW
MONDAY 11TH: AECC, ABERDEEN
WEDNESDAY 13TH: MOTORPOINT ARENA, NOTTINGHAM
THURSDAY 14TH: O2 ARENA, LONDON

Having first met 10 years ago, performing together in ‘Kismet’ at the London Coliseum, Michael and Alfie became lifelong friends. That same year, Michael Ball made history as the first musical theatre star to be given a solo concert at the Royal Albert Hall’s BBC Proms, and asked Alfie Boe to join him to perform at the classical music festival.

This instant personal connection and professional mutual admiration makes for the perfect pairing and, to the delight of their hundreds of thousands of fans across the globe, has been finally realised with the Decca-­released ‘Together’ to spectacular success. The album has gone Platinum in just 6 weeks and is on track to become the biggest selling domestic release of 2016!

Michael and Alfie say, ‘There are simply no words for how incredible this is for us. We have always wanted to work together, it was just a case of getting the timing right. We are so grateful to all our fans who have supported us and everyone involved for believing in us. We are literally having the best time and are so happy with the success of the album and the tour’.

The two critically-­acclaimed artists have received a plethora of prestigious awards, recordbreaking sales and chart successes. Over his extraordinary 30 year career, Michael’s outstanding performances have made smash-­hit box office history. He is a double Olivier Award winner, multi-­platinum recording artist, top selling live concert performer and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter. Alfie’s exceptional voice has made him Britain’s most popular and biggest-­selling tenor He has conquered the world’s greatest opera stages and arenas, led the cast of Les Misérables, stole the show at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace– as well achieving UK album sales of over a million, and four top ten albums.

Tickets are on-sale from 10am on Friday 16th December and are available from www.livenation.co.uk and www.gigsandtours.com.

 

 

SIR CLIFF RICHARD JUST FABULOUS ROCK ‘n’ ROLL UK 2017 TOUR

Legendary Singer To Play A Series Of Fully Seated Outdoor Concerts In Intimate Arenas Built Especially For Sir Cliff And His Fans

Support Act To Be Announced

To celebrate the release of his incredible new album “Just…Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll“, the UK’s most successful hit-maker, Cliff Richard, will be heading out on a summer tour of the UK’s most beautiful castles and historic locations in 2017 for a series of fully seated outdoor concerts in fabulous intimate arenas, built especially for Cliff Richard and his fans. Tickets will go on general sale on Monday 14th November from www.livenation.co.uk

 

Cliff has returned to his roots to record an album of his favourite songs from the golden era of rock ‘n’ roll. These include Cliff’s renditions of seminal tracks such as Roll Over Beethoven, Great Balls of Fire, Sweet Little Sixteen and his very own debut single, Move It. The album also features a duet with fellow idol Elvis Presley on Blue Suede Shoes. This has been a career-long dream of Cliff’s, which now becomes a reality. The new release follows the huge success of his last studio album, ‘The Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Songbook’ in 2013, and the celebratory ’75 at 75 – 75 Career Spanning Hits’ in 2015.

Cliff released his debut single Move It in August 1958. It is credited with being the first British rock ‘n’ roll hit, bringing what had previously been an American genre across the Atlantic, for the first time. ‘Just… Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll’ will, astonishingly, be his 102nd album.

The ‘Just Fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour’ will stop by the following UK venues through June and July 2017:

 SIR CLIFF RICHARD JUST FABULOUS ROCK ‘n’ ROLL UK 2017 TOUR With support to be announced 

 JUNE
Saturday 17th Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
Sunday 18th  Stansted Park, Hampshire
Wednesday 21st  Walcot Hall, Shropshire
Thursday 22nd  Catton Hall, Derbyshire
Saturday 24th  Lincoln Castle, Lincolnshire
Sunday 25th  Euston Hall, Suffolk
Wednesday 28th  Harewood House, Leeds
Thursday 29th               Open Air Theatre, Scarborough

JULY
Saturday 1st  Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich London
Sunday 2nd  Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich London

Tickets go on sale at 10 am on Monday 14th November (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

For more information head to CLIFFRICHARD.ORG

LIMITED CAMPING IS AVAILABLE IN THE EASTNOR DEER PARK CAMPSITE FOR THE CLIFF RICHARD CONCERT

Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland over the Bank Holiday weekend with a specially designed family treasure hunt in the fairytale castle and grounds. The event will take place on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August.

Visitors will follow in Alice’s footsteps and use a Wonderland map to navigate around the March Hare’s House, The Queen’s Croquet Ground, The Duchess’s House and the Rabbit Hole to find a number of curiosities, solve the riddles and win a prize. There will also be a Mad Hatter’s tea tent with entertainment throughout the day, including garden games for children of all ages.

All the other usual attractions will be available on the day including the maze, adventure playground, Little Off Roaders and entry to the castle.

Gates open at 11.00am to 5.00pm and admission prices for the Castle & Grounds are Adults: £10.00, Children: £6.50 and a Family Ticket (2+3) is priced at £26.50. Discounted tickets are available on-line.

Further details are available on the Eastnor Castle website: www.eastnorcastle.com or call 01531 633160.

20th August 2015

 

Please kindly note that the A438 which runs past the entrance of Eastnor Castle will be closed from 17th to 21st August. There is no access to the Castle through Hollybush; the best way to approach is from the A449. There are ‘Road Closed’ signs at the turning onto the A438 but access is still available to Eastnor Castle. Please call us on 01531 633160 if you need any further information.

 

We have made the decision this morning to cancel our Exotic Animals week following feedback posted on our Facebook page.

The Exotic Animal week has always been very well received at Eastnor and was based around educating our visitors about these animals and highlighting the associated conservation issues they face.

However, the enjoyment and safety of our visitors is paramount and on advice received from external agencies we have decided to cancel the event.

We are very sorry to all our visitors who were expecting to attend the Exotic Animal week and anyone who has purchased on-line tickets will be refunded in full.

Sarah Roberts started with us as Sarah Bullock 10 1/2 years ago and will leave us on Friday 17th July.  We are very sorry to see her go as she has been in the Eastnor team over an exciting period of change and positive development and has contributed much to our progress at that time.

Sarah working in the eastnor officeWhen Sarah joined us from Challenge Business, the office was still squeezed into one side of the Portcullis, which was not ideal, though in a good position physically to intercept callers and visitors as portcullises traditionally should be.  In those days, when we were only just getting our website started, we used to rely heavily on advertising in local newspapers, and so Sarah had a busy time mostly saying ‘no’ to a number of very persistent sales teams, who wanted us to use them every week during the season. Overall this time, she was responsible for producing our print run of annual leaflets for distribution around the area into campsites, hotels, pubs, shops, other attractions and Tourist Information Centres.  Sarah gradually formed an excellent working relationship with our designers and printers at Ad-lib Design Partnership in Worcester and our leaflets are clear and appealing, it seems, standing out well against a lot of competition in the outlets we are able to use.

As we have moved firmly into digital era, Sarah has worked closely with our web site designers and managers, extracting all the information needed from her colleagues in the office and getting it uploaded, including my blogs, which she always tactfully reminds me are due, though the subject of this one is not her choice.  Using the internet and a website requires great patience as what is done today is likely to be superseded by some new technology tomorrow, making the old look positively steam age.  Mostly, those who have visited our website have liked it and some have enquired who produced it-, and we have had every confidence in Sarah’s ability to distil complaints or ‘suggestions’, so that we only hear about the more important ones.  But she has to keep all involved on their toes as the website is now the place where visitors have their first impression of Eastnor and so it is vitally important.

Throughout all this time, Sarah has maintained a heavy pace of work, under even greater pressure after she returned to work part-time from maternity leave.  She has been a cheerful and valued member of the Castle Office team, and we will miss her.  We are very grateful for all her hard work.

JH-B
12th July 2015

Our annual vintage weekend, which this year included a celebration of the 100th birthday of our Ransomes traction engine, went well, attracting about 4000 visitors over 2 days.  It was a different crowd from the Chilli festival, with many local families turning up whose grandparents and even parents could remember seeing some of the exhibits in their earlier working lives.  As we had a nice gathering of original Minis, you did not have to be very old to have seen them running about in their original condition.

There were 2 steam wagons and quite a few steam rollers.  We had a hand-driven juvenile carousel – the owner and wheel turner were an impressive 70 years old, but the ride was older.  I also exhibited my showman’s van, and it attracted a lot of attention as I allowed the visitors to look around inside and the stove was alight.  The tug-of-war proved popular, though the engine at the end of the rope seemed more resistant to slipping on the courtyard gravel and so did rather better than the human team in the end.

A more permanent attraction is our Land Rover Little Off Roaders circuit in the old Kitchen Garden near the visitor entrance.  The Land Rovers are battery powered and can be turned off remotely in case of need.  They are one or two-wheel drive and useful for steering and braking training, if not speed management.  The circuit does not have the usual challenges of mud and ruts but is proving popular nevertheless, and we are lucky that Land Rover itself has sponsored the facility and the vehicles.  One day, perhaps, they will be vintage too, but in the meantime, they are available to ride most weekends at a small extra cost.

 

 

JHB  22nd June 2015

This brand new Land Rover Drive-in Heritage Day event is taking place on Sunday 31st May and is a must for all Land Rover enthusiasts.

Eastnor Castle is known as the ‘Spiritual Home of Land Rover’ who has been testing vehicles here for over 50 years. It was the current owner, James Hervey-Bathurst’s father that established the relationship with Land Rover back in the 1960’s and since then the partnership has gone from strength to strength.

To celebrate this, we are holding the Drive-In Day in the castle courtyard which will see an impressive display of unique and classic Land Rovers. There will be a complete line-up of Range Rovers from the very first Velar Badged prototypes through to the latest models plus other vehicles like ‘Monty’ a rare, dark green Tickford station wagon (pictured).

Inside the castle will be a display of images showing Land Rover’s connection with Eastnor Castle over the years and the whole day will be compared by Les Clayton. Les will be interviewing the owners of the display vehicle and sharing the history of the unique models on display.

As a celebration of Land Rover, anyone arriving in a Land Rover, of any age will receive half price entry on the day.

David Littlewood, General Manager says ‘Having Land Rover at Eastnor for all these years is fantastic, not only for us as a business but also for local people who are employed by them or supply goods to them. Land Rover really is something very positive to shout about, for us at Eastnor but also the whole country as they continue to thrive as a company. The Drive-In day will showcase many unique models which most people will not get to see very often, set in the backdrop of Eastnor Castle, Land Rover’s spiritual home, this should be a very special day’.

All the other usual attractions will be available on the day including the maze, adventure playground, Little Off Roaders and entry to the castle.

Gates open at 11.00am to 5.00pm and admission prices for grounds are Adults: £6.50, Children: £4.50 and a Family Ticket (2+3) is priced at £17.50. Upgraded tickets for entrance to the castle are available to purchase and discounted tickets are available on-line.

Further details are available on the Eastnor Castle website: www.eastnorcastle.com or call 01531 633160.

Eastnor Castle has won one of the prestigious 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Awards which were announced on Tuesday 3rd March.  Eastnor Castle scooped the award in the Best Accommodation category.  Established in 2011, the awards are an independently judged annual national scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites and celebrate the very best visitor experience.

Dan Snow, historian and broadcaster, presented the awards at Goldsmiths Hall in London with around 100 guests including owners and managers of the winning entries.

 

Eastnor has 12 magnificent bedrooms which are available for groups who are hosting private parties, corporate events and weddings in the castle.

The judges were particularly impressed with the attention to detail and the fact that Eastnor has risen to the challenge of refurbishing a listed building by squeezing bathrooms into obsolete linen cupboards and disguised the lift.  The addition of such lavish bedrooms has significantly increased the appeal of the house, particularly for weddings.

David Littlewood, General Manager said “We are delighted to have won a 2015 Hudson’s Heritage Award.  Winning one of these awards demonstrates the high standards and commitment we offer our visitors to ensure their experience is the very best.  Receiving this award is acknowledgement and recognition that Eastnor Castle is amongst the elite of heritage attractions in the UK”.

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Accommodation for Cheltenham Festival: 10th – 13th March 2015

Eastnor Castle near Ledbury, an exclusive hire castle with 12 beautiful guest bedrooms and dramatically situated in a 5000 acre estate on the border of Gloucestershire, is available for private groups to hire during the Cheltenham Festival Race Week.

Our exclusive package includes:

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (minimum of 10 guests – 3 night minimum stay)
Exclusive use of Eastnor Castle
3 course dinner in the State Dining Room
Overnight accommodation
Full English breakfast
£320.00 per person per night (excluding VAT)

Private transfers by road (40 minutes) or by helicopter (15 minutes) can also be arranged at an additional cost.

Please see our website for more details of our stunning castle.

Contact Nicky Cullity for details:

Telephone: +44 1531 633160
Email: nicky@eastnorcastle.com

 

 

On Monday 24th March Eastnor Castle played host to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award 4×4 Challenge Event.

Supporters from across the world were given the opportunity to take part in each section of the Award through an exhilarating Land Rover 4×4 Challenge which included a driving experience, extreme physical activities, team building games and inspiring community participation projects.

Hosted by Eastnor Castle and Jaguar Land Rover, the experience began in London, where guests were collected and driven to Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire. With its thirty miles of test track, Eastnor is an important tool in the research and development of new Land Rovers. Guests had the opportunity to test out the vehicles, as well as experiencing other high adrenaline activities and the breath-taking 5,000 acres of the Eastnor Castle estate, gaining an insight into how it feels to be an Award participant.

Guests were joined for the event by HRH the Earl of Wessex, Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. To replicate the Service element of the Award, the group carried out projects for Eastnor School and Eastnor Church.

James Hervey-Bathurst, owner of Eastnor Castle commented “We were delighted to have The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award at Eastnor. The guests were an impressive group and heavily committed to the Award. They were obviously having a good time facing the challenges we were able to lay on for them. We hope they will come back”.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (the Award) is open to all 14-24-year-olds, regardless of their background. The Award is about personal development not a competition with others. It enables young people to learn practical and social skills that are valuable to their life and career development.

 

 

We are pleased to reveal our exciting, unique addition to the children’s playground – a brand new Land Rover Defender!  The full size Defender was donated to Eastnor Castle by Land Rover to celebrate over 50 years of vehicle testing on the estate.  The Land Rover has been fully child proofed and it sits alongside the existing tractor and motorbike, however, it doesn’t have an engine so will not be going for any fun rides! 

David Littlewood, General Manager “We are very proud of the Land Rover and are hoping it will prove to be extremely popular.  It’s probably the first time a brand new Land Rover has been used in a playground and I am sure it will survive all the inquisitive children playing with it.  We are grateful to Land Rover for the enormously generous gift and hope they will be on the estate for the next 50 years”.

A new zip wire also be installed in the playground as part of the upgrade and will be ready to welcome the first visitors of the season on Good Friday for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Smallwood Architects and the Historic Houses Association (HHA) have teamed up for a summer photographic competition this year to celebrate the HHA’s 40th anniversary.  First prize for adults is £1000, second prize is £500, and the winner of the 17 and under category will receive an iPad.

The competition will run from 1 July – 30 September 2013.

To enter, simply take a photograph (maximum 8MB) of the exterior of an HHA property and email it, with your name, contact details and the name of the house, to hha@smallwoodarchitects.co.uk before 1 October 2013.  Photographs can be of a whole building or any external part of a house or outbuilding. The competition is for amateur photographers and entry is limited to one image per person.*

This exciting competition will highlight the beauty of some of Britain’s outstanding country houses and raise awareness of these important buildings.  We are truly fortunate to have so many beautiful houses spread the length and breadth of the country and we hope this competition will help to bring many of them into the public eye.

Entries will be displayed online at the Smallwood Architects Flickr site for the duration of the competition. Visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/smallwoodhha.

Some members of the judging panel include Richard Compton, President of the Historic Houses Association, Mira Bar-Hillel, of The Evening Standard, Jonathan Dinnewell, Managing Director, Smallwood Architects and Mark Hedges, the Editor of Country Life.

As we prepare for Easter opening, Easter egg hunts etc, the new Burma Bridge connecting our playground to a nearby redwood tree nears completion. It replaces a rather unslippery slide and a wooden tower with a climbing net for access, and should be as much, if not more fun. The image shows it under light test by two of my daughters, but we are confident it will take as many children as there is room for.

It has been built by Motiva who have an excellent rope walk in the trees of the Forest of Dean. They have used special soft wood, specified for this type of use and grown in the Baltic republics, where the cold weather ensures slower growth and a better quality of timber. All ropes and nets are safety approved, and the destination tree has survived many storms and winds, not to mention the 1976 hurricane. If it ever started to move, I am confident that the Burma Bridge would hold it in place. It will be free of charge to visitors to the castle and grounds, and that includes parents and grandparents.

My older children used to think it was quite cool to live in a house with its own playground. As they grew older, however, they were less keen on shared access. My younger children luckily are still at the thinking it cool stage. We hope lots of visitors will too!

JH-B   2nd April 2012