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Highclere Castle, Highclere Park, Highclere, Newbury RG20 9RN


BY CAR / DROP OFF & PICK UP:

Please do NOT follow Sat Nav instructions to the venue but follow the yellow event signage instead.

All traffic coming from the north (from Newbury and A34 Tothill Junction) will be directed to the main entrance for Highclere Castle. If traffic pressure is high on this entrance you may be directed to the next entrance to keep traffic flowing.

All traffic coming from the south on A34 will be directed off at the Beacon Hill exit and into the estate via Beacon Hill / Highclere Stud entrance.

All disabled traffic, taxis making drop-offs and coaches will be directed off at the beacon hill exit and into the estate via Beacon Hill / Highclere stud entrance.

All disabled traffic, taxis making drop-offs, and coaches will be directed to the main entrance.

Please advise taxis (and any other vehicles making drop off and pick up) to follow the Taxi signage

CAR PARKING:

Plenty of free parking is provided on site, included disabled parking.

Car parks are open from 2pm. Please note there is no overnight parking.

Upon parking, please make a note of your row number and the direction of the exit with several thousand concert-goers in attendance, traffic will be inevitably be heavy on entry and exit.

TRAFFIC UPDATE:

Please note that the following closures may be in place from 10pm:

  • A34 northbound carriageway from the A303 (Bullington Cross) to the B46460 Tot Hill Junction will be closed.
  • M4 Junction 13 is closed.
  • Please follow the diversion signage.
  • All pick-ups should aim to be on site before 9.45pm to avoid all traffic disruption.

Please be assured that stewards and organisers will be working to keep traffic flowing as efficiently and safely as possible at all times, even if they are not immediately visible in your area of the car park. The target rate is 800 cars per hour per exit, and it can take up to 90 minutes to exit the car park. Your patience and co-operation are greatly appreciated. Please advise taxis (and any other vehicles making drop off and pick up) to follow the Taxi signage.

Please note that there is NO pedestrian access into or out of the estate for the concert. Concert-goers must enter and exit by vehicle only.

The area of the car park nearest to the concert site is reserved for disabled parking. If you have a Blue Badge then there is no need to pre-book. Please simply follow the disabled parking signs on the day and ensure that your Blue Badge is clearly displayed in your windscreen.

Please note, there is no over night parking.


By Train

There is a good service from London Paddington to Newbury. Taxis can be found outside the station at Newbury. For details of railway timetables to Newbury Railway Station (NBY), please follow this link.

A taxi from Newbury Station to Highclere Castle takes approximately 15 minutes. Charges will vary on Sundays and over Bank Holidays. Alternatively, London Waterloo to Whitchurch may be used, although please note that taxis may need to be pre-booked from Whitchurch and often charge more to get to the Castle than from Newbury. On your return to either station, you will need to book a taxi to come out to the Castle via telephone, taxis cannot be found waiting outside. See Taxi Companies below.

By Coach

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Taxi Companies

Please note: At Highclere, entry and exit is strictly by vehicle ONLY. Please do not attempt to come on foot, however well you know the estate.

Show Info

Downton Abbey Live Open Air Concert is set the stunning grounds of Highclere Castle performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London with the television show's composer, John Lunn on piano. The concert will take place on 22 June 2019 and will be hosted by actor Jim Carter in character, as the beloved Mr. Carson.

This thrilling concert will bring the multi award-winning television phenomenon to life. Downton Abbey has enthralled audiences all over the world with its stories of the upstairs and downstairs life at the ancestral home of the Crawleys. This Downton Abbey Open Air concert is an official celebration of the iconic series and the music from the show and promises to be a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans both old and new to experience at Highclere Castle, the home of Downton Abbey.

Mr. Carson will look back over his time at Downton Abbey and remember the many characters that filled the home over the years; from the extended family and friends, to VIPs and house staff members. Carson will also recall some of the most significant events that took place in the house, each time showing a rich collection of clips and montages on high definition screens from the series to illustrate the lives, loves and losses from across all six seasons.

To bring Mr. Carson's stories and the clips vividly to life, the orchestra will play songs from the beautiful soundtrack, which was composed by John Lunn. The Orchestra will also be accompanied by special guest singers for songs such as 'I'll Count The Days' and 'If You Were The Only Girl In The World'

Please note: Highclere Castle will not be open on the day of the concert. The performance will take place in the Castle grounds.


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FAQ

Tickets

How do I book standard, VIP hospitality and Platinum tickets?

0844 844 0444
https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/the-music-from-downton-abbey

Ticketmaster Accessible: 0800 988 4440

Hotel packages:
Sound Travel: 020 3794 5776
www.soundtravel.co.uk

What VIP hospitality packages are available?

To see the VIP hospitality package available, click Here

Where can I purchase hotel and ticket packages?

Hotel and ticket packages are available from Sound travel please click here

I have a query regarding my tickets, who should I speak to?

For any questions you may have with regards to your tickets, you’ll need to contact your point of purchase and their customer services team will be able to help.

Customer Service is 0333 321 9999 or https://help.ticketmaster.co.uk/contact-us/
Accessible customer services is 0800 988 4440
Sound Travel: 020 3794 5776
www.soundtravel.co.uk

Can I purchase tickets on the day of the concert?

If there is availability, yes, tickets can be purchased on the day of the concert from the box office.

Box office opening time: 3:00pm

Box office closing time: estimate 9:00pm

(all times subject to change)

Can I have a refund or exchange on my tickets?

We regret that we cannot exchange, refund or transfer tickets unless the event in question has been cancelled or rescheduled. This is part of the purchase policy you agree to when purchasing tickets.

What is the child policy?

All customers under 16 must be accompanied by paying adult aged 18+


Key Times

What time will the gates open?

Gates will open at 4:00pm

What time will the show start?

Entertainment is expected to begin from 4.45pm.

What time will the show finish?

The concert will end no later than 10:00pm.
(all timings subject to change)

Is there car parking?

Yes, there is plenty of free parking provided on site. Car parks open at 2pm. No overnight parking.

Is there disabled parking?

Yes, the car park / area of the car park nearest to the concert site is reserved for disabled parking. If you have a Blue Badge then there is no need to pre-book. Please simply follow the disabled parking signs on the day and ensure that your Blue Badge is clearly displayed in your windscreen.

Can I arrive on foot?

At Highclere, entry and exit is strictly by vehicle ONLY. Please do not attempt to come on foot, however well you know the estate.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Food and drink is not permitted however there are food and drink concessions within the event.

You may bring 1 sealed bottled water per person max 500ml.

If you have a medical condition such as diabetes, then a doctor’s note will permit diet-specific food and drink only.

Is the concert outside?

Yes, the concert is in front of the stunning Highclere Castle. Concerts are only ever cancelled if the weather conditions are deemed dangerous therefore we advise you to dress for the weather rain or shine!

What are the toilet facilities?

All customers will have easy access to toilet facilities and there will also be wheelchair accessible toilets.

Is the concert seated?

Yes, the concert is fully seated.

Please note the seating is not tiered.

Can I buy official merchandise?

Yes, if available, official merchandise will be available to purchase.


Security

Can I bring a bag?

Yes, but please try to bring a bag no larger than an A4 piece of paper. All bags are subject to a search so please avoid bringing one where you can as this would speed up your entry to the concert.

Can I bring my professional camera?

Any cameras that are deemed 'professional' will be confiscated until the end of the concert.

Can I bring an umbrella?

Umbrellas are not permitted. Please dress appropriately if the weather is forecast to be wet.

Are there any other restricted items?

Yes, it is an offence to bring in flares, fireworks and smoke bombs or similar to an outdoor event. All items will be confiscated and passed on to the police to deal with further.

Getting to Highclere Castle

At Highclere, entry and exit are strictly by vehicle ONLY. Please do not attempt to come on foot, however well you know the estate.

By Car / Drop off & Pick Up:

Please do NOT follow Sat Nav instructions to the venue but follow the yellow event signage instead.

Plenty of free parking is provided on site, included disabled parking. Car parks are open from 2pm with gates opening to the concert area at 4pm.

All traffic coming from the north (from Newbury and A34 Tothill Junction) will be directed to the main entrance for Highclere Castle. If traffic pressure is high on this entrance you may be directed to the next entrance to keep traffic flowing.

All traffic coming from the south on A34 will be directed off at the Beacon Hill exit and into the estate via Beacon Hill / Highclere Stud entrance.

All disabled traffic, taxis making drop-offs, and coaches will be directed to the main entrance.

Please advise taxis (and any other vehicles making drop off and pick up) to follow the Taxi signage.

Please note that there is NO pedestrian access into or out of the estate for the concert. Concert-goers must enter and exit by vehicle only.

Car Parking:

Plenty of free parking is provided on site, included disabled parking.

Car parks are open from 2pm. Please note there is no overnight parking.

Upon parking, please make a note of your row number and the direction of the exit with several thousand concert-goers in attendance, traffic will be inevitably be heavy on entry and exit.

Traffic Update:

Please note that the following closures may be in place from 10pm:

  • A34 northbound carriageway from the A303 (Bullington Cross) to the B46460 Tot Hill Junction will be closed.
  • M4 Junction 13 is closed.
  • Please follow the diversion signage.
  • All pick-ups should aim to be on site before 9.45pm to avoid all traffic disruption.

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