Heroes at Highclere

Highclere Castle held a charity weekend to celebrate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

On 8th and 9th September Highclere Castle welcomed several thousand visitors to engage and raise money for UK and other countries’ veterans and charities. 

There were tours of the castle, which opened its doors as a hospital during WW1, along with a variety of other entertainment including performances from the Military Wives Choir. The Royal British Legion also had stalls at the castle during the weekend.

As in World War 1, Highclere Castle was again transformed into a hospital and a First World War operating theatre reinstated in Arundel bedroom. There were also today's soldiers/recovering veterans in situ in the Library, as well as doctors and medics from MSF and other army doctors on hand. 

Sunday 9th September focused on aeroplanes and airmen, as a tribute to aviation and to pilots from the First and Second World War. The French aviation pioneer Voison stayed at Highclere, as did Geoffrey de Havilland, who made his first flight from the estate in 1910. Some of de Havilland’s planes such as the Tiger Moth took part. There was also a Sunday service on the lawn at with Chaplains from different countries conducting the service, as well as a dedication to the new memorial, a carving from a fallen cedar tree, by Simon O’Rourke to honour those who have served and continue to serve today.

For more information visit: https://www.highclerecastle.co.uk/events/heroesathighclere