Downton Abbey’s highly anticipated 5th season is now showing in the UK (unfortunately, American viewers will have to wait until January 2015) and there are plenty of changes underway as the Crawley family and staff discover the freedoms of life in the roaring 20s. One thing that remains unchanged though, is the grand estate of Downton Abbey itself and touring the 17th-century Highclere Castle – the real-life Downton Abbey – is an unforgettable experience for fans of the period drama. This year there’s an even more glamorous way to tour Downton Abbey, as for one night only the owners of the magnificent 1,000-acre private estate, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, will be hosting a Downton Abbey Experience Champagne reception at Highclere Castle.
Category: Festivals & Events
October 14, 2014
Things to Do This Week in London: October 15th -31st
You might be busy adding the finishing touches to your Halloween costume, but save a little time for browsing the art fairs and museum exhibits starting this week in London.
October 10, 2014
With the spookiest night of the year just around the corner, London is all set for its annual ghoulish makeover, with shop windows decked out with jack-o-lanterns and fake bats, trick-or-treaters taking to the streets and a whole week of special events, horror movie screenings and costume parties. Renowned as one of the most haunted capital cities in Europe, Halloween in London is the ideal time to discover the city’s dark side on a London Ghost Tour or follow in the footsteps of London’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, but they’ll also be a host of family-friendly scares to enjoy at the city’s top attractions.
August 26, 2014
With the summer crowds thinning out, students heading back to school and the sun still shining, visiting London in September is the perfect time for sightseeing. The British summer isn’t quite over yet and Londoners will be celebrating their last sunny days with a busy schedule of festivals and events. Plus, don’t forget that many of the city’s summer tourist specials will still be ongoing, like the summer opening of Buckingham Palace and Parliament and the BBC Proms concerts.
August 12, 2014
With the Thames riverfront dramatically floodlit and the city’s landmarks aglow in neon, the evening hours are the most atmospheric time to experience London, and there’s much more to see and do after hours than hitting the clubs. From moonlight walking tours to spending a night in a museum, here are the top choices for exploring London at night.
June 25, 2014
As the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, the Wimbledon Tennis Championships have long been among the capital’s top sporting events and the annual tournaments mark the start of the summer for many Londoners. The 2 weeks of Grand Slam tennis tournaments are held at Wimbledon’s famous All England Lawn Tennis Club and draw up to 500,000 spectators, with even the Queen and other members of the royal family turning up to cheer on British hero and reigning champion Andy Murray.
June 8, 2014
This month we’re giving away 2 tickets to Kew Gardens and a Downton Abbey Day Trip!
March 23, 2014
As the most-read playwright in history, few literary figures are as revered as William Shakespeare and every year thousands of fans visit Stratford-Upon-Avon to follow in the footsteps of the iconic wordsmith. Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-Upon-Avon, has been celebrating the writer’s birthday on April 23rd for nearly 200 years, with a weekend of parades, live music and themed events devoted to the town’s most famous resident, and with 2014 marking Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Anniversary, this year’s festivities are set to be some of the biggest yet.
February 4, 2014
Whether you go all mushy thinking about it or write it off as commercial nonsense, you won’t be able to avoid Valentine’s Day in London and the capital is sure to be a romantic place to be on February 14th. Valentine’s balls and parties will be held all over the city on the big day, and don’t worry if you’re single – they’ll be plenty of anti-Valentines day events and singles’ nights where you can lament your lack of a date in style too. Not sure how to spend the most romantic day of the year? Here are a few ideas.
January 28, 2014
Equal only to New York’s Broadway, London’s West End theatre district is renowned worldwide and with a constant stream of hit musical and theatrical shows, numerous glitzy venues and a cast of award-winning actors from around the globe, it’s no surprise that tickets sell out so quickly. For many visitors to London, attending an evening theatre performance is a highlight of their visit and even if you haven’t managed to pre-book tickets, you can still pick up last-minute deals online or from the cut-price ticket booths Leicester Square (just don’t expect to snag front-row seats!)