Thursday 07 December 2017

Please join us for a full day of Christmas magic!

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will transform the State Rooms of Highclere Castle to provide a unique shopping experience in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance and St Michaels & All Angels Church.
This will be a festive occasion with a spectacular Christmas tree, carol singers, Christmas decorations and a variety of beautiful, hand-picked stalls, at which you can complete your Christmas shopping with some unique Christmas gifts.

The Christmas Fair will be ready to receive guests from 9.30am and we should arrive at around 9.45am, giving you over 2.1/2 hours to enjoy the castle Christmas Fair. Tickets are split into AM and PM admission. We have AM tickets, where we must enter the Castle and Fair  between 9.30am and 12noon.

Guests are welcome to enjoy the tearooms on their arrival for hot and cold beverages. There will also be a selection of foods available for a light lunch, including homemade soup made in the Castle kitchens.

You will automatically be walking in the steps of the Downton Abbey TV cast during your visit to the Christmas Fair, imagining various scenes you have seen – adding the finishing touch by visiting the famous bedrooms. Essential visiting for Downton fans!

You will also have time to enjoy the Castle, the Grounds, Gardens, Tearooms, Gift Shop as well as the Christmas Fair throughout the morning, before re-joining our luxury coach for our transfer to the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. This is the ideal place to enjoy lunch and soak up the magical atmosphere throughout the afternoon and after dark, when the whole market and cathedral will be lit up in Christmas splendour.

If you would like to see a little more of the Castle there is the option to upgrade your tickets on the day. A suggested donation of £3 to the Thames Valley Air Ambulance will allow you to view the magnificent Galleried Bedrooms. You may also upgrade your ticket for an additional £5 to explore the ‘Wonderful Things’ Egyptian Exhibition housed in the cellars of the Castle.

If you are unable to join us to the VALKENBURG DUTCH CHRISTMAS MARKETS in the Caves this year (4 days – 11 December), the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is a great opportunity to experience a very special UK seasonal market. Now in its tenth year, it is recognised as one of the best in Europe and renowned for its spectacular location!

Highclere Castle Christmas Fair is completely different! We visited last year and found a unique, classy event also in a very special location, but hurry ….. Highclere Castle and Solent Events sell out very quickly!

PLEASE ASK FOR AN ITINERARY and book your place online below.



Luxury Coach Travel

Leaves from Botley Road,
Only FOUR local pick-ups
Gosport, Lee on the Solent
Stubbington & Fareham

Preferred seating on coach

Highclere Castle Entry Ticket

Transfer to Winchester Cathedral
Christmas Market

Seasonal Treats

Solent Events Tour Manager


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Provisional Itinerary:

0730      Coach leaves Coliseum Coach Depot
0815      Coach leaves Stokes Bay – Sailing Club Bus Shelter
0825      Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – Bus stop opposite seafront shops
0835      Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
0845      Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane
0945      Drop off at Highclere Castle
1300      Leave Highclere Castle
1335      Arrive Winchester Christmas Market & Cathedral
Free time for lunch, shopping, cathedral visit
1700      Meet coach
1715      Leave Winchester
1800      Arrive in home area

The above itinerary is only provisional, but will give you an idea of the time schedule expected.
Coach seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, after Privilege Club Members.
Couples & friends will always be seated together. Large parties will be seated together as far as possible.
Preferred choice of area will be taken into consideration, but cannot be guaranteed.
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
NB. Please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so.

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We so enjoyed ourselves on Tuesday Lin, and it was a “mystery” right up until 3pm – well done. I’m so glad I found Solent Events. It’s so much more fun going with other like-minded people & takes the responsibility out of driving.

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