Celebrate the Great British Summer at Blenheim Palace

Post date: 15th June 2017

The great British summer is famously unpredictable so we have put together a list of 20 amazing things to do here at Blenheim Palace whatever the weather. 

From pony rides (26th-27th August) and picnics overlooking the ‘finest view in England’ to mad science workshops (22nd-23rd July ) and Victorian street urchins (29th-30th July); there’s something for everyone to enjoy at our Oxfordshire World Heritage site. 

For the musically-minded there will be group steel drumming sessions (12th-13th August), film buffs will be able to enjoy open air cinema performances of Top Gun, Grease, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s (11th-13th August) and the Palace’s Pleasure Gardens will be playing host to a game of hide and seek with Alice and the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland (19th-20th August) and Immersion Theatre’s Wind in the Willows (27th August). 

Inside the Palace there will be regular ‘Upstairs', 'Downstairs’ and 'Duke's Floor' tours, and don't miss exploring the State Rooms and exhibitions charting the life of Sir Winston Churchill, who was born here. 

Celebrate the Great British Summer at Blenheim Palace
Celebrate the Great British Summer at Blenheim Palace

“We all know British summertime can be somewhat changeable so we’ve tried to put together a mix of events, activities and family fun which can be enjoyed whether it’s blue skies or stormy weather,” said Kate Ballenger, House Manager at Blenheim Palace. 

“As well as our permanent displays and exhibitions we’ve also put together a packed programme of special events and activities. However the Estate also lends itself to lots of more informal exploration. 

“We’re encouraging people to make the most of their visit and enjoy picnics in the park, discover the myths and legends surrounding Fair Rosamund’s Well, visit our famous ‘Harry Potter’ tree and visit the ornamental Temple of Diana where Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine – during a summer downpour!” she added. 

Other events include the Pre '50 American Auto Club 'Rally of the Giants' on 9th July which will feature more than 400 classic US vehicles, BBC Countryfile Live with Adam Henson and the rest of the Countryfile presenters (3rd-6th August), our Family Cycling Day on 13th August and the Summer Jousting Tournament (18th-20th August).

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