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Here’s EVERYTHING You Need To Know About Music From Downton Abbey!

Written by Megan Snell / January 24, 2019

Downton Abbey fans! Clear your diaries for 22nd June as 'Music From Downton Abbey', a magnificent open air concert to celebrate the iconic show is happening at Highclere Castle, the 5,000-acre estate where it was filmed!

Jim Carter will host the concert in character as the beloved butler Mr. Carson, reflecting on his time at Downton Abbey and highlighting the most memorable moments from the show. His stories will be brought to life by clips and montages from the series, with The Chamber Orchestra of London performing songs from the beautiful soundtrack, including ‘I’ll Count The Days’ and ‘If You Were The Only Girl In The World’.

If this sounds like your idea of a perfect summer evening, here’s all the important event information you need to know…

HOW DO I GET THERE?
 
Music From Downton Abbey will take place at Highclere Castle, Highclere Park, Highclere, Newbury, RG20 9RN.

By Car

There is plenty of free parking provided on site.
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 Coach


National Express Coaches also leave London Victoria for Newbury on a regular basis. Please note there is no direct access to the Castle by bus or coach, as such we advise taking a taxi to us for the last bit of your journey. For details on taxi companies, see below.

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.
 
Taxi Companies

• Broadway Cars: 01635 847784 | www.broadway-cars.com 
• Cabco: 01635 33333 | www.cabco33333.co.uk
• Wheels Taxis: 01635 821444 | www.wheelstaxis.co.uk
• Go Green Taxis: 01635 800 990 | www.gogreentaxisltd.co.uk
• Capital Taxi Tours – London’s Original Taxi Tour Company: 020 8590 3621 | 07970 911 223 | www.capitaltaxitours.co.uk/index.html
 
SHOW INFO
 
TICKETS
 
How do I book tickets?
Ticketmaster: Phone: 0844 844 0444 Web: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Ticketmaster Accessible: Phone: 0800 988 4440
Sound Travel: Phone: 020 3794 5776 Web: www.soundtravel.co.uk
 
How do I book VIP hospitality and Platinum tickets?
Ticketmaster: Phone: 0844 844 0444 Web: www.ticketmaster.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.
 
Ticketmaster: Customer Service is 0333 321 9999 or help.ticketmaster.co.uk/hc/en-us
Ticketmaster: Accessible customer services is 0800 988 4440
Sound Travel: Phone: 020 3794 5776 Web: 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 should be expected to begin from 7:00pm.
 
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. 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.

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