WHAT'S COMING TO BLENHEIM PALACE
The Blenheim Palace Flower Show takes place on Friday 21st June to Sunday 23rd June which this year is being opened by television presenter George Clarke, the star of shows like The Home Show, The Restoration Man and George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. An architect and writer, he be taking part in two question and answer sessions in the Garden Talks Theatre at 11am and 1.30pm.
BBC Gardeners World People's Choice award winner Jamie Langlands is to create the brand new show garden for the Blenheim Palace Flower Show. Jamie's garden, 'Re:Claim', is one of only three made available for this year's event. He will be joined by Oxfordshire-based Gaiaveda Gardens, who are creating a garden sanctuary for the show and Hadean-Creation, who are based in Carlisle. Now in its seventh year, the horticultural show houses over 300 exhibitors located around a Grand Floral Pavilion, which is situated on the South Lawn of the picturesque Palace
Also coming to Blenheim in July is the Battle Proms plus Shakespeare's Rose Theatre productions of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Richard III.
Meanwhile BBC's Countryfile Live takes place in August while the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials take place in Sepember. In October it's the Festival of Literature, Film and Music while the Christmas themes kick in with various markets, light trails and a festive Palace experience through the latter months.
PRICES AND OPENING TIMES
The cost of admission to the Palace, Park and Gardens is £27 for adults (£25 concessions and students) while for children aged 5-16 it's £16 (under fives free). Family tickets (2 adults, 2 children) cost £67.50 however if you agree to donate your admission costs to the Blenheim Palace Heritage Foundation Charity on arrival, then you get an annual pass.
With a building of the age and magnitude of Blenheim Palace, naturally there is always ongoing building work and currently the restoration budget is expected to be around £40 million, hence the charity donation.
The Park itself is open daily between 9am and 6pm, the Formal Gardens from 10am to 6pm and the Palace from 10.30am to 5.30pm with the last admission at 4.45pm. For more information, visit www.blenheimpalace.com