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8 Unmissable Events at Blenheim Palace This Year

Blenheim Palace has a truly spectacular calendar of events throughout the year and this year is no exception. From joining Paddington Bear on a Locomotive and productions to horse trials and classic cars, here are all the events at Blenheim Palace this year:

Events at Blenheim Palace

Here at the top 8 unmissable events at Blenheim Palace this year:

Royal Connections, Crowns, and Coronets

When: 19th March 2023 to 31st July 2023

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The Royal Connections, Crowns and Coronets event takes you behind the scenes with stories spanning 300 years on the relationship between the Marlboroughs and the British Royal Family. This major new exhibition will showcase previously unseen artefacts, crowns, coronets, robes, photo albums, and personal effects from royal weddings, coronations, and holidays.

As well as all that, the exhibition will also feature some of the spectacular costumes used in The Crown and Bridgerton. There are plenty of other surprises in store for those who wish to learn more about our Royal Family and it will create an educational day out for your children too. Booking in advance is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. 

Paddington Lo-Commotion

When: 4th July 2023 to 3rd September 2023

Join Paddington Bear this summer for an immersive outdoor adventure across the grounds of Blenheim Palace. This event offers the perfect day out for families who love puppetry and storytelling. Paddington Lo-commotion will take you and your family on a journey to meet your favourite characters from the Paddington stories as well as search for ‘buried treasure’ and the opportunity to hop onboard a real locomotive (subject to availability on the day). 

At the end of the 55-minute adventure, you’ll have the chance to enjoy some free arts and crafts-based activities, take a look around the gift shop, and grab a bite to eat at one of several eateries on the palace grounds. You’ll even get an official photo with Paddington himself and for an additional cost, your younger children (aged 4 to 10) will get the chance to drive a mini ROVER emergency vehicle. It’s the ultimate fun day for the whole family. 

EV Live at Blenheim Palace

When: 7th to 9th July 2023

If you want to learn and discover more about electric vehicles, this is the event for you. Come and enjoy a range of immersive, educational, and entertaining events centred around electric vehicles and sustainable living. Those with a full driving licence will also have the opportunity to test-drive some of the latest EV models. This event is especially good for those at the beginning of their EV journey. 

Mind the Monsters: An Oxford Playhouse Production

When: 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th July 2023

If you’re looking for an event that’s suitable for your children aged 5 to 11, then Oxford Playhouse has you covered. This July meet Joy and Hope along with their friends for an interactive adventure around the brain. Completed your monster training and be part of the team that helps to ward off worries from the Head Goblin. 

Salon Privé

When: 30th August to 2nd September 2023

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Salon Privé is the UK’s most stylish automotive event and one of the most glamorous social occasions in the Oxford calendar. Indulge your passion for all things automotive and luxury and discover a wide range of luxury cars you could only ever dream of seeing. Dress up for a premier event like no other. Experience luncheon on the lawns and champagne throughout the day as you experience a uniquely intimate event. 

International Horse Trials

When: 14th to 17th September 2023

The International Horse Trials are back for 2023! This year’s event promises to be an unforgettable and exciting equestrian experience as well as a super fun family day out. Come and watch competitors from around the globe battle it out for top honours. Many of the horse and rider combinations will be using this competition as part of their preparations for the Paris Olympics next year. 

As well as all the horsing action, there are plenty of shopping opportunities, thrilling arena attractions, children’s entertainment, and an array of delicious food and drink stalls. Book those tickets today to avoid missing out on the equestrian event of the year.

Autumn Fest

When: 30th September to 1st October 2023

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Discover a bounty of activities, workshops, and engaging speakers at this year’s Autumn Fest. Blenheim Palace is proud to be working alongside Humanimal Trust, an amazing charity founded by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick to present an event centred around our connection with nature, sustainable food, and craftsmanship. 

Celebrate the harvest season with the all-new Harvest Emporium, that’s brimming with seasonal produce including vegetables and flowers grown at Blenheim Palace. The ever-growing Michaelmas Market is also back with over 50 independent Oxfordshire creators, makers, and producers. Browse artisanal food and drink stalls, catch performances from WhatNot Theatre, and live music. 

Christmas at Blenheim Palace

When: 17th November 2023 to 1st January 2024

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The most anticipated event on the Blenheim Palace events calendar is Christmas. It’s also never too early to plan your festive family get-together. Enjoy stunning after-dark light trails, catch a glimpse of Santa Claus and let him know what you want for Christmas this year, discover the unique gifts at the Christmas Market, and listen to the story of sleeping beauty with a contemporary twist. 

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