Spring Spectacular at Blenheim Palace

The Churchill Exhibition

 

Their new Churchill Exhibition features a mix of historic artefacts and new technology, documenting key aspects of the adventurous life of Sir Winston Churchill, the famous wartime leader and writer. With photographs, letters, artefacts and excerpts from his most famous speeches, you’ll gain a real sense of our ‘Greatest Briton’. This permanent exhibition is free with a Palace, Park & Gardens ticket or valid Annual Pass.

Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim and returned often during his long life for parties, to paint and to spend time with his cousin and close friend ‘Sunny’, 9th Duke of Marlborough. He also chose to propose to his beloved wife, Clementine at Blenheim. The exhibition is located in an area of the Palace overlooking the Water Terraces used as an artist’s studio by the wartime leader. Blenheim’s rich military history provided huge inspiration for Churchill’s own career.

The Stables Exhibition

They have created an immersive and interactive experience in the Palace’s historic stable block showcasing the importance of horses at Blenheim through the centuries. They have restored the original tack room and recreated the stable office as part of the exhibition, as well as creating an area for live horse displays. A life size model of Churchill’s childhood pony Rob Roy in one of the stables and the chance for you to dress up and attempt to ride side saddle. This permanent exhibition is free with a Palace, Park & Gardens ticket or valid Annual Pass.

The display area also highlights how Blenheim’s ancient woodland, its royal hunting lodge and ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscaped parkland have contributed to the wider Estate’s continued success.

Jousting Tournament

29th – 31st May 

Colourful banners flying in the wind, the sound of thundering hooves along the ground with the clash of lance upon shield. The Knights of Middle England take you back to the exciting and colourful era of the Middle Ages with their action packed, high octane Jousting and Stunt Show.

With over 20 years’ experience in live stunt shows, equestrian displays and activity days The Knights of Middle England are a professional team of stunt riders, performers, actors and combatants who bring the much-fabled sport of Jousting full tilt into the 21st Century!

As well as performing their live action-packed Jousting and stunt shows around the Country, they uniquely also offer tuition and courses at their equestrian centre in the heart of Warwickshire. Within the historic town of Warwick itself, there is no better location to train in Jousting, Horse Archery, Trick & Stunt Riding and Side Saddle!