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Thornbury Castle is preparing to mark HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a summer of celebrations starting this month (May 2022).

The Castle, located near Bristol and adjacent to the Gloucestershire countryside, provides an unforgettable setting and the ideal place to celebrate this remarkable milestone given its own royal history.

Built in 1511 during the reign of Henry VIII, it has been the home of kings, queens and dukes over the centuries before becoming a luxury hotel and reopening its doors last year following a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Taking place in the most regal of settings, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations will include:

A Royal Afternoon Tea, Wednesday 11 May and Thursday 26 May, 2pm to 4pm.

Enjoy a very special Afternoon Tea at Thornbury Castle in its magnificent Tudor Hall. Guests will be served by Grant Harrold, British etiquette expert and former Royal butler to HM The Queen, The Prince of Wales and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Grant will give guests a fascinating insight and glimpse into life in the Royal household and also provide a one-hour etiquette lesson given his wealth of experience.

Afternoon Tea will feature a choice of handpicked loose teas, delicate finger sandwiches and homemade sweets including a fabulous tart, macaroon, and scones, served with the option of a glass of English Sparkling wine, or one of Thornbury Castle’s signature Afternoon Tea cocktails.

Afternoon tea with the Royal Butler £75.00 per person.

Queen’s Jubilee Sunday Lunch, Sunday 5 June

Executive Chef Carl Cleghorn brings to the Castle a wealth of culinary experience, having worked in a number of the UK’s top hotels and manor houses and with some of the UK’s top Michelin star chefs. He prides himself on using the best seasonal and local ingredients from the Castle’s kitchen and herb garden and showcasing the best of British to create a memorable dining experience for guests.

Available to both guests and non-residents, celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in style during the June Bank Holiday weekend courtesy of Executive Chef Carl Cleghorn who has created a special Queen’s Jubilee lunch which will see guests enjoying English sparkling wine on arrival, a three-course lunch consisting of dishes including a rich chicken liver parfait served with red onion marmalade and home-made brioche. A beautiful main of Cornish Cod with Wye Valley asparagus, mussels and parsley will be served and the lunch will finish with mouth-watering classics such as The Queen of Puddings, served with rhubarb, vanilla and meringue. A harpist will entertain guests and play during this special lunch.

Price: £57.00 per person. Booking in advance is essential.

Henry VIII’s England with Professor Jeremy Black, Wednesday 6 July and Wednesday 27 July

As the Platinum Jubilee offers the nation a chance to look back in history when Her Majesty The Queen first ascended to the throne 70 years ago this year, there will also be a chance to go back to the early 1500s and learn more about one of its most famous owners, Henry VIII.

Two talks will place at the Castle led by Jeremy Black MBE. Jeremy is a highly respected British historian, writer, former professor of history at the University of Exeter and author of more than 180 historical books. Described as “the most prolific historical scholar of our age”, Jeremy will provide a fascinating insight into Henry VIII’s England at the time of when Thornbury Castle was being built and when Henry VIII visited with Anne Boleyn in 1535. Jeremy has recently written Getting to Thornbury in the age of Henry VIII which can be read here

The price per person for the Afternoon Tea and History Talk event which will take place in the Castle’s Tudor Hall is £75.00 per person.

Afternoon Tea fit for a King and Queen, available daily from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, served in the Castle’s stunning gardens, weather permitting

Guests and visitors also have the chance to enjoy Thornbury Castle’s signature Afternoon Tea which can be taken in its beautiful grounds or inside the Castle.

Consisting of a tasty selection of delicate finger sandwiches including cream cheese and cucumber, roast chicken and coronation mayonnaise to name just a few, the Tea also includes choux, macaroon, mousse and carrot cake with the choice of hand-picked teas, champagne or even a Gin & Tea cocktail to finish off.  

A vegetarian version of the Afternoon Tea is also available.  

Thornbury Castle Afternoon Tea £35.00 per person; Champagne Afternoon Tea £47.00 per person.  

For the full list of activities, please click here.

Perfect time to enjoy Thornbury Castle’s ground

Set within 15 acres of grounds, Thornbury Castle retains many original features, including arrow slit windows and original planting from the Tudor period which can be admired in full bloom as gests spend time exploring the grounds of the Castle.
Thornbury Castle became a member of the Relais & Châteaux collection in November 2021 and was recognised as a ‘Best Place to Stay’ in The Sunday Times prestigious annual guide. The Castle has also been named the best romantic hotel in the UK.

Deluxe bedchamber rooms including B&B from £249.00.

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