Special events to honour Sir Winston Churchill at Blenheim Palace

Sir Winston Churchill giving his familiar "V" for victory sign
Sir Winston Churchill giving his familiar "V" for victory sign

This year marks several anniversaries in relation to Sir Winston Churchill, and the television schedules are already full of biographies and documentaries about him.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston’s death, the 75th anniversary of his first becoming Prime Minister, and the 75th anniversary of his ‘finest hour’ at the Battle of Britain.

Blenheim Palace, where he was born and where he married, is marking the special year with a number of events and exhibitions.

He was born at Blenheim Palace in 1874 and although he never actually lived there he spent much of his childhood there and visited regularly throughout his life.

To honour the great man in such an important commemorative year Blenheim Palace is hosting a range of events and activities dedicated to Churchill and his era, which spanned the best part of a century.

The palace re-opens on February 14 with the refreshed permanent exhibition that focuses on his life from birth through to his days as Prime Minister.

Another highlight this year is the opening towards the end of June of a commemorative garden feature situated near the Temple of Diana where he proposed to his beloved wife Clementine.

There will be a new Walk in Churchill’s Footsteps trail around the estate; and the unveiling of a new stained glass window in Bladon Church where he is buried. Later in the year there will also be a Churchill themed memorial concert in the grounds.

For full details of opening times and ticket prices see www.blenheimpalace.com