Different side of Stowe House in twilight tours

Chamber music at Stowe House
Chamber music at Stowe House

There are lots of ways to see a different side of Stowe House this summer.

On Sunday, July 14, at 7.30pm a Twilight Tour will tell visitors the story of how Stowe was saved for the nation and convertedfrom a country house to a private school.

Explore the mansion and learn how the 18th century ducal palace was turned into a boys’ boarding school in 1923, ultimately saving the estate from demolition, and gain access to some of the other fascinating buildings on the site.

Tickets £10.

On Friday, July 26, at 7pm there’s a chance to enjoy a summer’s evening at Stowe House listening to music performed by Brackley Chamber Music Club in the opulent State Music Room.

Enjoy the atmosphere and hear works by composers such as Purcell, Beethoven and Elgar, with summer readings. Tickets £7.50.

Every Sunday in August, due to phenomenal public demand last year, Stowe House is running a 7pm Rooftop Tour, with a guided tour of the stunning rooms and a chance to admire the magnificent view from the roof. Tickets £10.

On Friday, August 16, food historian Annie Gray is giving a talk on Georgian dining, with a chance to taste Georgian recipes, in the State Music Room.

Dr Gray has been on many TV and radio programmes including The Great British Bake Off, The Hairy Bikers andBest Of British. Tickets £18.

On Friday, August 23, royal biographer Dr Kate Williams is giving a talk entitled Royal Scandals Through The Ages.

Paying particular attention to the 18th century, Dr Williams lifts the lid on tales of cash for honours, spurned mistresses, ambitious courtesans, mistreated wives and eye-popping levels of spending. Tickets £22.

Tickets for all these events include wine and canapes on the South Front portico.

Pre-booking is essential, on 01280 818002.