High days & holidays

Picture of Sapphire's Crew in uniform

Join us this summer as we explore Lord Fairhaven's journeys across the globe in his luxury Steam Yacht, The Sapphire. Discover how his travels influenced his design of the garden, and enjoy the Dahlia Garden where he entertained his close friends, including members of the Royal Family, upon his return home for the final stages of the flat racing season.

Lord Fairhaven was extremely well-travelled and used the family’s steam yacht to explore far and wide with his family and friends. From major voyages to America and the Far East, to regular trips to Europe, stopping off to meet friends and dining with ambassadors along the way.

Lord Fairhaven’s travels make for a fascinating glimpse into a world which very much influenced the work he undertook at Anglesey Abbey and the house and gardens we see today. 

Our exhibition will include artefacts never seen before. A digitised cine film taken by Lord Fairhaven at the Cowes Regatta in the 1920s will be on show in the House, after the Conservation Team, discovered it in a trunk in Lord Fairhaven's wardrobe.

Important moments in Lord Fairhaven's life such as attending both Royal coronations and his personal friendship with the Royal family will also be explored. His perfectly preserved coronation robes will also be displayed for the first time.

The summer programme:


Motoring around Europe (4 June - 15 July)

After North America, we look at Lord Fairhaven's European adventures in his luxury Rolls Royce. He was also partial to a round or two of golf, with his close friend Lord Inverclyde, who joined Lord Fairhaven on many of his travels.

Motoring adventures in Europe
Black and White picture of Lord Fairhaven's Rolls Royce
Motoring adventures in Europe

Lord Fairhaven's European travels are reflected in our menu at Redwoods Resturant with dishes like:

  • Chicken Cacciatore ( Italian hunter’s chicken )
  • Mediterranean mezze
  • Torta Caprese

`Imagine you are basking in the Italian sunshine on the island of Capri, watching the yachts sail in and out of the harbour, with Monte Solaro towering over the island behind you. With those heavenly thoughts in mind we have a traditional Torta Caprese or Capri cake on our Menu. This is a classic dessert of the Amalfi coast a rich decadent chocolate cake guaranteed to make you feel like one of the beautiful people.’ Peter Marsden Food & Beverage Manager

  • Peach & blueberry streusel slice

‘Lord Fairhaven often travelled through Germany on his way to join his mother on the yacht. Inspiring us to create a streusel-topped peach and blueberry slice. Streusel means something scattered or sprinkled in German and it is a popular topping for many German cakes and desserts. German streusel use more butter than our British crumble topping giving it a bigger crumb and truly authentic streusel is always made with white sugar’ Peter Marsden Food & Beverage Manager.

An Eastern Exploration (16 July - 2 September)

For the second half of July and throughout August we join Lord Fairhaven on his 1924 trip to India and Singapore. We discover his collection of Jade and share his fascination with oriental furnature and style. Be sure to pick up your family passport from visitor Reception to navigate your way through the activities across the house and gardens.

  • Step into Lard Fairhaven's shoes aboard the Steam Yacht Sapphire, mapped out to scale on the East Lawn
  • Soak up some summer sunshine in the Skylight Garden with prairie planting surrounding cloud gazing stuctures
  • Treat your taste buds to southern Indian dishes in the Domestic Wing of the house, or enjoy an eastern influenced menu in Redwoods Resturant.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the exclusive retail tent that will be popping up in the Pinetum during August.

Homecoming (3 - 30 September)

Traditionally Lord Fairhaven returned to Anglesey Abbey in September to enjoy the latter stages of the flat racing season where he could entertain guests including Royalty in his Dahlia Garden.

The sweeping Dahlia Garden offers a dazzling burst of late summer colour
Dahlia Garden at Anglesey Abbey
The sweeping Dahlia Garden offers a dazzling burst of late summer colour