VE celebration weekend

Period costumed soldiers behind a lady at a desk with tent in background.

Enjoy some fantastic live music performed from the terrace, and if you’re lucky, even a special appearance from Winston Churchill himself!

Saturday 7 May & Sunday 8 May, 11am - 4pm  

The gardens and courtyard pub will remain open on Saturday until 7pm, so you can make the absolute most of your day with an evening stroll in the garden or refreshing pint.


Meet the Home Guard

They will be out in force to celebrate with you in front of the house, with displays of military equipment, marching, drilling and perhaps recruiting promising young visitors into their unit! (after testing that they are made of the right stuff of course.)

The Pop-Up War-Time Pub

Open for business all weekend, providing refreshments for thirsty (grown-up) visitors! Pop-in to see what they’ve got on tap! Our own lovely Pavilion restaurant, and our tea window, will also be open selling food, drink and delicious ice cream throughout the day.

Pint of bitter please landlord.
Three men at a pub bar
Pint of bitter please landlord.

Tunes from the 1940s

On the Saturday afternoon you’ll serenaded by the lovely Amanda Beaumont, with her favorite wartime tunes.

On the Sunday afternoon you’ll hear the splendid Hook Norton Brass Band, who’ll provide a grand backdrop to our victory festivities. Perfect entertainment for picnickers!

And more

Some fine vintage vehicles will be joining the pop up pub in the courtyard. Have a look, chat to the owners and imagine yourself travelling in style.

Happy shopper will like to pop and see our small selection of  stalls selling their vintage wares in the tent in front of the house on both days. Have a look around for some perfect gifts and nostalgic treats.

Posh picnics make the most of the summer sunshine
People in period costume picnicing on the lawn
Posh picnics make the most of the summer sunshine

Collect a ticket to visit the house and our award-winning exhibition.

‘Banking For Victory’ will be open with special extended opening hours, so you have plenty of time to learn about what life was like at Upton House during the war, and appreciate the celebration of VE Day all the more. The Gardens should be springing with beautiful flowers, so explore the grounds at your leisure. See if you can find the Anderson Shelter, where people during the Second World War might have sheltered in times of danger.

We would love to see you all come out in force to celebrate Victory with us, and enjoy yourselves in our wonderful wartime party.