Wednesday 31st August – 360 Degree Tour
6pm / 7pm
At Osborne House Roof Terrace
N O W F U L L Y B O O K E D
Beach Party Review - 'What a scorcher'
Actually, the temperature down at the beach was rather balmy.
Forty members arrived on foot or were transported in the brand new electric minibus to the beach, with picnics to hand.
Captain Paul and his shipmate, Lindsay, entertained us with amusing sea shanties as we sat shore side next to the blue waters of the Solent. Read more and photos
Chairman's Report for July 2022 - including an update on access to the House
I am pleased to inform members that they will now have unlimited access to the house during the six weeks of the summer holidays from Saturday 23rd July to Sunday 4th September. You will need to show your Friends of Osborne membership card on entrance to the house. Read more . .
Quiz Night Review
With great delight Friends of Osborne held our relaunched Quiz Night on Friday 24th June in the splendid Terrace Restaurant. Teams amounted to 6 tables of four players and 2 of five. Quiz mistress, Ms McDoom and her trustee sidekick, Wisden the scorer, kicked off the evening with Round 1 Read more and photos
Welcome Friends of Osborne
Welcome to our website. The Friends of Osborne undertake an annual programme of fundraising events which are open to both members and their guests. We aim to encourage interest in Osborne House, its history, buildings, contents, grounds and gardens’.
The money raised by the Friends of Osborne is used to support English Heritageʼs commitment to maintain Osborne House for the Nation. In 2015 the Friends became a registered charity. Since 1987 the Friends and its predecessor organisation have helped English Heritage with many renovation projects to the House and grounds as well as for educational projects.
Our more recent contributions have been towards the renovation of the Victorian fencing on the estate, the weather vane on top of the clock tower and the Andromeda Fountain on the lower terrace. The fountain fell into disrepair many years ago and the Terrace was closed to the public. With the assistance of a donation from the Friends the fountain has been beautifully restored to full working order and members were invited to a private viewing in July 2017. The Terrace and the Andromeda Fountain, which forms its centrepiece, is once again open to the public.
We are very proud and honoured that, following the filming of ‘Victoria and Abdulʼ at Osborne House in Autumn 2016, Dame Judi Dench agreed to be the first Patron of the Friends of Osborne.
New members are welcomed at any time and details of the benefits of being a member and how to join can be found on this website. Additionally, we are always looking for volunteers to support our charity.
Members' Free Access to the House
During the six weeks of
the summer holidays from
Saturday 23 July to Sunday 4 September
members will now have
unlimited access to the house.
You will need to show your
Friends of Osborne membership card
on entrance to the house.
1st July – 31st August 10.00 – 18.00
1st September – 30 October 10.00 – 17.00
31 October – 4 November Closed
Last admission one hour before closing time.
Friends of Osborne Members' Events Diary
- 360 degree tour – NOW FULLY BOOKED on August 31, 2022 6:00 pm
- Talk by Stephen Roman – Isle and Empires. Romanov Russia, Britain and the Isle of Wight on October 6, 2022
- A Walk around St Mildred’s Church with Sarah Burdett on October 10, 2022 2:00 pm
- Trafalgar Day – walk to the beach with Head Gardener Toby on October 20, 2022
- A Talk on The Wall Garden by Head Gardener Toby on October 27, 2022 10:00 am
- A talk on The East Cowes Blitz by Sarah Burdett on November 3, 2022 10:00 am