Fundraising Events – May to July 2022
We are delighted to be able to resume our series of popular fundraising events and to announce the following dates:
Thursday, 26 May – Welcome Drinks
6pm to 8pm
in the Terrace Restaurant and on the terraces outside
Friday, 24 June – Quiz Night
In the Terrace Restaurant
Friday, 15 July – Beach Party
For further information click the links in the Members’ Event Diary on this page.
May 2022 Chairman's Newsletter
This is my first opportunity since becoming Chairman to welcome you all to Friends of Osborne. Osborne went into its summer opening on April 1st and I hope many of you took advantage of the glorious Easter weather to enjoy the beautiful grounds.
The new card system seems to be working well and there is no longer a need to book in advance. Over 500 members have renewed their membership, we have 50 new members and we have just over 100 members whose subscriptions are due in June, September and December. It is wonderful to see so many people keen to support Friends of Osborne.
We, of course, want to start the events calendar going. Osborne like so many other organisations has had to contend with acute challenges relating to staffing. Osborne’s food and beverage outlets, which are now inhouse, have also been impacted by Covid and recruitment issues. This is the reason why no events were organised in April as hoped. However, we now have a date for a welcome drink outside on the Terraces. It is Thursday May 26th at 6.00. More details about cost and booking tickets will follow shortly. Read more . . .
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.
Two of our more recent contributions have been towards the renovation of 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.
1st April – 30th June 10.00 – 17.00
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.