Members' Events Diary (Click on event for further details)
- Beach Party on June 23, 2023
- The Royal Children at Osborne – talk by Mark Earp on July 11, 2023 10:30 am
- 360 Degree Tour on July 21, 2023
- Drinks and Canapes on the Terrace on August 5, 2023
Chairman’s Newsletter – May 2023
At last, it seems Spring may have arrived and there is a promise of sunny weather ahead.
Unfortunately, this warmer weather did not arrive in time for Toby’s Spring walk at the end of April which was very chilly. However, everyone who went thoroughly enjoyed a really interesting walk and talk by Toby. He started on the Terraces where he explained the system of planting; then he led members down along the Valley Walk where there were purple orchids and then on to the Ice House where there was an array of primroses, wood anemones and wild garlic, before ending up at the beach. Read on . . .
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.
OSBORNE HOSUE AND GROUNDS
1 Apr – 30 Jun (Daily)
1 Jul – 31 Aug (Daily)
1 Sept – 29 Oct (Daily)
30 Oct – 5 Nov (Daily)
6 Nov – 10 Nov
10am – 5pm
10am – 6pm
10am – 5pm
10am – 4pm
Last admission one hour before closing time.
NOTE – Members have unlimited access to the ground and gardens when Osborne is open to the general public. Additionally they have access to the House on Fridays from April through to 31 Oct.