Chairman's January 2023 Newsletter

Dear Members,

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and that some of you managed to visit Osborne between 27th and 31st December when we had free access to the house. Also, that some of you were able to take advantage of the 25% discount in the shop to buy gifts and presents.

Some of you may also have seen that the 250-year-old Lebanese Cedar tree, close to the walled garden, was blown over by high winds early this month. The Lebanese Cedar was planted in the 1770s by Robert Pope Blachford, Osborne’s owner before the Queen and Prince Albert. The tree will be replaced.

Our next event is a visit to Carisbrooke Castle Museum on 8th February at 10.30.  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.  

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.

OPENING TIMES 10am – 4pm

2 Jan – 10 Feb   (Sat – Sun)
11 Feb – 19 Feb          (Daily)
20 Feb – 31 Mar  (Wed – Sun)

Last admission one hour before closing time.

Members' Events Diary (Click on event for further details)