As a result of the Coronavirus, English Heritage has decided to close all of it’s staffed sites from Wednesday 18 March until 1 May. Consequently Osborne House will be closed to all visitors during this period.
All Friends of Osborne events have therefore been cancelled until further notice and their Library and rooms will no longer be opened on Thursday mornings.
Members are also reminded that no dog walkers are allowed on site whilst the House is closed.
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.
One of our more recent contributions has been towards the renovation of 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.
Friends of Osborne Members' Events Diary
Booking essential – click on the event for further details
- Library Talk – ‘Aggie Weston’ by Craig Fulton – CANCELLED on April 9, 2020 10:30 am
- Isle of Wight Embroiderers’ workshop – 1st session – CANCELLED on April 16, 2020 10:15 am
- Isle of Wight Embroiderers’ workshop – 2nd session – CANCELLED on April 30, 2020 10:15 am
- Library Talk: ‘Movement’s in IOW Architecture 1830 – 1930’ – CANCELLED on May 14, 2020 10:30 am
- Library Talk; ‘Osborne’s Garden – Prince Albert’s pastime’ – CANCELLED on May 28, 2020