The UK’s Premier Picnic Concert Series Celebrates its 20th Anniversary as the Battle Proms Returns for 2017!


Since their first concert in 1997 the Battle Proms have been treating their audiences to a heady mix of sublime classical music, carefully choreographed Spitfire and cavalry displays, dramatic cannon fire and stunning firework finales. As the series enters its 20th anniversary year, 5 of the UK’s most celebrated stately homes will play host to the ever popular open-air concert series:

Battle Proms July 2017

For their opening night the Battle Proms returns to Burghley House, Lincolnshire: Saturday 8 July, overlooking the grand Elizabethan architecture of Burghley House in Stamford. The action then moves to the historic and leafy Queen Elizabeth Oak Field of Hatfield House, Hertfordshire on Saturday 15 July. Next stop is World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire onSaturday 22 July, where concert is held in the striking ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland overlooking the iconic column of victory.

Battle Proms August 2017

The penultimate concert takes place at a venue recognisable to many as the real ‘Downton Abbey’: Highclere Castle, Hampshire on Saturday 5 August before heading to their final destination of Ragley Hall, Warwickshire on Saturday 12 August: where the lake at Ragley provides a dramatic backdrop, making for breath taking effects during the many pyrotechnic displays.

The Battle Proms picnic concerts have grown from just once concert attended by a couple of thousand people back in 1997 to 5 venues, now annually attracting upwards of 40,000 happy picnickers, and you can win one of 6 pairs of tickets to your choice of their spectacular concerts by entering our competition.


To be in to win a pair of tickets, tell us what year the first Battle Proms took place:

  1. A)1993
  2. B)1997
  3. C)1999

Send your entry to (putting The Railway Competition in the subject line) and stating which Battle Proms you would like to win tickets to. The first 6 correct answers opened at random on 31 May will win.

Don’t want to leave it to chance? Book your Battle Proms tickets online at, and quote TRBP17  at checkout to receive a £2 per ticket discount, in addition to any early booking or group discounts that you are eligible for.