Celebrities Line Up for Vintage Cricket Match at Blenheim Palace – From the organisers of Christmas at Blenheim

By Cait Sweeney at

Celebrity Cricketers are confirmed for a vintage test match at the Great British Garden Party, 14 July.
Visitors can watch an incredible match, with celebrity line up, and commentary from Henry Blofeld as they enjoy an evening of quintessentially British fun at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Lord Taverner’s line-up, who will be playing the Duke of Marlborough XI. The match will be ‘summarised’ by Daniel Norcross – BBC Test Match Special Commentator, and Nickolas Parsons,
CBE an English radio and television presenter and actor, will be drawing the raffle.

Rob Andrew MBE (Captain) Ex England, Wasps & Newcastle Falcons Rugby
Jason Dodd Ex Southampton Football
Richard Madley Auctioneer & BBC TV Presenter
Neal Radford Ex England & Worcestershire Cricket
Chris White Ex RFU Referee
Richard Montgomerie Ex Sussex & Northants Cricket
Gavin Scovell TV Sports Director
Steffan Jones Ex Somerset, Northants & Derbyshire Cricket
Neil Burns Ex Essex & Somerset Cricket
Lloyd Scott MBE Serial Charity Fundraiser
Joey Benjamin Ex England & Surrey Cricket
Gus Mackay Ex Zimbabwe Cricket
Graham Rose Ex Somerset Cricket

Explore the magnificent Palace and its Capability Brown landscaped Park, walk in the footsteps of our greatest Briton, Sir Winston Churchill, who was born at Blenheim, take a spoonful of sugar listening to storytime with Mary Poppins in the Secret Garden and come face to face with Britain’s very own Bond, James Bond.

Enjoy a glass of Champagne with sumptuous strawberries and cream, or tuck in to the South Lawn BBQ* whilst a resident string quartet plays. Watch and join in while a troupe of energetic professional dancers lindy hop, jive and waltz the evening away.
As night falls, visitors will congregate in the Great Court for a spectacular red, white and blue fireworks finale set to the stirring words of Sir Winston Churchill, along with resounding renditions of Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and Elgar’s Nimrod.

This exclusive experience is an extended ticket offering which includes after-hours entry into the Palace and Gardens, fabulous entertainment and free parking.

What: Great British Garden Party at Blenheim Palace
When: 14 July 2018 – from 6.30-10.00pm
Why Visit: From fireworks finales to live music and dance, Henry Blofeld, cricket and Churchill; Blenheim: Great British Garden Party is a very British affair at Britain’s Greatest Palace and Gardens.

Admission: Adults £26.50 (on the day £28.00) | Annual Pass Holder £23.50 (on the day £25.00) | Children £15.00 (on the day £16.50) | Under 5s go free
Website: blenheimpalace.com/summer

* Additional costs for food and drink apply.

About Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This masterpiece of 18th-century Baroque architecture boasts over 300 years of history and is a World Heritage Site, surrounded by more than 2000 acres of ‘Capability Brown’ landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens.
Not only an iconic part of history, Blenheim Palace is a living and changing experience with a wealth of events, themed tours and exhibitions throughout the year. blenheimpalace.com

About Raymond Gubbay Ltd
Founded in 1966, Raymond Gubbay Ltd is recognised as being at the forefront of promoting and producing popular classical music, opera, ballet and events in the United Kingdom. The company now regularly presents over 500 performances each year in London, around the UK and abroad. raymondgubbay.co.uk