The village of Halton is opening its arms to visitors next month, and there’s a chance to see inside the magnificent house that has appeared in films including The Queen and The King’s Speech.
In addition to the annual village festival, historic Halton House and the Trenchard Museum will also be opening their doors, writes Heather Jan Brunt.
Halton House, a magnificent Rothschild property now used as the Officers’ Mess by RAF Halton will be open with free admission from 10am-4pm on Sunday September 14.
The house has been used as a film location for films including The World Is Not Enough starring Pierce Brosnan as James Bond 007 and Evita starring Madonna as Eva Peron.
It was the country residence of Alfred de Rothschild between 1883-1918 who on his death bequeathed it to his nephew who sold it, and it was purchased for the Royal Air Force by the Air Ministry. Shortly afterwards the house became the Officers’ Mess.
The house is not often open to general view and this is a rare opportunity to view the ground floor rooms.
A vintage shuttle bus will run between the house and the Trenchard Museum, where more can be learned about the history of the RAF station and the RAF apprentice scheme.
The bus will also run to the Halton village festival at Tree Tops from 11am-5pm. Attractions include live music from local bands throughout the day, train rides and produce stalls. Entry is £2 adults, £1 children or £5 for a family.
The festival includes a clasic and vintage vehicle show. And in the evening Laurie Holloway, best known as the musical director on the Michael Parkinson chat shows, will perform with his trio from 7-9.30pm. Tickets for this event cost £10 and can be booked online at www.haltonvillagefestival.co.uk or from Wendover Clock Tower.