Special Event: Lights, Camera, Action! Blenheim Palace – star of TV and Film

WI Member: From £67.00

Non Member: From £72.00

Venue: Not Applicable

Come and join us for a fascinating day exploring what happens when Blenheim Palace becomes a film location. The day starts at Denman with Antonia Keaney from Blenheim Palace giving an illustrated talk on how the Palace has been used as a filming location in a huge variety of TV adverts and programmes, and has appeared in both Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters. 

The talk will show what actually happens at the Palace when Hollywood descends - and what happens behind the scenes! After Antonia’s talk and a wonderful 2 course lunch, we will take a coach across to Blenheim where you can spend the afternoon exploring the wonderful house and gardens at your leisure before arriving back at Denman for around 5pm.

Outline of the Event:

11am- attendees arrive for tea/Coffee pastries

11.30-12.30- Talk and Q&A

12.30-13.30- 2 course Denman lunch

13.45 coach to leave Denman to travel to Blenheim

16.30- depart Blenheim

17.00- arrive back at Denman

About Antonia:

Antonia Keaney joined Blenheim Palace in 2008 as a member of the Education Team, then later took on the role of Social History Researcher for the Palace.  She has curated a number of exhibitions at Blenheim including ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ in 2013 and the hugely successful ‘Passion for Fashion – 300 years of Style at Blenheim Palace’ in 2017.

Researching and delivering talks has always been a favourite part of her role and in addition to speaking at varied venues, Antonia has delivered a ‘Conversation’ at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, been in Conversation with fashion editor, Caroline Issa at a Bicester Village Brunch, hosted an event at Soho Farmhouse, made a guest appearance on Radio 4’s Saturday Live Show with the Reverend Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir and, most recently appeared, with John Craven on BBC’s Countryfile and Phil Spencer in his Stately Homes series for Channel 4.

In her spare time, Antonia enjoys the company of her family and her dogs – particularly Percy, the wire-haired Dachshund, who has inspired her to write and illustrate her first children’s book – Percy at the Palace (a Dog’s Eye View of Blenheim).  She is currently working on her second children’s book, Percy and the Pug (Chatting with Churchill) as well as her first non-fiction book, A Passion for Fashion – Putting on a Show at Blenheim Palace – due for publication in Spring 2019.


Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

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