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Friday, June 10, 2016

Dining at Houghton Hall


Are you having withdrawals since PBS aired the series finale of Downton Abbey this past winter? To relieve your addiction to the sagas of the British aristocracy, consider donning your finest Alexander McQueen dress and attending an elegant black-tie  evening in a magnificent house with a history to rival any period drama’s plotline.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley will host a lavish, exclusive event (limited to 80 guests only) for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) at her home, Houghton Hall. The dinner is in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices for funds required to build the nook: a new, much needed hospice in the heart of Norfolk.


Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images
Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images


The nook is a visionary project destined to provide better children’s hospice care services in Norfolk County and has the royal patronage of HRH the Duchess of

Cambridge, who has been a strong supporter of EACH since 2012. The charity offers care and support to terminally ill children and their families across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The fact that the charity event hosted at Houghton Hall is so close to Catherine’s heart, and is a short distance away from her own and Prince William’s residence in

Norfolk, has many whispering that Catherine will be hosting the charity dinner.

What is certain is that the day in Norfolk promises to be truly enchanting. Besides visiting Houghton, the lucky guests will have the option to take a private tour of nearby Holkham Hall and take tea with the Earl and Countess of Leicester.

Houghton Hall is a historic country house in Norfolk, England. It is the home of David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley. It was built for the de facto first British prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole, and it is a key building in the history of Palladian architecture in England. It is a Grade I–listed building surrounded by 1,000 acres of awe-inspiring parkland.

Guests will be welcomed to Houghton with a glass of champagne in the gardens or the Red Saloon, followed by dinner in the Stone Hall prepared by international Michelin starred chefs like Sat Bains, Galton Blackiston, Claude Bosi, Tom Kerridge, and Mark Edwards of Nobu London. Before dinner and shortly after, the State Rooms at Houghton Hall will be briefly open. After dinner, guests will enjoy a performance by EACH’s Treehouse Choir, followed by coffee and cocktails in the Cholmondeleys’ private picture gallery. Some of the evening’s other entertainments will include the Jefford Brothers, Norfolk’s youth jazz band; the magician Archie Manners; and a guest speaker, novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz, O.B.E.

The evening is cochaired by the Countess of Leicester and Mrs. Nicholas Deterding. Please contact Philippa Pease for details. Philippa Pease,


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