Previous Special Events at The Castle Hotel
The Castle at Taunton is a superb events venue, hosting regular chamber music weekends, literary lunches and special interest workshops as well as gastronomic and wine evenings.
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Previous Events in Taunton Somerset
Felix Francis - Taunton Literary Festival
Saturday, 22nd September at 6.30pm
From Felix Francis, bestselling author of 'Gamble' and co-author (with Dick Francis) of 'Even Money' and 'Crossfire', comes 'Bloodline' (Sept 2012), the latest Dick Francis novel. Set in the cut-throat world of horse racing, Bloodline is a pacy thriller packed full of suspense, mystery and intrigue.
Join Felix Francis for his talk at 6.30pm followed by a book signing and an opportunity to have dinner with the author at 7.45pm in our beautiful Wisteria Garden Room.
Cost: £6.50 for the talk; £43 for free talk ticket and 3-course set dinner with wine.
Alexander Waugh - Taunton Literary Festival
Saturday, 22nd September at 4.00pm
Alexander Waugh has written extensively on music, was Opera Critic of the Mail on Sunday and Evening Standard, but is best known as the author of Classical Music (1995), Opera (1996), Time (1999) and God (2002), for his family biography Fathers and Sons (2004), which was made into 90-minute documentary film by BBC4, and for the House of Wittgenstein (2008) a story of the Austrian family of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. The talk will begin at 4.00pm followed by a book signing. There will also be an opportunity to have Cream Tea with Mr Waugh at 5.30pm.
Cost: Talk £6.50; Free Talk Ticket and Castle Cream Tea £14
Sir Roger Carrick - Taunton Literary Festival
The Castle at Taunton is proud to participate in Taunton's second annually Literary Festival courtesy of Brendon Books. On Saturday, 22nd September, we will host three separate authors, commencing at 11.00am with Sir Roger Carrick. 'From Bulgaria to Berkeley, Indonesia to Australia, Roger Carrick has travelled the world as an English diplomat. He was shadowed by the secret police in Sofia, witnessed the 1968 riots in Paris, befriended Shirley Temple at Stanford University and negotiated the withdrawal of British troops from Singapore. In between he rose to the heights of ambassador to Indonesia and High Commissioner to Australia. All in a day's work for a distinguished diplomat. "Diplomatic Anecdotage" (May 2012) is a reflection on his career and on the ups and downs of diplomatic life. By turns witty and thoughtful, it is an absorbing and appealing read and a unique behind-the-scenes look at diplomacy in action. It is also an account of a changing world, whose author has played a discreet role in shaping its course.' There will be an exclusive opportunity to dine with Sir Roger Carrick following the talk.
Cost: Talk only £6.50; Free Talk Ticket and 3-course set Lunch with wine £36
The Castle Summer Wedding Fayre
Sunday, 15th July from 11.30 - 4.00
After it's recent success, The Castle will once again be hosting a Love Actually Wedding Fayre, giving you the opportunity to meet with our Wedding Co-ordinators, take a tour around the hotel's facilities and meet with a large selection of wedding suppliers, from jewellery makers to photographers. Entrance is free and you'll receive a glass of bucks fizz and a goody bag on arrival. Doors open at 11.30am and the fayre closes at 4pm. We look forward to welcoming you!
Castle Annual Garden Party
Sunday, 1st July 2012 at 12:30
Our Annual Summer Garden Party promises to be even bigger and better than before! This year's Baddest Blues Band, led by soulful singer Zoe Schwartz, plays an exhilarating modem mix of blues and jazz funk and our quintessential afternoon tea picnic will bring you the very best of local produce prepared by Head Chef, Jamie Raftery , and his experienced team. To download a copy of the menu, click here. At £59 this will be a fantastic afternoon, kicking-off in The Castle's Norman rose garden at 12.30pm.
Diamond Jubilee at BRAZZ
2nd -5th June 2012
BRAZZ will be running their very own Diamond Jubilee Menu during the extended bank holiday. Prawn Cocktail, Jubilee Coronation Chicken and Sherry Trifle for £20. With Taunton's Family Fun Day taking place on Monday 4th June, as always we'll be offering our fantastic value children's menu - a main, ice cream & soft drink for £8.
Louise and I are delighted to announce the next Dining Club Dinner which will take place on Friday, 27th April featuring a line-up of some of the best wines from the Loire and Rhône Valley.
The Nash Ensemble at The Castle
The Nash Ensemble has built up a remarkable reputation as one of Britain's finest and most adventurous chamber groups, and through the dedication of its founder and artistic director Amelia Freedman and the calibre of its players it has gained a similar reputation all over the world.
The Chilingirian Quartet
The dates of this weekend fall almost to the day of the Chilingirian Quartet's first concert performance forty years ago. For these special concerts, they perform a programme including three of Beethoven's late string quartets.
Wine Seminar, Tasting & Lunch: "Old World vs New World"
Guests will be invited to compare and contrast the styles of the principal grape varieties from the Old and New Worlds under the expert guidance of Mike Lury of Corney & Barrow.
Academy of Ancient Music
Friday, 27th January - Sunday, 29th January 2012
Players from the Academy of Ancient Music return to Taunton with an enticing programme exploring the theme 'Gods & Mortals' – prompted by the desire of the group to perform François Couperin's two 'Apotheoses', by Lully and Corelli.
Exeter Cathedral Choir at The Castle
An evening of entertainment in two parts. A Christmas recital by the Choir in the Music Room followed by musical entertainment through dinner in the restaurant!
Politics Weekend at The Castle
The Politics & Politicians weekend will gather some of the most distinguished and exciting historians in Britain here at The Castle Hotel.
An Evening with Michael Buerk
Join us for what promises to be an extraordinary evening with Michael Buerk, one of Britain's leading broadcast journalists and presenter for the Radio 4 programme, the "Moral Maze".
The Somerset Community Foundation - Lord Digby Jones
Lord Digby Jones will be discussing the importance of education and investing in our next generation, and the responsibility of businesses investing in their local communities.
Richard Kay - 'Mona Lisa'
The talk examines the extraordinary worldwide fame of the picture, the reasons for its rise to prominence, its sensational theft in 1911 as well as the numerous and varied interpretations.
Craig Brown's One-Stop Literary Festival
Craig Brown has been described as 'Our greatest living satirist' by The Sunday Times and "the most screamingly funny writer alive today" by Barry Humphries in the Mail on Sunday.
Taunton Literary Festival - Kit Chapman Literary Lunch
Join Kit Chapman for a literary lunch at The Castle to talk about his book, My Archipelago, on Thursday, 22nd September.
An Evening with Salley Vickers - Taunton Literary Festival
In September, Taunton will be staging its first ten day Literary Festival with The Castle launching the inaugural event on Thursday, 15th September. Author, Salley Vickers, talking about her latest book, Aphrodite's Hat.
The Castle's Annual Garden Party
One of Taunton's social events of the year, the Annual Castle Garden Party in the beautiful rose garden is an alfresco lunch and seafood spectacular amid the rose bushes and walls of the Castle's medieval keep. All spiced with the sounds of our resident jazz band.
Father's Day Lunch - BRAZZ@The Castle
An Evening with Lord Dannatt, GCB, CBE, MC
Lord Dannatt is a former senior British Army officer, was appointed Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the army in 2006 and was awarded the Military Cross in 1973. Lord Dannatt will be joining us for dinner and what a fascinating story he has to tell.
Emma Johnson and Friends - Schubert Plus Music Weekend
Emma Johnson, one of the world's greatest clarinetists and one of Britain's best-loved classical musicians, has devised a programme for this weekend at The Castle Taunton that celebrates the melodic richness of Schubert's compositions.
Easter Sunday Lunch Menus
Royal Dinner Party
Celebrate Will and Kate's wedding day and join us for a Royal Dinner featuring a line-up of spectacular wines from Royal Warrant holders, Corney & Barrow and a very regal menu devised by Chef Jamie Raftery.
Charles Collingwood Literary Lunch (Brian Aldridge from The Archers)
In 1975, Charles joined The Archers, when he created the role of wealthy gentleman farmer, Brian Aldridge. However, his career has been extremely diverse and, consequently, he has many anecdotes from The Archers and the world of broadcasting and theatre. Lunch promises to be highly entertaining.
Mothering Sunday Lunch
This is a big family day. A day when you all tell Mum you love her. And the best way to do that is to treat her to a wonderful lunch at the Castle! And remember, mums love their puddings.
The London Haydn Quartet - Haydn Quartets, Mozart Quintets Music Weekend
St Patrick's Day Celebration of Irish Poetry and Food
Thursday, 17th March, 2011
Join us for a unique party on Thursday, 17th March when Chef Jamie Raftery will be joined by the distinguished poet (his father!) John Malachy Raftery for a celebration of poetry and food inspired by their beloved County Galway in the West of Ireland.
Mr. Paul Chan, Kit Chapman's Hong Kong Tailor, returns to Taunton
Just to let you know that our old friend and tailor extraordinaire from Hong Kong, Paul Chan, will be in residence on Wednesday, 9th March.
World Book Night at Waterstone's in Taunton
Join Kit Chapman and other well-known authors at Waterstone's to talk about books, writing books, favourite books. If you get there early, you might be one of the lucky ones who receive a free copy of 'Love in the Time of Cholera'.Wine and light refreshments will be serveSaturday, March 5th
The Dante Quartet – Great Last Works Music Weekend
This exceptionally alluring programme consists exclusively of the last string quartets to be composed by many of the masters of the medium. Each is to a large extent the summation of a lifetime's experience…
Valentine's Day Menu
The Schubert Ensemble – From Vienna to Prague
The Schubert Ensemble at The Castle this weekend explores repertoire from the great Viennese and Czech Romantic traditions, each concert taking the listener on a journey 'from Vienna to Prague'.
Inauguration Party: The Castle's 60th Anniversary Orchard
To start the year and to mark the Chapman Family's 60th Anniversary at The Castle, we are planting our own orchard of 60 English apple trees at Charlton Orchards near Creech St Michael.
Kate Adie Literary Lunch
Writers at the Castle: History Weekend
60th Anniversary Celebrations – Gala Dinner
Literary lunch - The Launch of Kit Chapman's new book, My Archipelago
Richard Guest's Cooking Demonstration and Lunch
Kit Chapman Book Signings and Radio
Sue Hawker at BRAZZ
The Gentlemen of St. John's College, Cambridge
Richard Guest Masterclass: Cooking with Herbs and Flowers
Will Shakspeare, Taunton, glassblower, BRAZZ, cardholders, demonstration
Special price of £10 (normally £35) and 10% discount in the Shakspeare Glass shop.
Father's Day Lunch, Taunton
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Charlie Hearnshaw and Maxine Green
Great Burgundy Wines Dinner
An Evening with Timothy West and Prunella Scales
Kit Chapman writes …
From Jazz to Joni Mitchell. ECLECTICA! in concert
The Schumann Weekend at The Castle
An Evening with Jonathan Dimbleby
Alexander Waugh and The Phenomenal One-Armed Pianist A Literary-cum-Musical Lunch with Alexander Waugh
Literary Weekend at The Castle
Our First Opera Dinner
House & Garden Lunch – The Story of Cothay Manor
The Beltane Blast at Taunton Racecourse
Women's World Twenty20 Cricket Tournament 2009
Annual Midsummer Garden Party
William Dalrymple Literary Lunch
An Evening with Julian Fellowes
Literary Lunch with Robert Fox MBE
The Nash Ensemble at The Castle
Moët & Chandon Dinner
The Fitzwilliam String Quartet
The Real Deal at BRAZZ
Martin Bell OBE Literary Lunch
The Wihan Quartet at The Castle
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