Sunday, January 3, 2016

Downton Abbey Season 6 premieres tonight! (also available in 3-D!)

We welcome you to Downton Abbey 3-D
During our holiday break, we did two geeky-family movie outings: the first was to see Star Wars, the second was to see Star Wars 3-D, because, as we Gulleys believe, you can never get enough of a good thing.

Which brings me to Downton Abbey. . .

As many of you already know, Downton Abbey, Season 6, premiers tonight on PBS' Masterpiece. It's a bittersweet occasion as this is the final season and we will bid adieu to the Crawley family and their downstairs staff. The authenticity of dialogue and scenery is due to Julian Fellowes' smart writing as well as the fact that some of the period drama is based on real people and real places. And, we at BTS were able to visit Highclere Castle, better known as "The Real Downton Abbey",  back in September where we saw the manor home and quaint village in 3-D!

Rachel outside St. Mary's/St. Michael's church in Bampton
Our first stop was Bampton where all the Downton Abbey village scenes are filmed. We toured the church where Crawley daughters marry (or, most dreadfully, get jilted at the alter), Isobel's charming home, the library (aka, county hospital) and the village green, the latter being surprisingly small.

Waiting for the next wedding at St. Michael's.
The library is the Downton Abbey hospital

The village green is surprisingly small. The compact cars are from the future!
After our visit to Bampton concluded, we drove on to Highclere Castle where we toured the interior of the home as well as the grounds and wrapped up our visit with a cup of tea (in our souvenir Highclere Castle mugs, naturally).

Tea time at Highclere with Highclere mugs.
We'll be sharing more of this visit in our upcoming Downton-Abbey teas over the next four months. (Check our website for more information on upcoming events and news page.)

Until then, we have tonight and the rest of our Sunday evenings booked for the next few months. May the force of Downton Abbey be with you!


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Kyla Summers said...

What a wonderful experience you had there, unfortunately I missed this season.