Red Arrows' flying visit to Blenheim Palace


The world-famous Red Arrows display team provided a spectacular aerobatic show above Blenheim Palace as part of a corporate event earlier this month.

The display was part of a major celebratory event for more than 1,200 staff and guests which was organised on behalf of Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Ltd.

The largest marquee ever erected in the grounds of the Oxfordshire stately home, supplied by Fews Marquees, was used to accommodate all the guests in style.

Visitors were welcomed onto the estate by air cadets who lined the driveway and serenaded by a string quartet in the Great Court before witnessing the 22-minute air display.

Guests were shown through to the marquee on the South Lawn via the Palace before being seated in the giant marquee where they enjoyed a three-course meal and were entertained by comedian Michael McIntyre.

The evening ended with a performance by ‘Björn Again’ performing the greatest hits of ABBA followed by a DJ until midnight.

Blenheim Palace’s Head of Marketing, Stephanie Hendley, said: “This was one of the most ambitious corporate events ever organised here and we are delighted with how well it went and the positive reaction we got from both the guests and the event organisers.

“The Palace and its stunning grounds provide the ideal setting for truly special events and we relish the opportunity to work with ambitious partners who want to create truly memorable experiences,” she added.

“Working with such an experienced and charming events team has been an absolute pleasure,” says Andrew Martin, Director of Business Development + Marketing at Martin-Baker. 

"Organising an event of this size at such a historial site, had its own set of logical challenges however the events team guided us through the various issues and helped ensure that the event was a triumph.  Our staff had a wonderful evening, one that won’t be forgotten for some time to come."

Home to the Dukes of Marlborough since 1722, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Today the 2000-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site offers the ultimate bespoke corporate facilities in a truly awe-inspiring location.

Set in the Oxfordshire countryside, within easy reach of London, it is a unique and inspiring venue perfectly suited for holding conferences, meetings and exhibitions, and for entertaining clients.

Blenheim Palace also stages a series of other major events and activities including triathlons, flower shows and art exhibitions.