Princess Anne to open her home to the public: How to get tickets


PRINCESS Anne will welcome the public to her home at Gatcombe Park next year – here’s how you can visit.

Princess Anne’s home at Gatcombe Park has hosted the Festival of British Eventing since 1983, but for the past two years, the popular event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But plans are in motion to open up in 2022, with eventing fans eager to get a glimpse of the Princess Royal’s private residence.

How can you get tickets?

Tickets for the 2022 Festival of British Eventing haven’t gone on sale yet.

When they do, they’ll be available here for public purchase.

Express co uk will update this story when ticket sales go live.

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Princess Anne latest: The beautiful Gatcombe Park has hosted the event since 1983 (Image: GETTY)

What happens at the event?

The festival covers three disciplines of horse eventing – dressage, show jumping and cross country – and is said to be the triathlon of horse shows.

The official website for the event says: “Each of the three disciplines is designed to test the horses’ ability – dressage shows how trainable the horse is and its basic paces in walk, trot and canter.

“The show jumping shows athleticism, control and accuracy while the cross country tests stamina, speed, jumping and bravery.”

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Princess Anne latest: The magnificent grounds of Gatcombe Park (Image: GETTY)

Why was this year cancelled?

In a statement, Princess Annes’s son, Peter Philips, said it was with “huge regret” that the “difficult decision” had to be made to cancel another year at Gatcombe Park.

Mr Phillips, who acts as the director of the event, said: “We had desperately hoped that we would be able to pull off the 2021 Festival because we know how much everyone was looking forward to it.

“This has been an extremely difficult decision, but the situation with the pandemic is still too volatile.

“In these restricted circumstances, the event simply isn’t viable, and nor could we guarantee that it would be good value for the competitors, spectators, trade stands and loyal sponsors who normally make The Festival such a great occasion.”

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Princess Anne latest: Mike and Zara Tindall at the event in 2018 with their children (Image: GETTY)


Where is Gatcombe Park?

Princess Anne’s home at Gatcombe Park is near Stroud in Gloucestershire.

The house was gifted to the Princess Royal by the Queen in 1976.

The property covers some 730 acres, with about 200 acres of that woodland.

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Autumn and Peter Phillips, Princess Anne and Mike Tindall watch Zara compete in the 2010 event (Image: GETTY)

Will the royals be there?

You can certainly expect to see some familiar royal faces if you attend the event!

Princess Anne and her children, Peter Philips and Zara Tindall are all keen eventers.

The event is very popular, attracting the world’s top equestrian Olympians and over 40,000 paying spectators, as well as BBC Television coverage.


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