ACROBATIC aerial displays, historical talks and lots of dancing were all part of a celebration of the end of the First World War.

Guests were invited to join the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon for Heroes at Highclere last weekend.

The event is the last public event to be held at Hightclere Castle before it closes for the filming of the Downton Abbey movie.

The two-day event celebrating the centenary of the end of the First World War helped raise money for various charities, and featured vintage car displays, air-shows, exhibitions, cream teas and more.

On the castle lawns, visitors discovered what it was like to arrive at a First World War Field Hospital and hear from a host of famous speakers including Downton Abbey’s creator Julian Fellowes and former war reporter Kate Adie.

There was also entertainment from the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir and dancing lessons from The Gatsby Girls.

The castle’s tearooms were open throughout the weekend serving up some vintage style treats including sweet and savoury crepes, and a champagne and oyster bus.

A memorial service was held on the Sunday, when ambassadors and representatives from a wealth of countries gathered to commemorate the beginning of the end of the First World War and remember those who lost their lives on active service around the world, particularly the airmen who died at Highclere Estate.

The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon have dedicated a life-sized memorial of an airman, carved from a 200-year-old cedar felled on the Highclere Estate, with trunk rings marked for the years 1914, 1918, 1939 and 1945.