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Find out what’s happening at Raby Castle on the day of your visit. There’s something to suit all ages and tastes with our varied event programme, listed below you’ll find more information for upcoming events such as children’s fun days, markets, vehicle shows and outdoor theatre plus more.

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Summer Holidays

Raby Castle

Tue 25th Jul 2017 to Sun 3rd Sep 2017

11:00am to 5:00pm

Schools out for the Summer! Bring your family for a day out at Raby Castle and have a go at our new Scavenger Hunt around the Park & Gardens. Pick up your sheet from the Gift Shop and use the map to find the clues and solve the riddle.

Your family can discover Raby Castle and its history by following our Children’s Activity Sheet as you explore the Castle.

Plus, there’ll be lawn games in the Walled Gardens (weather permitting), the Woodland Play area to explore, plus wide open spaces for walking, running and wildlife spotting in the Deer Park.

Don’t forget to finish off with a visit to our Tearoom and Gift Shop, for a perfect summer day out.

Available everyday throughout the school holidays and included in the normal entry fee. 

Outdoor Shakespeare - The Handlebards: As You Like It

Raby Castle Walled Garden

Fri 28th Jul 2017

5:30pm to 8:30pm

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.

Join their all-female troupe in the beautiful gardens at Raby Castle for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

And what’s the play about? Well - Rosalind and Orlando have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden. As lovers, they become entangled in a bizarre game of lust, love and mistaken identity.

Further Information:

Please bring your own seating/rug & warm clothes. Picnics welcome.

Gates open: at 5.30pm, performance begins at 6.30pm

Running time: 2 hours including interval

Age suitability: suitable for all ages, but recommended for ages 5+.


The Raby Tearooms will be open on the evening serving hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. Why not book and enjoy afternoon tea before the show? Please call 01833 660541 to enquire.


  • On-Line Early bird (book before 28th May): £12
  • Standard Advance ticket: £15
  • On the night: £17
  • Under 16’s: free


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Coming Soon

Classic Vehicle Show

Raby Castle

Sun 13th Aug 2017

10:00am to 4:00pm


This summer, Raby Castle will once again play host to the Bi-Annual Classic Vehicle Show and Vintage Rally, organised by Mark Woodward Classic Events.

For more information about this event or to find out how to get involved, please contact Mark Woodward on 01697 451882 or 07768 741610, or visit

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Specialist Tour – The Work of James Paine at Raby

Raby Castle

Fri 8th Sep 2017

10:00am to 12:30pm

2017 is the 300th Anniversary of the Architect James Paine’s birth and the event is being celebrated in a number of houses where he worked, including Raby Castle. 

Paine worked at Raby from 1752 until 1768, taking over from Daniel Garrett and the bulk of his work was completed by 1761.  In the latter years he was employed as a Consultant to the Earl of Darlington.

The Curator will lead this special tour highlighting Paine’s work at Raby. Guests will be given privileged access to see some of his work in areas of the Castle not normally open to the public, as well as having an opportunity to see some of his original plans.  Places will be limited and so early booking is advisable.

Cost - £25.00 per person, including refreshments in the Castle Entrance Hall on arrival.

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