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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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Piano in the Barons' Hall

Raby Castle

Sun 5th Jul 2015

1:30pm to 3:30pm

Local musicians will be tinkling the ivories of the Grand Steinway Piano on certain afternoons.

The elegant sound of the piano brings the Castle to life, resonating throughout the rooms and corridors leading off the Barons' Hall. Enjoy listening to the beautiful music as you wander, discovering the history and rooms of Lord Barnard's Home.

James Corkish is a highly accomplished pianist and former Barnard Castle School Young Musician of the Year with a Ba(Hons) Music degree from York Univeristy.

Normal Castle admission charges apply.


Piano in the Barons' Hall

Raby Castle

Sun 12th Jul 2015

1:30pm to 3:30pm

Local musicians will be tinkling the ivories of the Grand Steinway Piano on certain afternoons.

The elegant sound of the piano brings the Castle to life, resonating throughout the rooms and corridors leading off the Barons' Hall. Enjoy listening to the beautiful music as you wander, discovering the history and rooms of Lord Barnard's Home.

James Corkish is a highly accomplished pianist and former Barnard Castle School Young Musician of the Year with a Ba(Hons) Music degree from York Univeristy.

Normal Castle admission charges apply.


Taste of Teesdale Festival

Raby Castle

Sun 19th Jul 2015

10:00am to 4:00pm

 

Organised by Barnard Castle Farmers Market and held in the grounds of the Castle, 'Taste of Teesdale Festival' brings together an abundance of artisan food and drink from across the region. From bangers and bread, to pickles and pies, meet and buy from local producers as chefs’ prepare some mouth-watering dishes for all ages. Look out for farming displays and a whole range of special activities to make Taste of Teesdale a great day out for all the family. This one day festival will celebrate everything brilliant about local food, with demonstrations & children’s activities, as well as lots of stalls to stock up on quality local produce.

Admission on day: £6 per vehicle, includes Park, Gardens and Taste of Teesdale Festival

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Piano in the Barons' Hall

Raby Castle

Sun 19th Jul 2015

1:30pm to 3:30pm

Local musicians will be tinkling the ivories of the Grand Steinway Piano on certain afternoons.

The elegant sound of the piano brings the Castle to life, resonating throughout the rooms and corridors leading off the Barons' Hall. Enjoy listening to the beautiful music as you wander, discovering the history and rooms of Lord Barnard's Home.

James Corkish is a highly accomplished pianist and former Barnard Castle School Young Musician of the Year with a Ba(Hons) Music degree from York Univeristy.

Normal Castle admission charges apply.


Outdoor Theatre: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Raby Castle Walled Garden

Wed 22nd Jul 2015

6:00pm to 7:45pm

 

Illyria are back at Raby Castle to perform this traditional family show.

The original boy-wizard story, most famously told in Disney’s Fantasia, starring Mickey Mouse. The apprentice is told to fill a bath with buckets of water and has the bright idea of using magic to make a broom do the job for him. When the bath is full he realises he does not know how to stop the broom fetching water. In desperation he saws it in half – but this is just the start of everything spiralling out of control. This show features breath taking magical illusions, non-stop laughter and more water than you have EVER seen in a play before! There’s a spectacular set from the designer of George’s Marvellous Medicine, amazing effects from the scenic builders of The Twits, original music by Paul Dukas (as used in Fantasia) – and we hope to announce shortly that our magical consultant is the world famous illusionist Paul Daniels!

Suitable for all ages 5+.

Set in Raby’s idyllic Walled Gardens, Illyria are sure to delight and enchant the whole family, so bring along a rug, a deckchair and a picnic to enjoy this classic children’s story brought to life.

Gates open at 5.00pm for pre-show picnics, the performance will begin at 6.00pm.

  • Adults (age 16+): £16.00
  • Children (5 - 15 yrs): £14.00

(All Children must be accompanied by a paying adult)

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Summer Fun Fridays! Circus Skills with Marco’s Circus Workshop

Raby Castle Walled Garden

Fri 24th Jul 2015

11:00am to 4:00pm

 

Every Friday in the Summer Holidays there’ll be extra activities for your children to try, something different every week.

This week drop in to these outdoor circus skills workshops in the Raby Gardens to learn all sorts of circus skills from plate spinning to ball juggling and more!

Plus: giant games on the lawn, free activity sheets to help explore the Castle, and there’s plenty of wide open space play in the deer park.

 

All the above mentioned activities are included in normal admission prices to the park & gardens. Some activities on the day may be charged at an extra cost.

  • Under 5’s charged child admission.
  • Free for season ticket holders. Buy your Season Ticket here.
  • A small extra charge applies to those wishing to visit the castle.

Summer Fun Fridays! Craft Activities with NEDay Crafts

Raby Castle Walled Garden

Fri 31st Jul 2015

11:00am to 4:00pm

 

Every Friday in the Summer Holidays there’ll be extra activities for your children to try, something different every week.

This week make fun crafts to take home from our drop-in craft workshop in the Raby Gardens.

Plus: giant games on the lawn, free activity sheets to help explore the Castle, and there’s plenty of wide open space play in the deer park.

 

All the above mentioned activities are included in normal admission prices to the park & gardens. Some activities on the day may be charged at an extra cost.

  • Under 5’s charged child admission.
  • Free for season ticket holders. Buy your Season Ticket here.
  • A small extra charge applies to those wishing to visit the castle.

Outdoor Theatre: Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by The Handlebards

Raby Castle Walled Garden

Thu 6th Aug 2015

7:00pm to 9:20pm

 

"4 actors, 4 bicycles, 40 characters and a 1000+ mile adventure."

After hugely successful tours in 2013 & 2014, the four-strong, all-male HandleBards company are back on their bikes and cycling the UK in June, July and August 2015, before setting out across Europe. On just four bicycles they will carry all the necessary set, props, costumes and camping equipment to perform one of Shakespeare's greatest plays –'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. 

The HandleBards is Shakespeare done differently - using bikes to power various surprises and contraptions on-stage, whilst playing ALL the parts, this will be a spectacle not to miss!

Enjoy a different type of outdoor theatre in Raby Castle’s idyllic Walled Gardens, bring along a rug, a deckchair and a picnic to enjoy this classic Shakespeare story told in a different way.

Gates open at 6pm

performance begins at 7.00pm

The performance has a running time of 2hours including a 20 minute interval.

Tickets: £10 per person.

Find out more about The Handlebards at www.peculius.com.

 

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Summer Fun Fridays! Birds of Prey displays from Walworth Castle Birds of Prey

Raby Castle, Park & Gardens

Fri 7th Aug 2015

1:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Every Friday in the Summer Holidays there’ll be extra activities for your children to try, something different every week.

This week come along to our flying displays at 1pm and 3pm, and meet the birds in between displays.

Plus: giant games on the lawn, free activity sheets to help explore the Castle, and there’s plenty of wide open space play in the deer park.

 

All the above mentioned activities are included in normal admission prices to the park & gardens. Some activities on the day may be charged at an extra cost.


Outdoor Theatre: Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe performed by Illyria

Raby Castle Walled Garden

Fri 14th Aug 2015

7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Iolanthe, a fairy, falls in love with a mortal. Her death sentence under fairy law is commuted to banishment by the Fairy Queen. 25 years later her son falls in love with the Lord Chancellor of England’s ward. The Lord Chancellor is Iolanthe’s husband, who, believing her dead, intends to marry his ward himself. If Iolanthe lets her son marry his love she devastates her husband – but if she tells her husband she is alive then her original death penalty is re-invoked. Gilbert and Sullivan’s most magical comic opera is set half in Fairyland, half in Westminster. It’s hilarious and surprisingly topical satire pokes fun at love, Politics and Britishness, and many believe its sumptuous harmonies to be the most beautiful Sullivan wrote. Following the runaway popularity of HMS Pinafore, The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, Illyria returns with another romantic summer operetta to leave you with a song in your heart.

Suitable for all ages 5+.

Set in Raby’s idyllic Walled Gardens, Illyria are sure to delight and enchant the whole family, so bring along a rug, a deckchair and a picnic to enjoy this classic children’s story brought to life.

Gates open at 5.30pm for pre-show picnics, the performance will begin at 7.00pm.

  • Adults (age 16+): £18.00
  • Children (under 15 yrs): £16.00

(All Children must be accompanied by a paying adult)

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Summer Fun Fridays! Have-a-Go Archery

Raby Castle Walled Garden

Fri 14th Aug 2015

11:00am to 4:00pm

 

Every Friday in the Summer Holidays there’ll be extra activities for your children to try, something different every week.

This week come and try your hand at traditional long-bow archery in the walled gardens.

Plus: giant games on the lawn, free activity sheets to help explore the Castle, and there’s plenty of wide open space play in the deer park. 

 

All the above mentioned activities are included in normal admission prices to the park & gardens. Some activities on the day may be charged at an extra cost.


21st Classic Vehicle Show

Raby Castle

Sun 16th Aug 2015

10:00am to 4:00pm

 

This summer, Raby Castle will once again play host to the 21st Bi-Annual Classic Vehicle Show and Vintage Rally, organised by Mark Woodward Classic Events.

  • Browse for hours amongst displays of all types of classic cars, motorcycles, trucks, vans and vintage tractors
  • Arena and commentary plus awards
  • Auto jumble for anyone looking for a bargain or a rare or discontinued part.

Show admission includes park, grounds and gardens plus tea room, gift shop and horse carriage museum:

Ticket Prices – Classic Vehicle Show
Other offers, promotions, pass cards or season tickets will not be valid for free entry.

 

Adult

Child

Event, Park and Gardens

£6.50

£3.00

Castle (additional charge to enter)*

£3.50

£1.50

A small additional fee applies to visit the castle itself.

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 www.markwoodwardclassicevents.com.


Summer Fun Fridays!

Raby Castle, Park & Gardens

Fri 21st Aug 2015

11:00am to 4:00pm

 

Join us every Friday in the Summer Holidays when there’ll be extra activities for your children to try, something different every week. It could be anything from archery to fun crafts and giant games on the lawn, explore the Castle using our free activity sheets, play in the  wide open spaces of the deer park, or spot wildlife on scenic walk. Keep checking our website as we update it with more information about these fun days.

All the above mentioned activities are included in normal admission prices to the park & gardens. Some activities on the day may be charged at an extra cost.

  • Under 5’s charged child admission.
  • Free for season ticket holders. Buy your Season Ticket here.
  • A small extra charge applies to those wishing to visit the castle.

Summer Fun Fridays! Historical Storytelling

Raby Castle Walled Garden

Fri 28th Aug 2015

11:00am to 4:00pm

 

Every Friday in the Summer Holidays there’ll be extra activities for your children to try, something different every week.

This week join us in our medieval tent to hear thrilling stories of years gone by.

Plus: giant games on the lawn, free activity sheets to help explore the Castle, and there’s plenty of wide open space play in the deer park.

 

All the above mentioned activities are included in normal admission prices to the park & gardens. Some activities on the day may be charged at an extra cost.


Autumn Market

Raby Castle

Sun 20th Sep 2015

11:00am to 4:00pm

The annual autumn local food and craft market at Raby Castle. Wander around our market street with covered farmer’s market style stalls lining either side of the old Byre Yard close to the Raby Tearooms and Gift Shop and discover the best of our region’s food producers, craft makers and artists whilst enjoying local family entertainment in the most relaxing and beautiful of settings.

  • Included in normal admission to park & gardens.
  • Free for season ticket holders.
  • Special Event - children go free of charge to the market, park & gardens with a paying adult

Special Event admission prices, includes Raby Park & Gardens:

Ticket Prices  - Autumn Market

 

Adult

Concession

Child

(5-15yrs)

Event, Park and Gardens

£6.00

£5.00

Free*

Castle (additional charge to enter)**

£4.00

£4.00

£2.00

*A small additional fee applies to visit the castle itself.

**Children only free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For information please contact admin@rabycastle.com or call 01833 660202.


Keep informed and find out about coming events at Raby Castle by Signing Up to receive our e-newsletter.