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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 Forest School, the Orchid Show, seasonal markets, chairty runs and horse rides, outdoor theatre plus much more.

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Current Events

February Half Term

Raby Castle

Fri 15th Feb 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019


To welcome the arrival of Spring brids at Raby we are focusing our February half term activities around 'Birds', so why not come along and join the fun at Raby Castle with many FREE activities, or pre-book to join one of our Castle fit for a bird sessions, delivered by our friends at Bright Woods Forest School CIC.

'Who am I bird' Trail in the Park

Families can explore the 200-acre deer park by taking part in the FREE 'Who am I' game. Venture out into the Park and see if you can find all of the birds that are hiding there and learn some interesting facts about them as you go along. Don't foget to claim your prize back in the Gift Shop.

There is no need to book but a Park ticket is required - see further information further below on this page.

Castle fit for a bird

We think that every bird deserves a castle and to celebrate the National Nest Box Week we would like to invite families to build their own bird boxes and decorate them with a stencil of Raby Castle.

Castle fit for a bird sessions will run on Wednesday 20th February 2019 (10:30am and 1pm) and Tuesday 26th February 2019 (10:30am)

Tickets must be pre-booked for this event - see further information and booking information by scrolling down on this page.

Eating, Drinking and Shopping

Come and warm up in our cosy Stables Cafe and enjoy one of our extremely popular hot chocolates, served with plenty of cream and marshmallows of course!  There will be a variety of sweet and savoury food options to choose from and if you need some entertainment for your little person or people, make sure you pick up one of our FREE bird colouring sheets and crayons.

Whilst in the Coach Yard, have a look in the Stables Shop and take one of our bird themed items home with you? Proucts available include beautiful bird themed picture books and activity books, handcrafted wooden bird calling whistles from Rainstick and tins from Apples to Pears which include build your own bird feeder and create your own insect house.

If birds aren't your thing there are plenty of other items to choose from and why not get ahead of the game and pick something up for Mothering Sunday. There are lovely Tweedmill throws and picnic blankets made in the UK from recycled wool, or select from our lovely range of skincare from The Bath House, over the hill in Cumbria.

Admission Prices:

Park tickets: Adult - £4.50, Concession - £4.00, 5-15 years - £2.50, Under 5s- Free, Family: 2+3 - £15.00

Tearooms, Gift Shop and Woodland Play Area – FREE admission

'Who am I' Bird Trail in the Park

Raby Castle

Sat 16th Feb 2019 to Sun 3rd Mar 2019


There is no need to book for this FREE event, just purchase your Park ticket(s) in the Shop and you will be given your Trail pack

To welcome the arrival of Spring brids at Raby, the birds would like you to play a 'Who am I' game. 

Venture out into the Park and see if you can find all of the birds that are hiding there and learn some interesting facts about them as you go along.

There will be two levels of trail to choose from; one for younger children that includes pictures and names of birds with simple tick boxes, and for older children there will be questions to answer rather than pictures.

Don't forget to take your completed trail sheets back to the Stables Shop to get your prize!

Created by Bright Woods Forest School CIC.

Admission Prices:

Park tickets: Adult - £4.50, Concession - £4.00, 5-15 years - £2.50, Under 5s- Free, Family: 2+3 - £15.00

Tearooms, Gift Shop and Woodland Play Area – FREE admission

Access: The trail can be manageable with an 'off road' buggy or wheelchair as it will require walking over some uneven and possibly muddy ground.  There is hard standing access close to each area of the trail. 

Dogs: Dogs are permitted on a lead in line with our dog policy.

Castle fit for a bird

Raby Castle

Wed 20th Feb 2019 to Tue 26th Feb 2019


We think that every bird deserves a castle and to celebrate the National Nest Box Week we would like to invite families to build their own bird boxes and decorate them with a stencil of Raby Castle.

Castle fit for a bird sessions will run on Wednesday 20th February 2019 (10:30am and 1pm) and Tuesday 26th February 2019 (10:30am). 

You will be working with the Bright Woods Forest School CIC’s team using hammers and nails to construct a perfect home for our flying friends which you can take home with you.  Don't forget to let us know what or whom moves into their new Castle!

Whilst here why not take on the half term Trail in the Castle’s Parkland where our bird theme extends to the 'Who am I’ game, where the birds will share some interesting facts about them, if you can find them first of course.

You could also include breakfast, lunch or tea, or even just one of our delicious hot chocolates in your visit by popping into our warm and cosy Stables Cafe.  Don't forget to have a browse in the Stables Shop or enjoy the Woodland Play Area.  These areas are all free of charge for visitors and open daily from 10am. 

Further information and how to book:

Please note when purchasing a Child's ticket you must purchase at least one accompanying Adult ticket. No Child will be permitted access without at least one paying, accompanying Adult and every Adult must have a ticket.

Children (ages 1 to 15 years old): £15, includes admission to the Park as well as the Castle fit for a bird event and the 'Who Am I' Trail

Adults: £4.50, includes admission to the Park

Under 1's: Free, when attending with a paying sibling

Duration approx. 1.5 hours

Number of children per session: 15

Recommended age: 4+ years old

All children must come supervised by an adult who will be responsible for their safety during the event. This is a family event suitable for children age 4+ but please bear in mind that the youngest children will require a greater deal of adult assistance. Children younger than 4 are also very welcome at parental discretion.


Advance booking essential as we can only accommodate a limited number of people on this event.

Cancellations: Please let us know if you are unable to attend although please note we do operate a no refund policy. This event will still go ahead in rainy conditions.

Clothing: This is planned as an outdoor activity (although we do have undercover options if it is particularly wet), so please dress in warm clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. We recommend that all participants wear hard wearing trousers and waterproof clothing if it is raining.

Access: The event will take place in the Coach Yard which is fully accessible with a buggy or in a wheelchair but there are some areas of uneven ground. Please get in touch if you require assistance.

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on this event, with the exception of guide dogs.


Recruitment Fair

Raby Castle

Sun 24th Feb 2019

11:00am to 3:00pm



Raby Castle is holding a Recruitment Fair on Sunday 24th February 2019, from 11am to 3pm in the Grand Entrance Hall.

The following positions are available; Event Co-ordinator, Marketing Co-ordinator, Food & Beverage Supervisor, Food & Beverage Assistants, Retail Assistants, Building and Grounds Maintenance and Volunteers.

Visit for full Job Descriptions

This is a great opportunity to join a growing team of dedicated, enthusiastic people across a wide range of roles.  It is recommended that anyone who is interested in any of the above roles should attend the Recruitment Fair to meet some of the team.

There is no need to register for the day, please just bring along an up to date CV and be prepared to fill in a short questionnaire on arrival.

For enquiries please contact the Estates Office on 01833 660207.

Coming Soon

Raby Dog Walk

Raby Castle

Fri 1st Mar 2019

10:30am to 12:30pm

Join us for our very first Official Dog Walk at Raby Castle on Friday 1st March at 10:30am.

This is a totally FREE event and a great chance to meet fellow dog owners and explore areas of the Estate not normally open to Visitors. 

We request that dogs are kept on leads at all times to protect our wild deer herds.

The walk will be approx. 90 minutes long.

Afterwards you and your dog can relax in our dog friendly Stables Cafe and visit our Stables Shop where we have a lovely selection of pet products on sale.


Doggy Dates for Your Diary

Keep an eye on the website as we will be holding monthly dog walks on the Raby Estate.

Friday 1st March - Raby Castle Dog Walk. Meet in the Car Park at 10:30am.

Saturday 16th March - High Force Dog Walk. Meet in the car park at 10:30am. No ticket required. Parking charged can be redeemed against food and drink spend in the dog friendly High Force Hotel. 

Exclusive ‘Behind the Scenes’ Castle Tours

Raby Castle

Wed 6th Mar 2019 to Fri 29th Mar 2019


Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in March, Tours begin at 11am

After the success of the Behind the Scenes tours in October, we are delighted to confirm that they are returning in March and some new rooms have been added to the route.

Raby Castle will open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in March for exclusive tours of previously unseen rooms. Join one of our knowledgeable Guides, who will tell fascinating stories of the Castle’s history and provide a rare opportunity to visit areas of the Castle that are not usually accessible to the public.

The ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’ will consist of a slightly shortened version of the normal tour in order to provide visitors with an overview of the Family and Castle. Visitors will then be taken via staff corridors and staircases not normally accessible to the public, to the impressive state bedrooms where Frederick, Prince of Wales stayed when he visited in the 1700’s. After taking in the scale and luxury of the state bedrooms, guests will walk down the Hunter’s Gallery which is decorated in the “strawberry hill gothic” style, popular in the mid 1700’s, viewing the 4 bedrooms off it, each with their own unique features. New for the March Tours; visitors will also be shown the study of the 10th Lord Barnard which has remained untouched since his death in 1964.

Every Behind the Scenes Tour guide has a wealth of knowledge about the Castle and will be happy to answer any questions you might have and will of course furnish you with interesting facts and insights into how life at the Castle would have been. The tour will be approximately 2 hours in length.

Please note that the Castle is only open to the public at weekends in March apart from these Tours, so if you wish to visit us during the week, do book onto one of these tours.

Tickets £25.00 per person

Places are limited each day so booking is essential.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Certain areas of the Castle are only accessed via narrow staircases so unfortunately these areas are not accessible to wheelchair users.

Mother's Day Tour and Tea in the Castle

Raby Castle

Sun 31st Mar 2019

2:30pm to 5:00pm


New for this year - bring your Mother and the rest of the Family for a Mother's Day to remember with a Tour and Tea in the Castle.

You will be met at the Castle entrance by one of our knowledgable guides who will take you on a Tour of the Castle which will finish in the Grand Entrance Hall where your tea will be served.

The Tour starts at 2:30pm and will last approximately one hour and we would expect the Tea to start at approx. 3:30pm and finish at approx. 5pm.

You will be served a delicious selection of cakes; rich chocolate ganache, spiced carrot and red velvet cakes, French macaroons, freshly made finger sandwiches; sliced gammon ham and mustard, Scottish smoked salmon with cream cheese and wensleydale and caramelised onion chutney, as well as our chocolate chip and cherry scones with clotted cream and preserve, and Cheddar Cheese and sundried tomato scones for those who might need something more savoury. This is all served with freshly brewed tea or coffee.

Why not add some fizz to your afternoon tea - available to preorder when you book your tickets.

Where possible we will accommodate each booking on their own table, however please note smaller groups may be placed on shared tables. 

As part of this ticket you have free of charge access into the Park and Gardens which will be open from 10am so why not arrive a little bit earlier and enjoy a stroll in our 200 acre Deer Park, have a wander around the Walled Gardens or have a browse in the Stables Shop.  Please note that the Park, Gardens and Shop will be closed when you finish your Tea.

£25 per person


There is accessible parking available and for those that may not fancy the walk from the car park, we can give you details of the drop off area.

Please note that accessibility inside the Castle is limited due to the historical nature of the building.  The Afternoon Tea is served in an accessible area however the Tour will include some stairs to access the upper rooms.

If you require further information on accessibility or the drop off area, please call the office on 01833 660202.



Orchid Show

Raby Castle Gardens

Sun 5th May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019

11:00am to 5:00pm

On Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May Raby Castle will be hosting the 20th Anniversary of the Orchid Show which will feature fabulous displays of Orchids including many exotic and rare species. 

We will be welcoming back the North East of England and Darlington Orchid Societies who always present some spectacular exhibits. They will be joined by orchid growers and sellers from all over the country who will gather to showcase some of the most beautiful and dramatic varieties of plants available. 

There will be plenty of opportunity to meet the experts, ask questions and buy your own specimens to nurture at home.

Admission is included in the price of a Park and Garden ticket.

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