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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...
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Raby Castle is opening for February Half Term for the first time this year and we have lots of fun-packed and educational activities to keep the whole family entertained. Our half term events run from Saturday 16th February to Sunday 3rd March and the theme will be birds. Our Spring Trail is a chance for children to play our ‘Who am I?’ bird quiz and learn lots of interesting facts about our feathered friends. Trails are included in the price of a Park ticket.  We have also teamed up with Bright Woods Forest School to run a Bird Box Workshop. come and build your own bird...
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Raby Castle has launched its Spring season of events in what is set to be an action-packed year at the Castle; family fun and trails for February half term, Mother’s Day ‘Tour and Tea’ in the Castle and not forgetting the Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour  For the first time, Raby Castle will be opening for February half term.  To mark the occasion, it has teamed up with Bright Woods Forest School CIC to bring an exciting collection of family activities that will teach children of all ages about Birds. There will be Bird Box building sessions in the Coach Yard, a...
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Bring the family to our enchanting Festive Market and meet Father Christmas’ reindeer, Elvis the cheeky Christmas pony and explore our indoor Winter Wonderland and festive themed trail. The market will be open on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December from 10am to 4pm.  There will be stalls selling gifts, food and drink and decorations. Warm your hands on a cup of mulled wine as you browse and take a break in our Tearooms where refreshments will be served throughout the weekend.   Christmas trees, grown locally on the Raby Estate, will be on sale in the Coach Yard along...
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Raby Castle will be open for the first time this November and December for visitors to explore the Deer Park and enjoy the views from the Castle terraces. Our Tearooms and Christmas shop will be open daily from 10am until 5pm for warming drinks and local craft beers, festive treats and seasonal shopping. Entry to the Tearooms and Christmas shop is free and we have a beautiful selection of traditional decorations and unique presents for sale. Christmas trees grown locally on the Raby Estate will be on sale daily from 1st December. The Castle will be floodlit after dark throughout December,...
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Special interactive tours of the Castle for children were introduced for the first time this year at Raby, led by Mike our Friendly Footman. They have been a huge hit with families and they are back again for October Half Term. We caught up with Mike to find out what visitors can expect from these fun events. How are the children’s tours different to other tours of the Castle? They are not a history lesson – although there will be plenty of tales from the past. These are fun events, full of activities and laughter. Time flies for the adults and the children and there is a chance...
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Raby Castle will be open for the first time during October Half Term this year giving families an opportunity to enjoy spooky treasure trails, children’s castle tours, games, crafts and much more. The tearooms and gift shop are now open daily throughout the year from 9am. The Park and Gardens will also be open daily until November 4th. Special autumn and Halloween themed children’s events will be held throughout the Half Term holidays from Saturday 20th October to Sunday 4th November. Halloween Trail Families can explore the 200-acre deer park and take part in a Halloween Trail...
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Raby Castle will be giving visitors a behind the scenes glimpse into areas that are not usually open to the public this autumn. This will be the first year that the castle and grounds have been open during the autumn. In addition to the exclusive pre-bookable guided castle tours, which will be held on selected dates in October, the park and gardens will be open until November 4 and the tearooms and gift shop will all be open daily from 9am all year. Castle tours will be held on selected dates between October 5 and November 4. Visitors will have a chance to hear fascinating stories of the...
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Christmas at Raby Castle will be bigger than ever this year with appearances by Santa’s real reindeer, Elvis the Shetland pony and an opportunity for children to enjoy breakfast pancakes cooked to Mrs Claus’s special recipe before joining Father Christmas for fireside stories. Adults can experience the castle at Christmas too thanks to an exclusive afternoon tea event which will be hosted in the Grand Entrance Hall where the roaring fire and huge tree will recreate the festive atmosphere of days gone by. There will also be a chance to glimpse some of the castle rooms all...
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The British Library has selected a 300-year-old work of art from Raby Castle’s private collection to illustrate its Discovering Literature project. The painting of poet Alexander Pope holding a copy of the Iliad, which he translated, is by Sir Godfrey Kneller and dates back to 1719. It is part of the castle’s extensive art collection and hangs in the Dining Room of Raby Castle, in Staindrop near Darlington, where it is on public display. Pope was born in London in 1688 and his famous written works include The Rape of the Lock, a mock epic poem about a woman whose lock of hair...
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