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For this evening's outdoor theatre the advice is dress for the weather. The performance is open-air and there is no cover. Bring your own seat, drinks and picnics. The Met Office says the rain is easing off a bit at 7pm. So don't be put off by the deluge this afternoon! Tickets are non-refundable. Leave umbrellas at home, they make it harder to hear the performance and for others behind you to see. Wear a hat, a poncho and a smile instead! Looks like it might not rain ALL evening! Click here to view the weather forecast for...
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Raby Castle, Park & Gardens has been awarded a Gold Accolade in the first round of 2015 VisitEngland Accolades in recognition of the quality visitor experience on offer. Assessing everything from customer service to catering and the facilities, the accolades aim to recognise those attractions going the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable visitor experience. Introduced by VisitEngland in 2014, the accolades are available to attractions that are part of the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme and are allocated through a scoring system based on an annual assessment by...
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Raby Estates has today launched new mobile versions of its websites, rabycastle.com and highforcewaterfall.com. The new websites can be found using the same website addresses, www.rabycastle.com and www.highforwaterfall.com but when accessed from a smart phone or tablet they will automatically upload in an easy to read format designed to be accessed on a handheld device. Raby Estates Marketing Manager, Rachel said: “We felt it was important to ensure our visitors could easily use our websites on their smartphones, especially during the holiday season when many people are...
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  In a change from our usual schedule, we will be operating guided tours ONLY on the following days: Wednesday 1st July Thursday 2nd July Friday 3rd July Monday 6th July Thursday 9th July There’s no need to book guided tours in advance, we will let you know the next available tour time when you arrive on the day of your visit, the Park and Gardens will be open to visit as usual. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused, if you prefer not to take part in a guided tour then we suggest you visit us on a Sunday or during school holidays. Our freeflow system,...
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Spring normally hails the beginning of some warmer weather, baby animals and spring blooms. It is also the start of the main tourist season and the re-opening of Raby Castle. On Sunday 3rd May until the end of September the Castle will be open on various days of the week for its annual opening season. Over the May bank holiday the castle’s gardens will also be hosting the 15th Annual Orchid Show on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May. After a bumper Easter weekend, when visitor numbers to the Castle, Park & Gardens increased by more than 29% from last year, staff at the Castle are...
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The stunning ‘Greek Slave’ statue, one of the most important artefacts from Raby Castle, has recently been transported to the Tate Britain, London, where it will be a highlight at their ‘Sculpture Victorious’ Exhibition which opens on 24th February.  Clare Owen our Curator said: “This is a stunning statue and one of our most treasured, we’re thrilled it was chosen to be part of this exhibition.” The statue is the primary version of one of the most famous sculptures of the 19th century and is the work of the American sculptor Hiram Powers who...
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The cold snap hit Raby Castle this week, but the ice and snow did not put off Press Association Photographer, Owen Humphreys as he ventured out in the freezing conditions in Raby Park to capture some stunning images of the landscape and wildlife. His photograph of our herd of red deer huddled together moving through the snow even made it onto the front covers of the national papers, including The Times and The Independent as well as numerous local papers and on-line galleries. We’re thrilled that Owen has allowed us to use some of his images to show our followers and they can be...
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  We would like to thank all our customers for visiting and supporting us over the festive season and wish everyone a fabulous, fun-filled Christmas and a very happy new year! The Christmas Shop, Tearooms and Christmas Trees are now closed for the rest of the winter. The Castle, Park and Gardens will re-open to visitors for Easter weekend 2015. Visit our events pages to find out what will be going on at Raby Castle next year. Season tickets for 2015 are also available to buy on-line now. They provide unlimited access to Raby Park and Gardens throughout the Summer season and also...
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We are taking orders now for seasoned hardwood and softwood logs for Pre-Christmas delivery. Logs can be delivered within 15 miles of Staindrop, please call 01833 660207 between 9am and 4.30pm to order. Christmas Opening Hours for ordering Logs: 24th December to 1st January: Closed 2nd January: Re-open for orders and collections.   Wishing all our customers a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New...
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A note from Santa's Elves: Santa is a very busy man and unfortunately he is now fully booked for children to come and see him at Raby Castle. He'll soon be getting ready for his long journey around the world, so we cannot take any further bookings. Don't worry, he'll still be visiting your house on Christmas Eve! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and sprinkle of pixie dust, Warmest Regards, The Elves Raby Castle Christmas Trees, with the Christmas Shop and Tearooms will also be open daily between 10am and 5pm from 30th November until 22nd December. Raby Castle will remain closed...
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