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  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, Regards, The...
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  The collection of Horse Drawn Carriages at Raby Castle was catalogued this week, for a major project being organised by the Carriage Foundation.  David Haigh and Bill Addinall, travelled from Huddersfield on behalf of the Carriage Foundation visited to have a look at our collection of horse-drawn vehicles. The Carriage Foundation is a group of experts and enthusiasts of horse-drawn vehicles who work on an entirely voluntary basis! The Foundation’s first major project will provide a freely accessible online database containing a detailed list of historic horse-drawn...
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  During Spring 2016 Raby Castle was transformed into a film set for the new and upcoming series of Victoria, premiering on Sunday 28th August on ITV. Victoria, a British drama, follows the early life of Queen Victoria, from her accession to the throne at the age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert. The eight-episode series includes Doctor Who and Emmerdale star Jenna Coleman as Victoria, alongside other names such as Eve Myles, best known for her role in Torchwood. Here at Raby Castle we were thrilled to be chosen as a location for various scenes in the...
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  Robert Hillary, a Tour Guide who has worked at Raby Castle for 8 years, has been short-listed for this year’s Durham Tourism Superstar Award in recognition of his hard work and dedication. The competition, which is now in its third year, is run by Visit County Durham and seeks to honour and celebrate tourism professionals who go the extra mile to ensure visitors enjoy their stay. Robert began working as a guide at Raby Castle after retiring from local government. He grew up in Raby Avenue, Barnard Castle and fondly remembers family visits to the Castle, so it seems fitting...
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County Durham Federation of Young Farmers Clubs are again organising a pleasure ride to help them raise funds for their organisation. There will be the option to complete either a 5 mile or 10 mile ride which is off-road on private land, in a virtually traffic free area of fantastic scenery. Parking for horseboxes is within the grounds of Raby Castle, please enter through the main gates and follow signs for Horsebox Parking. Riders can pay and enter on the day and can set off between 10am and 12pm. Riders are asked not to arrive any earlier than 9.30am. The cost is £10 for YFC...
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  Due to the inclement weather conditions over the past few days and the weather forecast leading up to the weekend, we have no choice but to cancel the Horse Ride which was planned to take place this Sunday, 17th April, at Raby Castle organised by Co Durham Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. The horse box parking area is sodden with no chance of drying out enough before the event. We hope that a future date can be found to re-schedule the event.   We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience...
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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Harry John Neville Vane, the 11th Baron Barnard, who died peacefully surrounded by his family, at his home Raby Castle, Staindrop on Sunday, 3rd April 2016, aged 92 years. The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very sad...
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In celebration of Visit England’s new campaign - The Year of the English Garden, we thought we’d make a start by telling you a little bit more about the walled gardens here at Raby Castle. The 18th century walled gardens at Raby Castle are set within a 200 acre deer park in the heart of Teesdale. Designers such as Thomas Wright of Durham and James Paine worked to establish the gardens which now extend to five acres, with formal lawns, rose gardens and ornamental pond framing picturesque views of the Castle and the valley beyond. The Gardens have been considerably altered during...
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On Sunday 13th September 2015, Raby Castle, Park & Gardens will be open as part of Heritage Open Days, a national scheme which aims to either, open up historic places usually closed to the public or, allow access for free. Therefore there will be no admission charges for visitors to Raby Castle on Sunday. The Raby Deer Park, Walled Gardens, Gift Shop and Tearooms will be open as usual between 11am and 5pm. We do expect a high volume of visitors and therefore have decided to open the Castle slightly earlier than normal, at 12.30pm instead of 1pm. Due to some space restrictions in some of...
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