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This month we have welcomed the arrival of a new bull to our herd of Longhorn cattle at Raby Castle. Raby Kaiserchief was actually bred here seven years ago and we are delighted to welcome him back to the herd. There has been a Longhorn herd at the castle since the 1970s. Over the years our cattle have won numerous trophies at various agricultural shows and we have had a number of Breed Champions at the prestigious Great Yorkshire Show. The herd was established and managed for many years by the late Peter Boylett whose hard work and dedication as farm manager at Raby Estates helped to...
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If you love history and meeting new people why not consider volunteering at Raby Castle and learn more about the heritage on your doorstep? The castle is looking to boost its team of volunteer stewards who give up their time to share the historic property’s fascinating stories with visitors. In return they are given an in-depth insight into Raby Castle’s architecture, artefacts and past. To find out more book to attend one of the information mornings, which are held on Mondays and Tuesdays with tea and scones being served. Contact custodian@rabycastle.com or call 01833...
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As well as the day-to-day activities at Raby Castle, we like to play our part in the community by hosting other events. In 2018, there are some fantastic events to look out for through the year, with something to suit just about everyone. Why not pop some of these dates in your diary?   Easter Family Fun From Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April, we'll be organising some great activities for families. Join us for an Easter trail, seasonal crafts and much more. The trails and giant outdoor games will be on site throughout the school holidays, so call in any time to join in the fun....
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Our refurbished Tearooms will be open from 9am every day from Saturday 24th March and regular visitors will notice that it isn’t just the décor that’s changed. Tickets are no longer required to access the Tearooms and Gift Shop and we hope this will make it much easier for people to visit regularly. The Tearooms is a cosy place to meet friends for coffee and this year we will also be serving a selection of brunch dishes including avocado on toast and locally sourced eggs, bacon and sausages. Come with family and friends to enjoy a delicious lunch or afternoon tea. We...
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  We always look forward to opening the gates for a new season at Raby Castle, but this year is going to be extra special. Over the winter, we have been making some changes to the castle and grounds which we hope will make it an even better place to visit in 2018. Our focus has been on delivering the best possible experience for all our visitors, whether they’re here for a full day out or just calling in for a coffee with friends. We re-open for the new season on Saturday 24th March and you’ll notice quite a few improvements when you come and visit. New ticket office...
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  We are recruiting! Come along to our recruitment day at Raby Castle on Saturday 17th February 12-4pm. A fantastic opportunity to join a growing team of dedicated, enthusiastic people across a wide range of roles at Raby Castle, High Force and the wider Raby Estate. Positions are available in the following departments:MAINTENANCE, TEA ROOMS, ADMISSIONS, RETAIL, HOUSEKEEPING & ADMIN. Applicants must have strong customer service skills and be incredibly flexible in their approach. Every day is different at Raby! Click here for more...
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  High Force has been chosen as one of the finalists in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018. Now in their seventh year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 are a celebration of the British countryside and its people, from mighty landmarks and outstanding national parks to the best nature reserves and finest rural pubs. This year, readers of Countryfile Magazine were invited to send in their suggestions for the greatest sites in the countryside. An expert panel then gathered to review all of the submissions, and whittle the nominees down to five in each category. Voting...
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  If you’re looking to order logs form Raby Estates over the festive period, please take note of our Christmas opening hours: Yard and office closed 12pm 22nd December 2017 Office re-opens for orders Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Yard re-opens for collections Friday 5th January 2018 Wishing all our customers a very merry Christmas and a happy new...
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  Raby Castle is launching a volunteer programme and is now recruiting for the first intake of volunteers ready to start the visitor season which runs from March to October 2018. In what continues to be an exciting time of change at Raby Castle, the introduction of a volunteer programme will ensure that Raby is best placed to meet the challenges and realise the opportunities of a bright future that lies ahead for this historic house in the 21st century. Volunteer Stewards will play a crucial role in helping to open Raby Castle to visitors, with customer service at the heart. In return...
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  A group of walkers from Raby Estates in County Durham and Holker Estate in Cumbria, have raised a total of £7000 for the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). The combined team of 17 staff, friends and canines from the Raby and Holker Estates joined forces on the 3rd November, as part of the ICR's Climb of Life Appeal, which has celebrated 30 years of fundraising this year by attempting to climb 30 peaks. The joint team, led by Raby Estates CEO, Duncan Peake, were assigned the Coledale Fells in the Lake District and managed to climb five peaks in one day. They began by climbing...
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