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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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This Sunday marks the opening of our popular festive season, with the Taste of Teesdale Christmas market taking place between 10am and 4pm. There’ll also be freshly cut real Christmas trees on sale and the famous Raby Christmas Shop and Tearooms will also be open daily until 22nd December between 10am and 5pm in the grounds of the Castle. The Taste of Teesdale Christmas Market, which is organised by Barnard Castle Farmers Market, will feature around 30 stalls offering the very best food & drink ideas from around the region. Fresh Raby venison will be available on the market,...
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Tickets for our popular Santa’s Grotto have gone on sale online. Santa will be in his woodland grotto here in the grounds of the Castle from 30th November until 22nd December 2014. The grotto will open on Sunday 30th November, along with Raby’s renowned Christmas Shop, Tearooms and freshly cut Christmas Tree sales, and we’ll also be welcoming the Taste of Teesdale producers market for the first day of our Christmas season. To reduce queue times, visits to Santa’s Grotto must be booked in advance, available dates and times can be checked by clicking here. Visits to...
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With over 30 local exhibitors, we’re sure you will enjoy wandering around the array of stalls here in the grounds of Raby Castle on Sunday 21st September 2014.  Enjoy the musical and family entertainment we have lined up, including the famous Punch & Judy show from Brian Llewellyn, and up and coming local folk group Gegenforde. Hailing form the village of Gainford, this group of 8 friends had a love for playing their instruments, so after deciding to set up their group in 2013 they now have a repertoire of over 90 folk songs, Gegenforde will be playing a number of acoustic...
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The Park and Gardens at Raby will be free for all visitors for one day only as we take part in Heritage Open Days on Sunday 14th September. Heritage Open Days is a three-day, National Scheme which aims to either open up historic places usually closed to the public or allow access for free. Visitors will have the chance to access Raby's 200 acres of historic parkland and 18th Century walled gardens, for which an entrance fee is normally charged, as part of Heritage Open Days on Sunday 14th September. The scheme is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year: “2014 is a landmark year for...
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If you’ve ever visited our beautiful and diverse county, you will soon realise why it has been nominated for ‘Best UK Holiday County/Destination’ in the British Travel Awards 2014. A visit to Raby Castle is enough reason to be nominated (we think, but we’re biased!), but visiting us also provides the perfect opportunity to explore more of the Durham Dales, and discover more of an extraordinary county. From attractions to incredible natural wonders and stunning scenery, the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will take your breath...
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This week the raspberries are ripening and we’re letting you pick your own! The Gardens at Raby are coming to their best at this time of year, with the Rose beds in full bloom and the herbaceous borders providing bright bursts of colour in amongst lush greenery – to see recent images of the Gardens, go to The Gallery pages. Probably the most exciting plant coming to its best are the three raspberry canes which span the Western Wall of the West Lawn. The lovely sweet pink berries are just starting to become ripe this week, but we’ve too many to be able to pick them all...
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This Saturday, 28th June 2014, Lord Barnard has kindly allowed the Butterwick Hospice to hold there Western Walk in Raby Park, and it looks set to be a great fun family event! The sponsored twilight walk, which will include family western themed entertainment before and after the walk, is in aid of the beneficial services given by the hospice freely to people in Teesdale, Weardale and the Sedgefield area. Butterwick Hospice are calling on you to get your posse together and pull on your best jeans, boots and checky shirt and mosey on down to join in the wild-west fun, which starts at 4pm,...
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