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 gearing up for another busy weekend.
Raby Castle’s Events Manager, Rachel Milner, said: “The good weather of the last month has meant more people are getting out and about, whether that be on days out or just in the garden at home. This year’s Orchid Show will include a small selection of local plant nurseries for the first time, selling not just Orchids but garden plants too, so we’re hoping people will come out to find new plants, as well as orchids, for their gardens and inside their homes”. Miss Milner went on to say “Those familiar with the Orchid Show will still find orchid growers and sellers from around England and Europe, as well as displays from The North East of England and Darlington Orchid Societies, we’ll also be holding a series of talks and lectures over the 2 days, and visitors will have the opportunity to ask for advice from the experts on how to make the most of their orchids.”
The show at Raby has become one of the most significant orchid shows in the North East and is one of a number of events planned to take place at Raby Castle this summer. Admission to the Orchid Show is included in normal admission to the park & gardens and is free for those with a Raby Park & Gardens Season Ticket, further information about events can be found by clicking here.