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A member of the Raby castle staff team is hoping to complete a European rally in a hearse to boost funds for a life saving charity. Alan McKerchar, custodian at Raby Castle, in Staindrop, Teesdale, will be teaming up with his son Ross, 22, to take part in the Fireball Rally next month. The pair will be driving their 1995 Ford Scorpio hearse from the castle through eight European countries over four days in a bid to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). The pair will set off on September 6 before travelling through France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Austria,...
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Raby Castle has been chosen by the UK’s leading holiday rentals site HolidayLettings.co.uk (owned by TripAdvisor) as one of the final 12 competitors in the running to be named the UK’s Most Popular Castle. To win the award, the Castle will need to receive the most votes on the Holiday Letting’s website. Voting ends on 20th June (mid-night), with the Castle receiving the most votes crowned “The UK’s Most Popular Castle 2017” on the 21st June. To drum up the support for our Castle, vote here – and feel free to encourage others to do the same! You can...
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Easter Saturday marks the beginning of the open season for Raby Castle, Park & Gardens, which will now be open from Wednesday to Sunday each week until the end of September. This is the first time the Castle and grounds have been open on Saturdays. As well as this, during the peak summer season in July and August, the Castle, Park & gardens will be open each Tuesday and bank holidays as well – giving you even more opportunities to visit! Visitors are welcome to explore the fully intact rooms inside the Castle, as well as the 200 acre deer park and picturesque walled gardens....
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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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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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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 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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