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This is the time of year when our female deer give birth and although it is very exciting to see babies around the park we always remind our visitors to respect their privacy and keep a safe distance. If you see a baby deer in the park do not approach it, even if it appears to be on its own. Its mother won’t be too far away and you could be putting the calf and yourself at risk by going too close. There are a couple of important reasons why mothers and babies should be left alone. Mothers can become aggressive when protecting their young and we would encourage parents to make sure...
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Volunteering at Raby Castle can be a rewarding and fascinating hobby and our volunteers play an important role in helping us build a sustainable future for this important historic site.Everyone on the Estate values the important contribution of time and enthusiasm that our volunteers give so generously and we are always pleased to hear about their own positive experiences of being part of the Estate team. We spoke to one of our volunteers Val about why she loves being part of the visitor experience at Raby Castle and how much she’s discovered about its rich history. Val Fawcett has...
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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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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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