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Make it a Christmas to remember at Raby Castle

Think an enchanting Christmas trail, deer walks and festive shopping. Plus, we have an exclusive update on Raby Castle's exciting new development for 2024.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 22.11.2023

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Get ready for a sleigh load of festive fun at Raby Castle.

Picture enchanting Christmas trails winding through winter wonderland woodlands, complete with deer encounters and a magical Christmas Market inside a magical medieval castle.

Get ready to sing along to carols and wrap up your visit with a festive food box at the Yurt Café and discover new adventures at the Plotters’ Forest that’s been transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland.

We’ve rounded up what’s on our to-do list this Christmas at Raby Castle

ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS TRAIL

When: 18th November 2023 – 7th January 2024, 10am – 2pm & 4pm – 6pm

Where: The Plotters’ Forest at Raby Castle

Price: from £4.50

Step into Raby Castle’s Enchanted Forest, where twinkling lights and festive tunes create Christmas magic. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa from the Plotters’ Pantry, explore The Plotters’ Forest, and follow the captivating Enchanted Christmas Trail.

Immerse yourself in the magic of the Christmas Trail, where lights and melodies guide you through a captivating winter wonderland. As night falls, watch the trail transform into a mesmerizing spectacle. Watch the little ones’ faces light up as they take on their journey through The Plotters’ Forest, creating cherished festive memories.

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

When: 2nd – 3rd December 2023, 10am – 4pm

Where: Raby Castle & Stables Shop

Price: free

Raby Castle Christmas

Step into the festive magic at Raby Castle’s Christmas Market and the Stables Shop – both holiday havens, filled with unique gifts and Christmas charm.  Explore stalls boasting delightful treats, seasonal goodies, and homemade wonders from local artisans – the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind gifts.

Whether you’re after foodie delights, jewellery, homeware, or crafts, you’re sure to uncover a special something for all your loved ones. And as shopping works up an appetite, refuel with takeaway bites and spiced mulled wine, all while soaking in the festive tunes.

HLN TOP TIP: Parking and market entry are free on both days.

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WINTER WALK IN THE DEER PARK

When: 18th November  –  24th December 2023, 10 am – 4 pm

Where: Deer Park at Raby Castle

Price: from £4.50 (Deer Park ticket)

Raby Castle Christmas

Step into the enchantment with a winter stroll in Raby Castle’s Deer Park. Across 200 acres of lush parkland, red and fallow deer freely roam against the castle backdrop. Explore walking routes, encounter friendly deer herds, and immerse yourself in nature, creating special Christmas memories.

Don’t miss out on the festive fun, discover the Decorate the Tree Trail, collecting decorations to add to the Raby Christmas Tree (complimentary access with a Deer Park ticket). Join the journey through the Deer Park, where woodland creatures play hide-and-seek with baubles, adding an extra touch of magic to your winter adventures.

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RABY CHRISTMAS TREES AND PRODUCE

When: From 25th November –  24th December 2023, 10 am – 4 pm

Where: Raby Castle

Price: prices vary

Raby Castle Christmas

There’s nothing like the smell of a real Christmas tree to get you into the festive spirit. Pick your perfect tree that’s been grown on Raby Estates, choose from Nordman Fir, Norway Spruce, or potted trees in various sizes.

And there’s no need to pre-book – make a day out of it and enjoy hot cocoa from the Cafe and explore their Christmas Shop. Plus, help the environment by opting for their chipping service, turning your tree into eco-friendly chippings used across the estate.

HLN TOP TIP: Make sure to recycle your tree at Raby Castle in the first two weeks of January.

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Raby Castle Christmas

NEW TO RABY CASTLE IN 2024

Raby Castle’s new Rising Development has hit a major milestone as bookings for the stunning new event spaces are officially open for 2024.

Raby Castle’s heritage buildings including the Dutch Barn and Riding School, plus a revamped Walled Garden and the upcoming Vinery Café Restaurant have been transformed.

These spaces aren’t just event venues; they’re unique experiences that offer the perfect space for any type of event. From product launches to market-style fairs in exclusive settings, an event hosted here blends history, character, and energy against Raby’s picturesque backdrop.

The Dutch Barn is a hidden gem that’s undergone meticulous restoration and offers an unmatched venue for special events. While, the Riding School, once a showcase for Raby’s equine past, is transforming into a flexible venue with over 400-person capacity.

For those seeking a stylish dining experience, the Vinery Café Restaurant, overlooking the High Vinery Garden and Raby Castle, seats over 200 guests and offers a changing daily menu with seasonal and locally sourced delights.

RABY CASTLE, STAINDROP, DARLINGTON DL2 3AH

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