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October 2016
From 22 to 30 October, budding witches and wizards are invited to brush up on broom making, polish up on potions and put their trick or treating to the test with our Rusticus adventures! Plus daily creepy critter trail.
  • Broom Making: 22, 24, 26 & 28 October
This is the class that all the young witches and wizards look forward to! The Professor reveals the secrets of supernatural flight, as you construct and fly your own Supersonic Sweeper!
  • Potion Lessons: 23, 25 & 27 October
Cauldrons at the ready! The Potions Professor reveals some of the recipes from his ancient book of spells with enchanted eruptions, wizardy whiffs and a few more magical surprises!
  • Trick or Treat Training: 29 & 30 October
Give your wizard some wiz, your pixie some dust, and roar up your monster. Come and enjoy the magical world of Halloween, create wild and wacky characters and make spine-chilling Halloween masks. Visit in your best trick or treat costume for a Halloween treat.
Included in admission, workshops run in our Grecian Hall at 12noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm and places are allocated on a first come first served basis.
October 2016
Combine your visit to the house and gardens at Christmas with a sumptuous festive afternoon tea in our elegant Grecian Hall. Enjoy an exclusive private dining experience by the warming fire.

This indulgent treat is the perfect excuse for a pre-Christmas get-together with friends or a delightful seasonal celebration. Experience our grand interiors decked for Christmas before enjoying our brand new Christmas afternoon tea which has been created especially for the festive season by our head chef.

The afternoon tea will include a range of finger sandwiches, savouries, dainty cakes and scone plus a choice of tea or coffee.

The house is open for Christmas from 19 November to 23 December, with afternoon teas available on selected dates from 3pm - book now to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Visit our What's On pages for selected dates and prices.
September 2016
Tickets for our hugely popular Audiences and Evenings with Father Christmas will go on sale on Monday 19 September. Tickets will be sold via the Castle Howard website only and will be available to buy from 9am.

Audience with Father Christmas
Gather around the fire as our wizard WonderPhil entertains with magic; join in with Father Christmas as he tells stories and sings songs before handing out personalised presents.

Evening with Father Christmas
Gather in the Grecian Hall for a festive tea party before setting off on a candle lit trail into the house to discover Father Christmas and his bundle of presents.

Sessions are available at various times every weekend from 26 November and daily from 19 to 23 December.

Given the demand for tickets please be patient if you are trying to book on Monday during this very busy time.
August 2016

Head out on a summer expedition and explore Castle Howard's gardens this summer with daily activities to spark children's imaginations.

Discover more about wildlife and nature with:

  • Brass rubbing trail
  • Animal crafts
  • Boat rides with bird spotter sheets

And on selected dates, join:

  • Steve Race on wildlife photography workshops getting up close to the bugs, beasts, birds and butterflies that reside in the gardens.
  • Rusticus adventures on animal journeys of fantasy and magic, meeting wildlife characters out in the grounds.
  • York Bird of Prey Centre as they introduce owls and hawks with a chance to have a hold too.

Discover everything Castle Howard has to offer this summer, find out what's on when now!

August 2016
Our annual Proms Spectacular is almost upon us and the surrounding hills will be filled with the sound of classical favourites when the English National Orchestra take to the stage on Saturday 20 August.

Led by musical maestro Jae Alexander, the orchestra will perform rousing medleys from traditional orchestral arrangements to interpretations of modern pieces.

Also taking to the stage this year will be star soloist, Aled Jones and soprano Janet Mooney.

The concert will draw to a dramatic end with a spectacular firework finale lighting up the sky above Castle Howard's vast Great Lake.

Book your tickets now!
July 2016

Spend summer days exploring our gardens with daily animal adventures to keep the whole family entertained. From Wednesday 27 July:

  • FOLLOW THE FOOTPRINTS CHILDREN'S TRAIL with brass rubbings and animal actions
  • CRAFT TENT with mask making, finger painting and bug making
  • FAIRGROUND RIDES (from 28 July)
  • BOAT RIDES with binoculars and bird spotter sheet

We'll be adding to the outdoor adventures with interactive activities on selected dates:

  • RUSTICUS OUTDOOR ADVENTURES an introduction to nature's colourful characters
  • CHILDREN'S WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY with Steve Race from Yorkshire Coast Nature
  • BIRDS OF PREY handling and talks from York Birds of Prey Centre

Don't miss out, find out what's on when now in our packed calendar of summer fun! Family gardens tickets start from just £26.90 for 2 adults and 3 children.

Small additional charge for boat rides, fairground and face painting.
June 2016
More than 60 volunteers from local flower clubs and florists will work alongside Castle Howard florist Kymm to produce arrangements inspired by our lavish interiors at this year's flower festival, from 23 to 26 June.

Over 3,000 flowers and trails of greenery will be used to create a variety of displays including arrangements in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday, a suspended installation of flowers and book pages and garlands intertwined with honeysuckle and clematis.

Outside, the gardens will be in full bloom and there will be drop-in demonstrations, talks and tours and market stalls to enjoy.

Visitors to the flower festival will also receive 10% off in the garden centre.

Find out more...
June 2016
The Yorkshire Post Motor Show comes to Castle Howard for the first time on 19 June. This classic car rally will see hundreds of vintage vehicles lined up in the grounds alongside family friendly entertainment, trade stands and aerobatic spitfire display!

Motors of all makes and models will be on show with a particular focus on the best of British, classes will include American Car, Kit Car, Military/Commercial, Pre-war, Post-war, Sports Car and Motorcycle.

Other entertainment includes Sargeant Major stilt walkers, vintage fairground including big wheel and dodgems and petting farm with rabbits, ducks, goats and more. Plus a great range of catering options.

Book tickets online now and save 10%
May 2016
Our triathlon returns on 23 and 24 July. Sign up today and enjoy an exclusive 20% discount on all race places using code: CASHOW16.

The Castle Howard Triathlon is tailored for all levels, from first timers, to children aged 8 – 15 years old and elite performers; there is a chance for everyone to take part whether in a team or individual.

The weekend event will see the return of Bailey Matthews, winner of the Helen Rollason BBC Sport Personality of the Year. Eight-year old Bailey has cerebral palsy and wowed hundreds of spectators with his incredible performance competing in his first triathlon in 2015.

We hope you will join us for the triathlon festival weekend full of children’s entertainment, live music and majestic sporting achievements; whether in lycra or cheering the athletes on!

If you need a little more encouragement why not enter our prize draw to WIN a pair of FREE places.
March 2016
There will be fun for all the family as our popular fairground and activities return this Easter, from Saturday 26 to Monday 28 March. Enjoy swingboats, chair-o-planes, helter skelter and magnificent views from the top of the big wheel. Search for our giant decorated eggs and big blooming flowers and meet Molly the Rabbit and the Lost Explorers in the gardens.
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