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October 2017

Festive Afternoon Tea at Castle Howard is a very special, sumptuous experience: an exquisite  selection of savoury treats created by Head Chef David Haynes and a stunning array of sweet delights prepared by Head Pastry Chef Vanessa Wade, served beside a roaring fire in the elegant Grecian Hall.  You can always add a celebratory glass or two of champagne, if you wish!

The ambiance is exclusive: with only a very limited number of seats available, you’ll feel in the lap of luxury for the afternoon. The Afternoon Teas are served at reserved tables, with sittings at a selected times on different days, so you can enjoy your visit to the House and Grounds and experience 'Angels on High', our Christmas installation, before or afterwards.

How to Book 
Simply choose your preferred time and date on the website here, and book your admission tickets and Afternoon Tea tickets in the same transaction to ensure you are seated together. Please note, Afternoon Tea is available only to those with Christmas admission tickets, which include both the House and Grounds.  Tickets must be booked online at the latest by midnight on the day before your planned visit.


Christmas Admission, plus Afternoon Tea:  £43.95
Afternoon Tea only (for Friends and Annual Pass holders)  £25 

Friends and Annual Pass holders should choose the Annual Pass ticket when booking Afternoon Tea, and must present a valid membership card on the day of the visit. If Friends are visiting with non-members, these guests require regular admission tickets plus their Afternoon Tea booking.

You will receive confirmation of your booking via email.  Please print this confirmation and present  it to the ticket office on the day of your visit. 

Unfortunately, due to the nature of our Christmas afternoon tea we are unable to cater for those with gluten, wheat or dairy allergies.

September 2017
Tickets for our hugely popular Audiences and Enchanted Evenings with Father Christmas will go on sale on Wednesday 27 September. Tickets will be sold via the Castle Howard website only and will be available to buy from 9am.

Daytime Audiences 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.

Enchanted Evenings 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 during our Christmas opening period from 25 November until 23 December. Please check the website for dates and session times.

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

Please note, if you are not a Castle Howard Friend or Annual Pass holder and are buying a ticket for a child to see Father Christmas, accompanying adults will need to purchase admission tickets. See the individual event information for prices.

Find out more by visiting our What's On pages for November and December.
August 2017
Castle Howard Proms is set to impress audiences this Saturday, 19 August, with a Spitfire flyover, classical anthems and firework and laser finale.

Buy now and save: tickets are still available and can be bought online before 4pm on Friday 18 August. 

Classical Brit Award winners BLAKE will take to the stage alongside soprano Joanna Forest and the London Gala Orchestra conducted by Stephen Ellery and compered by BBC Look North's Clare Frisby. 

Gates open for the outdoor picnic concert from 6pm and the main programme begins at 7.30pm. Buy your tickets today and save. 

The Spitfire flyover and aerial display will go ahead despite problems announced today with the Battle of Britain’s Memorial Flight’s Spitfires and Hurricanes.

Tickets will also be available to buy on the night - £38 for adults and £5 for children. 

July 2017

We've got great days out for the whole family this summer with a packed programme of events.

The Castle Series Triathlon returns this weekend and with races suitable for all there's still time to give it a tri... Or why not cheer on the competitors as they battle it out across our course which includes a dip in the Great Lake, a cycle through the rolling hills and a run through the parkland.

Become a Castle Howard explorer and join in the adventure this summer. Capture children's imaginations with woodland quests, bank holiday challenges and an introduction to kayaking. Taking place on selected dates from Wednesday 26 July to Sunday 3 September. Plus craft activity, children's trails, boat trips and lakeside adventure playground.

Enjoy a fun foodie day out at the Great British Food Festival on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, with chef demos, challenge stage, bake stage, artisan market, kid's activities and more.

The Proms returns to the lawn on Saturday 19 August with star soprano Joanna Forest and classical harmony group Blake taking to the stage alongside the London Gala Orchestra for all your Proms favourites. Plus spitfire flyover and firework and laser finale. Book your tickets today and get planning your perfect picnic - with children's tickets just £5 it's a great family event.

Remember Castle Howard Friends enjoy free entry to most daytime events and a discount on Proms tickets too. Find out more about becoming a member.

May 2017
Tickets for our Proms concert on Saturday 19 August are now on sale! BOOK NOW for an early bird price.

This spectacular classical concert will be a night to remember for the whole family. Confirmed guest soloists include Brit Award winners Blake and rising classical star soprano Joanna Forest, who will be joined on stage by the London Gala Orchestra.

The programme will include popular classics, songs from musicals and Proms favourites including Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Pomp & Circumstance No 1 plus a spitfire fly-by. All of which will create a magical evening of music which concludes with a stunning laser and firework finale.

Castle Howard members save an additional 10% on ticket prices. Find out more and book your tickets today
April 2017
Enjoy all the fun of the farm this Easter when we welcome a miniature donkey, adult micro pig, miniature Shetland pony, sheep, guinea pigs and more to our petting farm. 

Race to the centre of our straw bale maze and snap a selfie with the scarecrow. Head off into the gardens on our Easter farm trail, spotting the animals that have wandered from the farm. 

In the gardens and park enjoy boat trips and bird watching on the Great Lake, a brass rubbing trail in Ray Wood and swing your way around the adventure playground. 

Easter Farm Fun takes place daily from Friday 14 to Monday 17 April. Family tickets start from just £19.99, find out more.

Don't forget to visit our cafes to sample our new menus, and browse our new shop ranges - take a look at our top shop picks in our Easter gift guide
March 2017
It's the time of year when the gardens are transformed with a carpet of brilliant yellow daffodils, their pretty trumpet petals turned up to the sun and bobbing in the breeze. 

As the gardens come to life, so too the house is once again beginning to stir and will reopen on Saturday 1 April. Easter is the perfect time to visit and take in the blooming gardens and our Farm Fun event, which takes place from Friday 14 to Monday 17 April

We're also delighted to announce a host of nationally recognised floral designers who will be sharing their passion for flowers at our annual Flower Festival from 29 June to 2 July 2017. Pre-bookable demonstrations will be led by Ian Lloyd, Jonathan Moseley, Andrew Grisewood and Derek Armstrong. Find out more.
March 2017
Treat yourself to an afternoon tea experience, with a visit to the house and gardens followed by our specially created tea served in the elegant Grecian Hall.

Our team of chefs have created an indulgent offer which includes artisan breads with a variety of fillings, a selection of handmade pretty patisseries, traditional scone and cream and a range of savoury bites. Served with a selection of teas and coffee, or why not add some sparkle with a glass of Champagne.

Afternoon Tea tickets, which include admission, are on sale now and are available on selected dates.

Book now.
February 2017
As the cold days of winter give way to spring, children will enjoy exploring our gardens and discovering nature’s signs that the seasons are changing.

Using our spring spotter sheet as a guide, keep your eyes peeled for pretty white snowdrops, spot magnolia buds preparing to bloom and listen out for the twittering sound of the dawn chorus.

See what else you can find in our grounds which show the gardens are coming to life after the long, cold winter.

Let off steam at the adventure playground and refuel at the Boathouse Café which will be serving up drinks and snacks daily throughout half term, from 18 to 26 February.

Find out more
December 2016
Explore the great outdoors this Christmas holidays with festive walks around the gardens and estate to reinvigorate after the over-indulgence of Christmas!

Whilst the house closes on Friday 23 December, the gardens and adventure playground are open every day except Christmas Day for those wanting to stretch their legs, or park up and discover the wider estate on a longer walk.

The coffee shop offers hot drinks and treats for those in need of refreshment at the start or the end of a Boxing Day walk and from 27 December enjoy breakfast and lunch options and a spot of shopping at the stable courtyard too.
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