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May 2018

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our much anticipated Beatrix Potter May Half Term Extravaganza! 
May 2018

Dear Friend

We emailed you yesterday with a link to a membership survey which unfortunately contained an error that prevented it from being opened.

We would like to apologise for sending 2 successive emails but we have now rectified this error.

Please click here to be redirected to the survey page, completing it will only take a couple of minutes and your assistance is greatly appreciated.
May 2018

Dear Visitor,

Dance around the Boar Garden and be entertained by the spectacular New York Brass Band as Castle Howard brings you a May Day Fete with a twist this May Bank Holiday.

With coconut shies, quoits and other traditional games from bygone era, the Boar Garden will come to life. This May Day Fete is sure to be the perfect family day out.

Fresh from hit performances across Europe including Glastonbury Festival, The New York Brass Band will be performing at Castle Howard on Sunday 6th & Monday 7th May 2018 at 12.30pm - 1.30pm and 2pm - 3pm (both days). Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans inspired Brass Band will be bringing the funk revolution to Castle Howard.

Entry to the Fete and Brass Band concert is included in standard admission price and is free to Friends of Castle Howard.

Find out more here...

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

April 2018

Dear Friend

This year Castle Howard has granted permission to a master's student from Durham University to conduct research into the membership scheme. Dani Hardman's research will focus on the motivations of members and seek to understand these motivations to produce a report on the best practices available to sustainably meet the motivations of members.

We would be extremely grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey. This will help Dani to fulfil the needs of her research and also help us to understand the needs of our members and improve the scheme in the future. 

Please click here to complete the survey.
April 2018

Dear Friends, 

As you know, protecting Castle Howard and ensuring its existence long into the future is a key priority for the Howard family and Castle Howard staff. All of the revenue we generate from admission and memberships, to our Holiday Cottage and Holiday Park, to selling scones and magnets, goes directly back into conserving and improving the House and Estate. 
April 2018

Dear Members


With summer just around the corner, there’s a fantastic range of new and exciting events for you to look forward to over the coming months.


Make the most of your membership with a range of discounts on exclusive event tickets throughout the season...


April 2018

The Castle Howard Triathlon is back for 2018! Taking place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July it is sure to be a great day out for all. 
March 2018

As Friends of Castle Howard, you are invited to the opening night of  Mat Collishaw's innovative exhibition which is sure to dazzle your senses. For more information and to book your place please click here.
March 2018

As the gardens come to life so too does the House as we prepare to reopen this Saturday (24th March). Tickets are available to book online in advance, book now and save 10%.

We have a new and exciting events programme for 2018, which includes...

March 2018

What's On? 

As the Gardens come to life, so too does the House as it prepares to reopen on Saturday 24th March.

Mat Collishaw Exhibition Preview
As Friends of Castle Howard you are invited to the opening night of the innovative Mat Collishaw Exhibition on Friday 23rd March, 5.00pm - 7.00pm.

Mat Collishaw is a key figure in an important generation of contemporary British artists and this exhibition is sure dazzle your senses. His broad practice includes sculpture, photography, film and installation. 

Collishaw worked in partnership with evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller to produce Centrifugal Soul, a 3D zoetrope based on Miller's theory that the human capacity for making art stems from natural instincts of courtship and reproduction. The sculpture on show at Castle Howard animated birds of paradise as they perform elaborate mating dances and extract pollen from wild blossoms. This work was hailed as 'nothing less than a contemporary masterpiece' by The Sunday Times. 

Tickets are free of charge, find out more here...

Easter Holidays
The Easter Holidays will be stacked full to the brim with fun activities to entertain the whole family.

Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt with a twist around the Gardens. Several birds have lost their eggs, we need some intrepid egg-splorers to help reunite them. Look out for wildlife along the way with our new bird spotters guide and then hop on a binocular boat tour of the Great Lake to spot some of the water birds Castle Howard is famous for. 

We welcome WonderPhil back after sell out Magic Shows in January. WonderPhil will be running family magic workshops and performing a daily magic show, from Tuesday 3rd April to Thursday 5th April. 
Click here for more information and to book your Magic tickets.

Celebrate Easter by indulging in a unique Afternoon Tea experience in our elegant Grecian Hall from Friday 30th March to Sunday 1st April. Your Afternoon Tea will include a selection of handmade patisseries, traditional scones and cream and a range of savoury bites. Friends of Castle Howard can indulge at the discounted rate of £25 per person.
Find out more about our Easter Afternoon Teas...

Easter Sunday Service
We warmly invite you and your family to our Easter Sunday service in the Castle Howard Chapel. We are delighted that Bishop Graham Cray, former Bishop of Maidstone, will be leading this year's Eucharist Service which starts at 10am on Sunday 1st April 2018. 

Please contact Rachel Henley, Chairman's Office, if you would like to attend: / t:01653 648660. 

Entertaining in Castle Howard's Kitchen
Join author and lifestyle expert, Amy Bates, in the Howard family's kitchen for an exclusive cookery demonstration and two course lunch with wine on Tuesday 10th April.

Amy is a successful author (writing as Amy Willcock) with a passion for entertaining. Using the best seasonal produce, sources from the Castle Howard Estate, Amy will demonstrate and deliver a three course meal whilst communicating top tips on creating the perfect tablescape. 

Be entertained by a day that consists of good food, good company and secrets of what life is like behind the scenes at one of Britain's best loved stately homes. Silver Members will be eligible to receive a 5% discount on tickets and Gold Members will receive a 10% discount. 
Find out more...

Summer Concerts

The Proms
The Castle Howard Proms are back for another year! Taking place on Saturday 18th August, this spectacular classical concert will be a night to remember for the whole family. 

Guest soloists include Lesley Garrett CBE and tenor Geraint Dodd who will be joined on stage by the London Gala Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell. 

The programme will include popular classics, songs from musicals and all of your flag waving favourites from the Proms including Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Pomp & Circumstance No.1. With a Spitfire flyover, stunning lasers and a spectacular firework final, this will be a magical evening of musical entertainment. 

Castle Howard Silver & Gold Friends are entitled to a discounted ticket rate, using discount code: 'MEMBER10'. For additional information and to book your tickets please click here.

UB40, featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey
Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue form Britain's biggest reggae band UB40 and they will be live at Castle Howard this summer, playing their infectious feel-good Jamaican inspired grooves on Sunday 19th August. 

They will play their greatest hits and new tracks from their latest album 'A Real Labour of Love'. Over 35 years in the music business and over 70 million record sales worldwide, 13 Top 20 albums and iconic songs like Red, Red Wine, Kingston Town, One in Ten, (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You to name but a few. 

Castle Howard Silver & Gold Friends are entitled to a discounted ticket rate, using discount code: 'MEMBER10'. For more information and to book your tickets please click here...

We look forward to seeing you soon. 

If you are a user of Instagram, make sure you follow our account to see what we're up to, with exclusive photos being posted regularly from across the Estate and behind the scenes. @castle_howard

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