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February 2018

The Castle Howard Proms is back for 2018! Taking place on Saturday 18th August, it's set to be a night to remember for the whole family. 

As you attended the 2017 Proms we would like to invite you to enjoy our spectacular classical concert again this year by giving you priority booking today (Thursday 22nd). Tickets will then go on sale to the general public at 9am on Friday 23rd February.

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 feature 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 spectacular firework finale, this will be a magical evening of musical entertainment. 

Additional Information: 

  • Tickets are available to buy online up to 4pm on Friday 17th August, after this time they should be purchased on the gate at the event
  • Child rates apply for 5-16 year, under 5's go free
  • A small booking fee applies
  • For hospitality sales, please call +44 (0)1653 648631
  • The Proms is an outdoor concert, and will go ahead whatever the weather. Please dress appropriately
  • Guests with a disability who require a carer should select the Disabled Guest & Carer ticket, which gives free entry to a carer
  • Designated parking is available for disabled visitors with access to the concert via a tarmac drive. The concert area itself is all on a sloping grass lawn
  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • This is a picnic style concert, you are welcome to bring you own food and drink (including alcohol in glass bottles). Please note the following items are not permitted: gazebos, tented structures, fires, barbecues, cookers, fireworks, lawn candles or any naked flames

Early Bird (until 3rd April): £28*
Early Bird (from 4th April to 17th August): £33*
On the Day: £38*

£5 for children* (5 to 16 years), children under 5 go free 

Members of the Castle Howard's Friends Scheme receive a 10% discount (discount not available after 4pm on 17th August). The discount code will be included in the next Membership Newsletter.

Gates open at 5pm. Main programme starts at 7.30pm. Interval from 8.30pm to 9pm. Finish at 10pm.

Please click here to be redirected to LPH Concerts booking page. BUY TICKETS

February 2018
February Half Term

As the cold days of winter give way to spring, children can enjoy exploring our Gardens as they come to life this February Half Term. 

Pick up our children's illustrated spotter sheet, look for pretty white snowdrops and magnolia buds and listen for the chorus of twittering birds. Let of steam at the Adventure Playground and refuel at the Boathouse Cafe which will be serving drinks and snacks daily throughout half term. 

We are celebrating Valentine's Day this half term with treats handmade by our Pastry Chef available in our Bakery.

Find out more...

Meet the Suppliers

Join our Farm Shop Manager Liam Spivey on Monday 28th February to meet some of our current and potential suppliers for 2018. The event will give you the opportunity to taste a great selection of products from new and existing suppliers, get samples to take away, as well as have the chance to purchase some of these potential new additions in our Farm Shop. 

Tickets are free but need reserving in advance, find out more...

Mother's Day

The first of our beautifully themed Afternoon Teas is here for 2018, starting with Mother's Day! Indulge in a unique Afternoon Tea experience in our elegant Grecian Hall on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March. 

Specially created by our Head Pastry Chef, commended at the 2017 Afternoon Tea Awards our Afternoon Tea events showcase the freshest seasonal produce. 

Your Mother's Day Afternoon Tea ticket includes entry to the Gardens so make the most of your day with a spring walk and admire the seasonal beauty of our landscapes and Gardens. 

For more information and to make a reservation...

Also for Mother's Day... our Farm Shop offers the perfect, specially created Mother's Day Hamper. Packed with delicious treats carefully selected from the artisan, award winning and local suppliers, who stock the shelves in our Farm Shop. All our hampers come beautifully packaged and presented, hand ties with a ribbon and tag. 

The Carriage House also offers a wonderful selection of gifts, with everything from exquisite floral toiletries to beautiful scarves and bags, the perfect gifts this Mother's Day. 

House Opening 

As the gardens come to life so too does the House as it prepares to reopen on Saturday 24th March 2018.

Annual Tree Auction

Our dedicated forestry team have been growing plants, shrubs and trees for over 55 years and we have a huge range available from native hedging, amenity and forestry plants to stunning ornamental trees. We welcome everyone on Saturday 24th March, from wholesale buyers to those who are looking to add something special to their garden. 

Sale to commence at 11.00am, with viewing from 10.00am at Castle Howard Tree Nursery. For more details...

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
January 2018

Dear Members

Whilst the House is closed, we're working hard preparing for our 2018 season. We thought we'd share some of the exciting things happening across the wider Estate in the coming weeks.

Meet the Castle Howard Farm Shop Supplier

Join our Farm Shop Manager Liam Spivey to meet some of our current and potential new suppliers for 2018. Liam would like your opinions on the suppliers and their ranges in order for him to decide which products to introduce for the new season.

The event will give you the opportunity to taste a great selection of products from new and existing suppliers, get samples to take away, as well as have the chance to purchase some of these potential new additions in our Farm Shop.

The event will run from 10.00 to 4.00pm in the Courtyard Café (upstairs) where we will ask you to fill in a simple questionnaire on the suppliers you have met.

Tea and coffee will be available.

Click here for more details.

Big Garden Bird Watch

Enjoy the gardens and woodlands at Castle Howard this weekend whilst taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch.

From Saturday 27th to Monday 29th January the world’s largest garden wildlife survey will take place. All the information collected helps RSPB understand how our garden birds are doing – it’s not just birds though, look out for foxes, squirrels, deer, frogs and toads roaming on the Estate too.

Either text BIRD to 70030 or visit to register and receive your free RSPB Big Garden Birdwarch pack.

We look forward to seeing you on Big Garden Bird Watch Weekend.

Yorkshire Arboretum

During 2018 the Yorkshire Arboretum will be working on the development phase of our Heritage Lottery Fund project 'If Trees Could Talk'. This aims to enable more people to visit and learn more about this place, its collection and its native flora and fauna - three strands of a rich heritage. Accessibility, in every sense, is the core of the project and they are looking to explore what this means during this year's development work. It will mean hard pathways and interesting interpretation, new activities and facilities.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete this survey, which will help the Arboretum shape this project. Responses will be anonymous if you don't choose to leave your email (with the opportunity to win a year's free Arboretum membership) and we will not share your information with anyone else.

Please click here to go to the survey.

We'll be in touch soon with information on our exciting new 2018 events program!

January 2018
Happy New Year from Castle Howard

At this time of year we are busy behind the scenes with a programme of maintenance in the House and are putting the final touches to our exciting 2018 events programme. Its a great time to enjoy winter walks in the woodland, gardens and let off some steam with the little ones at the Adventure Playground.  

We have a great range of winter offers and promotions in our Courtyard shops and Garden Centre including;

    * 50% off on our range of Aberdeen Angus Estate reared beef (until 28 January) from the Butchers
    * 30% off Stoneglow room fragrances, candles and many other gifts in the Carriage House shop
    * 50% off selected Pantry clearance ranges in the Farm Shop 
    * 50% off Thompson and Morgan seeds in the Garden Centre 
    * Free glass of fresh orange with our Full English Breakfast in the Courtyard Cafe 
    * Special Cream Tea offer in the Courtyard Cafe, £5.99 for scones, jam, clotted cream and a hot drink

In addition you will find our regular fresh meat and poultry offers in the Butchery and our 3 beers for £10 promotion in the Farm shop. The Garden Centre has lots to tempt you outside, with offers including 50% off hardy plants, clematis and multi-buy offers on spring bulbs and winter heathers.
There has never been a better time to visit and take advantage of all our winter offers, go for a stroll around the grounds and warm up with a tasty bite at the café.

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. @castle_howard
December 2017

Christmas really is all around us, now that December is here, and we've even had a sprinkling of snow!

At Castle Howard our festive celebrations are in full swing – and we hope you'll be coming to join us.

Angels on High

Open daily until 23 December, the glorious ‘Angels on High’ decoration of the house is thrilling visitors with its unique flamboyant spectacle, together with the towering 25ft Christmas tree in the Great Hall bedecked with 3,000 baubles, and the return by popular demand of the gingerbread Castle Howard. With daily live music, the house is a fabulous festive experience. For a taster of what to expect watch our new video trailer here

Our younger guests are loving the 'Cherub Spotter's Trail' around the house and ‘Father Christmas’s Magical Garden’ – three rooms of the house transformed into a mini winter wonderland, complete with tiny ‘elf cottages’ to explore.

Santa's Boathouse Grotto

But the big news is, in addition to our sold out Father Christmas events in the house, Santa has taken up residence in his cosy Boathouse Grotto, to hear the Christmas wishes of even more children. Weekends only until 23 December, sessions from 10.45am. Tickets are £5 from the Ticket Office.  Book your slot on arrival, and hop on the Christmas Express to whisk you down to the Boathouse.

Shopping and Eating

Castle Howard itself, and the Courtyard are packed with opportunities for festive eating and drinking; and a fantastic range of shopping options:  from exclusive gift ideas to festive food treats galore from the Farm Shop and butchers – don’t forget to order your turkey! (Friends of Castle Howard will receive 10% off when ordering a turkey before 10 Dec); plus plants, Christmas trees, and presents for gardeners, pets and their owners at the Garden Centre.

Castle Howard – your total Christmas experience.

PS If you are a user of Instagram, follow us to enjoy our Angel themed 'Insta Advent Calendar' @castle_howard

November 2017

As a Friend of Castle Howard, we'd like to offer you priority booking on our post-Christmas Magic Show. For the first time, we have programmed some family entertainment in our new Courtyard Stables space, which will help you keep the festive spirits high, right until schools go back for the New Year.

With a combined 14 years of entertaining and performing magic shows, WonderPhil and Josh Benson, of Big Kids Entertainers are bringing their hilarious and fun-filled magic shows to Castle Howard this Winter. 

Their shows are high energy, imaginative and full of interaction. Perfect for children under 12 years. 

'The best children's entertainment in town' (Northern Echo)

'Brilliant' (Gary Barlow)

Location: The Courtyard Stables
Dates: 28 December – 7 January

Times: Daily shows at 12noon & 2pm
Tickets: £5 online, £6 on the door. Gold Friends can enjoy 2 free tickets

Booking for Friends is now live and general tickets will go on sale from Monday 20 December.

Book Now

November 2017

Angels on High

Christmas is definitely coming, and we are really looking forward to welcoming you to Castle Howard from this coming weekend: the House, Gardens and Grounds are open daily from this Saturday 18 November, to Saturday 23 December. You can see our team hard at work  preparing in our Christmas video here.

The house is looking glorious, filled with a host of angels, inspired by Castle Howard’s art collections, architecture and interiors.

Angels on High is the flamboyant vision of theatrical Creative Producer, Charlotte Lloyd Webber, and ranges from intimate room sets to grand baroque flourishes. Each of the rooms has its own angelic detailing, from tiny cherubs to the stunning theatrical finale Gallery of Angels, flying the 45m length of the Long Gallery.

November 2017
Dear Friends of Castle Howard,

As many of you will have seen in your recent Friends Autumn/Winter 2017 Newsletter, we are holding an exclusive preview of Angels on High next Friday 17 November.

As a Friend of Castle Howard you are warmly invited to experience this year's festive installations in the House before we open for our Christmas season on Saturday 18 November. Join us from 6pm until 8pm for a sneak preview of the House plus an optional Q&A with Creative Producer Charlotte Lloyd-Webber in the Chapel, who will talk about the inspiration and execution of Angels on High.

To book for this free event, especially for Friends click here.

If you would like to book into the Q&A please let us know by emailing

If you have already registered to come, we look forward to seeing you on Friday.

Watch our Christmas video, Castle Howard getting ready for Christmas here.
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.
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