This year our hardworking elves are busy preparing for a magical Christmas across the Estate. Read on to find out what seasonal specials we’ve got in store for 2021.
Father Christmas at Raby Castle
What more magical a place could you wish for than to celebrate Christmas in a castle? Father Christmas and his jolly footmen will be making a special stop at Raby this year before the big day to meet good girls and boys. While Rudolf and his deer friends enjoy a rest in the Park, families can gather round the fireplace in the grand Entrance Hall to hear an exciting festive tale. With singing, dancing and all-round merriment to be had, our Fireside Stories have become a recurring highlight on the Raby calendar.
Enjoy the sights and smells of Christmas throughout our Coach Yard when you come and collect your Raby tree. Make a day of it and explore our Enchanted Forest Trail, or fit in some last minute shopping whilst savouring a hot chocolate from the Stables Café. Our freshly cut Christmas trees will be on sale from 27th November, as well as wreaths and foliage for you to decorate your home. Take a piece of Raby home with you this Christmas.
Festive Dining & Christmas Lunch at High Force Hotel
Put your feet up this Christmas and be treated to a delectable festive feast at the High Force Hotel. With all your favourite staples including mouth-watering Yorkshire puddings and a heavy serving of gravy – and best of all you won’t even need to wash up! Ditch the oven gloves for a glass of red and spend some quality time with family and friends in our picturesque Garden Room.
Follow the twinkling lights and sound of jingle bells through our wintry Walled Garden to collect our Christmas clues. Keep a look out for magical woodland creatures along the trail who might come out to play. A festive adventure for the whole family.
Treat a loved one to a special festive afternoon tea in Raby’s splendid Entrance Hall. Surrounded by towering Christmas trees and glittering decorations, you’ll be presented with a luxury, tiered selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones and cream, all to enjoy with a pot of tea. Or if you fancy a bit of bubbly why not order a glass of Prosecco? What a treat!
The perfect place to pick up an extra special Christmas gift. Wrap up warm and wander up to our Coach Yard on the first weekend in December to find rows of eye-catching stalls. From indulgent sweets to hand-made crafts, there will be an array of items to choose from. Don’t forget to pop into our Stables Shop for a bottle of our Raby Castle Traditional Ginger Wine.