Christmas Fireside Stories at Raby Castle | Pip Milburn | AD
Raby Castle is a pretty magical place to visit but even more so at Christmas time. Set in 200 acres of parkland, the castle dates back to the 14th century. As you drive into the estate you can’t help but be impressed by its magnificence. If you’re lucky you may even spot a few Red or Fallow dear.
We were met at the stable by Mrs Bauble and her Christmas pony Elvis. It was a sunny but crisp day when we visited and quite cold. Make sure to wrap up warm! We were asked to arrive 10 minutes before our session but I would advise arriving a good 30 minutes earlier. You will then have time to grab a hot drink from the kiosk, browse the gift shop and pop to the loo.
Mrs Bauble and Elvis led the way to the castle where we were met by two of the castle footmen. Entering the Great Hall we were met by the most amazing array of Christmas trees and twinkling lights.. A log fire was crackling away in the enormous fireplace and the smell of Christmas trees and burning logs was amazing!
The children sat on small red chairs around the fireplace with the adults just behind. Once everyone was settled Father Christmas arrived and took his place in a comfy armchair by the fire.
The Footmen and Father Christmas told the classic tale of Cinderella, performed as a mini pantomime with lots of audience participation!
Each child was then called up in turn to see Father Christmas and be given a special present. The children were made to promise not to open it until Christmas morning, so I can’t tell you what is inside!
We then headed back to the stables for a hot drink and some delicious cake. The Stable Cafe is table service which did mean we had quite a wait to be served. The wait was worth it though as the cake we had was delicious and very reasonably priced.
In the stable court yard there is a kiosk selling hot drinks and snacks and a covered outdoor seating area. You can also do a spot of Christmas shopping in the gift shop and even buy a real Christmas tree!
Tickets for a family of two adults and one child is £22.50. I think this is a great price compared to other Christmas events we have attended. You can buy your tickets here.
We thoroughly enjoyed Christmas at the castle, it’s one of the best Father Christmas experiences we have been to. My daughter Izzy was entranced by the magic of the castle and we will definitely be returning next year.
*Tickets gifted in return for an honest review.