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Christmas at Castle Howard: Following a record-breaking 2022, Castle Howard release tickets for their 2023 Christmas event
The North Yorkshire stately home is set to be transformed into Neverland from 11th November Iconic North Yorkshire stately home Castle Howard have released tickets for their 2023 Christmas event, Christmas in Neverland. Last year’s 2022 event saw a record-breaking visitor numbers, which was a landmark moment for the stately home in the context of post-pandemic recovery.
Christmas in Neverland will run from 11th November to 2nd January. Castle Howard’s 300-year-old House is transformed with floristry, installations, props, soundscapes and projections, creating a Peter Pan inspired festive experience.
• 7th August – Tickets available for Castle Howard Gold Members
• 8th August – Tickets available for Castle Howard Silver Members
• 9th August – Tickets available for Castle Howard e-newsletter subscribers
• 10th August – Tickets available for everyone
Charlotte Lloyd Webber Event Design are creating the magical installations inside the House for the sixth year running, including a Mermaid’s Lagoon, Captain Hook’s Cabin, and the Jolly Roger. The team are prioritising sustainability and using recycled materials including paper and glass in their designs. imitating the dog, a northern theatre company specialising in digital projections, are joining the team for the first time to create projections and soundscapes.
Father Christmas is also paying a special visit to the stately home. Visitors can book for Father Christmas in the Castle to meet him in the main House, or Santa’s Grotto to meet him in the Stable Courtyard. Wreath Making and Guided Tours are also available, plus a special opportunity to meet Design Director of CLW Event Design, Adrian Lillie, and enjoy a Guided Tour from his creative perspective. Christmas at Castle Howard previously starred in documentary programmes on Channel 4. Castle Howard Through the Seasons, a four-part docu-series was released in November 2022, and one-off Christmas at Castle Howard was released in November 2021.
Castle Howard was celebrated at the Museum + Heritage Awards in London earlier in the year, winning Marketing and Communications Campaign of the Year for Into the Woods: A Fairytale Christmas; Castle Howard’s 2022 Christmas event. Castle Howard came top of the category, which was judged by a panel of respected industry experts, alongside other fantastic, shortlisted campaigns and organisations, including Tate Liverpool and the Imperial War Museum. Abbi Ollive, Director of Marketing and Visitors, said: ‘Christmas at Castle Howard is a special event for so many of our visitors and we’re thrilled to put tickets on sale for 2023. We’re excited to transform the grand Castle Howard halls into a festive treat full of creative storytelling, designed to delight and inspire our visitors. The Peter Pan story is a beautiful, nostalgic, and heart-warming, and we’re hoping everyone that experiences it rediscovers their inner child and leaves believing in fairies.’
British-grown Christmas Trees, local Christmas supplies from the Castle Howard Farm Shop, and beautiful keepsakes from the Gift Shop and Bauble Emporium will also be on offer over the festive period. Christmas Afternoon Teas are also available, plus a festive menu in the Courtyard Café and Christmas Marquee.
Castle Howard’s charity partner for 2023 is Great Ormond Street Hospital. Visitors can choose to add a donation when they purchase their tickets. Peter Pan author JM Barrie gifted the rights to the hospital. Castle Howard is delighted to fundraise for them this Christmas. Dates All tickets will be available for general sale via the Castle Howard website on Thursday 10th August, 12 noon: castlehoward.co.uk
Christmas at Castle Howard events:
• Christmas in Neverland – in the main House, 11th November – 2nd January
• Christmas in Neverland Guided House Tour – November 13 – 17, 20 – 24, 27 – 28, 30th
• Father Christmas in the Castle – in the main House, 25th November – 24th December
• Santa’s Grotto – in the Stable Courtyard, 1st – 24th December
• Christmas in Neverland Guided House Tour: Meet the Designers – November 17th, 24th, 1st
• Wreath Making Workshop – November 27th & 28th
• The Darlings’ Afternoon Tea – various dates in November and December
Father Christmas in the Castle Access Performances
• BSL Interpreted Performance: Tuesday 12th December, 5.15pm
• Relaxed Performance: Wednesday 13th December, 6.30pm (To book tickets for this
performance, please email email@example.com)
Christmas in Neverland Guided House Tour – BSL Interpreted
• Thursday 23rd November, 3.30pm
Castle Howard will run a media event for Christmas in Neverland on 10th November. Invitations to this event will follow, but please get in touch if you’d like to secure your place early.
About Castle Howard
Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, England, 15 miles north of York. Set in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Castle Howard is a private residence and has been home of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Castle Howard was commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Carlisle in 1699 and took over 100 years to complete. Successive generations have welcomed visitors to the House and it was first opened to the public by George Howard in 1952. Visitors can expect dramatic interiors and world-renowned art collections inside the House. The Gardens offer extensive woodland walks, temples, lakes and fountains with an adventure playground, Skelf Island, for the younger visitors to burn off steam.