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Castle Howard has launched their 2018 Christmas Tree Appeal with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as this year’s chosen charity.
A longstanding tradition, the Charity Christmas Tree stands outside the magnificent 19th century Chapel and greets visitors on their magical journey through the decked out halls and festive themed rooms of the House.
The Charity Tree this year is at one with nature, decorated with birds, pine cones and delicate snowflakes. Adding the finishing touch to what is one of the most festive Christmas experiences, the Charity Tree reminds visitors of the joy of giving and the spirit of goodwill with all donations going to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
The charity, which works to create a Yorkshire rich in wildlife for the benefit of everyone, looks after over 100 nature reserves across Yorkshire and has been involved in many important projects over its 70-year history. From protecting our precious seas and coastlines and campaigning to save nationally important habitats to empowering young people to become Tomorrow’s Natural Leaders, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust continues to play a huge part in protecting Yorkshire’s wildlife.
The region’s stunning natural landscape and the wildlife that makes its home here is a subject close to the heart for many at the Yorkshire estate. ‘Landscape and conservation have always been at the heart of Castle Howard’ says Nicholas Howard, of Castle Howard. ‘Looking after our natural heritage is just as vital as preserving our magnificent buildings and monuments and, as stewards of the land, we believe it is important to protect and enhance our native wildlife. We are delighted to be supporting the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and their vital work with our Christmas Tree Appeal.’
The sentiment was echoed by Amanda Spivack, Director of Fundraising and Engagement at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who said, ‘we’re very excited to be part of Castle Howard’s Christmas Tree Appeal this year. It’s a fantastic way for people to support their local Wildlife Trust and the kind donations will help us to make Yorkshire a wilder place, both for wildlife and for people!’
For more information about Christmas at Castle Howard, please visit www.castlehoward.co.uk or to find out more about Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, check their website www.ywt.org.uk
Weather warning: high winds
Please note that the arboretum will be closed on Thursday 29th November due to expected high winds. This includes members’ opening 8 am-10 am. The cafe will be open from 10 am, and Willow Wreaths workshops will be taking place in the Visitor Centre 10 am-12 pm and 1:30 pm-3:30 pm for those booked to attend.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
We have been to Castle Howard several Christmases to view their special displays, but there is no doubt that this year’s display is by far the most stunning.
Professional designers Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Bretta Gereke have worked with the theme ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ (you know the song – seven swans a swimming , six geese a laying etc.) to produce a stunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages. Younger visitors can enjoy a bit of virtual reality by indulging in a little elf boxing, decorate a virtual Christmas tree and see Santa flying over the rooftops!
Open fires, candle light and live music evoke all that we love about this special time of year, with the iconic 25 foot traditional Christmas tree adorned with over 3000 baubles providing a breath-taking highlight in the Great Hall. It took two days to decorate this tree alone! The long gallery uses evocative lighting and stunning detail suspended overhead, showing the lords leaping, pipers playing, ladies dancing etc.
For the first time this year the house will be open between Christmas and New Year. Check the castle website for details and remember – if you book online you will receive 10% off admission.
Photographs and words courtesy of David Thornley
“The Harrying of the North”
By Professor Gillian Waters
University of York
In 1066, William Duke of Normandy won the Battle of Hastings, but this was only the beginning of the Norman conquest of England. In 1069 the Anglo-Scandinavian North rose in rebellion and ravaged York in conjunction with a fleet of Danish Vikings. William the Conqueror retaliated viciously, Harrying the North, slaughtering livestock and burning seed corn. It is said that recorded that no village remained inhabited between York and Durham and that the countryside remained empty and uncultivated for three generations. This talk examines the events leading up to the Harrying of the North and the impact of this event on the North of England.
The Library, Malton School, Middlecave Road, Malton, YO17 7NH
Admission: Friends FOC, Visitors, are very welcome, £3.00.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author: Richard Croft.