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.
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In aid of All Saints Church roof repair fund.
Please help us reach our fundraising target which we have to achieve for a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid.