The House will reopen to visitors on Friday 31 July and will be open on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer.
As part of the initial reopening of the House, in order to maintain social distancing guidelines, the bedrooms and the Chapel will not be open as these are particularly small spaces with confined access.
Inside the House, enable QR code scanning on your mobile device to enjoy a new streamed audio digital guide, with an engaging narrative about the history of Castle Howard told by the people who live and work there.
Castle Howard is gearing up to reopen Skelf Island, its ingenious tree-top adventure playground, on Saturday 4th July, following the latest government guidance. New ‘Skelf and Safety’* measures will be in place to ensure that all visitors have space to play whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Abbigail Ollive, Head of Marketing and Sales comments, “We have been eagerly awaiting the announcement from the Government confirming that playgrounds across the country can reopen. We have been working hard to put our reopening plans into action, ensuring new rules aid social/physical distancing but whilst ensuring our visitors have plenty of fun! We are delighted to be welcoming back visitors to Skelf Island over the coming weeks.”
This week, as we approach Skelf Island’s first birthday, the marketing campaign for the launch of the playground has been shortlisted for the prestigious Museum & Heritage Awards. It is great to be recognised nationally for all the creative playground development that has delighted visitors within its opening year.
The Castle Howard Gardens reopened to the public on Monday 8th June and visitors have since been enjoying the spacious grounds with acres of meandering woodland paths, lakeside terraces, temples, and fountains. All visitors are required to pre-book tickets online via the Castle Howard website for capacity management purposes and will then self-scan at the Ticket Office to have contactless entry to the Gardens. The country estate has been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard on behalf of Visit Britain in recognition of exceeding government guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing. Full information of the new measures in place can be found on the Castle Howard website: https://www.castlehoward.co.uk/
* Pun courtesy of Castle Howard Marketing team! (Ed)
The Castle Howard Gardens and Grounds will reopen this week with new health and safety measures in place. Members of Castle Howard will be able to visit from Wednesday 3rd June, and then all visitors will be able to do so from Monday 8th June.
All visitors will need to pre-book tickets online via the Castle Howard website for capacity management purposes, and will then self-scan at the Ticket Office to have contactless entry to the Gardens. New safety measures have been put in place to reflect the government’s social distancing guidelines and full information can be found on the Castle Howard website: https://www.castlehoward.co.uk/
EVENT POSTPONED owing to Coronavirus: Ahead of the House reopening on 21 March 2020, Castle Howard have recently announced this new and exciting event which will mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of Evelyn Waugh’s seminal novel. The story was filmed at Castle Howard for the 1981 TV series and the subsequent feature film in 2008. The Brideshead Festival will be held from 26 to 28 June 2020 and will bring together the worlds of literature, film, TV and heritage. There will be a vibrant mix of speakers and performers, as well as a host of other associated activities.
For “A Christmas Masquerade” the House is stunningly decked out in Venetian Carnival style. As you progress through the rooms you may encounter members of the Commedia dell’Arte troupe there to entertain you. The magical immersive experience culminates in the Long Gallery, which is spectacularly adorned as the Grand Canal.
Don’t forget to visit the chapel, which has been dressed by children from Slingsby School working with Castle Howard’s charity of the year, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
There will be twilight opening on Saturdays 14 and 21 December.
For more info and a 10% booking discount, see the Castle Howard website HERE
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