“Wish Upon a Frozen Star”, Castle Howard’s Christmas event, which had been scheduled to start on 28 November, has regrettably had to be cancelled.
Castle Howard said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce that ‘Wish Upon a Frozen Star’, this year’s Castle Howard Christmas event has been cancelled. Following the Government announcement of a second national lockdown from 5th November until 2nd December we have spent a lot of time as a senior team trying to find ways to make the light show event work, however the conclusion is that it is not logistically or financially viable to try to delay the get in period and the opening of the event.
All bookers will be contacted by See Tickets to organise refunds and we thank you for your support, and understand there will be many disappointed people. We are extremely disappointed ourselves not to be able to make this new magical event happen this year, but the safety of our staff, our visitors and the financial stability of the organisation have to take priority to ensure we can come back next year with another Christmas event that will once again surprise and delight our visitors.“
Set within the grounds of the Castle Howard Estate, the Classic Car & Motor Show will take place on Sunday 4th October (having been rescheduled from June). It will offer a spectacular day of motoring heritage ideal for enthusiasts, day trippers and families. With over 500 vintage, classic and modern classic vehicles on display, over 40 trade and auto stalls plus quality food, drink and ice cream on offer, the event is set to be a great day out for the whole family to enjoy.
The Classic Car Show is included within a Castle Howard Gardens ticket (free for Friends of Castle Howard). This event is compliant with COVID-19 Government guidance and we politely ask, due to the recent guidelines that visitors pre-book online and do not book for more than 6 people in a party (unless your household or support bubble is more than 6 people). To book, visit: https://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view-4/classic-car-show-2
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/
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