We were kindly invited along to experience Raby Castle’s Fire Side Stories with Father Christmas,a magical setting at any time of year with the deer roaming the parkland around the beautiful medieval castle but its extra special at Christmas! The grand entrance hall of the castle is filled with the most beautiful Christmas decorations, lights, and warmth from the fire!
Father Christmas and his footmen will have you giggling and full of Christmas spirit in no time as you sit to enjoy the fireside story which is a fun-filled mini pantomime. The footmen are fabulous! The kids all get involved cheering, booing and even have a little dance.
It’s very much a group experience but of course, Father Christmas makes time to give out a little present to all of the children on the good list. You also have time at the end to get a photo with Father Christmas by the beautiful tree. Who can resist the chance to get a selfie with Father Christmas?
Raby Castle is located on the A688 approximately 8 miles northeast of Barnard Castle.
Raby Castle, Staindrop DL2 3
Prices start from £20 for 1 Child plus 1 Adult, more information and booking availability can be found here
Whilst at Raby Castle we also had a look around the beautiful gift shop packed full of wonderful gift ideas. We grabbed a bite to eat within the Stable cafe too the menu isn’t huge and a little limited for children but what we had we really enjoyed. You also have the chance to buy your Christmas Tree within the courtyard, you can pick your own tree from an impressive selection of Nordman Fir and Norway Spruce.
You also have the opportunity to explore the Enchanted Festive Forest, its £4.50 per child and is located within the riding school (like a huge barn) you make your way through a tree-filled trail which is filled with an array of colorful and lit up decorations including a miniature village scene, a walkthrough post office/sorting room for the elves, then you can get your photo on the beautiful sleigh . At the end, your child is given a small gift for completing the trail and the chance to sit and enjoy some festive crafts.
*We were gifted free tickets for the Fireside Stories with Father Christmas in exchange for an honest blog post review. I purchased food and paid for the entry to the Enchanted Festive Forest.