20th Anniversary of Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust!

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GWRYCH TRUST CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY Summer 2017

BBC coverage of our 20th Anniversary

In 1997, a twelve year old Mark Baker, set about raising the profile of one of north Wales’s most iconic buildings by founding  Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, a registered charity, to seek a long term solution for the castle and grounds. He had watched Gwrych Castle being asset stripped and its remaining interiors destroyed by New Age Travellers and others and realised the cultural loss suffered was enormous so it became his ambition to restore public access back to what had been a major asset in the north Wales economy. Against all the odds, the fortunes of Gwrych Castle were reversed from being a forlorn, abandoned privately owned and abused building to a much cherished heritage asset that is becoming once again part of the local area.  Many books have been published to engage the community with its shared history of the castle and its connection with the local area.

Twenty years later, Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust has a 25-year lease for five acres of the site which has enabled it to begin restoration of the first section of the castle with the Countess’s Writing Room in the Gardener’s Tower being used regularly for writing groups, the formal gardens are regularly opened and were included in the Gardens North Wales Festival (www.gardensnorthwales.co.uk) and for the public to explore via guided and self-guided tours safely during opening hours: 9am – 4pm each day. Our main aim has been to make the castle safe for visitors and locals alike.

All of this would not have been possible without the team of amazing volunteers; some retired, some still at school, some voluntary, some as part of programmes from Job Centre Plus and other organisations, some with a love of history, some with a love of gardens, some to help with tours and events, some to gather archival materials. But the one thing all the volunteers have in common is that they love Gwrych Castle and work hard to restore, renovate and revive it. Without that passion none of this would have been possible. If you wish to join this amazing team email gwrychtrust@gmail.com

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Trust’s founding we are holding a series of events at the castle:

  • 19th and 20th August – a Medieval Festival
  • 16th and 17th September – the first International Drone Competition which has attracted competitors from all over the world to come to Abergele
  • 1st October – For our four legged friends, we will be holding a family fun dog show
  • Halloween – there will be a whole series of events so keep an eye on the website
  • December – the return of Father Christmas plus a new event, a Victorian Christmas Fayre
  • New Year’s Eve – another amazing party complete with fireworks.

To keep up with everything that is going on at Gwrych Castle follow our website www.gwrychtrust.co.uk and join our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gwrychcastle

Ghost Hunt 29th July £30

We will be taking you where the haunting is happening. Following a guided tour, guests will then be taken on vigils around the grounds of the castle and the restored tower. £30 per person.

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There have been reports of guests connecting with the Countess of Dundonald and the other ghosts that haunt Gwrych Castle. Over the years many have felt, heard and also communicated with the spirits of old game keepers, servants and the dark energy of Lord Dundonald. Are you brave enough to spend the night in a haunted castle?

We will commence with a short welcome talk where you will be escorted you around the castle. After your safety walk, guests will be divided into smaller groups and the lights will be turned off. In the smaller groups vigils will take place in and around the castle using a range of paranormal equipment including dowsing rods and table tipping for those who want to participate.

It is advisable to wear layered clothing as temperatures can get cold on investigations and we recommend flat shoes with non-slip soles, as you will be walking around in the dark and on staircases with no lighting. Don’t forget your torch as the event does take place in locations that will be dark. You are welcome to bring cameras and personal paranormal investigation equipment. There will be tea/coffee available during the night and time to catch up with other group members. Please note alcohol is not permitted during the investigation.

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This event is for persons aged 16 and over only.

All proceeds go to the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust.

Midsummer Celebrations: Garden Party, Ghost Hunt and BBQ!

  • Our next open weekend is taking place on 17th and 18th June between 12pm and 5pm to celebrate midsummer.
Thank you for supporting Gwrych Trust!

 

Gwrych Castle Mother’s Day Weekend – Cream Tea & Garden Tour

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Cream tea is a quintessentially British tradition to be enjoyed by all – a deliciously elegant way to say thank you to mum!

Peacocks at Gwrych Castle Gardens

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Cream Tea and Tour – £15.00 per person (£10 for under 16s)

The afternoon tea includes:

Pot of Welsh tea
Two fruit scones, strawberry preserve, clotted cream
A slice of Bara Brith with butter

Cream Tea with Prosecco and Tour – £20.00 per person

The afternoon tea includes:

Glass of Prosecco
Pot of Welsh tea
Two fruit scones, strawberry preserve, clotted cream
A slice of Bara Brith with butter

Since the 1800’s when Anna, Duchess of Bedford would become hungry in the afternoon, Cream Tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880′s, aristocratic women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea and it became a great social occasion.

The gardens at Gwrych Castle played host to such occasions during the time of the Countess of Dundonald, now its your chance to relive those days.

The gardens at Gwrych Castle

All proceeds are to raise funds for the restoration of the conservatory at Gwrych Castle Gardens. Please inform us of any dietry requirements prior to arrival. Gluten, wheat and dairy-free options are available. 

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Gwrych Castle Open Gardens 4th and 5th March

Gwrych Castle Open Gardens
4th and 5th March
12pm to 5pm
£5 per adult and £2.50 for children
Trust members come for free!

Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust invites you to join us at our first event of 2017 – Gwrych Castle Open Gardens.

There is lots going on for a fun packed family day out:

Bushcraft and Wilderness School (booking essential)
Chainsaw Carving and Demonstrations
Traditional Building Skills Demonstrations
Woodturning using Gwrych Castle Timber
Bee and Natural Habitat Awareness
Exhibitions
Craft Stalls
Guided Tours of the Castle and Gardens
Cream Teas, Light Snacks and Refreshments in the Formal Gardens
Come and see the peacocks now living in the grounds of the castle! Can you get a selfie with one of them!?

To book the Bushcraft and Wilderness School – limited places:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gwrych-castle-bushcraft-scho…

Car parking is available for free at Manorafon Farm, located within the Gwrych Castle Estate.

Spring Events 2017 Dates Released

Dates for your diaries – 2017 Spring Events

Saturday and Sunday 4th/5th March Spring First Open Weekend of 2017

Sunday 26th March Mother’s Day Garden Open Day

Sunday 16th April Easter Sunday and Countess’s Birthday Easter Egg Hunt and Madhatter’s Tea Party

Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May Bank Holiday Open Weekend

We are also doing private tours which can be booked through Facebook or the Trust website.

Ghost hunt tickets will be made available on Facebook as well in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your support!

Writing Workshops at Gwrych Castle!

Writing Workshops at Gwrych Castle!

The restored writing room of the Countess of Dundonald in the Gardener's Tower

Come and write in the Countess’s Writing room at Gwrych Castle

Workshops every Thursday starting on Thursday 26th January 2017 and run from 1.30-3pm
Cost £7.50 per person per session (£2.50 of which goes to Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust) 
Limited to 8 places so book NOW!
Contact Diane on barefootatthekitchentable@gmail.com or text on 07792460329

Workshops will cover wild walks, writing about emotions, season, questing, comparing the sublime and romantic and lots more

The Countess dressed for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902