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

 

Roast Haunted! New Year’s Eve Ghost Hunt

New Year's Eve at Gwrych Castle
Fancy something different this New Year’s Eve?

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Gwrych Trust in conjunction with DeadLive are hosting an evening at Gwrych Castle to bring in the New Year with a twist! There will be roast food, frights, fireworks and champagne to raise a toast to 2017. We will be taking you where the haunting is happening. Following a guided tour, dinner will be served in the formal gardens with amazing views out over the Vale of Clwyd. Guests will then be taken on vigils around the grounds of the castle and the restored tower.
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?
After food, we will commence with a short welcome talk followed by an equipment presentation. DeadLive team will escort you around the castle with lights on. 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, K2 meters, and table tipping for those who want to participate.

Gwrych Fireworks

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. As well as the roast, there will be tea/coffee available during the night and time to catch up with other group members. At midnight, the fireworks display will commence and guests will be able to watch the spectacular displays which will be going off from Gwrych Castle and across the Vale of Clwyd. Please note alcohol is not permitted during the investigation.

This event is for persons aged 16 and over only.

Tickets cost £35 per person.

All proceeds go to the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust.

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Victorian Christmas Grotto at Gwrych Castle – 3rd to 23rd December

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Whether marking a child’s first Christmas or honouring an age-old family tradition, a visit to the Victorian Christmas Grotto at Gwrych Castle is the perfect way to start the festive season, as well as an opportunity to make special memories that will be remembered forever. Father Christmas will be paying a special visit to the Countess’s tower which has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Journey through the Gwrych Castle winter gardens before meeting Father Christmas in his tower grotto. You are welcome to take as many photographs with Father Christmas as you wish. As children wait anxiously to meet Father Christmas they’ll write their letter to him and post it in his North Pole postbox at the castle. Each child will take home a special gift from Father Christmas.

The Grotto is located in the restored Gardener’s Tower in the formal gardens at Gwrych Castle. When you arrive, please park by the castle’s office on the main drive. You will be met by one of Father Christmas’s elves who will show you the pathway up to the gardens. There is a short walk with a gentle incline to reach the gardens from the main drive. The booked timeslot is for an hour – please arrive promptly as the whole experience will take approximately 45 minutes.

Gwrych Castle Victorian Christmas Tree

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Due to limited space each child visiting Santa’s Grotto may be accompanied by a maximum of two adults. Ticket price is £10 per child. Terms and conditions apply – full non-refundable, non-transferable pre-payment required at time of booking. A booking fee of £1.21 per ticket will be charged for all orders. 

Halloween at Gwrych 2016

Happy Halloween!

 

Halloween 2016 will be a spooktacular weekend at Gwrych! On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October there will be evening ghost walks around the castle, followed by a ghost hunt. On Sunday 30th in the afternoon there will be a pumpkin, firework and fancy dress party! On Halloween itself we will have select tickets to spend a night in the Tower…
Tickets for the Ghost Walks and Ghost Hunts are Limited! Book below: 
Do you dare to spend the evening in one of Wales’s most haunted locations? Ghost Hunts on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October:
Will you find out the mysteries of Gwrych and walk in the footsteps of the Countess’s ghost? Ghost Tours of the Castle on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st:
There will be a Family Open Day on Sunday 30th between 3pm and 7pm afternoon there will be a pumpkin, firework and fancy dress party! The firework display will be at 6.30pm.
Keep an eye out for a special event to take place in the restored tower on the night of October 31st! More details soon…

Vote for the Restoration of Gwrych Castle Gardens with Tesco’s Bags of Help!

Our project has been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s #BagsofHelp initiative! Vote for us to win the top prize in store! Between 31st October and 13th November 2016 you will be able to cast your vote for the restoration of Gwrych Castle Gardens at Tesco Stores in Abergele, Prestatyn and Llandudno Junction. When you shop you will be given a token and with that you will have the opportunity to vote for the Gwrych Castle Garden Restoration! This grant will enable Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust to restore the historic formal gardens back to its former glory. The aim of the Trust is to ensure that the public has access to this great heritage asset. The re-creation of this designed landscape as a community garden provides a new chapter in the castle’s history.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store from 31st October to 13th November on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards. In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.

Please support this project by voting for Gwrych!

Bags of Help website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Vote in Tesco stores 31 October – 13 November to help us secure a Tesco #BagsofHelp grant @Tesco_Wales