Christmas Grotto at Gwrych Castle

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 old Bakehouse which has been transformed into a winter wonderland. Journey through Gwrych Castle grounds 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 Bakehouse at Gwrych Castle. When you arrive, please park on the castle's main terrace. You will be met by one of Father Christma’s elves who will show you the pathway up to the grotto. There is a short walk with a gentle incline to reach the grotto from the main terrace. The booked timeslot is for an hour – please arrive promptly as the whole experience will take approximately 45 minutes. The timeslots are at 11am; 12pm; 1pm; 2pm and 3pm.

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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.

The Grotto is located in the restored Bakehouse at Gwrych Castle. When you arrive, please park on the castle’s main terrace. You will be met by one of Father Christmas’s elves who will show you the pathway up to the grotto. There is a short walk with a gentle incline to reach grotto from the main terrace. The booked timeslot is for an hour – please arrive promptly as the whole experience will take approximately 45 minutes. The timeslots are at 11am; 12pm; 1pm; 2pm and 3pm.

Gwrych Castle Dog Show 1st October!

Fun Dog Show!

Doors open at 11am and Dog Show starts at 12pm
£1 per dog per category
Registration at tent prior to entering
Rosettes for winners 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Face-painter, BBQ and much more!

Entry by donation – all monies raised go to the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust

Dogs on leads at all times

International Drone Racing Competition 16th/17th September

Come witness the battle of the drones as they go on an assault course through the castle! Who will win?!

The first event is being held at Gwrych Castle, North Wales on 16th/17th September 2017. We truly belief that this crusade will see £1000’s raised for much needed restoration to Castles around the United Kingdom. If you have a drone, race a drone or never flown a drone, then Drone Crusaders is the place to be. Simulators, stalls, race teams, air diplays and more. Join our Drone Crusade!

Over the weekend there will be freshly cooked bacon & sausage sandwiches, hand reared lamb batches and a BBQ all supplied by our good friend at a local Micro Farm. There will be a night race on the Saturday night and a projector displaying the racers vision onto the Castle Wall giving you a real feel for the skill required to fly these crazy 120mph+ drones

£6 adults, £3 children
10am til 5pm

More details about the night time drones soon…

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!