Open Weekend 13th and 14th August – Randolph Turpin Celebration

13th and 14th August 2016

12pm til 5pm each day

£5 per adult and children over 12 – £2.50 for children 

Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust welcomes you to join and celebrate the life and achievements of world champion boxer, Randolph Turpin. On August 13th and 14th we will be travelling back to the summer of 1951, 65 years ago, to Turpin’s great win against Sugar Ray Robinson. During the weekend there will be a variety of events taking place:

  • Exhibition Fights
  • Randolph Memorabilia Exhibition
  • Stalls and
  • Guided Tours
  • Medieval Encampment within the Castle Grounds by the Garrison of Gwrych
  • Lord of the Wings Falconry Display
  • Live Music from Mistrafunk
  • Jay Gatling Magician
  • Stiltwalkers
  • Firebreathing
  • Traditional Morris Dancers ‘Clerical Error’
  • Come and view the Restored Gardener’s Tower
  • Experience the magic of the Castle!
  • Plus much, much more..!

Spaces are available for stalls – please get in touch!

Party in the Park – Family Fundraiser 4th and 5th June 2016

The Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust Fundraising Family Event

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of June 2016 12pm till 4pm each day
*Last Admission 3.30pm as the site will shut at 4.30pm
FREE Guided tours
FREE Children’s entertainment
TOWERS: come and see the restored Gardener’s Tower
TRUST: Meet the team! Come and view the work that’s has been done to date

Come and Celebrate the Queens 90th Birthday with us!

Step back in time and immerse yourselves in the sights, sounds and smells as you travel from the 9th Century up to World War II, meet our Knights, maybe even handle a weapon. Come and see our birds of prey or maybe have a go at archery

Throughout the Estate their will be children’s entertainment Clowns Circus skills with activities Donkey rides Didgeridoo Music Our nature trail will be a learning experience for children of all ages Have a go at your own artwork and try your skill at making gifts

Refreshments available throughout the site, facilities, stalls, toys, games and much more

Entry fee £5.00 at the gate, under 12’s donation.

Parking will be available at Manorafon Farm. Be sure to wear non slip footwear and clothing for all weathers. It is approx. 1 mile from car park to the main terrace. Disabled access limited. Minibus shuttle service available to ferry visitors to the castle from the car park.

 

Open Day May 7th 2016 – 12pm to 4pm

Art at Gwrych Open Day 7TH May 2016

12pm to 4pm

£5 per adult, donations for children

An afternoon of art themed events in the gardens and restored tower at Gwrych. Thanks to a grant from Voluntary Arts Week we are inviting the public to come and use the castle as a muse for inspiring their creativity. The castle will be the backdrop against which our imagination will run wild. Artists featured include Nadine Carter-Smith, Liz Bolloten, Ceri Leeder, Yasmine Boudiaf and Liz Hodgkinson. Each artist will be working on a communal piece that features the castle or elements from its history. Come and have a go. If you are a photographer or a writer, bring your tools of work and be inspired. For those who want something different, we have a ‘selfie challenge and treasure hunt’. Refreshments will be available on site and we are asking for people to park in Abergele rather than on site. All funds raised will go towards to continuing conservation and restoration of Gwrych Castle.
Come and see the restored Gardener’s Tower and take in the beauty of the castle and gardens!

Dr. Mark Baker

Thank you!

A thank you to Everyone… there are times when we have to look back and thank Everyone for their support. 2015 has been a great year for the Gwrych Estate.
You are all welcome to join us. www.gwrychtrust.co.uk
Just ensuring that everyone is aware that we are thankful to EPM for allowing us to further our work on the Gwrych Estate.
We do appreciate that our hard work is valued and look forward to further progression. Thanks to the support of EPM, and the public we are able to continue
I thought it should be noted that EPM are donating an area of the site to the Volunteers & Trust with a lease pending and all donations & proceeds raised by Gwrych Trust are solely that, and no proceeds go to Edwards property management Uk Ltd as a result of Gwrych Castle Preservations Trust’s work at Gwrych. Thank you again.
We look forward to continuing our work and to 2016 and progression.
Thank you very much for supporting the Gwrych Trust Everyone.

Gwrych Trust 2016 Calendar Released – 100 Printed – Limited Edition

The Gwrych 2016 Calendar is now on sale on our Shop page.

For anyone living locally, Siop Ganol Newsagents in Llanddulas, is selling the Calendars, Also available at Hilary’s Florist in Chapel Street, Abergele or Threeways Garage (near the McDonalds roundabout) in Abergele. So please go there to purchase and order if you do not want to have yours posted out,

We will process your order on the next working day.

Picnic in the Park Sunday 23rd August

Sunday 23rd August, from 12 noon until 4pm.

There will be refreshments, ice cream, dance, stalls, children’s games and entertainment with Mickey our resident DJ for the day, emergency service stands in attendance inc., local Police stand, wildlife and nature/dog Pet Rescue Charity stands, Merlin Animal Rescue from St. Asaph, RSPCA doing a identity chip service for pets. (All dogs most welcome on short leads).

History Exhibition and guided tours. This is intended to be a leisurely afternoon on the Estate and feel free to use our chairs or bring a chair and blanket and picnic on the Estate. We want you to be able to come along for an ‘old fashioned’ family afternoon of walking, enjoying the ambience of the Estate and to keep an eye on our work to date.

You have a choice of various places to sit on the main terrace and on the formal terrace we also have Mickey Roberts hosting a musical afternoon with dance and children’s entertainment for the entire afternoon. Either walk and enjoy the Estate, or take a jive to Mike’s music. A little something for all the family.

Disabled Parking can be arranged on site for Blue Badge Holders. All proceeds will go towards furthering the work of the Trust.

Admission is £5 per adult, and a donation for under 12’s. We look forward to welcoming you on the day and to sharing an afternoon of entertainment with the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust working towards restoration on the Gwrych Estate.
A line up of what’s on above… plus more… enjoy your lunch and afternoon tea with us and let us entertain you! This is intended to be a more relaxing and leisurely afternoon and a family walking, talking, picnic event for all to enjoy. We will have covered seating in various locations. Please wear good walking shoes and plan for all weathers. The weather will never deter us from carrying on… and we work with all weathers at Gwrych.

Seating will be in various areas of the grounds and toilets, first aid services will be on hand.

Gwrych Trust Conservatory Tower Project given green light

Gwrych Trust would like to announce that the preliminary work for the Visitor’s Centre announced last year, called the ‘Conservatory Tower Project’, has full funding now in place.

The main part of the Conservatory Tower Project is the reinstatement of the Grade I listed Conservatory Tower. Gwrych Castle is owned by EPM UK and the Trust is seeking a long term lease over part of the site. The Conservatory Tower restoration will see it converted into a site office and equipment store while the main Visitor’s Centre is under construction. It will be used by Gwrych Trust staff and volunteers, ahead of its inclusion as part of the Visitor’s Centre Project.

The main donor organisation, RWE Innogy UK, provided fifty percent of the funds through the Rhyl Flats Wind Farm fund, administered by the Welsh Government.

Katy Woodington, Senior Community Investment Officer for RWE Innogy UK, said, “The Rhyl Flats Wind Farm Fund has been supporting organisations like Gwrych Trust in the area for years, and we always enjoy hearing about the varied projects that result from this fund.

We are hoping to expand the good work that we are able to do in North Wales through the £19m Gwynt y Môr community fund, due to be launched later this year.

RWE Innogy UK takes pride in the delivery of our community funding with our renewable energy projects investing nearly £3million into UK communities over the last three years.”

Mark Baker, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Gwrych Trust, said, “We are hugely excited to be able to start work on the first stage of construction at the Castle. While it is only a small part of the whole site, it represents almost two decades of work campaigning for Gwrych and its preservation for future generations.

We would like to thank EPM UK for giving us permission to undertake the work, to the funders who have contributed their money and believed in this project, the consultants and volunteers who have patiently waited for us to gather the grants together, and our members for their undying support.”

Other works on-site include archaeological work around the Conservatory, which has already commenced following a GeoPhysical Survey completed last year; use of heavy machinery to reposition terrain creating easier access to the Ladys Walk; and, the first stage of architectural drawings by Donald Insalls. Also announced today was the funding for the EcoWaste Project, which was to include an environmentally friendly waste disposal system in the Conservatory Tower for staff and volunteers to use.

The full list of funders is: Bodfach Trust, Dulverton Trust, Community Foundation in Wales, Robert Kiln Trust, Skinner’s Company Lady Neville Charity, and, the Big Lottery Fund who gave the money for the EcoWaste Project. Thanks to all of the staff for their assistance, as well as the help of those administering the Rhyl Flats Wind Farm Fund at the Welsh Government.

Gwrych Trust is still running the Community Engagement Survey to take community feedback on what should be done with the rest of the site

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

The announcement of the Visitor’s Centre was included in a press release in March 2014 to announce the commencement of restoration work – http://www.gwrychtrust.co.uk/news/press/latest-press-release – and was picked up by the Daily Post at that time – http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/gwrych-castle-restoration-work-finally-6879849

The link to the Community Engagement Survey is here – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BZPX7WP

More information on the Gwynt-y-Môr Community Fund can be found through the RWE Innogy UK website – http://www.rwe.com/web/cms/en/2279932/rwe-innogy/sites/wind-offshore/under-construction/gwynt-y-mr/investing-in-communities/community-funding/

More information on The Rhyl Flats Wind Farm Fund can be found through the Welsh Government website – http://wales.gov.uk/topics/housing-and-regeneration/regeneration/strategicareas/northwalescoast/communityfund/?lang=en