Castle Howard Events 2018

What is planned so far?

The Castle Howard’s event planner is always changing and been added to, meaning there is always something you new to do. There is a small list of some of the exciting events coming up this year…



Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea – Sat 10th Mar – Sun 11th March

Only limited availability left, so click here to book now

Easter Afternoon Tea – Fri 30th Mar – Sun 1st April

Availability left, click here to book now

Easter Holidays 

The Easter holidays will be stacked full to the brim with fun activities to entertain the whole family.
We welcome WonderPhil back (well known as Father Christmas’ sidekick). After sell out Magic Shows in January, WonderPhil will be running family magic workshops and performing a daily magic show. Booking is essential and tickets are available here.

Castle Howard

Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt with a twist around the Gardens. Several birds have lost their eggs, we need some intrepid egg-splorers to help reunite them. Look out for wildlife along the way with our new bird spotters guide and then hop on a binocular boat tour of the Great Lake to spot some of the water birds Castle Howard is famous for.
Make a day of it by taking part in Easter crafts and visit our Easter Farmyard down by the Boathouse. Enjoy both homemade treats from our cafes and a spring stroll on a daffodil walk.


Entertaining at Castle Howard’s Kitchen 10 Apr 2018 | 10.00am | £185.00

Join author and lifestyle expert, Amy Bates, in the Howard family’s kitchen for an exclusive cookery demonstration and two course lunch with wine.
Amy is a successful author (writing as Amy Willcock) with a passion for entertaining. Using the best seasonal produce, sourced from the Castle Howard Estate, Amy will demonstrate and deliver a three course meal whilst communicating top tips on creating the perfect tablescape.

Be entertaining by a day that consists of good food, good company and secrets of what life is like behind the scenes at one of Britain’s best loved stately homes. Your day will begin at 10am on Tuesday 10th April and will finish at 3pm with tickets costing £185 per person. Your ticket will include tea, coffee and biscuits upon arrival, a two course lunch with wine, and we’ll even send you home with a Castle Howard goodie bag. Silver Members will be eligible to receive a 5% discount on tickets for this event, and Gold Members will receive a 10% discount. The day will end with an exclusive look at items from the archive and how the private wing is made ready for guests.

Places are limited for this event and so early booking is advised.  Click here to book your place.

Orpheus 21-22 April 2018 | TBC | £17.00

Hot off the back of their run at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Vaults Festival in London, this modern adaptation of the Greek mythical legend fuses contemporary storytelling and haunting folk music visits Castle Howard for two exclusive performances.

To reserve your tickets click here.


Mat Collishaw Exhibition 24 Mar – 30 Sep 2018 | FREE

Castle Howard is delighted to host an exhibition by one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists, Mat Collishaw.
Mat Collishaw is a key figure in an important generation of contemporary British artists. He began his career exhibiting the acclaimed work Bullet Hole at the legendary show Freeze in 1988. His broad practice includes sculpture, photography, film and installation, and his work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows around the world, including: folly! Fountains Relief, at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in 2016.

Ryedale Garden Photography Workshop  19 May 2018 | 10:00am | £50

Be inspired whilst enjoying a photography workshop in the Gardens of Castle Howard.
This session is ideal for beginner photographers or those who are new to digital photography. The workshop is a great way to

explore Castle Howard’s breathtaking Gardens whilst picking up advice on photography from a qualified teacher with many years experience.
Throughout the session we will cover a range of photography elements, such as composition, exposure, focus, manual camera settings, aperture and shutter speed. Session times are 8.45am – 11.45am.
For more information please click here, or to book your place please click here.


Classic Car & Motor Show 17 Jun 2018 | 10.00am | FREE

Treat Dad to a day out at the Castle Howard Classic Car & Motor Show this Father’s Day. A spectacular day of motoring heritage for enthusiasts, day trippers and families.
The show takes place on 17th June and we expect to attract upwards of 750 vintage, classic, modern classic and electric cars and motorcycles from a range of private owners and organised vehicle clubs. Vehicles will be displayed on the basis of age and category (Sports and Convertibles, Kit, Custom and Replica and American). The event also includes a full vehicle concours.
With formal exhibitor stands from a number of major vehicle manufacturers and car dealerships as well as children’s entertainment featuring a series of rides, bouncy castles and activities the show offers a spectacular day out for everyone.


Castle Howard Triathlon 21- 22 Jul 2018 | 10.00am | FREE

In its ninth year, the Castle Howard Triathlon will be the fourth weekend event of the 2018 Castle Tri Series and will once again feature the obligatory picture postcard backdrop and of course with something for every level of triathlete. Indeed, the 10,000 acre grounds of Castle Howard form arguably the most physically demanding triathlon course of the Castle Tri Series.
Race entrants will start the race by swimming through Castle Howard’s Great Lake before transitioning into the technical bike route through the glorious rural idyll of Yorkshire and the Howardian Hills. The spectacular run leg passes The Temple of the Four Winds and the Mausoleum. A hop over New River Bridge, a circumnavigation of South Lake and the Atlas Fountain will take racers to the finish straight in front of the House itself.

Find out more and register here.

Need accommodation? at Castle Howard Lakeside Holiday Park we have a touring park with some availability left. Call 01653 648316 for details.


Castle Howard Proms 18 Aug 2018 | TBC | from £28
Set in the magnificent Gardens of Castle Howard, this spectacular classical concert will be a night to remember for the whole family.
Guest soloists include Lesley Garrett CBE and tenor Geraint Dodd who will be joined on stage by the London Gala Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell.
The programme will include popular classics, songs from musicals and all of your flag waving favourites from the Proms including Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Pomp & Circumstance No. 1. With a Spitfire flyover, stunning lasers and spectacular firework final, this will be a magical evening of musical entertainment.
Additional Information:

  • Tickets are available to buy online up to 4pm on Friday 17th August, after this time they should be purchased on the gate at the event
  • Child rates apply for 5-16 years, under 5’s go free
  • A small booking fee applies
  • For hospitality sales, please call +44 (0)1653 648631
  • The Proms is an outdoor concert, and will go ahead whatever the weather. Please dress appropriately
  • Guests with a disability who require a carer should select the Disabled Guest & Carer ticket, which gives free entry to a carer
  • Designated parking is available for disabled visitors with access to the concert via a tarmac drive. The concert arena itself is all on a sloping grass lawn
  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • This is a picnic style concert, you are welcome to bring your own food and drink (including alcohol in glass bottles). Please note the following items are not permitted: gazebos, tented structures, fires, barbecues, cookers, fireworks, lawn candles or any naked flames.
Adults Early Bird (until 3rd April): £28*
Early Bird (from 4th April to 17th August): £33*
On the Day: £38*
£5 for children* (5 to 16 years), children under 5 go free
*Booking fees apply
Castle Howard Silver & Gold Friends and Annual Pass holders are entitled to a discounted ticket rate. Please note this discounted rate will not be available after 4pm on Saturday 18th August 2018. Members will be required to present their Annual Pass on with their discounted ticket as proof of entitlement on entry.
Gates open at 5pm. Main programme starts at 7.30pm. Interval from 8.30pm to 9pm. Finish at 10pm.
Please click here to be redirected to LPH Concerts’ booking page BUY TICKETS
UB40 Concert 19 Aug 2018 | TBC | from £20

Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue form Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40 and they will be live at Castle Howard this summer, playing their infectious feel-good Jamaican inspired grooves.

On Sunday 19th August UB40 will play their greatest hits and new tracks from their latest album ‘A Real Labour of Love’.

Over 35 years in the music business and over 70 million record sales worldwide, 13 Top 20 albums and iconic songs like Red, Red Wine, Kingston Town, One In Ten, (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You to name but a few.

Supported by Aswad and Loose Ends featuring Carl McIntosh, this will be one of the most uplifting concerts of the summer.

Gates open at 5pm and the concert will begin at 6pm.

Tickets in advance cost £39.50 for Adults and £20.00 for Children (5 to 16 yrs)

Tickets on the day are £47.50 (subject to availability).

Booking fees apply.

To be redirected to book your tickets please click here.

More events to follow soon….