Castle Howard, Grassington & Skipton at Christmas

Castle Howard, Grassington & Skipton at Christmas

Experience Castle Howard at Christmas, the Grassington Dickensian Festival and Skipton Yuletide Festival


Experience Castle Howard at Christmas, the Grassington Dickensian Festival and Skipton Yuletide Festival

Castle Howard

Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, 15 miles (24 km) north of York. It is a private residence, the home of the Howard family for more than 300 years. Castle Howard is not a true castle, but this term is also used for English country houses erected on the site of a former military castle.

It is familiar to television and film audiences as the fictional "Brideshead", both in Granada Television's 1981 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and a two-hour 2008 remake for cinema. Today, it is part of the Treasure Houses of England group of heritage houses.

Castle Howard at Christmas

Christmas 2018 at Castle Howard will see the return of the inspirational theatrical design duo of Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Brette Gerecke, who masterminded the spectacular 2017 ‘Angels on High’ displays.

With a theme of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, Castle Howard’s grand state rooms will again be transformed with festive decorative magnificence, inspired by the theatrical splendour of Castle Howard itself, and it’s outstanding collections.

Flamboyant designs and breath-taking visual displays featuring exotic fabrics, colours, and textures, mingling with fabulous floral and winter greenery, together with unexpected and charming touches to delight and surprise visitors. The Castle Howard Christmas favourites will return, including: the awesome 25 foot Christmas tree in the Great Hall; festive food choices, live music in the House, and of course a wide range of gift opportunities in Castle Howard’s varied shops.

Grassington Dickensian Christmas Festival

The original and the oldest Christmas festival and market in the UK runs over 3 Saturdays in December. In keeping with tradition, Grassington Dickensian Festival has once again put together a magical and authentic bill of activities and entertainment. There is one story that evokes the magic of Christmas more than any other, and that is Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, be transported back to Christmas time in Dickensian England, replete with the glow of braziers and the smell of roasting chestnuts and mulling wine. Shopkeepers and stall holders will be dressed in authentic Victorian clothing – visitors are also encouraged to do so – a wide range of Victorian comestibles will be being cooked to order on the cobblestones of the square by the various stall holders, pubs and cafes. Shoe shine boys will be plying their trade, and street urchins will be ducking and diving amongst the crowds. Traditional Victorian street entertainment in the form of circus acts, stilt walkers, fire eaters, and jugglers will be delighting onlookers. Probably the most awe inspiring aspect of each of the Saturdays will be, as always, the Torchlight Nativity Procession. This starts at around 3.45pm just as dusk is falling. Visitors can buy a torch to be lit at any one of several braziers which will be dotted around. Local children playing the roles of Mary and Joseph, will then leave the main square on their donkey in search of a room at the inn. They will walk round the centre of the village, with the torch bearers processing behind them to light the way, calling at all the local hostelries en route, only to be turned away at every one of them. Finally they will return to the square, to find a stable tucked into the corner of the marquee where Mary and Joseph settle in for the night!


Skipton Christmas Market

Skipton's famous Market will be in full festive flow running the full length of the High Street. Together with the market and great food stalls, there will be a full range of entertainment in the Town Centre throughout the day, both in the main High Street Arena and at locations across the Town. The whole of Skipton truly has a real Christmassy feel.

Day 1

We leave Penrith in the morning and head to Castle Howard, approach the magnificent 18th-century house along the Christmas tree-lined drive, once inside, discover breath taking interiors lit by candle and firelight, dressed with trees, a stunning display of traditional Howard family ‘twigs’, winter garlands and floral arrangements. Live music performances daily and seasonal food in the restaurant and gift shop add to the festive atmosphere. We leave late afternoon and head to Ilkley for a 2 night stay at the Best Western Plus Craiglands Hotel. Dinner in the hotel.


Day 2

This morning we head to Grassington for the annual Dickensian Christmas Festival, the streets of this Yorkshire Dales village are transported back to the times of Charles Dickens, with shopkeepers in Victorian costumes, enjoy the musicians and street entertainers as you eat chestnuts, roasted on a nearby fire. Wander the stalls of the traditional market and find that magical Christmas present. We return to Ilkley mid afternoon for a cream tea at the hotel. Dinner at the Craiglands.

B, D

Day 3

After breakfast in the hotel we depart and travel to Skipton for the Yuletide festival and Christmas Market. Skipton’s famous market will be in full flow together with a full range of entertainment giving the town a real Christmas atmosphere. We leave Skipton late afternoon for the journey back to Cumbria.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Hollins Hall Hotel

An unforgettable country getaway awaits you at Hollins Hall Hotel and Country Club set in 200 acres of lush, immaculately landscaped grounds.

Unwind in a spacious, well-appointed hotel room offering deluxe pillows, top bedding, flat-screen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, and refreshment tray.

The restaurant is open for breakfast each morning. You can tuck into a full English breakfast with lighter options also available and tasty English cuisine with a contemporary twist is served at dinner.

The vibrant hotel bar offers craft beers, cocktails and an extensive wine list.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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