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Christmas at Castle Howard: Following a record-breaking 2022, Castle Howard launch their 2023 Peter Pan-themed Christmas event 

The North Yorkshire stately home is transformed into Neverland, running until 7th January

Iconic North Yorkshire stately home Castle Howard have opened their 2023 Christmas event, Christmas in Neverland. Last year’s 2022 event saw a record-breaking visitor numbers, which was a landmark moment for the stately home in the context of post-pandemic recovery.

Christmas in Neverland will run from 11th November to 7th January. Castle Howard’s 300-year-old House is transformed with floristry, installations, props, soundscapes, and projections, creating a Peter Pan-inspired festive experience. Due to popular demand, Castle Howard extended the run which was originally billed to close on the 2nd of January.

Charlotte Lloyd Webber Event Design have created the magical installations inside the House for the sixth year running, including a Mermaid’s Lagoon, Captain Hook’s Cabin, and the Jolly Roger. The team have prioritised sustainability and used recycled materials including paper and glass in their designs. imitating the dog, a northern theatre company specialising in digital projections, have joined the team for the first time to create immersive projections and soundscapes.

Abbi Ollive, Director of Marketing and Visitors, said: ‘Christmas at Castle Howard is a special event for so many of our visitors and we’re thrilled to launch our 2023 experience. The grand Castle Howard halls have been transformed by the talented CLW Event Design and imitating the dog teams into a festive treat full of creative storytelling, designed to delight and inspire our visitors. The Peter Pan story is beautiful, nostalgic, and heart-warming, and we’re hoping everyone that experiences it rediscovers their inner child and leaves believing in fairies.’

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Castle Howard raises record-breaking £25,000 for GOSH Charity

Castle Howard have achieved an extraordinary milestone by raising an amazing £25,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity). This is the largest charitable sum raised in the North Yorkshire stately home’s recent history.

Castle Howard fundraised for the charity as part of their Peter Pan-themed Christmas in Neverland event, which ran from 11th November 2023 to 7th January 2024, with GOSH Charity as their charity partner.

Peter Pan author JM Barrie gifted the rights to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in 1929, and, to this day, income from royalties continues to support seriously ill children from across the UK who are treated at the hospital.

Castle Howard gave an upfront donation as part of the licence to produce a Peter Pan themed event. The remaining funds were raised by Castle Howard’s visitors, who donated as they booked their tickets online, purchased specific items in Castle Howard’s shops, or donated by cash or card in the stately home’s Chapel during their visit.

Castle Howard Visitor Attraction Director Abbi Ollive said “We’re so grateful to our generous and compassionate visitors for their kind donations, allowing us to support GOSH Charity’s work. We were delighted to work with the charity to produce the event and see the story resonate with audiences, it has a special place in lots of people’s hearts. We’re thrilled to have inspired donations and raised such a substantial sum, which will undoubtedly have great impact.”

Head of Partnership Development at GOSH Charity, Chris Carter, said: “We at GOSH Charity would like to say a huge thank you to Castle Howard and everyone who donated during their visit to Christmas in Neverland. We are so proud of our connection to JM Barrie and the boy who never grew up, and it was fantastic to see Peter Pan’s adventures captured in such a spectacular way at Castle Howard. All the funds raised will make a big difference to the lives of seriously ill children at GOSH.”