Plenty of reasons to visit Castle Howard this Summer from Unique Retreats, as if you needed another reason.

The following events are being hosted at stunning Castle Howard this Summer.  Enjoy a visit from Unique Retreats for the day.

PS There is ‘doggy daycare’ available if needed.  Please ask us for details.

Tea at the Temple

Thu 14th June 2018

Tea at the Temple Castle Howard this summer

Tea At The Temple Castle Howard this summer

An exclusive first for 2018. Vanburgh’s Temple of Four Winds is an iconic feature of the Castle Howard Estate. This summer for the first time, Castle Howard this summer will be opening the doors of this 18th century masterpiece to experience the Temple as it was originally intended, as a place for enjoying Afternoon Tea complemented by breathtaking views.

Tea at the Temple will be available on Thursday 14th June and tickets cost £50 per person.

Classic Car Show

Sun 17th June 2018
Event Type: Event for all

car show Castle Howard this summer


Treat Dad to a day out at the Classic Car Show this Father’s Day at Castle Howard this summer. 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.

Included with the grounds admission ticket price.

White Rose Polo

Sun 24th June

White Rose Polo Castle Howard this summer


Bring a picnic and enjoy a day of polo for a quintessentially British day out. Join the White Rose Polo club as they battle it out for the coveted Castle Howard cup.

La Boheme

Tue 26th June 2018 to Tue 26th June 2018
Event Type: Event for all

LaBoheme Production Castle Howard this summer

LaBoheme Production Image

Richard Jones’ new production of La Boheme returns with new casts portraying the young Parisian couples for whom the excitement and sophistication of a big city too soon gives way to hard lessons and heartbreak – as Mimi and Rodolfo are to learn. 

Their first meeting is a classic of romantic seduction, while in her Waltz Song Musetta perfectly embodies the nature of carefree youth as she unashamedly taunts her on-off lover Marcello. In its wonderfully evocative music, Puccini’s poignant favourite follows the journey from a bare garret to the crowded streets, and a bleak morning on the edge of the city, whilst its rich lyricism captures perfectly the sensation of new emotions keenly felt.Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La boheme one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since.

7.30pm (pre-screening starts at 7pm).
Approximate running time: 2 hours 35 minutes, including one interval. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Admission tickets for this event are free but must be reserved below. A car parking charge will apply for this event.
Car Parking £15.00 Per Car
Silver Friends £10.00 per car.
Gold Friends free parking.

Car Parking should be purchased when reserving your event tickets.

Flower Festival: An English Country Garden

Thu 28th June 2018 to Sun 1st July 2018
Event Type: Event for all

Flower  Festival Castle Howard this summer


The festival now in its fifth year, will see spectacular floral displays that will transform Castle Howard’s grand interiors into an English Country Garden.

This year’s festival will see a new direction as we welcome a new creative team led by Fiona Pickles – with a mission to bring the wild outdoors inside the House. Fiona is recognised as one of the leading floral designers in the UK. Featured globally, she has appeared in British Vogue and was listed by The Telegraph as one of the Top 20 creative florists in the country. Fiona is a leading advocate for British flowers and was among some of the first florists to embrace this rapidly burgeoning side of floristry.

Her work is inspired by the seasons and everything she does is led by what is available naturally, she is well known for seeing the beauty in the most ‘ordinary’ of things. Creating pieces of floral art, she uses flowers that are lovingly grown, tended and picked or foraged locally, as well as sourcing seasonal products from local growers. Working in partnership with Castle Howard Gardens team this year’s festival will appeal to those with a love of nature and natural gardens. The designs around the House will be driven by the flowers and foliage available around the Castle Howard Estate this year – large installations inspired by the landscape, combining dramatic impact with wild, untamed beauty.

Alongside the installations in the House, the festival will include a series of talks,
demonstrations and workshops from local professional growers and arrangers, with a focus on English grown flowers and tips to grow your own cutting garden.

The Great Gatsby

Wed 11th July 2018 to Sun 15th July 2018
Event Type: Event for all

The Great Gatsby Castle Howard this summer

The Great Gatsby

Originally created in York by writer and director Alexander Wright, this unique production has now performed to over 50,000 people in 8 locations across the UK and Ireland. As London’s longest running immersive theatre show, this is a rare opportunity to experience this cult piece of theatre as it visits Castle Howard this summer for one week only.

It’s the roaring twenties – an era of bootleg liquor, red hot jazz and hedonistic pleasures. Jay Gatsby has invited you to one of his infamous parties and that’s not an invite you want to turn down.

Step into a heart-racing adaption of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal jazz-age novel which puts you in the heart of the action. Slip on your dancing shoes and watch the story unfold around you in this unique theatrical performance. The cocktails are flowing, the music is playing, the night is in full swing and there’s the chance of more than a little scandal.

Join the celebration of a lifetime with Jay Gatsby and immerse yourself in one of the greatest stories of the 20th Century.

***** British Theatre Guide
**** The Guardian
**** The Stage

“The conviction of the acting, the quality of the music and the frenetic explosions of flapper dancing distil the spirit of the book like liquor in a prohibition-era-teapot” The Guardian

“Extraordinary piece of immersive theatre” The Stage

“Exciting, free-wheeling and energetic…. sparkles with wit and charm” British Theatre Guide

Adapted and Directed by Alexander Wright. Created by Michael Lambourne, Hannah Davies, Amie Burns Walker, Holly Beasley-Garrigan, Thomas Maller, Oliver Tilney and Phil Grainger

The Great Gatsby will visit Castle Howard from Wednesday 11th July – Sunday 15th July, 7.30pm each day.

Castle Howard Proms

Sat 18th August

CH-Proms Castle Howard this summer


Set in the magnificent Gardens of Castle Howard this summer, the spectacular classical concert will be a night to remember for the whole family.

UB40 Concert

Sun 19th August

UB40 Castle Howard this summer


Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue form Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40 and they will be live at Castle Howard this summer.


Joe and Geoff