A centuries-old castle is throwing open its gates to give the public a rare glimpse of the grounds while fundraising for Ukraine.

This Sunday (July 10) The Marquis and Marchioness of Normanby will open up the grounds of their home, Mulgrave Castle near Whitby, to raise funds for charities operating on the Ukrainian front line.

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Mulgrave Castle is very much a private home and is at the heart of one of Yorkshires Great Estates.

The castle has been the Normanby family seat for nearly 300-years and the walled gardens and grounds are seldom open the public.

The Northern Echo: The Marchioness of NormanbyThe Marchioness of Normanby

However, on Sunday the gardens and grounds will be open in a way never seen before with a Grand Open Event.

It will include a classic car show with over 45 entrants, a stately home car boot sale and open gardens, including the walled garden.

Visitors will also be able to take part in 'have a go experiences' in clay shooting and fly fishing and there will be a range of stalls, refreshments, woodland walks, children's games, treasure hunts and wildlife trails.

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The open day will also include a pop-up designer shop.

The Marchioness of Normanby, her sister Alexandra Shulman - the former Editor in Chief of Vogue Magazine - along with some of their closest friends have donated a significant collection of designer clothing to be sold at the event.

The collection includes labels from Alexander McQueen, Flannel, Victoria Beckham, Chloe, Fendi, Stella McCartney and Grazialliani. 

The Northern Echo:  Alexandra Shulman - the former Editor in Chief of Vogue Magazine Alexandra Shulman - the former Editor in Chief of Vogue Magazine

A Mulgrave Castle spokesman said: "This is truly a rare and exceptional occurrence, to help raise funds for a cause very close to the Marquis and Marchioness, who have also been very pleased to make a number of cottages on the estate available for families fleeing the conflict."

The event is open from 10am to 4pm at Mulgrave Castle near Whitby, North Yorkshire.

A small entry fee is being charged, with under 16s admitted for free.


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