VOLUNTEERS at Gwrych Castle have been working non-stop to make their Santa's Grotto and Elf Academy event "bigger and better than ever before!"

This year, the event features Santa along with Mrs Claus, more elves and more photo opportunities.

The event at the I'm A Celebrity castle, near Abergele, launched last weekend (over December 2 and 3). Rhyl Youth Marching Band performed.

A spokesperson for the Gwrych Castle Preservation Trust, said: "We were joined by Rhyl Youth Marching Band for the opening weekend that added a great atmosphere as visitors arrived. We’re very grateful that they were able to attend. 

"We’d love to hear from other charities, schools and groups who have a choir or band and would like to raise funds for their cause."

The band will be back on December 16 between 10am and 12pm. 

The magical event is described as an immersive experience led by mischievous elves.


It includes: Access to the Elf Academy; Graduation Certificate; Write A Letter to Santa; Meet Santa Claus and Mrs Claus; Christmas Gift; Goody Bag; Scavenger Hunt; Food and drink options and access to the castle and gardens visitor route.


Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10: Timeslots from 10am - 3.15pm

Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17: Timeslots from 10am - 3.15pm

Friday, December 22 and Saturday, December 23: Timeslots from 10am until 3.15pm

*Guests are asked to arrive a little before their timeslot. The castle shop will be open until 4pm with the castle closing at 5pm.

For further details and to book, visit the Gwrych Castle website.