Chester-le-Street’s magnificent Lumley Castle is getting ready to welcome shoppers for its annual Christmas market event. Set against the magical backdrop of the 630-year-old castle, the popular markets, which are now in their 8th year, will take place on Monday 2nd and Thursday 5th December.

Visitors to the luxury, four-star hotel will be able to purchase a wide range of unique gifts and festive treats from some of the North East’s finest suppliers including gifts, cards, clothing and accessories.


For those wanting to make a day of it and indulge in a seasonal sweet treat, Lumley Castle will be serving its legendary festive afternoon tea in the Barons Hall. The afternoon tea will include a selection of classically-filled finger sandwiches, homemade fruit scones, an assortment of sumptuous cakes and a glass of warming mulled wine, accompanied by traditional carols.

The markets will be open from 11.30-8pm on both days and are free to attend. Afternoon tea, which is priced at £21.50 for adults and £13.50 for children, is available at midday, 4pm or 8pm and must be booked in advance as places are limited.

To find out more about Lumley Castle’s Christmas Markets or to book in for festive afternoon tea, call 0191 389 1111, email or visit



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