Chance to have tour of Crogga

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Visitors will have a rare opportunity of taking a tour around an historic house as part of a fundraising afternoon for a charity.

Crogga Castle, in Santon, also known as the Manx Fairy Tale Castle, was built in the 1870s and is currently owned by businessman Chris Beauman.

He will take guided tours around the house, which has its own miniature railway, on Saturday, August 10.

The event is in aid of Crossroads Care, which is hosting a garden party on the estate as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations.

Between 10am and noon will be the ‘family-friendly’ time, when there will be a magician, puppeteers, face painting, lawn games and a selection of fairground foods.

There will also be a chance to ride on the Crogga Valley Railway, which has a selection of smaller replicas of the train engines similar to those of the Isle of Man Steam Railway.

Between 1pm and 4.30pm will be time for the grownups, with adult afternoon tea served on the lawns and a barbecue.

It will be in the afternoon that Mr Beauman gives tours of the house.

As well as the tours visitors will be able to ride the train, take a boat ride on the lake. There will be entertainment from Rushen Silver Band.

To avoid the traffic visitors can also travel to Crogga Castle on the steam train. There will also be limited car parking available for those who wish to drive to Crogga Castle, which is on the Old Castletown Road.

Annabel Chambers, fundraising co-ordinator for Crossroads Care, said: ‘We are so thankful to the Beauman family for opening up their home at Crogga Castle for this event and for allowing attendees such a rare opportunity to see the beautiful grounds and the house itself.’

For more information and tickets phone 673103.

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