DEAF and hearing-impaired children will be able to share the magic of Christmas at Powderham Castle this year thanks to Santa using British Sign Language. 

The castle says the BSL grotto is one of its ‘standout features’ of its Christmas celebrations and will enable youngsters with hearing impairments to be included in the special event. 

A spokesman said: ‘Powderham Castle is committed to inclusivity and will be providing a unique experience where Santa communicates with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults using British Sign Language. 

‘Regardless of their hearing abilities, every attendee can share in the joy of meeting Santa and creating cherished memories.’

The grotto is part of the historic castle’s winter wonderland with Christmas At The Castle. 

As part of this magical celebration, Powderham Castle invites visitors to experience the historic grounds in a whole new light. 

The expanded experience includes the opportunity to step inside the castle and discover its 12 Days of Christmas-themed activity trail, where children are invited to explore the castle and grounds, collecting stamps on their way.

The famous Christmas Light Trail is back for 2023, which sees a mile-long trail within the grounds illuminated with lights and festive decorations.

As well as festive displays, guests can explore an array of culinary delights at the food and drink markets, indulging in food from local producers including Big Bear Burgers, Gourmet Street Kitchen and Love Donuts. 

Both the Riding School Bar and Courtyard Chalet will also be serving beer and cider from Bays Brewery and Sandford Orchards and, on select evenings, live music will be hosted by local musicians. 

Until December 31, visitors can purchase tickets for both the castle and grounds. Tickets are priced at £14.95 per adult and £6.95 per child. 

Standard tickets for the grotto must be purchased alongside admission tickets, at a price of £8 per child. BLS tickets can be purchased separately.