Santa Run at Sudeley Castle



  • All The Family
  • School Age
  • Adults






Online entries are now open! Aspire Running Events Ltd are extremely excited to announce the 2nd Santa Run at Sudeley Castle. This event sold out very early in 2018 and with limited entries for all races, we wouldn’t leave it to late to get your entries in for this one. For 2019, this a festive dress event only. However, there are a limited amount of male and female Santa suits available to purchase on the day.

This event will be held on the morning of Sunday 15th December 2019 and will include a 1 lap 8k, a 1 lap 5k (approx.) plus an all ages and abilities 1k and our very own free 5 years and under 50m dash. Please note this event is held in the outer grounds of Sudeley Castle, therefore free for spectators. Registration and the start/finish of all races will be held in the grass area at the bottom of the visitor car park.

To make race day a great family day out, we highly recommend you purchase a ticket to visit the stunning inner grounds. Discounted visitor entry ticket prices will be announced by Sudeley Castle themselves closer to race day.

Venue information:

Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens has played an important role in England’s history for over 1,000 years. The castle is surrounded by breath taking, 1,200 acre estate with a backdrop of rolling Cotswold Hills, green fields and woodland breaks making the vast Sudeley Estate the perfect venue for a Santa Run.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens is also the only private castle in England to have a Queen buried within its grounds - Katherine Parr who was the last of Henry VIII’s six wives. Visitors today can explore the beautiful 15th century church where she lies entombed. There is plenty of free parking and toilet facilities available.

Hot/cold food and beverages will be available to purchase from Sudeley Castle’s Pavilion café from 9am and throughout the event. This is situated next to the Visitor Centre. Registration will open at 9am for competitors to collect their race numbers. Please note race packs are not sent out in the post.


  • 8k – (Age limit: 15 years and over) £17 - No Santa Suit but festive fancy dress encouraged.
  • 5k – (Age limit: 12 years and over) £15 - No Santa Suit but festive fancy dress encouraged.

Fun Run prices:

  • 1k – £7 (All ages and abilities welcome) - Parents/Guardians are more than welcome to support, free of charge – Santa Suit not included but festive fancy dress encouraged.
  • 50m – Free! (5 years and under only) - Parents/Guardians are more than welcome to support their little ones in this race – Santa Suit not included but festive fancy dress encouraged.

This event has something to offer everyone:

  • The 1 loop 8k or a 1 loop 5k are both multi-terrain off road courses, that take in the splendour of Sudeley Castle and it’s idyllic, historic wider estate.
  • The 1k will be held on flat terrain and is open to all ages and abilities. You have the option to either run, jog or walk around this course. It will also be buggy friendly.
  • The 5’s and under 50m race will be on flat grass in the grass area at the bottom of the car park.

Please note the 50m and 1k races will both be completed before the main races commence to ensure that the whole family can experience the wonderful delight of watching the fun runs.

  • Medals: All finishers (including the 50m entrants) will receive a medal.
  • Trophies: There will be 5k and 8k trophies for categories: Male and Female 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall (Sadly no vet prizes).
  • Race timing: The 5k and 8k races will be race timed.

The whole event will be fully marshalled by our amazing Aspire volunteers. First aid will be provided by our dear friends/medics at My Skills for Life. There will be a suitably placed half way water station for the 5k and 8k runners. The finishers table will be laden with our usual festive treats including fruit, mince pies and Christmas cake!

Sunday 15th December

10am - 1pm

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