Things To Do In North Yorkshire in 2017

Things To Do In North Yorkshire in 2017

The 2017 tourism leaflets and brochures are out. Or some of them.  Here’s my top picks so far for things to do in North Yorkshire in 2017. All close to Spring Cottage.

Here I am talking you through what I recommend you visit or you can read my summary below:

Take a Day Trip to York

York Minister dominates the skyline of this city, and the tourism brochures too! Museums I’d particularly recommend are York Castle Museum and The Jorvik Centre. York also has a chocolate making heritage that’s well worth exploring; York’s Chocolate Story. Even if it’s just for an amazing hot chocolate in the cafe!   The National Railway Museum is also situated in York, just behind the station. Or The World’s Greatest Railway Museum as it calls itself!  You’ll find railway engines a-plenty plus the history of the railway and steam rides throughout the school holidays.

Travel by train from Malton or drive along the A64 and park in one of the park and rides.

Ride the Steam Train across the North York Moors

Take a step back in time. Catch a steam railway running from Pickering (5 miles from Spring Cottage) to Whitby across the stunning North York Moors. It’s a full day out. Spend the day in Whitby then get the steam train home again.

things to do in North Yorkshire in 2017Special events are running throughout 2017 too:

Royal Scot – March 25-30, April 1-2

Behind the scenes family weekend  20-21 May

60s Fest – 22-23 July

Annual Steam Gala – 29-30 September, 1 October

Railway in Wartime – 13-15 October

Halloween Train – 26-29 October

Santa Specials – throughout December

Visit Eden Camp World War II Museum

Eden Camp describes itself as a modern history theme museum.  And it’s only a couple of miles down the road from Spring Cottage.  Eden Camp was an original prisoner of war camp for Italian and German prisoners of war.  Each reconstructed hut reveals the day to day life of the Home Front, Front Line, Women at War, Evacuation. Perfect for any WWII school project and also an important reminder of how this major event impacted the area and the lives of those living here.

Explore the Artisan Trail

And meet a variety of artisans from bakers to potters en route. See them at work and purchase their goods from the variety of galleries, farm shops and specialist outlets.  Just like we once did when we bought Spring Cottage’s artwork from an artist’s workshop in Staithes.   Use the map to plan your day around these artisan stop offs.  I’m sure you’ll find something to take home as a holiday souvenir.

Stargaze on the North York Moors National Park

See a sky full of stars at 3 Dark Sky Discovery Sites around the national park. The closest to Spring Cottage is Dalby Forest Observatories. This guide contains a handy cut out stargazing guide to help you navigate your way around the sky at night. There’s big event in Feb but star gazing is something you can do from Spring Cottage’s garden on a clear night. Much less light pollution than from a city or town!

Read Welcome to Yorkshire’s ‘This is Y Magazine’ from cover to cover!

Get a summary of what’s going on in the whole of Yorkshire this year (it’s a big county).  Highlights include coverage of the Tour de Yorkshire starting on Friday 28 April. Stage 1 runs through Malton (sorry, the cottage is already booked that weekend).  Castle Howard is mentioned because ITVs Victoria as partly filmed there.  There’s a page on Flamingo Land Theme park which is just down the road and opens fully at Easter. Although the zoo is open all year round.  It also mentions the small Beck Isle Museum in Pickering as a heritage hotspot. So too, in my opinion, is Ryedale Folk Musuem, in Hutton le Hole.

Yes you’re right, you need to stay for at least two weeks to be able to visit all these places in North Yorkshire!

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Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

Guide To Yorkshire



Friends, Fun, Food, Fire and Fizz – A Girls Weekend to Yorkshire

Friends, Fun, Food, Fire and Fizz – A Girls Weekend to Yorkshire

Have you stayed at Spring Cottage with the family or your other half?

Did you love it there, and think your holiday couldn’t get any better?

Let me tell you it can – in a different way!

Enjoy it with the girls.  I can 100% recommend it.

A weekend of friends, fun, food, fire and fizz. Lots of laughter, lots of natter and an escape for 48 hrs from the norm. No worrying about who needs to be dropped off at what activity at what time and what to cook for tea.

girls weekend to Yorkshire
K, L, Karen & K on our girls weekend to Yorkshire

It’s funny our girly weekends are a well oiled machine.  I didn’t even need tell them I’d booked a table at the village pub, or that we were catching the 10.13 train to York on Saturday, they just knew that’s what we would be doing.


We set off from Newcastle mid-afternoon to arrive around 4 pm.  The heating timer had kicked in and the cottage felt welcoming and cosy from the moment we stepped inside.

girls weekend to Yorkshire in the village pub

My first job was to light the fire while my friends unpacked and popped the kettle on.  After a couple of hours catching up in front of the fire, we headed to the village pub, The Grapes. As always the food did not disappoint.  I opted for a potato rosti with pork, mushrooms and bacon, K lamb dumplings and K and L a pea and ham risotto with monkfish.  All freshly cooked, beautifully presented and worthy of any smart restaurant.

Followed by a two minute stroll home and back to the cottage for more chat and a caffeine-free, pre-bedtime coffee.

girls weekend to Yorkshire breakfastSaturday

The day started with croissants, pain-au-chocolat and orange juice for breakfast. I’d booked a taxi to take us into Malton to catch the train. It’s only takes 25 minutes to get to York. We could have stayed on the train and chosen to visit Manchester or Liverpool instead, but we thought we’d save that for another time.

Arriving in York, the first thing we did of course, was find a coffee shop.

We then headed for the quaint cobbled streets around York Minster with their mixture of high street chains and independent boutiques.

shopping on our girls weekend to YorkshireNewcastle has some amazing shops but York has so much charm and a visit to York’s White Stuff, The White Company and Jo Malone seem so much more exciting than the Newcastle versions.   Purchases were made in all 3 stores, some treats for us, some Christmas presents.

Lunch and prosecco were beckoning. We headed to Kennedy’s bar in Stonegate, and ordered several sharing platters of houmous, chips, a token salad and nachos.  We initially ordered these dishes while deciding on what main course to choose, but soon realised we’d ordered enough food.  So a picking-sharing lunch it was.

By 5 pm the warmth of Spring Cottage beckoned.  So back from York to Malton on the train and back to Great Habton in a station taxi.

We’re Strictly Come Dancing fans so the early evening involved us once again sitting in front of the log fire this time with the television on. Though how much of Strictly we saw and much we talked over is debatable.  Before Strictly have even started K  and K had changed into their pjs.  An evening of chat, laughter and frozen pizza followed.


Croissants or a bacon sarnie were on the breakfast menu today.  We planned to do an autumnal walk but the weather was against us so we headed home at lunchtime.  Not before getting our diaries out and inking-in next year’s girls weekend to Yorkshire.

So how does that sound to you? You bring the friends, food and fizz. I’ll provide the cottage, the fun and the fire!

Check out Spring Cottage’s availabilty for your girly weekend here: Girly Weekend to Yorkshire Dates


Do you want more ideas and inspiration on where to visit and what to do while on holiday in Yorkshire? Then click here and download a copy of my guide to North Yorkshire’s hidden gems, to help you get the most out of your time here:

Guide To Yorkshire

Things To See In York Minster

Things To See In York Minster

Love this article in Yorkshire Life about 5 weird and wonderful things to spot in York Minster. What a great venue for eye-spy!

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Some are even a little rude!

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Oh dear!York Minster has sacked all 30 of its volunteer bellringers

Oh dear!York Minster has sacked all 30 of its volunteer bellringers

Oh dear!
York Minster has sacked all 30 of its volunteer bellringers. I wonder what's happened there!
The bells won't now be heard until Easter. Such a shame.

I hope they sort themselves out soon!

The Minster is still well worth a visit, it'll just be a quieter city for now!

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York’s Chocolate Story

York’s Chocolate Story

York’s story with chocolate goes back many many years and there’s a brand new exhibition which explores the contribution the people of York have made to the cities great chocolate industry.

From the thousands of factory workers who manned the production lines, to the founding fathers, whose inventiveness and dedication created world famous brands still produced in the city. Explore the social history and fascinating stories of the people who made York the UK’s home of chocolate.

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Yorks chocolate story

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York Minster

York Minster

Here's a fact for you. More than half of England's Medieval stained glass is held in York Minster's 128 glass windows – another reason to visit York!

The others being the cobbled streets, the boutiques, the River Ouse, the bars and restaurants, the Castle Museum. Cliffords Tower, The Treasurer's House, The Jorvik Centre…..

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York’s Chocolate Story

York’s Chocolate Story

For chocolate lovers and historians alike!
Discover York’s most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations – Fry’s, Terry’s, Rowntree….

You’ll discover chocolate’s origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate.

Plus amazing hot chocolate available in the cafe!

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Things to do in North Yorkshire York Chocolate Story

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