The New Year is so often seen as a regenerative time, an opportunity to change habits and start afresh. It’s also the darkest and coldest time of the year, the festive period quietening into a time for introspection, the long evenings providing tim
Within twenty-five miles of Pickering, there are more fun and thrill-packed attractions than you could possibly visit in a week – perhaps even two? Going beyond the popular attractions on Pickering’s door-step, namely Flamingo Land, Eden Camp and Go-Ape in Dalby, you will find stately-homes, seaside resorts and farm-day experiences.
Pickering Castle, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Beck Isle Museum and the frescoes in St Peter and Paul’s Church are all must-sees. If you come with children who need to let off steam, visit the new Pickering Community Park with its fabulous play facilities or treat them to an ice cream in Thornton Dale where they can feed the ducks!
For those who wish to familiarise themselves with the town whilst enjoying a leisurely but informative walk, a copy of the Pickering Town Trail can be picked up at no cost from The Memorial Hall which is situated just over the bridge at the bottom of The Market Place.
Heading out of Pickering, there are fantastic days out towards Scarborough, with its beautiful beaches, the nearby North Yorkshire Water Park, Playdale Farm and so much more. If you enjoy exploring stately homes, there’s the grand country house Nunnington Hall and magnificent Castle Howard, with its impressive gardens and fountains.
If you go inland to the North York Moors, be sure to stop off at Hutton-le-Hole where sheep wander freely through the village by the stream, visit the open-air Ryedale Folk Museum, popular with children and adults alike. And with more attractions per square mile that any other city in the UK, no family holiday in the area would be complete without a day trip to York. Jorvik Viking Centre, Castle Museum and The York Dungeons provide hours of educational fun whilst a trip down The Shambles, inspiration for Diagon Alley, is a must for Harry Potter enthusiasts.