It’s wartime in Pickering, the year is 1943, and sweets and treats are still to be rationed for years to come. 300 local children find themselves lucky enough to be invited to a party at The Memorial Hall on Christmas Eve.
Feel the wind in your face as you plummet down a roller-coaster, take in the blooms at a beautiful walled garden or rock the night away at a live concert by the sea – it’s all in a stone’s throw from Pickering.
From high-speed thrills to penguin bills, what a wealth of attractions this part of the country has to offer. Once you’ve explored Pickering’s 13th century castle, taken a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and learned more about rural life in our market town at Beck Isle Museum, you’ll be ready to explore further. Just two miles from Pickering, Flamingo Land Resort and Zoo can be found, boasting everything from family fun rides to white knuckle roller coasters. A little further down the road towards Malton is situated the award-winning wartime life museum Eden Camp which provides an interesting and educational day-out for the whole family. Journey on from there to Scampston Hall and the stately home of Castle Howard, where you can wonder at the grand architecture and explore the stunning walled gardens.
After seeing the opulence of Castle Howard, bring yourself back down to earth with a trip to Ryedale Folk Museum located in the picture-postcard village of Hutton-le-hole. Discover what life was really like in the past by touring the reconstructed iron-age dwellings, cruck-cottages and manor house; bringing to life the area’s rich history told through over 40,000 curated objects.
Or if you do like to ‘be beside the seaside’ then a trip to Scarborough Sea-Life Centre followed by an Open Air Concert on the North Bay may be just the ticket with artists as diverse as George Ezra, Bryan Adams and Elbow performing at the venue over recent years.