Here’s my top picks so far for things to do in North Yorkshire. 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:


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!

Just get in touch and I’ll help you with availability.



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