Filey, North Yorkshire

If you enjoy a quieter seaside town in North Yorkshire, Well Filey might be for you. It has over five miles of beach and there is such a lot of things to discover.

You can explore the rock pools and go fossil hunting. Bempton Cliffs are great for seabird watchers and you might be lucky to spot puffins.

The lighthouse in Flamborough is over 200 years old and you can spot Flamborough’s lighthouse from the beach and it was built in 1806.

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For keen walkers, you can walk from Helmsley to Filey on a designated trail which is 110 miles long.

The shops are great for holidaymakers as they sell all the essentials and amazing cafes and restaurants for a spot of lunch.

Filey is great to visit for the day and there are lots of parking spaces available, and many bed and breakfasts and caravan parks for people and families who come every year for a holiday.

 

Bridlington- East Riding

Bridlington is in East Ridings of Yorkshire. The seaside town has two golden sandy beaches, and they even host festivals on the beach.

The have a working fishing harbour between the beaches, where you can see the catch of the day coming in.

A 20-minute walk out of the town, you can reach Bridlington’s Old Town. Some of the building here, date back to 1537 and the street was used in the new Dads Army Film.

In June, the street will be transformed into their 1940’s weekend, with Lancaster bomber fly over, and lots of entertainment.

 

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Other things you can do in Bridlington, visit the amusements on the sea front and try the famous fish and chips.

They also have speedboat tours and factory tours. Bayle museum is a great visit, with plenty of history to discover. Through the years, the building has been used as a prison, court and a school.

Or simply enjoy Bridlington by a leisurely stroll on the beach.

Malton, North Yorkshire

Malton in North Yorkshire is a market town famous for its markets and amazing food.

Every month, they hold their monthly market, which brings hundreds of people to the town. Selling clothes, gifts and local produce, they also hold cooking demonstrations from chefs.

In May, they host their Food Lover’s Festival which has over 30 thousand people visiting over the weekend. Featured at the festival, they have live music, a bar, street food and lots more including family entertainment.

When walking around the town, there are lots of independent shops, selling things from homemade chocolate to hand decorated items. They also have great cafes and restaurants.

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Wharram Percy, which is only a short 6-mile drive from Malton town centre, is a great historical spot to see. It is a deserted medieval village, with foundations of two manor houses and 40 peasant homes.

Not forgetting Malton’s museum, which is run by volunteers and has some interesting finds, including roman coins and candlesticks.

Yorkshire Museum, York

The Yorkshire Museum in York are showing their latest exhibition the Viking: Rediscover the Legend. It shows the most significant Viking finds in Britain including the Vale of York Viking hoard, the Bedale Hoard, York Helmet the Viking Broach and much more.

 

I spoke to Natalie the curator of the exhibitor who tells me what you can see here and how they found some of the best discoveries. Also, how their recent finds have changed the way we thought the Vikings lived with their new discoveries.

I also spoke to Gareth who the curator of the British Museum and his role in the project.

A more modern approach to the exhibition of VR headsets. Julian shows me how they are used, and the hard work that was put into creating different environments for the public to watch such as the camp and games.

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The museum was opened in 1830 and there are many other exhibitions to discover in the building such as extinct and the Romans.

The museum gardens, the ground around the museum is a historical gold mine, with St Marys Abbey ruins which were built in the 1260’s and the old medieval St Leonards Hospital.

 

 

 

 

Thirsk

Thirsk is a busy little market town in North Yorkshire. It has so much to offer its residents and visitors who keep coming back every year.

A market is held in the town centre every Monday and Saturday and sells items from local fruit and veg to hand crafted gifts. Their independent shops, bars and cafes are a great way of meeting the friendly locals and to buy unique items.

 

The history is at every corner you turn in Thirsk and has great museums from James Herriot which opened in 1999, to Thirsk’s Museum which is free entry and opened in 1975.

They even have their own cinema called the Ritz which is run by volunteers and first opened in 1912.

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Plaques and Interpretation boards are placed around the town, and it’s a great trail to discover what the town has to offer.

I also discovered some great walks along the river and the stunning Mill gardens, where Rymer Mill was stood and made flour.

There is still lots more in Thirsk I have yet to discover and talk about and I can’t wait to go back and find out more.

Pickering

Pickering is a market town in North Yorkshire and thousands of people come and visit here from all over the world every year.

The town is full of lots of independent shops and hosts a market every Monday with all sorts if different items to be sold including, handcrafted gifts to local produce.

 

 

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is based here and it is restored to as it was years ago. The platform itself is like walking back in time, and I discovered a great shop who sells train magazines from the 1960s. The station is famous for their steam trains which people can take journeys to Whitby, Grosmont, Levisham and Newtondale.

Pickering Castle is a must-see attraction as well. It was built in the 13th century by William the Conqueror.

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There is so much more in Pickering to explore and museums to visit. It is definitely a place I would recommend people to come and visit for themselves.

 

A brief history of Haxby

I took a short trip around Haxby for their Scarecrow Festival this year. I decided to go onto the green trail which led me through the village. I also talk briefly about the history of Haxby and some of the walking trails beside the river.

There are lots of other events that take place here, such as Haxby Carnival where a parade marches through the village and heads to the playing field.

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The Scarecrow festival brings visitors to the village and its lovely to see the community and businesses coming together. The money they get from the festival goes to charity, and this year they are supporting Cancer Research UK, We Are MacMillan Cancer Support, Haxby Helpers, Flying Ducks Youth Theatre and common good.

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They started the Scarecrow festival in 2006 and it has taken off with five different trails to join. The village was extreamly busy with people from all ages, with a quiz in their hands to fill in as they go round.

Helmsley Walled Gardens

Helmsley Wall Gardens is over 250 years old, and I took a trip here to visit their wedding fair and spoke to Mike, the manager who dedicates his hard work along with his staff to make this garden look amazing.

With over five acres here to explore, I also caught up with Helmsley Town Crier David Hinde. He told me everything about the history of the job role and what he does. He also told me about his film role in the new Dads Army film.

 

helmsley walled gardensWhen walking through the gardens, you can see doors on each side of the garden. I was told by Mike, the manager, these used to bee used for entry into the castle and the house. Produce was grown by the workers in the garden to supply to the castle and house.

Helmsley

I just love going to little towns in North Yorkshire. And I took a recent visit to Helmsley to see what this market town was all about and it didn’t fail to disappoint.

 

 

Seeing the magnificent ruins of Helmsley Castle and the community, the town and their local shops and pubs, this is definitely worth the visit.

 

helsmley Thousands of visitors come here every year and enjoy the country walks. Only a short drive from York’s town centre, parking near the castle is available which leads to different walking routes around the town, and even a long route to the coast.
Other places to visit are Duncombe Park, the Nation Centre for Bird of Prey and Helmsley Arts Centre, enabling you to make a full day of activities in Helmsley.

 

 

Whitby

Whitby is not just a coastal town, this coastal town is full of history.

It has a famous abbey, connections to Captain Cook, and hosts amazing festivals.

The stunning views of the town, you can spot all sorts of attractions and the sandy beaches. I took a visit here, to show you why we love Whitby in North Yorkshire.

 

 

Whitby Abbey is famous for not just the ruins and history of the grounds, but also for where Bram Stoker was inspired to write Dracula and looking over the town of Whitby.

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You can enjoy a full day here in Whitby and you can’t leave without trying their famous fish and chips.

If you enjoy steam trains, there is The North Yorkshire Moors Railway which takes you to Whitby train stations.

Not far away from the busy town centre, there are lovely coastal walks that take you into the countryside if you enjoy a quieter experience.

 

Rowntrees Park York

Just so slightly away from the busy York city centre, sits Rowntrees Park. Given to the public, this park has many things to do here. It has been awarded a green flag award every year since 2014 and is looked after by the friends of Rowntrees Park.

 

The park has lots of quirky features around every corner, including sculptures of roman helmets. You can walk along the pond or walk through the park and see their many facilities they offer.

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When reaching the end of the park you will be able to see Millennium Bridge which takes you to the other side of the river. There are also river walks that eventually takes you to the next village.  You might be able to spot the local wildlife on the way including the local Otters.

 

Aysgarth Falls

Aysgarth Falls is on the lower side of Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales. It has amazing waterfalls and stunning landscapes.

It’s on the river Ure, and there’s lots of wildlife to see. The rock pools here are a good way to discover insects and wildlife.

 

 

When arriving, you can see the visitors centre, with lots of history to read. There is a cafe in the building as well. Walking on the trail can take you in a few different directions. One to the waterfalls and the other is a walk through the woods to Bolton Castle.

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The trail takes you on a scenic walk of the Yorkshire Dales. From the car park, it is just a short walk to the local town, with shops, cafes and restaurants.

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