Things to See and Do...


Beck Isle Museum - The Beck Isle Museum is housed in a handsome Regency residence near the centre of Pickering, adjacent to the Pickering Beck. Here William Marshall planned England's first Agricultural Institute in the early 1800's. It is therefore fitting that today this house should contain a collection of bygones relating largely to the rural crafts and living style of Ryedale. The collection is not restricted to a particular period of interest, it aims to reflect the local life and customs and to trace many of the developments in social and domestic life during the last 200 years. Formality has been avoided as far as possible and the accessibility of most objects displayed is a particular attraction. A selection of photographs from the extensive Sidney Smith collection held in the museum are displayed around the building - particularly the photography and model rooms. Sidney Smith was born in Pickering and his work appreciated world wide. He is thought of as a successor to Frank Meadow Sutcliffe of Whitby.


North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway - Operates steam trains along an 18 mile line between the market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont, through the heart of the North York Moors National Park. The railway passes through a variety of scenery, from wooded valley to heather clad moorland. It also calls at picturesque villages along the way and offers access to unspoilt countryside for walkers and cyclists. The NYMR is one of the earliest and most historic lines in the North of England. Its origins go back well over a century and a half, and was an important trade link between Pickering and Whitby. Following a meeting in 1831 George Stephenson was asked to report on building the line of simplest construction for the employment of animal power. The complete 24 mile stretch of line was fully opened in May 1836.

Flamingo Land is the UK’s only Theme Park, Zoo and Holiday Village , all set in over 375 acres of North Yorkshire parkland. With so much to see and do, visit us for the day and you’ll go home wishing you’d stayed longer !!!


The North York Moors National Park is one of the finest landscapes in Britain. Miles of stunning heather, towering sea cliffs, secluded beaches and grassy dales give it a character all of its own.  Discover wildlife, historic buildings, archaeology, ancient woodlands and picturesque villages. 


The Kirk Theatre - Converted from a Methodist Chapel in 1977, The Kirk Theatre is the home of Pickering Musical Society. The society produces many high quality and entertaining shows throughout the year. Including the annual Wartime Weekend, musicals, pantos and much more.


Eden Camp Modern History Museum - EDEN CAMP will transport you back in time to wartime Britain. You will experience the sights, sounds, even the smells of those dangerous years. This award winning Museum is set in aWorld War Two Prisoner of War Camp - built in 1942.


Ryedale Folk Museum - Take a step back to the 18th Century to find out both how and where, we used to live. This web sites contains a map of this open air museum, a little information about the museum itself and contact details.


Castle Howard - One of the most spectacular English stately homes and popular tourist attractions in Yorkshire. This web site provides general information about the estate including visitor opening hours, events and news. Additional information includes the nursery, forestry, plant centre, the garden and grounds, eating out at Castle Howard, filming locations, property to let and park farm. There is online shopping and contact details.

Pickering Castle is set in an attractive moors-edge market town. It is a classic and wellpreserved example of an early earthwork castle refortified in stone during the 13th and 14th centuries, centred upon a shellkeep crowning an impressive motte. There is an exhibition in the chapel, and family-friendly books and activities.


Helmsley Walled Garden - A beautiful five acre walled garden in the heart of North Yorkshire. Dating from 1758, and set against the spectacular backdrop of Helmsley Castle in the grounds of Duncombe Park, the garden is gradually being restored to it's former glory. Originally built to supply the Duncombe estate with fruit, vegetables and cutflowers, it was abandoned in the 1970's until, in 1994 extensive restoration was started to bring it back to life as a fully working kitchen garden. The walls have now been refurnished with fruit trees and over 150 clematis varieties, and restoration work has been completed on the garden's centre piece, the Orchid House. Our own naturally produced vegetables, herbs, seasonal fruits and a wide range of plants, including many rare species, are all for sale.

The Ryedale Festival - Offers classical music, jazz, theatre, art exhibitions, concerts and much more in the idyllic setting of Ryedale's finest country houses, one of the most beautiful areas of North Yorkshire and the United Kingdom.

Kirkbymoorside Golf Club - This web site provides general information about the club including fees, a course guide and contact details.

Ampleforth College Golf Club - A picturesque nine hole golf course situated 20 miles north of York on the B1363 in Gilling East. This web site contains information about the club, club history, news and fees plus contact details.



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