Looking for inspiring things to do on a bank holiday weekend in Yorkshire?

With the Spring Bank Holiday just around the corner (27th-29th May), and good weather blessing us all, you might be looking for something new to try. Here in the heart of Yorkshire, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice. From events, festivals and country fairs to outdoor activities for all the family, there really is something for everyone.

Here’s a sample of what’s going on if you’re heading to the great outdoors.

Walkfest 2017 (Sat 27th – Mon 29th May)

Why not join in this year’s Walkfest for a fantastic programme of 12 themed walks led by expert guides? There’s challenging hikes for keen enthusiasts or gentler walks with the chance to stop off for a beer or slice of cake. The search will be on for clues and goodies in the three mile Geocaching Treasure Hunt at the National Trust Visitor Centre, Ravenscar. Or get a ‘Taste of Smuggling’ and experience 18th century Robin’s Hood Bay in a themed 60-minute walk around Old Baytown followed by the chance to taste locally brewed beer. You can walk linear stretches of the Cleveland Way or Esk Valley walk too, so check out the full festival guide for more details. Advance Booking is required on many of the walks.

Malton Food Lovers Festival (Sat 27th – Sun 28th May)

Foodies are sure to enjoy this culinary delight showcasing the very best of Yorkshire produce and speciality food from further afield. The event features more than 160 stalls and street food, cookery theatre, cookery school, festival bar, live music and more. The Saturday evening includes the popular night market and street food party, with Levi Roots and his 12 piece band closing the night on main stage.

A Taste of the Moors (Sat 27th May – Sun 4th June)

Join in the exciting range of themed events for all the family at Sutton Park National Park Centre. You can find out all about our ‘magical moorland’ and there are crafts, trails, treasure hunts, walks and talks…all not to missed. For some half-term holiday fun, search the grounds for animal footprints in The Mammal Track Treasure Hunt on Sunday 28 May, part of Walkfest 2017.

Duncombe Park Country Fair, Helmsley (Mon 29th May)

Set in the grounds of the beautiful Duncombe Park, this is a fun day out for all the family. Some of this year’s highlights include the Stannage International Stunts Team performing dare devil acts, the Drakes of Hazzard, the Doggie Grand National and Fun Dog Show, Ferret Racing, craft activities, market stalls, music from the Bilsdale Silver Brass band and magic tricks performed by Jantastic children’s entertainer.

Dracula (Sat 27th  – Mon 29th May)

Head for the coast and watch the story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula performed live in the setting of the writer’s inspiration, Whitby Abbey. Move through the Abbey with the actors as the story of this gothic icon unfolds in spectacular surroundings.

Duck race (Mon 29th May)

For some good old-fashioned bank-holiday fun, make your way to Hutton le Hole’s popular annual duck race! Fun starts at 3pm.

Ryedale Folk Museum (Sun 28th – Mon 29th May)

Don’t miss the chance to visit a Roman Camp showcasing different periods from the era as well as displays of Roman crafts. Watch the Romans do battle and see how they used bows and javelins in the Missile Display at 2pm.

Nunnington Hall

After all the outdoor fun, you may welcome the opportunity to wind down. Explore the British Wildlife Photographers Award exhibition at Nunnington Hall (above – picture by National Trust Images/Paul Harris) and see the spectacular winning entries of this prestigious national competition for yourself. Or if you need to amuse the kids, explore the natural world of Nature @ Nunnington. (28-29 May). Meet unusual creatures with the Lion Learners animal encounters, join a bug hunt, make a bird box, plant seeds, place your bets in the snail racing and go bird watching. Don’t forget to make a stop at the delightful tea room for a well-deserved treat or two!

The Old Barn Coffee Shop

Of course, wherever you’re heading to, you may want to stop off for a hearty Yorkshire breakfast on your way, or enjoy a delicious afternoon tea before you go home. The Old Barn Coffee Shop is a favourite spot for families, with an extensive menu to enjoy in the lovely surroundings of Abbots Green and York House holiday park just outside Thirsk. We’d love to welcome you for a visit – why not pop in this bank holiday weekend?



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