North Yorkshire with its sweeping moors and miles of national parkland is a year-round destination for holidaymakers and the perfect place for winter short breaks.
The fact that Abbots Green holiday park is open all year round means we are used to sharing ideas for exploring the local area with our guests when they come for a break during the winter months. We also enjoy hearing where they’ve been and passing on their recommendations.
The Great Outdoors
Our lodges are right next to the spectacular North Yorkshire Moors, which is the perfect place to work up an appetite for a local Sunday lunch or to walk off festive over-indulgence.
If you’ve been especially good this year, there is always the option to enjoy the countryside with festive cheer aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. You could even meet Father Christmas on the Santa Special that leaves Pickering on various days throughout December. Or, if you’re feeling brave, head across the Moors to Whitby and take part in the North Sea Boxing Day dip.
Our nearby towns have a lot to offer too. As well as the Thirsk Christmas Fayre, which we mentioned in our last blog and runs across the last weekend in November (24th – 26th), Boroughbridge truly gets into the spirit by running a week-long Christmas Festival. Enjoy mince pies and maybe even a glass of mulled wine at their late night shopping event on the 6th December or see if Santa has disembarked in time to make their Christmas Market and Grotto on the 9th.
Along with the adored countryside on our doorstep, and charming local towns, our nearby cathedral cities have plenty to offer during the festive season. Starting on the 25th November, Ripon Cathedral hosts a Christmas Gift and Food Fair. There is no better setting in which to find your perfect present than this cathedral and its 100+ market stalls. Musical entertainment runs throughout the day, and busy-though-he-is, Santa is guaranteed to make an appearance too. If you’re around in early December, ensure you’re in good voice: Christmas Carols are held at the Cathedral on the 2nd and are sung around the Christmas tree on the 9th.
You can always take advantage of your lodge’s excellent facilities here at Abbots Green and prepare a banquet before flaking out in front of the telly… or struggle to remember a vaguely enjoyable parlour game (our wifi might be able to lend a helping hand if you’re really at a loss).
New Year, New Adventures
As the winter months roll into 2018 there are plenty of new things to discover in North Yorkshire. Why not explore the night skies above the North York Moors with the Hidden Horizons Planetarium at Dalby Forest in February? Or spend an evening spotting owls by torchlight at the National Centre for Birds of Prey near Helmsley? You could even follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook by climbing the ‘Yorkshire Matterhorn’for a spectacular walk near Great Ayton, just north of Thirsk and Abbots Green, taking in Roseberry Topping and the Cook Monument.
As you can see, North Yorkshire is the perfect spot for a winter break with plenty to do and see all year round. If you would like further information why not look back at our blogs from this year, which can be found in the YHL parks news section and on the Abbots Green blog. Here you can find information on places to eat, days out and much more.