Our Favourite Escapes from the Heat!
The temperatures continue to soar, but the holidays are here, and you want to be out and about. It can be a difficult decision to find somewhere to cool down and relax. Here is a selection of our personal choices and hope that you will agree that they are a great place to be! Poetry no less!!
Ryeburn of Helmsley is an award-winning Ice Cream producer and is a great place to stop off and enjoy a sundae. As former dairy farmers, they know their ingredients, and insist on using the best. Most of their flavours come from Italy and all the products are made in small batches in their tiny unit just behind their café in Helmsley
Kisdon Force Waterfall
Perfect for a bit of wild swimming, there are two falls both with plunge pools. It is a great place for an overheated afternoon. Jump in and cool off, but don’t forget your picnic!
Where better to spend a day out than UNESCO World Heritage
Site Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal? Soak up the atmosphere amidst the
magnificent shady abbey ruins, the largest and most complete in the country,
and be charmed by the graceful Georgian water garden where cascades flow into
Beverley Minster is regarded as one of the most beautiful churches in England. It has the architectural grandeur of a cathedral and offers an oasis of peace on an overheated day. Visit the elaborate shrine to the Percy Family which was constructed in the 14th Century, and relax in the cool depths of this elegant minster.
The Black Sheep Brewery and Theakston’s Brewery, both based in the market town of Masham, offer Brewery tours with the chance to sample their delicious wares! What a wonderful way to cool off with a cold pint and a snack from their tasty menus! They both have great shops where you can buy a memento of your happy visit.
Traditionally on a hot day all you need is a trip to the coast. Both Bridlington and Scarborough can offer a traditional seaside experience with sand, sun, sea and donkeys! With a cool breeze blowing in from the sea, an ice cream in your hand and perhaps a cheeky paddle, what more could you ask for?
For a gentle and relaxing stroll within this beautiful Yorkshire forest, choose one of their way-marked trails of various lengths. Why not explore the forest terrain on Segways for a totally different experience? A number of the trails are all ability and suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The newly developed Ellerburn Trail follows the Dalby Beck south down the valley from Low Dalby. There are plenty of picnic tables that can also accommodate wheelchairs. For those who like to relax, there’s always a quiet corner to watch the wildlife and take in the fresh air and scenery.
The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created within a four-acre garden in the heart of Tupgill Park in the Yorkshire Dales. Visit the temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages.
This Grade 1 Jacobean historic house is packed with the furniture, portraits, paintings, objects and personalia of the families who lived here. Visitors are welcomed into a home that they could imagine has only just been vacated by its Victorian owners! It is a fascinating and cool way to spend the day. There are gorgeous gardens to explore as well as a lovely tea room. It is always a lovely relaxing day out
The York Dungeon is a 75-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York's horrible history. The Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious fun and it’s sometimes a bit scary.