Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is situated on the southern slopes of the North York Moors National Park. The southern part of the forest is divided by a number of valleys creating a ‘Rigg and Dale’ landscape whilst to the north the forest sits on the upland plateau.

The diversity of the North York Moors continues to astound us. Often portrayed as a wind swept wasteland, it couldn’t be further from the truth. From amazing heathers, wild sheep, incredible hill farms through to deep forestation and stunning coastlines, the moors have it all. We particular love the stunning Dalby Forest, with it’s mass of nature based activities and also the modern delights of Go Ape, mountain biking routes and challenging walks. The scenery is a must for professional and amateur photographers and artists such is the wonders of nature within the park. It’s great for a day out for everyone.
— http://www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest

Nunnington Hall, Nunnington

Picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions
Enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful Yorkshire manor house, nestled on the quiet banks of the River Rye.

Explore the period rooms whilst hearing the Hall’s many tales and discover one of the world’s finest collections of miniature rooms in the attic.

Famed for its picturesque location, organic walled garden with spring-flowering meadows, flamboyant resident peacocks and a changing programme of exclusive and high profile art and photography exhibitions, Nunnington Hall offers something for everyone to enjoy.
— http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nunnington-hall/

Helmsley Castle, Helmsley

Unlock 900 years of life at Helmsley Castle, a must-see for any visitor to the picturesque market town of Helmsley in the North York Moors National Park.

Discover how the castle evolved over the centuries, from a mighty medieval fortress to a luxurious Tudor mansion, to a Civil War stronghold and a romantic Victorian ruin.

Why not also visit Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey nearby - the perfect stop on any family day out, or if you’re out walking or cycling.

Don’t Miss

The fun hands-on exhibition in the mansion house
The bronzed archers ready for battle
Our fascinating audio tour
The tactile model showing how the castle once looked
Our free guided tours of Helmsley Archaeology Store
— http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/helmsley-castle/

Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx near Helmsley

Rievaulx Abbey contains many phases of building and development, from the 12th to the 15th centuries. Each rebuilding, from the first stone buildings in the 1130s to the spectacular expansion of the church in the 1220s, was designed to reflect the ideas then current about the Cistercian monastic life. Each was related to a stage in the monastery’s economic and spiritual development.
— http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/rievaulx-abbey/

Taste The Wild, Yorkshire

Since Taste the Wild began we have worked with many different groups, with ages ranging from 7 to 80 and backgrounds from merchant banking to herbalism. We have worked behind the scenes on popular TV shows and been advisors to newspapers and publishers. Everyday we learn new things and will always endeavour to find new and exciting ways to teach and inspire people.

They offer a variety of courses both coastal and inland. We have not yet experienced it but know many who have, all of whom have raved about the experience.
— http://www.tastethewild.co.uk/

Gillies Jones, Rosedale Abbey

Partners in life and art, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones have been making exceptional contemporary blown glass together for over 20 years. Their pieces are made the slow way, just as glass was prior to industrial revolution – labour intensive and reliant on the skills acquired over a long, international apprenticeship.

Operating from their studio and workshop in the village of Rosedale Abbey, they have developed a unique aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the elemental beauty of their rural surroundings.

They have received worldwide recognition for their complex cameo works, the traditional methods they use are practised by only a few glass makers across the world. This process involves the folding of different coloured glass bubbles over each other to produce a complex multi-layered and coloured piece.

Their defiantly decorative work can be found in both public and private collections locally, nationally and internationally. Alongside their craft practice, they also undertake prestigious commissions and regularly lecture in the UK and overseas.
— http://www.gilliesjonesglass.co.uk/