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Thirsk and Northallerton Golf Club - Thirsk


Nestled in the Stunning North Yorkshire countryside and with a splendid backdrop of the rolling hills on one side and lush vales on the other, Thirsk and Northallerton Golf Club is one of those parkland courses that is simply a pleasure to play. It is set in a richly agricultural area, and offers superb views of the Hambleton Hills to the east and Wensleydale to the west. Located just a few minutes away from the A19, the course is easily accessible from the Easingwold/Weatherby and Teesside areas, as well as the nearby market towns from which it takes its name.

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Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal - North Yorkshire


For centuries people have been drawn to this inspiring place.

From humble beginnings the magnificent abbey was established by devout monks seeking a simpler existence. The atmospheric ruins that remain are a window into a way of life which shaped the medieval world. When the socially ambitious John Aislabie inherited Studley Royal, he set about creating an elegant water garden of mirror-like ponds, statues and follies, incorporating the romantic ruins into his design. Green lawns stretch down to the riverside, a perfect spot for a picnic. Riverside paths lead to the deer park, home to Red, Fallow and Sika deer and ancient trees;limes, oaks, and sweet chestnuts. One-of-a-kind, this special place is now recognised as a World Heritage Site.

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Lightwater Valley Theme Park


Are You Ready for the Ultimate Day Out? It may be nestled in the peace and tranquility of the North Yorkshire Dales, but when it comes to fun and excitementfor the whole family you can't beat Lightwater Valley! There are rides and attractions to suit all age groups to ensure your visit is a true family occasion. Only 15 minutes from the A1, the park has convenient free parking, wheelchair access and is renowned for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. In fact Lightwater Valley has thought of everything to make sure you have a memorable visit. For those who feel like a short breather from the fast pace of the park, then take advantage of the scenic nature trail created by Lightwater Valley to highlight the natural beauty of the park.

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Thirsk Race Course


Thirsk Racecourse is situated in the wonderful old cobbled market town of Thirsk, North Yorkshire, forever immortalised as ‘Darrowby’in the literary works of the World’s most famous veterinary author, James Herriot;who, interestingly, occasionally found himself detailed to work at the Racecourse on racedays! 

Herriot’s former surgery (and home) is now the World of James Herriot Museum –definitely worth a pre-race visit if time permits.

The Thirsk Racecourse facilities have benefited from huge and widespread investment over the past few years and really are up there amongst the best in the land. Numerous options to partake in light (or not so light!) refreshments are spread far and wide around the Racecourse. Experience fine dining a la carte in the historic Hambleton Dining Room;or Dine &View in style in the luxuriously appointed Thomas Lord Restaurant. Savour a delicious seafood platter with fine champagne on the Shrimp &Stirrup terrace;or grab some delicious Yorkshire fish &chips outside the James Herriot Hall. There’s something to suit every pallet and every pocket!

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Monk Park Farm


We’ve got hundreds of cute and friendly animals at Monk Park Farm, all looking forward to seeing you!

You can meet so many of our favourites whether you’re feeding the calves, stroking the guinea pigs and rabbits, feeding the lambs or petting the baby goats. You can also get up close with the wallabies, deer and alpacas as you take a barrel ride through their fields!

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Ripon Cathedral


Ripon Cathedral is a beautiful, ancient church with a history reaching back to the 7th Century. It is a mother church for the Diocese of Leeds and home for the cathedra (throne) of the Bishop of Leeds. The Cathedral is an active, living Church with a community of Christians who seek to make worship a priority for life and to reach out in service to the wider community. We enjoy welcoming both pilgrims and tourists, hoping that they will capture a glimpse of God’s love for them through the witness of this remarkable building and its people. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Museum Trust Ripon


Start your visit in the original Gatehouse building,  which contains the Guardians’Room, Bathing Area, Vagrants cells and Receiving Ward for inmates. 

Then take a look around the Main Block (newly opened to the public) where you can see the Master's study and dining room, the pantry, classroom and inmates dining hall. Visitors to the main block will be able to view a new artwork commissioned by Ripon Museums which explores the dining experience of Workhouse inmates, read more about Consumption.

During your visit save some time to look at the original Workhouse Kitchen Garden, located to the rear of the Workhouse Site, this would have been tended by the inmates and been used to feed them and we use 1860's gardening techniques to cultivate heritage crops.

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Black Sheep Centre Masham


Black Sheep was born from the pioneering spirit of Paul Theakston who, in 1992, followed his heart and dared to start a new brewery.

Set in Masham, North Yorkshire, Black Sheep produces much loved cask, keg and bottled beers and continues to go against the grain with a flow of new and experimental brews.

Each beer is the culmination of brewing expertise spanning six family generations.

Today, Paul's sons Rob and Jo Theakston continue that spirit as Black Sheep stands tall amongst UK breweries, built on a solid reputation for creating beer of outstanding quality full of passion and integrity.

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Rievaulx Abbey Helmsley


Escape to this tranquil valley of the North York Moors and discover the impressive ruins of one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries.

Our new visitor experience shines a light on Rievaulx Abbey's fascinating past and the lives of the monks who called Rievaulx Abbey their home. Explore our elegant museum displaying previously unseen artefacts which tell the story of the rise and dramatic fall of the first Cistercian abbey in the North of England.

Wander the extensive ruins of the abbey to discover more about the building and how it looked at various stages of its development. Pick up an audio tour to learn more or hunt for clues of medieval life with our family trail.

Take in the stunning views from our new visitor centre while enjoying a tasty treat in our new tearoom and appreciate why St Aelred's 'everywhere peace, everywhere serenity' description of Rievaulx Abbey could quite easily have been written today.

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Falconry UK Ltd


Enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, with over 70 birds and 30 species.

Eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, vultures and owls will swoop and dive around you as you sit in a beautiful English garden. Our skilled handlers will explain why the birds hunt and fly as they do, where they come from in the wild and how they are trained.

Discover at first hand what makes these birds masters of the skies. Following each breathtaking display you too may hold our birds of prey for The Ultimate Hands on Experience.

 

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Helmsley Castle


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.

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