North Yorkshire is quite simply one of the most stunning counties in Britain and June is possibly the best time to see this glorious corner of England at its very best. There are festivals and feasts, events and exhibitions; nature is vibrant and the summer weather is taking hold. It’s time for a visit.
Still need convincing? Here are 10 reasons why you should visit North Yorkshire this summer:
1. Abbeys and castles: North Yorkshire is over-blessed with magnificent castles, abbeys and stately homes. Highlights close to our Keldy and Cropton locations include Rievaulx Abbey, Castle Howard, Byland Abbey, Whitby Abbey, Helmsley Castle, and, right on our doorstep, Pickering Castle.
2. Chocolate: Some towns were built on steel, others on coal. York was built on chocolate. The story of chocolate and the people of York is told in an exhibition which runs throughout June at York's Chocolate Story, possibly one of the best ideas for a museum, ever!
3. Cliffside birdwatching: Head for RSPB Bempton Cliffs near Bridlington where, from April to August, the chalk cliff tops – the highest in Britain, offer the astonishing sight of more than a quarter of a million puffins, gannets and guillemots.
4. Festivals: What’s your passion? Whatever it is, there is sure to be a June festival in North Yorkshire for it. 60s music? Whitby 60s from 9-11 June. Food? Filey Food and Drink Festival is on 10 and 11 June. Flowers? The Castle Howard Flower Festival is 29 June - 2 July.
5. Forest Live: Live music beneath the trees; what could be more atmospheric? As part of the Forestry Commission's Forest Live series of concerts you can see Rick Astley and Elbow in the picturesque setting of Dalby Forest, from 23 to 24 June.
6. Make Dad's day on Sunday 18 June: The best Father's Days are the ones where Dad becomes one of the kids again, and Cropton and Keldy are the places to make that happen this June! From fantastic Forest Ranger adventures, to discovering bats on a night time guided walk at Cropton, or even whizzing down Keldy's 100 metre zip wire! There's something for all adventurous Dads out there! If the pace needs slowing down, Dad can enjoy an afternoon of fishing, take a tour around the award-winning micro-brewery on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, or relax in front of your cosy cabin's telly with over 100 of the latest films to choose from.
7. Railways: This year the North York Moors Railway celebrates 50 years since the formation of the Charitable Trust. To mark the occasion, on 3 June they will be giving an anniversary gift to passengers who travel along the line. But that's not all! On 17 June will be their first ever Chase the Train. As the name suggests, competitors will be competing with the train to make the journey from Grosmont to Goathland, and back again. If you're a Harry Potter fan, be sure not to miss the 20th Anniversary of the first publication of the Philosopher's Stone being held on 24 - 26 June. Make the journey to Goathland railway station and you will be transported into the magical Hogsmeade station from the Harry Potter films, making this event a day to remember for fans old and new.
8. The North York Moors National Park: Where to start? Moorland and dales, rivers and coastline, forests and meadows. The June weather is forgiving and the tea rooms are open and mercifully quiet before the summer seasons takes off in earnest.
9. Waterfalls The 10 waterfalls of the North York Moors National Park are not as well-known as those in the Dales but we think that makes them that bit more special. The Walking Englishman suggests a spectacular 3 waterfall walk in Goathland, taking in Mallyan Spout, Nelly Ayre Foss and Thomason Foss.
10. Forest freedom: Time for a rest. Stay in a woodland cabin at Cropton or Keldy and take in the tranquillity of the forest! Relish in the sounds of nature around you as you sink into your relaxing outdoor hot tub and pat yourself on the back for discovering North Yorkshire in June.