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Why you should holiday in Pickering, North Yorkshire

With lots of staycation spots to choose from, it can be tricky to decide where exactly to stay in North Yorkshire. So why not go for somewhere that has it all? 

Fondly known as ‘the gateway to the moors’ Pickering is nestled between the four tourist hotspots of Scarborough, Whitby, Helmsley, and Malton. This thriving town is close to famous Yorkshire attractions and home to lots of local gems, making it a great base for all types of holidays.

To help you plan your next Yorkshire getaway, we’ve put together some insider tips and facts about Pickering so that your stay is extra special. 

Steam train

Everything you need to know about Pickering

Just 30 minutes from The Yorkshire Coast and Dalby Forest, a holiday in Pickering offers both seaside and forest on your doorstep. But there’s plenty to do in the town centre too.  

As soon as you set foot onto the historic market place, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the lively atmosphere. Pickering boasts plenty of bustling coffee shops and over 100 independent stores which makes it easy to buy local. Surprisingly for a town of only 7,000 residents, it also has three theatre spaces which add to its vibrant charm. 

Organise your visit just right and you may arrive to see Pickering travel back in time as part of their 1960s experience, gardens filled with flowers for Pickering in Bloom or the town in full swing for Ryedale Jazz Festival

Sunrise in Yorkshire

Pickering restaurants: where to eat 

After a quick bite to eat? Stop at Lazy Sundae for funky milkshakes and afternoon tea or try Caffe Stop for gourmet sandwiches and their signature Iced Chocolate drink. 

While you’re in the area, pay a visit to the bright and modern Mr Wilf’s Cafe. This charity-run, fully accessible cafe in Pickering is staffed by young adults with learning difficulties who are all working towards a customer service qualification. Why not pop in and show them some support while you enjoy a tasty treat? 

Pickering also has a range of restaurants to choose from. Perfect if you’re into laidback family dining or you want to mark a special occasion. Foodies will love dining out at the Willowgate Bistro where dishes like smoked mackerel pate and pecan pie are on the menu. They’re famous for their steak nights too. 

Or head to Spencer’s Bar and Grill for hearty plates of ribs and wings - and a range of burgers and stonebaked pizzas. Great for large get-togethers and fun family meals. 


Pubs in Pickering: our top picks

For a classic market town pub experience try a night out at 17th century coaching inn, The Black Swan. Choose from 15 craft beers on tap including some from its own onsite artisan brewery, Great British Breworks, or grab a coffee with beans roasted by local company Rounton Coffee Roasters. Feeling peckish? There’s a delicious menu too. 

To enjoy panoramic views of the Yorkshire Moors with your pint, hop in a taxi to The Fox and Rabbit Inn just eight minutes away. This fantastic country pub offers a taste of true Yorkshire ales and hearty meals that hit the spot after a day of exploring. 

Right on Pickering market place you’ll find The Bay Horse Inn. With its roaring fire, range of cask ales and cosy seating this friendly pub makes for a great pit-stop. It’s also a place of historical significance as Oliver Cromwell is rumoured to have stayed here in 1640, perhaps making use of the ‘hide hole’ concealed in the walls to avoid enemies. 

North York Moors landscape

Pickering cottages: plan your staycation 

From boutique hotels to self-catering holiday cottages there are hundreds of places to stay in North Yorkshire. But there are only two places you can sleep under the stars in a real forest. 

Pickering is a 20 minute drive from our locations in Keldy and Cropton, both dotted with cosy cabins in beautiful woodland surroundings. Explore the forest at your feet, challenge yourself with adventure activities or venture out into Yorkshire and make your holiday your own. 

Whether you choose the wild meadows of Cropton or the grassy glades of Keldy, make the forest your backdrop to your next holiday in Pickering North Yorkshire and book your break today. 

Cropton and Keldy cabin in North Yorkshire


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