Arguably Yorkshire’s finest historic house and estate. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, this magnificent 18th-century residence is set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The courtyard is home to art and craft shops, farm shop and an excellent restaurant serving local produce, some of which is from the estate itself (now that’s a small carbon footprint!). Next to the courtyard is also a garden centre with some beautiful specimen plants, garden furniture, planters and ornaments. If you can tear yourself away from the entrance courtyard the spectacular house and gardens await you. Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle 300 years ago, the designing phase commenced in 1699 with building starting in 1701, however it took 100 years before the building was considered complete. It houses a huge array of artworks and sculptures. The guides are highly knowledgeable and keen to share their enthusiasm for the house and the Howard family. The gardens and grounds are extensive and there is also a great play park for children next to the café by the lake. Today Castle Howard is well known as being the house from Brideshead Revisited, both the acclaimed 1981 Granada television series, and the 2008 film staring Emma Thompson and Michael Gambon.
Eden Camp is a large multi-award winning Second World War-related museum near Malton. Originally a prisoner of war camp for Italian and German prisoners, the buildings now house extensive displays and interactive exhibits detailing all aspects of the war. Sometimes moving, sometimes funny, sometimes scary it provides a fascinating insight into a major part of British history.
Taking place in May each year, the fair is a gastronomic delight. With a vast array of food stalls, celebrated chefs and cookery demonstrations make sure you arrive there with plenty of space in your tummy!