In less than 20 mins drive from Granary cottage you will be on the North York Moors.
Driving to The Wheatsheaf inn at Egton, for lunch in the cosy bar with blazing fire in a Yorkshire range.
Take a short break in one of our two bedroomed cottages, with cosy fire and walks from the door.
Cosy sitting room
Halloween Train 2018
Halloween is coming to… North Yorkshire Moors Railway!
Join us on board the Halloween Train, which will take you and your family on a spooky journey this Halloween!
Children and their scaredy-cat grown ups will love meeting our silly, spectacular and sometimes spooky cast of storytellers. Hear their ghoulish tales, join in with their scary songs and be prepared for moments of magic. This will be an evening of Steam & Scream!
Santa Claus is coming to the… North Yorkshire Moors Railway!
Santa Special Dates departing from Pickering Station: 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16 and 22 & 23 December 2018
Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget!
Departing from Pickering Station, the Santa Express brings Christmas to life and gives children the chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train. They will be able to tell him what they would like to open on Christmas morning – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year!
- Santa will visit you in your seat and see if you’ve been good or bad?
Whitby Winter Excursions
North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Pickering.
We are pleased to announce that we are running special steam hauled excursions to Whitby on Sunday 30th December 2018 & Tuesday 1st January 2019.
So why not enjoy a Winter’s day out from Pickering and blow the cobwebs away at the seaside, or perhaps work off some of that Christmas pudding with a brisk walk in the fresh air.
These pre-booked services depart from Pickering Station and traverse the North York Moors National Park to Whitby. Here you will have just over 2 hours to spend in the town before the steam hauled service departs from Whitby Station.
Sunday 30th December 2018, 10:00 departure from Pickering and 14:00 departure from Whitby.
Tuesday 1st January 2019, 09:30 departure from Pickering and 14:00 departure from Whitby.
York Christmas Festival 2018
15 November 2018 – 23 December 2018
There’s lots going on in the centre of York over Christmas (even if there wasn’t, Christmas in York is so pretty it’s always worth a visit!). St Nicholas Fair, the York Christmas market runs from the 15th of November 2018 to the 23rd of December 2018, with lots of food, festivities and a lovely Christmassy atmosphere to soak up.
Sat 24th Nov 2018 – Sun 23rd Dec 2018
An audience with Father Christmas at Castle Howard
Sat 24th Nov 2018 – Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Make Christmas memories that will last a life time with a visit to see Father Christmas at our popular Fireside Audiences
Sat 17th November 2018 to Mon 31st December 2018
The Twelve Days of Christmas Castle Howard.
Christmas at Castle Howard is a spectacle like no other.
Sat 17th Nov 2018 – Mon 31st Dec 2018
Enjoy a truly magical day out as Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season. This year’s theme ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ will see a stunning array of flamboyant displays and installations to surprise and delight visitors of all ages.
Fountains by Floodlight at Fountains Abbey, Saturdays in October
See the spectacular ruins of Fountains Abbey lit up against the Autumn night sky. The National Trust site will be illuminated each Saturday night where you can enjoy an Evening tour and listen to a live choir performance.
Musicport, 19th – 21st October
The Whitby Music Festival is now in its 19th year and is a chance to enjoy some fabulous music from many different genres in the Whitby Pavillion.
The Great York Ghost Hunt, 26th October – 2nd November
There have been some ghost lamps hidden around the great city of York – just in time for Halloween. Take a trip round this spooky historic city and see how many you can find! It’s recommended to try this between 5pm and 7pm when the Ghost Hunt conditions are just right!
October – 4th November
Take part in a spooky scavenger hunt to find the Witches of Freeholder’s Woods broomsticks. There have been stolen by some naughty sprites and children can help find them on an enchanted trail.
Hallowscream at York Maze, 27th October – 3rd November
York Maze turns terrifying for Halloween. Hallowscream includes five haunted house attractions with plenty of scares and screams along the way. Definitely not one for the faint hearted.