Where to visit!
Being so close to the wonderful city of York means there is plenty to see and do and on the doorstep are hilltop views and fantastic walks so you can enjoy the country life, with local pubs.
In the area is everything from a theme park to inspirational historic country houses, so you won’t ever be bored whilst on holiday glamping at Jollydays.
Our Top Tens
We have listed, in no particular order, our top ten favourite attractions in and around York. We have also listed 10 different places to eat, although not always our favourite we have listed a little something for everyone! Top ten attractionsTop ten places to eat
Top 10 Attractions around Jollydays
1. Castle Howard
A stunning baroque mansion just 20 minutes from the camp. this magnificent house has been used as Brideshead in 2 adaptations of the Evelyn Waugh classic. It makes for a splendid day out, the house and grounds are stunning and there’s a great adventure playground for the kids - The farm shop is amazing too. Other beautiful houses in the area are: Hovingham Hall, Nunnington Hall, Scampston Hall and Newburg Priory.
York contains many unique attractions including the Jorvik Viking museum, the famous Betty’s Tea rooms, The York's Chocolate Story attraction, quaint and unique shops as well as high street branded shops too. There are also museums, sightseeing bus tours and the York Dungeons. To find out more of what York has to offer visit here. York is famed for its wide array of festivals, there is always something going on, festivals in York can it be found here. There are many other festivals happening in the area; anything from the genteel Ryedale music festival to Whitbys’ Goth weekend. Check them out here.
3. Eden Camp
Award winning Eden Camp - at Malton is a very comprehensive and dynamic way of telling the story of the second world war in an old Italian POW Camp, from battles to rationing, and land girls to rat catchers. (Take you’re own food as it is also 1940’s). It is only 20 minutes drive, why not have a look at their website.
4. Local market towns and the Wolds
Another beautiful location is the Wolds as it is the least explored part of the area with hidden deserted medieval villages and small steeply sided valleys. Why not visit some of the lovely local market towns such as, Malton, Pickering and Helmsley, situated between 15 and 40 minutes away. These are delightful market towns with tea rooms and family run businesses. There are also food festivals and agricultural shows held here each year.
5. National Parks: North York moors
The North York Moors National Park is wonderful and quieter than her sister the Dales National Park. This is where some highly known TV and motion picture scenes were filmed. For example Heartbeat (from ITV) and some scenes that are in the Harry Potter films. There is also a Steam Railway, cutting through the valleys that is a delight to see. On a sunny day the skies seem to stretch across the relatively flat topped moorland, with only wooded valleys and streams distorting the view. The purple heather contrasts with the sea and cliff line creating a picturesque view across the north sea.
6. Dalby forest
Is another place for cycle routes through a charming woodland to experience the Yorkshire Moors even further. In addition there is a Go ape activities site where you can have fun on zip wires and view the striking Vale of Pickering from the hill tops. For further activities that can be done on site or close to it, please view corporate/activities brochure.
The Coast is 45 minutes away depending upon where you wish to go - Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Scarborough, Flamborough Head - there are cliffs, beaches, bays, the lot, and its warmer and drier than Cornwall! The Yorkshire heritage coast is one of the UK's best kept secrets and a real favourite with our Glampers. Whitby, still a working fishing port is best known for its Dracula connection. Scarborough is a classic seaside town which still retains some of its genteel grandeur. Robin Hoods bay is a quaint old smuggling town with a dramatic location and Runswick bay (pictured) is a tiny village with a sheltered beach.
8. Flamingo land Theme park
This themepark/zoo is literally only half an hour away from our campsite which offers thrills of rollercoaster rides and their famous zoo. It’s a small, quirky family run theme park which has lots of impressive rides but is also great for the little ones. Set on the outskirts of a pretty Yorkshire village you can look at lions whilst on the log flume, or Ride over the giraffes on a cable car. A great day out for all the family.
North Yorkshire Moors railway is in visiting distance of camp and runs through many of the market towns and includes some places where Heartbeat scenes (an ITV drama) were filmed. It's renowned as the most scenic railway in England - It winds through sheltered valleys nestled in the National Park. You can pick up the train at Pickering and wind all the way to Whitby. Alternatively you can stop off for walks and pub stops on the way!
10. York Maze
This delightful location is just outside of York and so no-more than 20 minutes from camp. They create a new maze layout every year, from Big Ben to Star Trek, to give you the best possible experience. Along with the maze there are many other activities to do there, so it can go from a couple hours of fun, to an entire days enjoyment. It is open seasonally from around mid-July. Have a look at some of their amazing maze designs here at their website.