10 things to do in Yorkshire holiday cottages

10 things to do in Yorkshire

Ed Roberts 18 February 2020

Wondering what you can get up to during a holiday to Yorkshire? If you’re stuck for ideas and need a little inspiration, we have compiled some things you can try in Yorkshire during the remaining months of the year. Our useful guide will help you coincide your trip with some of the most interesting events in the region including food fairs and art festivals. Yorkshire is a vast area with contrasting landscapes and a distinct culture. What will you find here that will inspire you and make you return again and again?

Why not stay at one of our delightful holiday cottages in Yorkshire so that you can see as much of the county as you can? We have large cottages for that all-important family holiday with the grandparents and children; we also have romantic hideaways for two guests to squirrel themselves away in between walks on the moors; bring your dog along, because a wide range of our properties welcome your pets too!

#01 Travel through the treetops in Dalby Forest

Go Ape at Dalby Forest

The Go Ape high ropes course at Dalby Forest includes amazing zip wires and jaw-dropping crossings – all giving an amazing view of the trees and valleys below. There’s also a child-friendly version of the course so that younger kids don’t have to miss out on the fun.

#02 Take a walk along the Cleveland Way

Cleveland Way

The Cleveland Way is one of England’s National Trails and turned 50 in 2019. The walking trail covers 109 miles in total and takes in stunning moorland, breathtaking views and pretty villages along the North York Moors coastline.

#03 Pamper yourself at Swinton Park

Swinton Park

The beautiful Swinton Country Club and Spa is set within the 20,000-acre Swinton Estate and has everything you need for a five-star pampering session. The spa includes indoor and outdoor pools as well as a thermal suite, relaxation rooms and a range of beauty treatments.

#04 Treat yourself to a Michelin-starred Yorkshire meal

Michelin-starred meal


Yorkshire is lucky enough to have a selection of Michelin-starred restaurants and an abundance of locally sourced ingredients. You can enjoy a delicious meal in beautiful surroundings at restaurants including The Black Swan Oldstead and The Pipe and Glass.

#05 Climb one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks

Yorkshire Three Peaks

The Yorkshire Three Peaks are Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. You’ll find them all in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and will enjoy some stunning scenery en route to the top. You can tackle all three in 12 hours if you’re feeling extra fit.

#06 Go birdwatching at Bempton Cliffs


There’s lots of nature to spot in Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Nature Triangle includes a selection of nature reserves to visit. Bempton Cliffs is one of the most spectacular sights – over half a million seabirds gather here between March and October including puffins, barn owls and gannets.

#07 Sample some artisan food at Malton


You’ll find a lot of artisan food producers in Yorkshire and a selection of farmers' markets and food events taking place throughout the year. The town of Malton has become a foodie hotspot in the last few years and the monthly food market is well worth a visit.

Call at Malton’s Talbot Yard on a visit too and you’ll find macaroons, bread and even a gin distillery.

#08 Watch a Shakespeare play in York


The Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre (complete with an Elizabethan village and open courtyard for groundlings) first came to York in 2018. The stunning 13-sided pop-up theatre will be once again bringing Shakespeare to the city in 2020.

#09 Visit 'hundreds' of ‘art galleries’ in Staithes


Once a year, the pretty fishing village of Staithes becomes a hub for talented artists from Yorkshire and beyond. The traditional cottages are transformed into art galleries as part of the Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage. Definitely well worth a visit!

#10 Cycle the Swale Trail

Swale Trail

The Swale Trail is a 20 km valley-bottom cycle route that’s ideal for families and younger mountain bikers to tackle in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The scenic route goes from Reeth to Keld and you’ll find cafes, places of interest and bike hire along the way.

Browse through our beautiful collection of luxury Yorkshire holiday cottages and find the perfect getaway for you and your loved ones. 

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Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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