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Destination of the month

The Destination of the month? The Wolds!

When you think of 'The Wolds', it's usually The Cotswolds that springs to mind. However, you may be surprised to discover that Yorkshire has its very own 'Wolds' - and they're just as peaceful, charming and full of character.

With glorious, gently undulating hills, perfect for picnics, and picture postcard villages with landscaped gardens and ponds aplenty, this pretty stretch of Yorkshire countryside is not to be missed.

 

Accommodation

There's a real mixture of accommodation when it comes to the Wolds, from cosy to luxurious. Here's a few highlights:

If you are looking for a relaxing break away from busy city life, or simply want to take in some of the beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Wolds then Highfield Farm is the place for you. Their 4-star Bed & Breakfast accommodation comprises nine double/twin rooms. Each room, named after a Yorkshire Wolds village, enjoys open views of the surrounding countryside and benefits from luxurious en-suite facilities.

Tucked away at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds, on the edge of the small village of Bishop Wilton and not far from the historic city of York, Wolds Edge have created a peaceful haven for you. Nestled amongst wild life are 5 unique, carefully designed lodges and one lovingly hand crafted shepherd's hut. Escape to your perfect holiday location at Wolds Edge.

The KP Club - Drinks and dining, weddings and bespoke events, luxury woodland Lodges and championship golf - all this in 180 glorious acres in the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds. Whether you've got the time for a quick drink or a weekend away, come and spend some time with them as they'd love to see you.

Camping in the Great British outdoors - the romance of getting back to nature, breathtaking countryside, songs around the campfire, starlit walks, and jolly japes on endless sunny days! The reality however is often very different, soul destroying tinned or dehydrated meat, deflating airbeds, damp sleeping bags and permafrost on your toes - in summer! Well now there's an alternative... Welcome to Jollydays, where they believe there's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate camping facilities.

The Feathers Hotel is located in Pockington. A privately-owned hotel offering warmth, comfort and hospitality. The busy public bar is complemented by the restaurant serving good home-cooked food, using locally sourced fresh meat, fruit and vegetables and offering a good wine list.

Holme Wold Cottage overlooks pasture to the front and woodland to the rear that offers a home to a variety of wildlife including owls, pheasants, partridge and the occasional deer. In addition hens roam the farmyard and you are bound to meet their friendly dog Oscar!

A boutique, country chic, beautifully restored 1750 farmhouse - Yew Tree Cottage, is in a picturesque village surrounded by farmland, on the edge of the Howardian Hills, and the North York Moors; an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Food and Drink

Fancy something to eat and drink in The Wolds - well there's plenty of great choices:

The Triton Inn - This superb 18th Century Inn is set in the heart of the glorious Yorkshire Wolds in the splendid estate village of Sledmere. Landlords Lance and Tony and their team welcome you into their delightful pub and offer fine fayre and lodgings in comfortable and relaxing surroundings.

The Glasshouse Restaurant at The KP Club - Food at the KP is about what you want, when you want it. Treat yourself to eggs Benedict for a laid-back brunch, relax with friends and share our take on tapas or a sit down to a perfect rib of beef for Sunday lunch with the family. Whatever you're in the mood for - they've got it covered.

The Cross Keys at Thixendale near Malton is a traditional small Yorkshire CAMRA award-winning village pub, situated at the convergence of several valleys which form part of Britain's most northerly chalk outcrop known as the Yorkshire Wolds. This is a particularly beautiful, relatively unknown part of Yorkshire with its green valleys and rolling countryside.

Kitchen at Drewton's is the ideal venue for a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their mouth-watering dishes combine the finest seasonal produce and ingredients - many of which have been sourced from The Drewton Estate, their network of friendly local farmers and growers or straight from the counter of our butcher, delicatessen and grocer!

Star @ Sancton - Everything that's great about East Yorkshire under one roof! A traditional village pub for drinking and dining. They are devoted to sourcing and using local produce from East Yorkshire.

The Blue Bell Inn is located in Weaverthorpe. This family owned country Inn has an award winning restaurant. Dinner B&B package available, ideally situated for east coast and also, for golf lovers, in close by to Ganton Golf Club.

Wolds Village -Their newly expanded lunchtime menu will be served throughout the day and into the evening. They are now fully licensed so pop in ANY time for a sandwich and a pint, three course meal, a cream tea, coffee and cake, a bottle of wine in the courtyard on a summers evening or any other combination from their huge menu.

Places to visit

The Wolds are packed full of fun-filled delights, and here are some of the highlights:

Sledmere House - There is something about the charm of Sledmere which has captivated visitors for over 200 years. Whether you just want a relaxing day looking around the gardens enjoying lunch in the Terrace Café or want to look at fine examples of art and architecture there is something for everyone at Sledmere.

Burton Constable Hall - One of the most fascinating country houses, Burton Constable is a large Elizabethan mansion set in a 300-acre park with nearly 30 rooms open. The interiors of faded splendour are filled with fine furniture, paintings and sculpture, a library of 5,000 books and a remarkable 18thC 'cabinet of curiosities'. Occupied by the Constable family for over 400 years, the house still maintains the atmosphere of a home.

Burnby Hall Gardens - The Gardens comprise Upper and Lower lakes set in nine acres of woodland and garden, and contain a National Collection of over a hundred varieties of Hardy water lily. Carp and Roach are in both lakes in large numbers and can be hand fed by visitors. Events are held throughout the spring and summer, and include our annual Tulip Festival in May, Children's Events on Wednesdays during the Spring and Summer Holiday period, regular Sunday brass band concerts, and outdoor theatre events.

The Robert Fuller Gallery - Visitors to the Yorkshire Wolds cannot fail to enjoy a visit to wildlife artist Robert E Fuller's gallery. This leading wildlife artist's highly-detailed painting style has won him the attention of distinctive clients such as the National Trust and the RSPB for its authentic beauty. Browse his exquisite range of paintings and bronze sculpture and engage in a rich wildlife experience at the same time.

Kilnwick Percy Hall - Historic Kilnwick Percy Hall is a stunning Grade 2* listed building set within 42 acres of grounds with woodland walks, parkland and a lake. The Hall has been the home to Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre for over 25 years and is a relaxing place of peace and tranquility to rest and reflect. Everyone is welcome to visit Kilnwick Percy Hall and the grounds are open every day dawn - dusk for you to enjoy.

Wolds Way Lavender - Set within ½ mile from the Wolds Way Walk, surrounded by mature woodland, on the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds. Wolds Way Lavender and Herb Farm is a wonderful and relaxing place to visit. This family run 12 acre site is currently planted with over six acres of lavender ranging from rich hues of purple to the purest white.

Scampston Hall - The garden has been created by internationally acclaimed plantsman, Piet Oudolf within the 18th century walls of the kitchen garden of Scampston Hall. Described in The Times as "a gem", every aspect of this garden speaks of quality. "It's bold and beautiful - a must if you are heading to Yorkshire" Toparius. The garden is complemented by an excellent restaurant.

Yorkshire Wolds Gallery - A contemporary Art gallery & coffee shop on the Yorkshire Wolds, with a changing program of exhibitions throughout the year showcasing the work of Yorkshire Artists. The conversion of farm buildings on the Yorkshire Wolds has created a stunning contemporary Art gallery & coffee shop which show-cases the work of professional Yorkshire artists with a changing program of exhibitions throughout the year.

Shopping

Explore the Wolds and you will find that there are some hidden gems, selling some ace things in this neck of the woods. Some highlights include:

White Rabbit Chocolate Company, Beverley: This chocolate heaven was founded by Sally Hawkes as an artisan business in Beverley, East Yorkshire in 2004. Passionate about Real Chocolate, Sally makes and provides luxury chocolate gifts, award winning chocolate slabs and bars, truffles and deliciously indulgent confections for times and occasions, that you want to make special. For Sally and her Company, chocolate is not just a "products", it is an art, a science, a moment in time, a passion and a pleasure. Keep an eye out for their Blackcurrant with Juniper Dark Truffles which were awarded 3 Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards!

Vanessa Delicatessen, also in Beverley is worth a visit. This old market cross newsagency has being loving restored and is full of character, charm and friendly welcoming staff. They offer a wide variety of produce as locally sourced as possible. A traditional butchery counter, cured meats, a large selection of cheeses, olives, cakes, vegetables, wines, real ales, preserves, fresh bread, takeaway sandwiches, freshly prepared ready meals... the list goes on.

ART&ROSE Gallery provides a beautiful, tranquil space in the heart of the bustling market town of Pocklington where artists and makers can exhibit their work for sale. Set up in 2011 by Art Graduate Emma-Jane Whelan, ART&ROSE aims to showcase the best of local fine art originals, including paintings, prints, photography, illustration, jewellery & silversmithing, sculpture, ceramics, glass and textiles.

Keeping in Pocklington, look out also for The Acorn Gallery. Feel free to come into the Gallery and enjoy the work on display. Stop and chat a while and collect your FREE copy of the Fine Art Collector Magazine too!

Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, Carr House Farm is the home of the Side Oven Bakery, where the Sellers family have lived and worked for 5 generations. Provenance is their passion & something they take very seriously whether it is milling the homegrown organic wheat using the traditional stoneground mill, hand picking apples, elderflowers and blackcurrants from the organic orchards, or using the farm sourced spring water in the cordials.

Hunmanby Pantry, is a small family run delicatessen and sandwich shop based two miles from the coast, in the historical village of Hunmanby on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Ideal to stop by when you're looking to pick up a tasty treat!

Main Event

The Wolds has plenty of events for all different kinds of audience. One highlight is:

Driffield Show - July each year

The long traditions of Driffield Show, one of the biggest one-day agricultural shows in the country, are being continued by the Driffield Agricultural Society. Visitors to the event, on the third Wednesday in July, enjoy all the traditional features of an English agricultural show with the many added attractions of quality trade stands and retail outlets.

There is something of interest for all with livestock classes, handicraft, horticultural and craft marquees with all age groups exhibiting and competing. Driffield Show is a truly great family day out in the country.