Malton is fast becoming known for its excellent food and drink offering and is home to the renowned Food Lovers Festival as well as fantastic restaurants, an excellent selection of food shops and great food and drink producers.
Malton has always been a working market town and that has never been truer than in the present day. There is a regular livestock market, a traditional market every Saturday and a Food Lovers Market. The town is filled with charming independent shops as well as some high street favourites and, for shopping ease parking is now free in the Market Place for two hours.
Castle Howard is a stately home close to Malton, and one of the grandest private residences in Britain. Built between 1699 and 1712 for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, the magnificent castle has been home to the Howard family for more than 300 years. The castle is now set within 1,000 acres of beautiful landscape, where you can relax in the idyllic gardens, enjoy lakeside walks and let off steam in the adventure playground. The castle also offers a varied programme of events and exhibitions, perfect for a family day out - come rain or shine.
Close to the town is the well known theme park Flamingo Land - a great day out for families, attracting around 1.8m visitors per year. The park and zoo boasts many white knuckle thrillers including a suspended looping rollercoaster, smaller rides for young children and an extensive zoo, home to many rare and exotic animals including giraffes, rhinos, hippos and lions. Flamingo Land also has a holiday village where you can hire log cabins or luxury static caravans - perfect for a short break.
Set within the grounds of Scampston Hall is the stunning contemporary Walled Garden. Designed by renowned plantsman Piet Oudolf, the garden has received much international acclaim. With striking naturalistic planting within structured garden rooms, the Walled Garden at Scampston is a plantsman’s paradise. The Regency Hall is open for guided tours during the summer months and houses an impressive collection of paintings. The Garden Café sits within the Walled Garden and serves delicious lunches and cream teas. A delightful fairy forest will enchant small children. Other activities are available for families during school holidays.
There's nowhere else on earth quite like the North York Moors National Park. Where else can you experience a landscape where stunning moorland, ancient abbeys and picturesque villages live side by side in such perfect harmony? It's a living, breathing scene that will take your breath away.
There's plenty of ways to fill your time when you are visiting this part of the world, including:
The Milton Rooms, which aims to collaborate with established and emerging artists, to make Malton a hub of excellence for the arts, in all creative fields. With the dedication of a new, energetic team of artists and performers, the reanimation of this historic building is well under way.
Located on the outskirts of Malton, Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. It was developed into a museum by local businessman Stan Johnson to stand as a tribute to all people, civilian and military, who endured hardship throughout World War Two.
Palace Cinema is a family owned and run cinema showing the latest release family and quality films for a discerning audience. The Palace Cinema has a state-of-the-art digital projector provided by the UK Film Council.
Also, if you have time, head to The Yorkshire Arboretum. This is a glorious 120 acre garden of trees offering woodland walks, tours, family activities, a café, interactive displays, events, lakeside trails and outdoor education.