Raby Castle

10 local attractions to visit from our holiday parks this summer

With 11 sites across the North East, Yorkshire and the Scottish Borders, its fair to say that we are within easy reach in some of the UK’s most stunning locations.

From hidden gems to tourist hot spots, all of our holiday parks are well placed to enjoy some amazing days out.

Here a just a few of our favourite days out within easy reach of our parks.

Beamish Museum

Just a stone’s throw from Allensford holiday park and Derwentside touring and motorhome park, Beamish Museum is a living museum which allows visitors to step back into the past.

Set across a massive site which can be explored via classic tramway and vintage bus, the museum features a number of areas, including a farm, colliery and pit village, funfair, and train station with a working steam train. The centre point is the 1900s town, complete with a fully operational bakery, pub and sweet shop where you can see traditional sweets being made and choose your favourites to take home.

The museum tells the story of life in the North East of England during the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s through its carefully reconstructed buildings and live re-enactments. It’s a favourite with young and old and a must-see for anyone staying in the area.

High Force

One of the most spectacular waterfalls in England, High Force sees the River Tees plunge into a gorge near Middleton-in-Teesdale in the North Pennines, and is just a short drive from both River View and Winston Bridge parks.

A gentle woodland walk takes in the natural beauty of the area and leads you to the spectacular sight of the 21 metre waterfall from a viewing point at the base of the falls.

High Force lies in the heart of the North Pennines area of outstanding natural beauty and is home to some of the UK’s rarest plants and amazing wildlife. The area itself is peppered with ice age features, ancient settlements and signs of the area’s mining heritage, making it the perfect place to spend a day with the family.

Ilkley

The spa town of Ilkley is situated in the Wharfe Valley in the south of the Yorkshire Dales, just a 20 minute drive from Crook Farm Holiday Park.

The town centre is characterised by stunning Victorian architecture, floral displays, and by its wide range of independent shops and excellent restaurants and cafes.

During the summer months, Ilkley plays host to a range of special events including Ilkley Literature Festival and Ilkley Summer Festival.

Ilkley is also synonymous with its moor where you’ll find open countryside, perfect for walking and cycling.

Fountains Abbey

Just a few miles south of Ripon and only 20 miles from Burtree Lakes Holiday Park, Fountains Abbey is one of the largest Cistercian monasteries in England. Dating back to the 12th century, the abbey operated for almost half a century before its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1539.
Now managed by the National Trust, the atmospheric ruins provide a window into a way of life lived by the devout monks who lived there.

The grounds, which feature an elegant water garden, riverside paths and green lawns stretching down to the river, are the perfect spot for an afternoon stroll or a relaxed picnic.

Lightwater Valley

One of the UK’s biggest and best loved theme parks, Lightwater Valley is just a 20 minute drive from Burtree Lakes Holiday Park.

You’ll want to get there early to make the most of all the attractions on the huge site just north of Ripon.

The park is home to ‘The Ultimate’, Europe’s longest rollercoaster, as well as a huge range of other rides and attractions for all ages, and ‘pop up’ attractions for summer 2021.

Bowes Museum

Situated in the town of Barnard Castle and within walking distance of River View Park, Bowes Museum has a nationally renowned art collection that draws visitors from across the UK.
Art aficionados will be drawn to the paintings by El Greco, Goya, and Canaletto as well as the sizable collection of ceramics, textiles and tapestries. Possibly the museum’s most popular exhibit, however, is the 18th century silver swan automaton, which comes to life periodically to catch and swallow a silver fish, drawing crowds of excited onlookers.

Once you’ve taken in the world-class art collection, the museum’s gardens are a perfect place to enjoy a picnic or a peaceful stroll. There’s also a childrens’ play area for families to enjoy and a woodland walk with wheelchair and buggy accessible paths.

Souter Lighthouse

Standing proudly on the North East coastline just below South Shields, Souter Lighthouse is an iconic beacon in the region.

Hooped in red and white, Souter is visible from Lizard Lane Holiday Park on a clear day, and the walk from the park to the lighthouse takes in a stretch of magnesian limestone cliffs which are home to an array of sea birds and wildlife.

The lighthouse, which dates back to 1871, is decommissioned today, but is still open to the public thanks to the National Trust. The engine room, light tower and keeper’s living quarters are all open for viewing and there are also plenty of activities for younger visitors.

Hamsterley Forest

Lying just 12 miles north of River View Park, Hamsterley Forest is County Durham’s largest forest and provides the perfect location for a family day out.

Hamsterley has something for everyone, from woodland trails to adventure play, stargazing to horse riding. Those with younger children can also follow the Gruffalo sculpture trail through the woods.

With all the facilities you could need as well as a café and parking on site, there’s a reason why Hamsterley is a favourite spot for tourists and locals alike.

Raby Castle and Deer Park

Raby Castle is located near the village of Staindrop in County Durham and just a 20 minute drive north of River View Park.

The castle itself was built in the 14th century and is set amongst 200 acres of lush green parkland where herds of red and fallow deer roam freely.

You can step back into the past by exploring the castle with its extensive collection of art, textiles and furniture.

The castle grounds feature five acres of Victorian walled gardens as well as a woodland adventure playground for children, and bike hire on offer to explore the further reaches of the park.

Saltaire Model Village

Saltaire is a Victorian model village in Shipley, West Yorkshire, just a couple of miles from Crook Farm Holiday Park.

The town is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe. It was built in 1851 by leading industrialist, Sir Titus Salt, to house the workers of his new textile mill, Salts Mill.

Today, Salts Mill is a place for art, dining and shopping, with a large collection of works by David Hockney on display as well as a range of bustling cafes and restaurants.

You can also take a trip on the narrowboat Titus along a beautiful stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Saltaire, or catch the Shipley Glen Tramway, the oldest working inland cable tramway in the UK.

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