Pickering Travel Guide

  • Pickering
    by ranger49
  • Pickering
    by ranger49
  • Pickering
    by ranger49

Pickering Things to Do

  • Folk Festival?

    The first Pickering folk festval was scheduled for August 2008. Several bands attracted us here including The Waterboys a great favourite. However some heavy rain and the promise of more to come persuaded the organisers to cancel the whole event just 24 hours before it started.I'm astounded that anyone organising a large outdoor event in the UK had...

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  • Take a train ride to Times past

    Pickering is the southern terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway so (for John) it was one of the main attractions of spending a week in Pickering with the opportunity of a ride on a steam train. For me the prospect of a journey by train of 25 miles or so over the Moors to Whitby was an equal attraction. This railway is run by paid staff and...

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  • First things first - Tourist Information...

    The Tourist Information Office is ideally situated in the centre of town, next to the library, opposite the main (paying) car park, public conveniences and the bus station - or rather the stops from which most routes start- and a short walk to the station for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. It is without doubt one of the most impressive tourist...

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  • Visit the Castle

    A visit to the castle will not only give you an outline of its history from early Norman times when it was little more than a simple wooden motte-and-bailey castle built by William the Conqueror to quash rebellious northerners and repel invading Scots. It will also give you some idea about the change in attitude that has taken place regarding the...

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  • The Parish Church of St.Peter & St. Paul

    The Spire of the Parish Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul dominates Pickering and there is hardly a spot in the town from which it cannot be seen. The church itself has no commanding prospect but is surrounded by yews and Scots pine trees, and rows of old cottages. It can only be approached by one of three sets of steps from the nearby streets....

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  • Amateur Theatre

    The Kirk Theatre - The slightly forbidding exterior of this building hints that it was once a Methodist Chapel, but hides the fact that it became home to the Pickering Musical Society in 1977. From old posters and programmes seen in Museum Beck isle it is evident that the Society was established a long time before that. Nowadays three productions...

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  • Get up early and go to Market

    Monday is Market Day in Pickering. It consists of stalls along one side of the main street - the Market Place - and is quite colourful with the usual range of stalls selling everything from garden plants to household and fshion textiles. I bought a leather bag and some excellent local cheeses. There is too, down an alley off the Market Place, a...

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  • Visit Beck Isle Museum

    I have great admiration for local historians and for the people who work so hard in local societies and museums. I suspect that even they do not always realise the importance of gathering and treasuring a community's past.This local history museum was opened in 1967. As you approach the elegant listed building you would be forgiven for thinking -...

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  • Get the info first.

    Throughout the UK (and indeed many other countries) you will find Tourist Information outlets. The Tourist Information Board is merely a good example of a well organised version of this. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, plenty of free information leaflets, all in a pleasant environment. A great example of what a Tourist Information Centre should be....

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  • A steam-driven trip to the past.

    Readers of some of my other pages will know that I harbour a deep affection for train travel, especially old steam trains. I suspect it may stem from my maternal grandfather having been a railwayman and having been taken as a small child to the station to see the trains. I suppose some things just stay with you. As I mentioned in my Picekring...

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  • Pickering Castle

    An 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress founded by William the Conqueror, with bits added to it in the 12th century by King Henry II.The site is now owned by English Heritage, and open daily from April - September, and from Thursday - Monday only during October.Unfortunately I ain't had chance to check the place out since a 1994 school...

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  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway

    Pickering is the adminstrative home of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and where the line comes to an end after setting off from Grosmont.It was originally built in 1836, and was used in the film Possession & TV series such as Casualty, Brideshead Revisited + All Creatures Great and Small........ further up the line is Goathland, famous as...

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  • Pub Survey!

    With a couple of hours to kill we embarked on a tour of the town centre pubs, as we do!Anyway, encountered some bizarre opening hours and not much in the way of pub-grub on offer until the evening. (we bought a picnic from one of the deli's in town)Bonio's award for the best pint in town goes to Timothy Taylor's Landlord at "The Rose"

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  • North Yorks Moors Railway

    The cancellation of the folk festival at least gave us the chance to re-visit the NYMR. Probably the best steam railway operating in the UK. Took a one way ticket to Grosmont and walked back. Not a difficult walk but take appropriate footwear, especially after bad weaher.

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  • Pickering.

    Enjoyed an afternoon wandering around town, tried a few pubs too! Just a few photos we took on the way.

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  • Flamingoland Theme Park & Zoo

    Flamingoland is the top Theme Park (and pretty much the only Zoo that I know of) in the area........ located in the village of Kirby Misperton about 5-10mins down the road from Pickering (down the A169 to Malton).Features many rides including a few rollercoasters, and many animal exhibits........ been a while since I've been, but last time I went...

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  • Pickering Town F.C. - The Pikes.

    Lovely friendly little club. Was there a few years ago and I actually won the matchday raffle - A tray of fresh meat! ... My Whitby mate took it hiome as I doubted it would be much use to me by the time I got to London!check the website for matchdays and times etc.

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  • Life as it used to be.

    Beck Isle Museum.Simply WONDERFUL. Taking an older relative will make a trip here more attractive. Their faces as they see things from their past and their childhoods.I could walk round here for ages but it is not buggy friendly and children will probably get bored.Opening Times: Daily from the end of March to the end of October. 10.00am - 5.00pm,...

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Pickering Restaurants

  • At the back of the Coopland Bakery

    It was getting close to the time for a lunchtime snack when heavy rain started to fall. We were passing one of the bakeries at the lower end of Market Place and noticed it also had a cafe. It was pretty full but we found a table right at the back near the serving counter and behind it we could see the kitchen.We ordered Quiche Lorraine with a salad...

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  • One NOT to miss eating in!

    There are a few places to eat in Pickering, but they are worth missing to get to the Black Swan. Now the menu is a feast for the eyes. But the locally made meals are the best.

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Pickering Shopping

  • Something different

    I found this shop by chance after strolling around the town with my husband one day, I noticed the attractive window display which seemed to show off the clothes to best effect and was attracted to an indigo denim jumper in the window by Original Blues. On entering I was greeted by a polite lady who gave me some concise information on the product,...

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  • Shopping for self catering.

    Shopping in Pickering as self catering holiday makers could not have been easier. There was a good choice of local independent shops - particularly butchers, bakeries , greengrocers, newsagents, bookshops , pharmacies as well as a large Co-op supermarket in the centre of town ( quite well stocked but badly in need of refurbishment) and Cost-Cutter...

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  • Cider? In Yorkshire?

    This is not really so much a shop as a small hut tacked onto the local fish farm. I am by choice a cider drinker and in England the major cider producing regions are the West Country, Herefordshire, Suffolk and Kent. Naturally enough, places that have apple orchards. I never expected to find a locally produced cider in Yorkshire but I did, and very...

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Pickering Sports & Outdoors

  • by jduck1979 Updated Aug 30, 2008

    A place I've wanted to have a try at fishing when I was younger, and only ever visited via a Primary school trip to the local trout farm that runs & stocks it.

    It's not exactly regarded as a purist's venue, said by some on popular fishing messageboards it's so easy there you could catch while blindedfolded & no bait on the hook, and also rather pricey as you have to pay for the fish you catch in addition to the dayticket.

    Nevertheless, it should help you kill some time.......... and should be a more than easy enough spot to take the kids if introducing them to fishing before moving them on to proper coarse or game fishing.

    You can also see the Railway line approaching the NYMR's station at Pickering

    See Also:
    http://www.fishing.co.uk/article.php3?id=737
    http://yorksfishing.proboards4.com/index.cgi?board=game&action=display&thread=7361

    Equipment: Fly fishing gear, or floatfishing gear (e.g. spinning rod or 12/13ft match rod with waggler floats, etc)... though apparently equipment is available for hire on site (for a fee).

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    • Fishing
    • Family Travel

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