The first of the bank holidays of the year is almost here and the big questions are – what shall we do and will it rain?! The forecast for the weekend is mixed so we’ve given some ideas of things to do in Swaledale and the surrounding area whatever the weather. Here’s some of our favourites (in no particular order) – but what do you think? If we’ve missed your favourites, let us know and we’ll update them on the site.
Hazel Brow Visitor Centre – Low Row. The first lambs of the season have arrived so a visit to the visitor centre is a must. Only 30 minutes from Swaleview Park. www.hazelbrowfarm.org
Annual Easter Egg Hunt 4th April. Sponsored by the Richmond Duck Club. Richmondshire Landscape Trust (ROSA) hosts their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Westfield. Tickets £3. Available from Castle Hill Books or by calling 01748 823456 and/or 01748 824218.
Richmond Station Easter Bunny Trail 4th April. Follow the map round The Station to find the bunnies, then collect your reward from Seasons. Real rabbits will also be making an appearance over the weekend too with rescue group Bunny Burrows on hand with some gorgeous fluffies to cuddle on Saturday 4 April and Easter Sunday 5 April.
Richmond Chic Vintage Fairs 7th April Richmond Town Hall 9.30am. collectables, fashions, retro, vintage, glass, vintage toys and games, china crafts, jewellery and all sorts of super finds for all ages and tastes.
Aerial Extreme, Bedale. Climb, swing, jump, scream, drop, laugh your way around their adventure course at up to 13m above the ground. They guarantee you an action-packed experience, so strap on your boots and get ready for some real fun! Aerial extreme.co.uk
Swaledale Museum, Reeth. Discover 270 million years of history under one roof! Interactive displays of Swaledale through the years, entry only £3 per adult. Swaledalemuseum.org
Wensleydale Creamery, Hawes (Wensleydale) Receiving over 200,000 visitors each year, their Visitor Centre incorporates a museum, viewing gallery, specialist cheese shop and fully licensed restaurant. www.wensleydale.co.uk
Mainsgill Farm Shop Located 4 miles from Scotch Corner, heading west on the A66 in North Yorkshire, Mainsgill Farmshop & Tearoom is popular with local residents and passing travellers alike! Selling only their own traditionally home reared meats, Mainsgill is a ‘real’ farmshop offering a shop floor to the farm.www.mainsgillfarm.co.uk
If none of these take your fancy, there’s always the many great pubs, teashops and restaurants to choose from throughout Swaledale. We’ve heard good things about The Bridge at Grinton – a recent new chef has given the menu a once over so if you try it, let us know what you think. Also the Foxhall Inn on the A66 near Gilling West has had some great reviews and is the place to go for Fish and Chips.
These are just some suggestions but please do check before you travel as things can change.
Whatever you do this Easter, we hope you have a great time!
From Everyone At Swaleview Park