A great Yorkshire spectacle

‘God’s own Country’ has the finest Agricultural Shows

All summer long up and down this great county of Yorkshire,  farmers, children, and its good gentle country folk will be making plans, jam, grooming, arranging and practising for their local agricultural show exhibitions.

The pinnacle of the Yorkshire Agricultural Shows is of course The Great Yorkshire held in Harrogate over 3 days in mid July. The North York Moors has its very own rich and proud history in Agricultural shows and none more highly regarded than our very own local Danby Show now in it’s 157th year.  The show takes place in a magnificent setting in pretty Danby Dale at the heart of the North York Moors National Park.

Every 3rd Wednesday in August there is magic in the air on show day in Danby.  We wake up in the dale to a buzz of excitement with the sound of loud speakers crackling into action.  Ponies, sheep and cattle are being washed and brushed and brought to the edge of glamour. Pigeons, rabbits and ferrets buffed up and sparkling are brought in by owners ranging in ages from 4 to 94 for some serious judging that takes place in huge striped marquees that have taken over the Vicarage fields.  Breads, cakes and scones are being taken out of the ovens up and down dale, some will be exhibits, some for the glorious tea tent that is chock full of homely delights.

Will the weather be kind? Ice creams or a wellie day? Rosettes, silver ware and certificates of merit are ready and waiting to be won and claimed by the victorious.

By one o’clock the field can be packed with upward of  6000 people, kiddies in Jodphurs,

Mums, Dads, farmers and their dogs all enjoying Punch and Judy, the local ukulele band, vintage machinery, pony games, show jumping, sheep shearing, bouncy castle, stalls selling local cheeses, herbs, honey and handicrafts.  Candy floss, the beer tent and amazing W.I. run lunch and tea tent sustains us all to the end of another lovely  Yorkshire day.

You really must check out 🙂  Danby Show in one minute!


And now for something completely different

Have you ever felt a gooseberry?

If you want to experience competitive gooseberry growing and showing: then head to nearby Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show organised by Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society on the first Tuesday in August.  A truly unique occasion that has been taking place for the last 217 years no less!

2nd July. Malton Show

11th – 13th July. Great Yorkshire Show

25th July. Ryedale Show

1st August. Egton Gooseberry Show

5th August. Osmotherley Show

11th August. Hinderwell Show

16th August. Danby Show

19th August. Rosedale Show

23rd August. Egton Show

26th August. Bilsdale Show

28th August  Farndale Show




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Whitby – more than just fish and chips

Whitby offers a whole lot more than fish and chips. When a treat was called for a trip to Whitby’s Marine Hotel hit the spot

You know that feeling….. finished all the jobs on the ‘to do list’.  Planted trees, stacked firewood, had a bonfire, a busy productive day…suddenly it’s 5 o’clock with no clue what to make for supper. So it was for us last week end, frankly we both felt like a treat following the day’s exertions!

We were in luck, a phone call to The Marine, a bright lively little restaurant which overlooks the harbour on the river Esk in Whitby renowned for its fresh local fish including oysters, moule and lobster and live music too boot came up trumps. They could squeeze us in at 6.30pm…perfect.

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fireside cosiness

Hygge moments on the North York Moors

Hygge moments abound on the North York Moors and Coast National Park

HYGGE – Some languages have words for which there is no single, or direct, translation. In Danish, hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”) is one such word.

Though there are many ways to describe hygge, we see it simply as the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness. Contentment. Good feelings. A warm glow. Certainly, hygge is intrinsic to the Danish lifestyle, but this feeling of well-being, so deeply satisfying and cozy, is something we all experience, each in our own way.

Here at Crag House Farm find your hygge moments both inside these beautiful Eco Award Winning Barns and outside in the splendour of the surrounding National Park.
All you have to do is put aside that ‘Job’s to do list’ pack your favourite snug coat, boots, gloves and hat and head up to the moors with those you love most in tow, be that family, friends or your loving pouch.

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Watching or participating....it's all great fun and part of a Yorkshire holiday

Forget Cornwall – The best surfing is in Yorkshire

Yes – The best surfing really is in Yorkshire

Riding the waves

You heard it here first :-  BBC Radio 4’s Helen Mark explores the wonders of surfing the Yorkshire Waves  Forget Cornwall, she’s off to Cayton Bay in Yorkshire, from where you can see Scarborough just to the north. It’s a bit colder, a bit grittier and the water, though clean, is not so blue as down south. But there are waves to fall in love with, and a passionate collection of surfers who’ve done just that. There’s even one, Steve Crawford, who was brought up overlooking the beach at Newquay. He moved north years ago, drawn by two specific waves and the lack of crowds. Those waves are still here, but now there are crowds too, as other surfers have begun to discover this hidden gem.

But don’t imagine that surfing culture is new in this part of the world. There’s recently-discovered evidence that the first surfing ever in the UK was demonstrated near here by two Hawaiian princes being educated in Yorkshire in 1890. All they needed was some bits of four-by-two and an extensive woolly bathing suit and they were off! As Helen discovers, surfing can take such a hold of some people.

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Summer reflections

2016 Summer Reflections

Summer has simply flown by at Crag House Farm. The barns have been teeming with families and friends coming together to enjoy this beautiful North York Moors National Park and Yorkshire’s heritage coast. We have enjoyed having visitors from Australia, America, Japan, Belgium, Germany and the length and breadth of the U.K. and Yorkshire.

Our lovely guests reported fun and frolics, here is a taster of their experiences:-)

Danny and I have had a wonderful summer, a new grand daughter Jemima has been a highlight and another grandchild is now on the way in 2017!

Thank you to all who have sent in photos and info about your stay here at the barns.  We look forward to welcoming you back so that you can explore more that this beautiful area has to offer.

from Danny and Liz




Holiday in North Yorkshire

Autumn Breaks, Something Special


Autumn breaks on your mind?  Looking for something special?  Here’s 5 good reasons why you should book these stylish, airy 5* Gold beautiful barns right now.

Which ever way you jump from Crag House Farm there’s fun, deliciousness and excitement around every corner. Let me show you a few things on offer this Autumn.

1. Antonio Carluccio’s endorsement of Malton Market town as “Yorkshire’s Food Capital” is confirmation that this is a foodie’s dream town and it’s just a 40 minute drive from Crag House Farm. Here you’ll find a monthly food market of the highest quality produce, free cookery demos, Yorkshire street food, music and a brilliant atmosphere.  The now famous annual 2 day Malton food lovers festival in May celebrates the very best of Yorkshire food and drink, hosting over 160 high quality artisan food and drink stalls, live cookery theatres, Yorkshire street food par excellence, beer festival and all sorts of crazy, funny entertainment..made us smile:-) On Saturday September 10th come along to the Autumn Malton Game and Seafood Fest.  Expect game, seafood, foraged foods, fantastic fruit and veg aswell as other popular Yorkshire harvest and autumn produce.  Keep a look out for famous TV chefs!

2. The pretty quintessential market town of Helmsley is a must visit with a castle, stately home and gardens, tea and coffee shops a plenty with enough cake to feed an army and lots of fabulous boutique shops selling lots of lovely things..there’s even a shop called ‘Lovely Things’!

Here you will find Helmsley Arts Centre an intimate, creative performance venue.  On October 7th you can catch a hilarious performance of  ‘A Cartoon History of Here’.  Performed by Ian McMillan and Tony Husband.  Carol Ann Duffy says “World Class – one of today’s greatest poetry performers”.  The following night Saturday October 8th it’s time for Jay Rayner of Masterchef fame and Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet to explain to us ‘ The Ten (food) Commandments’ a hugely funny take on the very best way to eat right now.

3. Higgledy piggledy narrow cobbled streets lead steeply down to the pretty working harbour. This is Staithes once home to Captain James Cook and an important Yorkshire fishing Port. Prized by artists for it’s special light most famously the 19th century ‘Staithes Group’ of Laura Knight fame. Many artists now live and exhibit their work in this glorious little village. With a thriving community, the ever present Yorkshire tea rooms and great pubs specialising in freshly caught local fish dishes, visiting Staithes is a wonderful day out but it doesn’t stop there.

Locals Sean and Tricia  of Real Staithes offer a Foraging, Fossils, Fish and Fun experience on the Foreshore with a lobster lunch to boot. An interesting and talented couple they also offer ‘Mackerel fishing’ with a twist and an ‘Ancient pallet day’ course making natural dyes. It is brilliant, entertaining and delicious. I know, I’ve done it, one of my best days out. Sunday 4th September Mackerel-catch-cook-consume.


4. On a fine Autumn morning Crag House Farm is the perfect base to explore the moors and Yorkshire heritage coastline. The National Park information centre is just 5 minutes away by car or a picturesque 40 minute walk via The Fox and Hounds. There is an abundance of wild life to see from your doorstep red grouse, golden plover, snipe and curlew, barn and tawny owls, kestrel, sparrow hawk, hen harrier, cuckoo’s, roe deer and hares.  On the Yorkshire coast famous for it’s seabirds you can spot puffins, gannets, razorbills, skua’s, shearwater’s, minke whales and dolphins.

For the more adventurous nature lovers Crag House Farm have teamed up with Yorkshire Coast Nature to offer you a bespoke National Park Nature Safari on land or sea and wonderful winter photography workshops from as little as £55 per person with door to door taxi service for a hassle free day. Tuesday 4th October Deer Rut Photography Workshop. Sunday 9th October Yorkshire Birding Discovery Day.

5. Interested in stories of the Wild Sea, Smugglers and Shipwrecks? Ancient histories of Whitby and the North York Moors – Dinosaurs, Dracula, Whitby Abbey; Local folklore, tales of the supernatural, mythology, fairy and folk tales – the oral tradition of storytelling? Yes? Great, let me deliver you into the hands of Rose Ryland. Bespoke walks and storytelling to suit.  One hour tours of Robin Hoods Bay starts from £5 for an adult.

Towards the end of Autumn the nights draw in, the clocks change and the name DRACULA  and HALLOWEEN is on everyones lips in Whitby the Goth Capital of the World!  from Saturday 21st October the whole town has an added frizzon of fear and expectation.  Travel from Danby to Whitby by (ghost) train if you dare!

And when you come home to your barn all cosy, warm and inviting.  Snuggle up round a roaring fire and plan your next days fun whether thats a bracing day out or a lazy day in.

Local pub lunch

Danny and Liz’s restaurant choices

 One new restaurant recommendation

Today we had lunch at the The Crown Inn  Hutton Le Hole  arguably the prettiest village in North Yorkshire and a honeypot for tourists visiting the glorious North York Moors, Ryedale Folk Museum The Chocolate factory, scrummy ice cream and tea shops and the perfect place to amble through the picturesque village, lie on the huge green with the beck flowing gently though it and watch the world and his wife going by.

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Woodland homes Danby

Woodlings and Boggles : Down in the Woods

If you go down to the woods in Danby..

You just might meet some very small folk known round here as the ‘Woodlings’.  The Woodlings live in quiet out of the way woods between the fields and moors and take great care of their beautiful tiny woodland homes in and around Danby in the North York Moors National Park.  They are shy and secretive and therefore quite hard to spot, so what an adventure it is to visit Crow Wood a magical and exciting place to see for yourself.

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Staycation on the North York Moors

Our recent Australian guests left us with these great pictures of Danby Dale, our home and barns.  Once again we are taken aback by the beauty we have on our doorstep.  The North York Moors National Park is just amazing!

Morning magic of May
Walking from the barns
Danby Beacon lit late one night just to celebrate the joy being here!
Thank you for your kind words and great pictures


Staycation in North Yorkshire.

It was time for Danny and I to explore further around the North York Moors.

First stop on Saturday  was the old Market town of Malton on the first of their two day Award winning Food Festival, “Yorkshire’s food Capital” So says – Antonio Carlucci!
This is their big annual foodie market and the whole town was buzzing. Here is a great little video about the place, people and foodie visitors to Malton.
No calorie counting here!
But just the one sample for us today
Gathering up a picnic has never been such fun
Entertaining the crowds
With the picnic sorted Danny and I headed to Kirbymoorside just 20 minutes from Crag House Farm.
Our chosen spot is St Gregory’s Minster Ancient atmospheric Anglo Saxon
We followed the footpath behind the Minster and crossed over the dry river bed of Hedge Beck.
through Kirkdale Wood East
to the Weir at Hold Cauldron then East across through fields towards High Haggs and into a beautiful little woodland called Robin Hoods Howl.
And back to St Gregory’s Minster and the car.
Before we went home to Crag House Farm we visited The Star Inn at Harome
After a reviving drink we decided it would a very good idea (not to mention great fun!) to write a blog about this fabulous old 14th century thatched Inn and it’s Michelin starred restaurant. Coming very soon I hope 🙂




Horse riding

North York Moors top three Horse Riding Centres

When you come on holiday to the North York Moors the opportunities to experience horse riding are boundless.  Your holiday is the perfect time to rekindle childhood memories and dreams or indeed make a childhood memory and experience the delights and excitement of riding out in Yorkshire.

Choose between exhilarating rides through the surf on the Yorkshire heritage beach ~ 500 miles of bridleways criss crossing the North York Moors National Park ~ experience a picnic ride through the beautiful Ryedale valleys.

All abilities of horsemanship can be catered for at numerous riding centres located in our area.  These are our top three. Just 20 minutes from Crag House Farm you will find Continue reading North York Moors top three Horse Riding Centres