Local Amenities & Recreational Activities
We are lucky to have a wide range of recreational activities and local amenities close to Flaxton Meadows. If you would like to go quad biking, hot air ballooning, gliding, swimming, pony trekking over the moors, play golf, tennis or badminton, go for a long country walk or mountain biking we can provide you with details and help to arrange your experience.
The adjacent Strensall Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with an internationally important heathland providing habitat for many rare plants and animals including lizards. The site is managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust with designated pathways across the 42 hectares. Access is free of charge. The pathways provide limited access for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Dogs are welcome on leads.
If walking is one of your favourite pastimes then Flaxton Meadows is a fantastic base to access a network of public footpaths to explore the outstanding natural beauty of the area. Such walks include the Ebor Way, which is a 70mile pathway from Helmsley to Ilkley passing nearby Strensall along the way. The Yorkshire Wolds Way is 79 miles from Filey to Hull. The walk presents some amazing chalk landscapes with dry valleys and stunning wildlife. Centenary Way was opened in 1989 linking the Yorkshire Wolds Way to the Cleveland Way National Trails. The 83mile route starts in York meanders across the nearby Howardian Hills via Castle Howard ending in Filey.
Family Days Out
- Beetle Bank Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary near Murton provides a fantastic opportunity for children to have a wonderful encounter with farm animals and wildlife. There is a play area for children of all ages and indoor play and educational facility.
- Dalby Forest Drive near Thornton le Dale and Go Ape aerial assault course.
- Flamingo Land and Lightwater Valley are 2 amazing theme parks for all the family to enjoy.
- Easingwold Maize Maze and York Maze make a fun day out.
- There are a number of Indoor Play Areas for wet weather days such as Creepy Crawlies, The Farmers Cart, Play Dale Farm and Wacky Warehouse.
- Seasonal strawberry picking at neighbouring Beechwood Farm.
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Shopping & Entertainment
Flaxton Meadows is just 7miles from York’s major shopping centres Monks Cross and the Vanguard Centre. Both provide a range of clothes outlets, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes. Another 2 miles east bound on the A1237 takes you to Clifton Moor with access to sporting facilities, bowling, paint ball, laser combat, cinema, swimming pool and leisure centre.
There are also a wide range of restaurants, pubs and takeaways. The City of York is only 9 miles away. You can cycle, drive or take the onsite free minibus to enjoy the history, culture and contemporary restaurant and bars. There is something for everyone with a range of museums, gardens, shops, cinema, music establishments and cafes.
Our friendly team will help you to organise suitable activities for your stay if you require advice.
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Flaxton has a range of restaurants to enjoy delicious food. This includes Tykes Restaurant, Thompsons Fish Restaurant, Jinnah Indian Restaurant, Blacksmith Arms and Holy Moly’s Deep South Kitchen which provides vegan, vegetarian and gluten free dishes. There are also a range of takeaways if you fancy dining onsite. Details provided upon arrival.
Places to Visit & Experience
With a wide range of attractions and recreational activities to enjoy in Yorkshire, there is something for all tastes and interests.
The City of York is a must visit for those with an interest in history, architecture and culture. York Minster is renowned for its spectacular medieval architecture and reverberation time in excess of 10seconds. York Railway Museum is a wonderful experience for all the family, you may be lucky enough to see Thomas the Tank Engine! York Dungeon is not for the faint-hearted! York Castle Museum, the Jorvik Centre and Yorkshire Museum each provide a difference experience around the history of York. The Art Gallery has regular featured artists and themes of interest, and there are many organised guided tours such as the open top tour bus, river cruises and famous ghost walks. For those with a love of the film Harry Potter take a walk down the Shambles – inspiration for JK Rowling’s Diagon Alley featured in the hit creation.
There are numerous stately homes, castles, historic houses, museums and abbeys to visit during your stay, including:
- Stately Homes & Historic Houses of Castle Howard, Newburgh Priory, Newby Hall, and the National trust properties of Nunnington Hall, Beningbrough Hall and Rievaulx Terrace and Temples.
- Castles at Sheriff Hutton, Helmsley, Pickering, Richmond, and Scarborough.
- Yorkshire Museum of farming, York’s wide range of museums, Ryedale Folk Museum, Eden Camp, Whitby Museum, The World of James Herriot.
- Abbeys of Rievaulx, Byland, Fountains, Ampleforth and Whitby.
- Yorkshire Lavender Farm.
- Ripon Cathedral, St Peters and St Pauls Church in Pickering famed for the best surviving medieval murals in the country.
- Miniature Model Railway at Gilling East.
- Why not take a trip back in time on the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway, which operates steam trains from Pickering to Grosmont.