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Pocklington for families

Why Pocklington is perfect for families visiting York & the Yorkshire Wolds

Pocklington is perfect for families

Planning to visit Yorkshire with family this summer? Ideally located between York and the coast, Pocklington is the perfect base to explore the region. And its self catering properties are the best places to stay if you are budgeting for a family. 

Best of town, coast, and country

On the edge of stunning Yorkshire Wolds countryside, postcard-pretty Pocklington is just 30 minutes from the historic city of York and 40 minutes from the sandy beaches and white chalk clifftops of Yorkshire’s scenic coastline. A quiet, but active town, it has a cinema, quirky independent shops, two supermarkets, and a weekly market. With water sports and walks nearby, this really is one of the best places to stay in East Yorkshire.

pocklington town centre

 

Historic York

A 20-minute drive, or a 30-minute bus journey, from Pocklington and you are in the centre of York. Here you can walk the city walls, where King Richard III’s head once hung on a spike, have lunch in any one of the city’s fine eateries, visit its world class museums, and be back for dinner. Don’t miss the gothic splendour of its cathedral,  York Minster or the National Railway Museum, an absolute must for families with children.

york minster

Pocklington history

If history is your thing, Pocklington also has a fascinating past. This is where archaeologists uncovered the most important iron age find in Britain – a magnificent Celtic shield and an iron age chariot dating back to the 4th Century AD. The chariot was found hitched to the skeletons of two ponies that had been buried upright to look as though they were leaping out of the ground.

Family fun at historic homes 

If you and your family like fun and games then Burton Agnes Hall, has an intricate Elizabethan garden laid out with life-size games where you and your children can while away a summer’s day playing giant chess or getting lost in an intricate maze.

Pocklington is perfect for gardeners

But garden lovers don’t need to leave Pocklington to enjoy rare and beautiful plants. Burnby Hall  hosts the national lily collection and in the summer its ponds are ablaze with these rare species. While you take in the splendour, the children can feed the fish, sample delicious ice cream and play an African thumb piano or see a stuffed lion in its quirky museum!

children feeding fish burmby hall gardens pocklington

Family water fun

In summertime, there are narrowboat trips along the dreamy waters of the Pocklington canal. More active families can hire kayaks and splash about in the shallow waters at nearby Allerthorpe Lakeland Park .

narrowboat rides on pocklington caanl

 

Walking & cycling

Pocklington is in the heart of stunning Yorkshire Wold’s countryside. Two national walking trails, the Minster Way, and the Yorkshire Wolds Way, run close to the town and it is also a stop on the Way of the Roses cycle route.

Short walks around Pocklington

There are also numerous, idyllic short walks to enjoy. Millington Woods is a rare, wooded valley that offers a shady haven for families on sunny days. And there are spectacular circular walks from the town itself. One of them leads through ancient woodland to a former country home now a thriving Buddhist centre. Take a stroll around the ornamental lake before coffee and cake in the World Peace Cafe.

country home now used as bhuddist centre near pocklington

Yorkshire Coast

A 40-minute drive from Pocklington and you are dipping your toes in the shallow waters at Fraisethorpe or Bridlington beach. These long, wide stretches of sand are ideal places if you are visiting with a dog – watch out for horses galloping! A short drive from Bridlington is Flamborough Head, famous for its Victorian lighthouse. Look out for seals on the chalk-white beaches below. The chalk caves at nearby Thornton Bay were once used by pirates and are fun for children to explore at low tide.

chalk cliff with grass in foreground

Wildlife

The clifftops at nearby RSPB Bempton host the country’s largest mainland seabird colony where every summer you can see puffins. Recently a black browed albatross has also been spotted here. And, if you enjoy wildlife, seeing the live animal nest cameras and wildlife paintings at The Robert Fuller Gallery is like visiting the set of Springwatch.

Places to stay in Pocklington

The Bungalow, five minutes from Pocklington’s glorious woodland walks, and a 10-minute stroll into town, is an ideal base for families who want to enjoy the best of what Pocklington has to offer. In fact one of the town’s most beautiful walks starts right from its front door.  Affordable and well-equipped, this property sleeps six, in a double, a twin bed room, and a bunk room. It also has ample off road parking for families who want to leave the car and take the bus into York. 

Places to eat

Pocklington also has a choice of restaurants and pubs to savour, from fine-dining spots including Judsons, Woody’s Cookhouse or Stamfords, to excellent curries (try Sonali for delicious Bengali cuisine). And if you are staying in town at  The Bungalow, the finest pizza in town, Pan e Vino will even deliver!

 

 

 

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Pock Rocked …. Beautiful South at Pocklington Arts Centre Review

What a lucky town we are.

Every time I go to Pocklington Arts Centre it reminds me just what an awesome place we have here.

Last night was no exception, The South put on an outstanding performance and had the whole place on their feet dancing away.

The South have always been in my top 10 must listen to bands, so when I was walking through Pocklington a few weeks ago and saw they were playing, I got out my phone to take a picture and send it to Tessie, as I knew she’d love to see them. Strangely, and I do believe it fate, coincidences and all that weird stuff, Tessie just happened to walk by at that exact same moment, so tickets were purchased on the spot.

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When great British pop institution, The Beautiful South split in 2007, some members of the band didn’t feel ready to hang up their microphones or instruments just yet… And so The South embarked on their journey. Celebrating the Beautiful South legacy and great songs of their own, the band continues performing the classic songs including: A Little Time – the number one single, Perfect 10RotterdamOld Red EyesGood as GoldDon’t Marry Her. Their live show promises to continue to celebrate and perform the classic Beautiful South songs along with songs from The South’s debut album ‘Sweet Refrains

The evening began with a jolly nice tea time special at The Feathers, and ended with a selfie in the Black Bull with the lead singer Alison Wheeler, what a night, thank you Pocklington Arts Centre and all who sail in her!