Are you counting down to Christmas yet? Fancy planning a visit to a typical French Christmas markets? Or have you considered one of the most famous 'foodie' Christmas markets in England in York? We're lucky to have done both in the last 12 months, so here's our '5 Top Tips' to make it a memorable experience for your family too.
As we've found on our European Roadtrip Adventures, with so many cultures to show off — and so many centuries of practice — Europe knows how to throw a party. The array of fiestas, medieval fairs, music festivals, and national celebrations could light a fire under the most burned-out sightseer!!!!
Sure you might have been to a haunted house for Halloween? But can you imagine the possibilities of a haunted cornfield or corn maze. Well nor had we, but as they recommend you need to be 14+ yrs old to brave the evening 'Hallowscream'....... We thought we'd opt for the more family friendly daytime option to visit York Maze. Little did we know it's enormous!!!! Easily the largest maze in the UK, it’s proved to be a fun filled, day out with well over 20 rides or activities that's kept us busy all day (our visit lasted 5hrs!!)
Is there a more apt and inspiring place than Whitby Abbey to hear the tales of Dracula? A Gothic Abbey set imposingly on a cliff above the bustling coastal harbour at Whitby.... It's ruins offering a spectacular backdrop for the night-time illumination show and performance of Bram Stoker's Dracula. A truly memorable evening from one of the most iconic English Heritage sites.
Hot on the heels of our trip earlier this week to the National Railway Museum in York, we thought we use our increasingly useful 'York Pass' to take a nostalgic steam train ride on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. A stunning steam train journey from Pickering towards the picturesque Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby.
Earlier in the year, we all went fruit picking near London and whilst we were there, we discovered that high quality farm shops do in fact grow vegetables too and even more exciting than that… they grow pumpkins! Just like 'The Ballon Tree Farm Shop' near York... So as we've focusing our road schooling in Yorkshire over the next month, we thought we'd pop in to have a closer look!!
Due to the dash down south from York to celebrate Lottie's birthday in Stamford, we've leapt at the chance to give the girls a sleepover and take in a little of the activities you can find around this corner of the East Midlands..... Close to the tiny county of Rutland, lies the thriving market town of Stamford and it's impressive Burghley House. A town perhaps left behind by the Industrial Revolution that remains full of timber framed buildings and numerous fine spired churches, cobble streets and mellow old stone buildings...
Imagine standing on the cobbled street of the Shambles in York..... having made your way through some of York's main attractions including York Minister, York Chocolate Story, Cliffords Tower and the National Railway Museum.... So now's the time to leave the crowds of tourists snapping away on the famous medieval cobbled street and head for one of York's impressive sightseeing options.
With Yorkshire literally dripping with historical significance, visits to cities like York are a crucial part of our roadschooling adventure across Europe. There maybe hundreds (& thousands) of history resources on the web! But we're taking a different approach, bringing history to life by taking them to places like the WW1 battlefields or the iconic Berlin Wall. Trying hard to give our daughters the broadest understanding of European History...
Squeezing York into one day is a hectic thought..... Its bustling historic city centre is full of attractions that will boggle your brain if you don't have a plan.... But we thought we'd share our first hand experiences to help give you the best place to start any family day out in York...... Especially as it's become one of our favourite European Cities that we've visited on our European Roadtrip... So if you're looking for the first tip from our visit, we'd suggest everyone should try wall walking when you arrive.... giving you a chance to get your bearings by strolling around some of the 3 miles of medieval city walls and gatehouses (just like Dubrovnik...)...
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