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Rosslyn House

11 Abbey Terrace, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3HQ, United Kingdom
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More than Dracula, Dinosaurs and Dark Skies

NorthYork Moors & Coast - Britain's Capital of cake!

NorthYork Moors & Coast - Britain's Capital of cake!

We love cake!  We think it probably first arrived here with the Vikings. We've certainly had plenty of experience making, eating and enjoying it. Baking cakes has always been a special way to show that you care about some one. We love our visitors - so we bake for them... a warm welcome together with a selection of scrummy homemade cakes and a pot of tea await all arrivals at Rosslyn House. There is usually a Victoria sponge with an exciting flavour or Lemon Meringue Cup Cakes and tray bakes.

We invite you to come and eat cake... in a café or cottage, in an abbey or arboretum, in a wood, by a waterfall or walled garden, on a bike ride or after a baking class, after a foreshore forage, on a farm, in a manor house, a stately home or an old school, on a village green or in a village hall, in a pub, a former post office or a tea parlour... See our suggested places to eat cake

Don't go home until you've tried all our cakes - over 50 different kinds! We've got plenty of great places to stay, where you'll often be greeted by sweet treats!

Malton  Food Market Every 2nd Saturday Monthly

Malton Food Market Every 2nd Saturday Monthly

Malton Monthly Food Market is one of Yorkshire’s most renowned food markets. It is popular with all those who care about where their food is sourced and is loved by local foodies, chefs and keen amateur cooks. Each month it is the live cooking demos, live music and the freshest local produce that makes the atmosphere so special. Antonio Carluccio after visiting Malton first called it "Yorkshire's Food Capital" Set in and around the Milton Rooms and located in Malton’s central Market Place, the market trades from 9am to 3pm. Enjoy over 35 food and drink stalls each month, live music, chef demos and delicious street food. There is free parking, free entry and free tea and coffee with every bakery purchase.
9am-3pm Free Entry Dog and child friendly

Framing the Landscape with Yorkshire artist Ashley Jackson - Newton Wood, National Trust

Framing the Landscape with Yorkshire artist Ashley Jackson - Newton Wood, National Trust

Internationally renowned Yorkshire watercolour artist Ashley Jackson is aiming to capture a changing landscape without his trademark brushes and paint with his new project ’Framing the landscape’ in partnership with the National Trust and Walker Morris creating a permanent ever changing outside art exhibition. The concept is simple but effective by constructing a permanent free standing over sized metal picture frame with the University of Huddersfield which was then installed at Newton Wood below Roseberry Topping. The landscape of Yorkshire is firmly placed in the frame allowing visitors to gain a greater understanding of the surrounding landscape, an artist’s view point and hopefully engage with schools and young children to become a significant reference in protecting the Yorkshire heritage for future generations. Referring to Jackson’s quote ’Many people look but only a few see’, he hopes to re engage not only local communities
Free admission, parking charges may apply Not easy access, uneven ground
Newton Wood, below Roseberry Topping, Newton-under-Roseberry, North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire TS9 6QR

Dark Skies

Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society (SARAS) holds stargazing events in Dalby Forest on the first Friday of most months between October and March each year between 8pm and 10pm. Check their website for the latest dates.

There's indoor stargazing at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby (31 May), where kids can learn about the constellations and make some frightening mythical creatures.

Starfest is an annual 3-night star camp run by SARAS at Dalby Forest (every August), which attracts amateur astronomers from around the UK. There's camping, talks and events, and even a rocket-building competition. 2016 Starfest will be the 16th annual event (4 – 7 August 2016) and promises to be a star-studded occasion.

In October experts from York Astronomical Society  hold an annual stargazing event at Sutton Bank National Park Centre while a Halloween fright-free Creatures of the Night event held at The Moors National Park Centre includes bat walks and stargazing.

What can you see
There are a number of astro websites and apps for smart phones and tablets which are well worth looking at, helping you to understand the night sky and providing alerts on the latest astronomical happenings.

Northern Lights
The further north you are and the darker your sky, the more chance you have of seeing the magic of Aurora. The Northern Lights are certainly visible from the North York Moors, with some good displays seen recently on the coast. As it is difficult to predict when they'll occur, you can sign up for alerts: 
AuroraWatchUK – follow them on twitter or download an app for various smartphones

Hidden Horizons

Based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire Hidden Horizons offer a wide range of events, including fossil hunts, rock pooling trips, dinosaur footprint walks, for more details about these please visit

If they don't have any public events listed they also do private bookings all year round, ideal for families, small groups and birthday parties! Email them at or call 07964 759433 for details and prices. 

Explore the nooks and crannies of our bustling harbour town of Whitby.

Wander through Whitby’s cobbled lanes where there are plenty of interesting independent shops, art galleries and eating places to discover, and hidden corners with quirky names such as Arguments Yard. You’ll see plenty of jewellery shops devoted to the local minor gemstone Whitby Jet or head for the Whitby Jet Heritage Centre where you can learn more about its fascinating history.

From here head round the corner to Tate Hill where the Russian ship ‘Demeter’ ran aground, an event that inspired author Bram Stoker so much that he included the shipwreck in his novel Dracula. You can continue re-living the vampire story by walking up the 199 Steps to St Marys Church and imagine how the Demeter’s only survivor, a mysterious black dog or Barghest, leapt ashore and ran up the steps. Once at the top, don’t miss a visit to the iconic landmark, Whitby Abbey.

With the hunger pangs kicking in, head to the Whitby Deli and face the tricky challenge of choosing from the delicious array of items for a picnic, or choose from one of the excellent fish and chip shops.

Walk off your lunch with a wander around the working harbour. You might like to stop and watch people fishing off the jetty or perhaps take a trip on a boat out to sea. Whale watching trips leave regularly from Whitby harbour. If you’re lucky you may spot minke, northern and humpbacks whales as well as seals, dolphins and porpoises.

Landlubbers might prefer to find out more about the town’s heritage and fishing traditions by heading to the Whitby Museum or to the Captain Cook Museum.

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A nostalgic, relaxing day enjoying the feel of sand beneath your feet

 After the bustle of Whitby, Sandsend is a complete contrast. With around three miles of sandy beach, it’s a great spot to just sit and look out to sea, enjoying the swish of the waves and looking for the perfect shaped pebble to take home. 

Take a walk to the cliffs and paddle in rock pools or stretch your legs, perhaps walking along the coast to Whitby – you can see the distinctive outline of the Abbey from Sandsend beach.

Sandsend has a surprising number of great places to eat for such a small village. Try tasty seafood dishes at the Hart Inn or Sandside Café, or maybe afternoon tea at the Wits End Café with its walled garden.

If you’re visiting on a Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday (closed in May), head for the entrance to the Mulgrave Estate where you can pick up a permissive path that leads into the woods and up to the ruins of Mulgrave Castle.

The Bridge Cottage Bistro at the entrance to the Mulgrave Estate has a lovely garden to eat in, as well as a Scandinavian-style indoor area. For something even smarter, Estbek House offers fine dining in a beautiful setting. Both restaurants have a passion for using locally-sourced ingredients and serve excellent fish dishes.

At the top of the bank on the road up towards Staithes is the village of Lythe where you can arrange to see the remarkable collection of Anglo-Scandinavian carved stones at St Oswald’s Church.  There are fine views from the church from Sandsend across to Whitby.

The Cleveland Way National Trail footpath rises steeply from the foot of Lythe Bank and follows the track of the old Whitby-Saltburn-Middlesbrough railway.

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