Ryedale District Council

Ryedale District Council - tourism

  • Camping and caravan sites

    For information on caravan and camp sites in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

    Camping and caravan sites and other holiday accommodation information may be found on the Visit Ryedale website.

    For further information on support for tourism businesses please visit the Tourism Support for Businesses page.

     

  • Local attractions

    Ryedale in North Yorkshire has a wealth of excellent attractions. Why not explore Ryedale's heritage through spectacular abbeys and castles and the splendour of its stately homes and country houses such as Castle Howard.

    Visitor information for attractions in Ryedale can be found on the Visit Ryedale Website.

    For further information on support for tourism businesses please visit the Tourism Support for Businesses page.

     

     

  • New guide to the best of artisan on the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors

    Artisan Trail launchA brand new guide, showcasing some of the very best artisan producers in North Yorkshire, has been launched this week at Ampleforth Abbey, home to the production site of a range of award-winning ciders and apple products.

    From fine photography to exquisitely crafted ales and chocolates and from pure Yorkshire lavender to contemporary blown glass, the guide to the Yorkshire Coast and North York Moors Artisan Trail directs visitors to 37 of the country’s top artists, craftsmen and food and drink producers, who are all proud to call Yorkshire their home and the inspiration for their products.

    Aimed primarily at visitors to the county, the Artisan Trail also offers local communities a chance to discover the many hidden artisan gems on their doorstep.

    Janet Deacon, Welcome to Yorkshire Area Director and Scarborough Borough Council Tourism Manager said:

    The master artisans featured in the guide have excelled in creating a wealth and variety of internationally renowned multi-award winning products and artworks. Anyone exploring the Artisan Trail around our spectacular area will have the opportunity to see some of the artisans at work and purchase their goods from a variety of galleries, farms shops and specialist outlets.

    The guide has been developed in partnership with Ampleforth Abbey Drinks, which produces a range of hand crafted ciders and apple based drinks on site in its own cider mill, nestled within Ampleforth Abbey Orchards. Sitting on the foothills of the North York Moors, Ampleforth Abbey Orchards boast over 40 different varieties of heritage apples, populating more than 2,000 trees, which span more than seven acres.

    Tim Saxby, Ampleforth Abbey’s Orchard Manager said:

    The Benedictine monks of Ampleforth Abbey have been growing apples in the Abbey Orchards for more than 200 years and the tradition continues today with our emphasis on local artisan produce of the highest quality. We are very proud to support and be part of this excellent new guide, alongside some of our area’s finest artisan producers.

    The guide is available to download from the DiscoverYorkshireCoast website and in leaflet form from many of the area’s tourist information points, visitor centres, attractions and accommodation providers.

    Further information on Ampleforth Abbey Drinks, including a list of stockists, may be found on their website.

    Picture (credit: Chris Booth (chrisbooth.photos)) taken in the Ampleforth Abbey Orchards shows (left to right): James Wallis, Fr Terence Richardson, Janet Deacon, Tim Saxby mark the launch of the artisan trail guide.

     

  • New visitor information boards for Norton

    Norton sign 1A partnership effort to raise the profile of one of Ryedale’s market towns and welcome visitors looks set to be a great success.

    Ryedale District Council and Norton Town Council have just unveiled two new information boards which will help visitors enjoy the market town and to find tourist information about Ryedale.

    The two signs located on Church Street have been designed with new images of the local area, text and maps to help people make the most of Norton and the surrounding Ryedale area. The new ‘QR’ graphic takes smart phone users directly to the Visit Ryedale website for information on accommodation, events and attractions in the area.

    The signs were created by Norton-based company Ten Fathoms, designers of the visitor information boards recently produced for Kirkbymoorside and at Malton Railway Station.

    Ryedale District Council’s Visitor Economy Officer, Craig Nattress said: “The new information boards in Norton have been designed to showcase the town's history and improve the visitor experience whilst also highlighting the diversity the wider area has to offer.”

    Norton sign 2

  • Support for tourism businesses

    Advice, grants and assistance is available to businesses in taking forward tourism marketing, publicity, and promotional activity to encourage visitors to Ryedale.

    Visitor Economy

    The visitor economy of Ryedale is worth £291 million in value and is a key industry for the area. It is estimated that Ryedale welcomes 4.3 million visitors each year, with tourists and visitors providing over 6,900 jobs in the district.*

    The tourism industry therefore plays a vital role in supporting livelihoods and facilitating economic development and inward investment, which are essential to making the area an attractive place in which to live, work and play - as well as visit.

    *2015 Tourism South East Annual Economic Impact Report

    The visitor economy is not only important in Ryedale; it is also now recognised as a key mechanism for economic development and regeneration across the UK.  In view of this, we work closely with Welcome to Yorkshire and neighbouring local authorities to ensure the "product" is marketed nationally and internationally and visitors enjoy their experience in Ryedale.

    A successful visitor economy depends upon the people and the product that visitors will come into contact with on arrival in the area. There are various support activities that aim to help businesses to get started and develop:

    Accommodation Know-How
    Information about how to start up a tourism business and the legislation involved.

    Quality in Tourism
    Information about Quality standards in Tourism - also see The AA Hotel Services.

    Speak to our Visitor Economy team to discuss the local networks of tourism businesses available to offer support – 01653 600666 ext 315 or email Ryedale Tourism.

    For Ryedale visitor information. please see the Visit Ryedale website.

    The visitor economy is not only important in Ryedale; it is also now recognised as a key mechanism for economic development and regeneration across the UK. In view of this, we work closely with Welcome to Yorkshire and neighbouring local authorities to ensure the "product" is marketed nationally and internationally and visitors enjoy their experience in Ryedale.

    Rural Tourism Advisory Board - voice for Ryedale's tourist industry

    The Rural Tourism Advisory Board for the North Yorkshire East area has now been established. This is an important step forward in developing businesses role in reviewing how local Welcome to Yorkshire and Council tourism services are defined and delivered in the future. We have seen from previous work that we need to have a strong voice to tackle tourism issues across the district.

    My hope is that the new Tourist Advisory Board will provide a coordinated approach which will benefit all stake holders as so many jobs locally are directly or indirectly linked to tourism. The success of this board is vital to our economy here in Ryedale.

    Cllr  Janet Frank

    Businesses at the meeting were delighted to represent the many areas within the tourism sector, such as accommodation, attractions and business tourism on the newly formed Board. For more information please contact Economy and Infrastructure or extension 240.

    For tourism business support please visit the Welcome to Yorkshire industry website.

    Tourism North Yorkshire

    VisitYorkshire (TNY) promotes and develops tourism within the North Yorkshire area. TNY works closely with local and regional partners in Ryedale District Council and the Yorkshire tourism authority, Welcome to Yorkshire, as well as nationally with VisitBritain, to ensure member's benefit from the opportunities and resources available to local tourism businesses and continue to have a voice in future developments.

    TANY work hard to promote co-operation between members and other local tourism associations, co-ordinating marketing campaigns and ensuring the widest possible distribution of leaflets and other publicity and advertising material. TNY work to establish contact between members of the association to promote the exchange of information and ideas and provide mutual support. They aim to improve standards of provision for tourists in the area and help members' businesses flourish.

    There are many measurable benefits from simply belonging to the Association:

    • Independence - We are totally independent. We rely on no one other that our Members for the support and success of the Association.
    • Networking - We share information on topics of Industry importance both at our meetings and through our Discussion Forum.
    • Lobbying - We lobby for change, or no change on matters of national, regional and local importance.
    • A voice - We provide input to local authorities on important tourism issues. We have representation on our local Tourism Partnership board and through them 'Welcome to Yorkshire'/Yorkshire Tourist Board.
    • Marketing - Advice on marketing and a promotional listing on VisitYorkshire our unparalleled domain name (very high Google ranking).
    • Discounts - We have many local and regional suppliers who offer discounts on goods and services for all our Member sectors.
    • Training - Ongoing support for all types of industry related training.
    • Social networking - Regular events to which all Members are invited, where the social aspect of the Association is brought to the top of our agenda.

     

  • Tourist accommodation

    Visitor information for accommodation in Ryedale can be found on the Visit Ryedale where you can search for fantastic deals on hotels, bed and breakfasts, fabulous campsites, Youth Hostels, camping barns and self-catering accommodation in Ryedale.

    Visit Ryedale is the official tourist information website for Ryedale, North Yorkshire. it includes up to date information on accommodation - including online booking, attractions and events in Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Malton, Norton, Pickering and the surrounding area.

    Information on support for tourism businesses can be found on the Support for Tourism businesses page.

  • Tourist information centre

    Ryedale does not have a Tourist Information Centre (TIC).

    Visit the Visit Ryedale website for all the information you need to enjoy getting out and about or staying in Ryedale.

    When you are in Ryedale, you can visit one of our friendly ‘Visitor Information Points’ for free town maps, leaflets, advice and free wifi. These are at :

    • The Cut Price Book Store – Helmsley YO62 5BL. Open every day except Christmas Day.
    • Ryedale District Council Offices, Malton – YO17 7HH Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.
    • Pickering Visitor Information Point – Morlands Newsagents, 7 Market Place, Pickering YO18 7AA. Opening Hours - Monday - Saturday 05:00 - 17:30, Sunday 05:00 -12.30.

     

  • Welcome to Helmsley!

    Visitors to Helmsley can now find out more about this delightful market town with two new information boards.

    Helmsley panel 2

    In partnership with Helmsley in Business, Ryedale District Council have just unveiled the new information boards, which will help visitors enjoy the market town and to find tourist information about Ryedale.

    The two boards located at the Cleveland Way car park have been designed with new images of the local area, text and maps to help people make the most of Helmsley and the surrounding Ryedale area. The new ‘QR’ graphic takes smart phone users directly to the www.visitryedale.co.uk website for information on accommodation, events and attractions in the area.

    The signs were created by Norton-based company Ten Fathoms, designers of the visitor information boards recently produced for Ryedale's other market towns.

    Ryedale District Council’s Visitor Economy Officer, Craig Nattress said: “The new information boards have been designed to reflect the welcome offered to visitors on arrival in Helmsley whilst also highlighting the diversity of the visitor experience the wider area has to offer."

     

    Helmsley panel

  • Zoos and farm parks

    Visitor information for zoos and farm parks in Ryedale can be found on the Visit Ryedale website or by following the links to the right of this page.

    For further information on support for tourism businesses please visit the Tourism support for Businesses page.

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