When out on a favourite bike ride, one of our not so guilty pleasures is to buy an ice-cream in Hutton Le Hole. All are delicious but we recommend the salt caramel and clotted cream/blackcurrant combo.

We’re embarrassed to admit that whilst we’ve walked past Ryedale Folk Museum many times, we’ve never paid a proper visit.

Last summer that all changed when when our 5 year old great niece Ella visited and we decided on a family trip out.

The museum is set in 6 acres of grounds. You can explore all of its treasure trove of exhibits in more than twenty heritage buildings scattered around the site. Lots of the areas are interactive and great for for large and small kids. There is plenty to do and see from an iron age roundhouse to a medieval manor house. There is even a model village.

Favourite things to do were playing at being in class in the school house, feeding the rare breed pigs and dressing up for family portraits in the photography studio.

We went mid afternoon and had a couple of hours there; we could have easily spent more time. There is plenty of space to take a picnic and dogs are welcome.

Park in the car park up the hill on the left as you drive into the village from Appleton.

And don’t forget that ice cream.