Barn with table tennis and table football tables on a wooden floor
Cosy living room with sofas, cushions, tv and woodburner
Tweed sofa with cushions and throw. Stone walls and book shelf in corner

When we have so much beautiful green countryside, you have to take it on the chin that it will sometimes rain. We can’t promise wall to wall sunshine and blue skies. But we can promise that you won’t run out of things to do in the Long Barn and in the North York Moors if it rains.

The Long Barn and adjoining West Barn are set up so that you have plenty to do whatever the weather.

Games Tournaments From active games like table tennis and table football, to more sedate board games or jigsaw puzzles, both barns are set up for plenty of activities. Each barn has a PS4 and screens so you can play the various games we provide or watch a movie. Whether it’s Singstar karaoke or Guitar hero, to unleash your inner performer. Or FIFA football to practice your ball skills. You can mix it up or create a quiet zone on one barn and a noisy one in the other.


Ipad showing choice of magazines to read
Woman demonstrating how to water colour with paint trays and paper
Slection of board and card games on a wooden worktop

Movies As well as various movies on dvd, you’ll also find films saved on the SKY planner. Along with whatever SKY are screening. Make a big bowl of pop corn and settle down with the movie of your choice. There are plenty of comfy sofas to chill out in or bean bags in the West Barn.

Space to chill Every bedroom has it’s own tv with lots of channels if you fancy escaping for some quiet time. You’ll also find plenty of magazines and books in the barn if you prefer something more analogue to relax with. We also have Readly on the barn iPad which means an endless supply of magazines and publications.

Organised activities Fancy a reflexology, yoga or massage session? Or what about a water colour art class? Whilst these activities have to be booked ahead, we have a number of local businesses that we can connect you into during your stay. Make the most of the down time and try something new.

Old fashioned school class room with wooden desks and chairs
Black range with a lit fire in traditional yorkshire pub
Man posing behind table showing a pub lunch with chips and a pint

Away from the Long Barn, here are our top suggestions:

Ryedale Folk Museum Just 5 minutes drive from us, this fabulous museum is full of things to look at and experience. Whilst it’s not totally under cover, the many houses and rooms are close together and with a brolly (we provide several in the barn) you can have a fabulous day exploring.

Eat out in a local pub Our wonderful Moors in is just a 5 minute walk from the barn and serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week. You’ll also find lots of other places close by to us; check out our welcome guide for information. Or have a read of our blog.

Visit a market town Helmsley, Pickering and Malton are all lovely market towns to explore. All have a great choice of local independent shops along with cafes, pubs and restaurants.

North York Moors Railway  Catch a steam train from Pickering up to Whitby. You may recognise some of the stations en route. Harry Potter, Mission Impossible and Raiders of the Lost Ark have all filmed here. Check out the timetable first.


Whitby harbour showing the abbey and a blue sky
Exterior of the black and white Magpie cafe in Whitby
Front of stately home Castle Howard showing windows, main door and bell tower

Castle Howard This fabulous stately home is just 25 minutes drive from us and there’s much to explore inside the lovely old house. It also has a great shop and café.

Escape to the seaside Scarborough and Whitby are both just over ¾ hour from us. Playing on arcade games with fish and chips afterwards (even when it’s wet) is part of the British experience. Fancy getting even wetter? Visit the Alpamare Water Park and Spa in Scarborough.

Day Trip to York. Just under an hour from us, York is a fantastic city for a day trip with lots to do. It’s packed full of visitor attractions from the National Railway Museum, York Castle Museum, York’s Chocolate Story to the Jorvik Centre. You can also wander round the medieval streets, visit York Minster and check out Bettys Tea Shop. Or for more retail therapy, head for the Designer Outlet just outside York. Packed full of brands, look out for a designer bargain.

View from hill over talke in hazy sunshine and clouds
Man in red walking gear on woodland path
Stream surrounded by trees with bright green leaves

The saying goes “There’s no such thing as bad weather – only unsuitable clothing”. So if you have the outdoor gear for a wet day, there are plenty of walks from the door. Our favourites also involve a pub to dry off in part way round; you’ll find details of all these in the barn. Our warm and toasty boot room means boots and outdoor gear will quickly dry.

And there is nothing like a wet walk for being able to justify an extra slice of cake as a treat for yourself.