Fire lit range in pub
Collection of games for guests to play with when staying.
Living Room with cosy sofas and cushions, log burner, tv.

The good news is that the North York Moors is one of the driest of Britain’s uplands owing to our easterly position. However, when the clouds gather, and the rain arrives there are plenty of things to do when on holiday self catering in the Long Barn.  

Here are some of our suggestions for what to do when it rains : 

Go walking whatever the weather. We love the quote by the famous Alfred Wainwright who said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing”. So provided you have the right waterproof gear, we’d suggest getting outside anyway. Our proviso would be to make sure that there are plenty of pit stops en route. A great circular walk from the Long Barn door takes in the 5 pubs and 2 cafés so you have plenty of choice. And the warm toasty boot room back at the Long Barn means that you can dry off all your gear ready for the next day.

Enjoy having a “taking it slow” day in the Long Barn Take a deliberately slow day and chill out in the barn’s relaxing spaces. There’s space to spread out and relax, catch up with friends and family, watch a movie, read a book or have a table tennis tournament. There are plenty of games including jigsaws whilst you listen to favourite music on the Sonos system.

Inside a traditonal yorkshire home with spining wheel and piano.
Castle Howard stately home with tower
Inside a crook barn showing beams with black and white wall.

Visit a museum or stately home There are plenty of places to explore to dodge the rain showers. Our top three museums locally are Eden Camp, Ryedale Folk Museum, Beck Isle Museum with something for everyone. In terms of stately homes, we recommend a visit to Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall, Sledmere House. Check their web site before setting off for their opening hours and also to see what additional activities they have on, especially over the summer.

Inside Activities Fancy something more active? Danby Lodge National Park Centre has all sorts of things to do inside and out for kids big and small. They also have a lovely gallery and a good tea room. And entry is free.

SeaLife Scarborough is one of Scarborough’s most popular attractions. Why not combine it with a lemon top ice cream and a visit to the amusement arcades.

Eskape Whitby  is a place to test your problem-solving skills to escape. Their rooms are linked to local history and each challenge to escape takes an hour. So plenty of time for fish and chips when you’ve finished.

Inside a vinyl cafe in York
Rainbow over Whitby Abbey
Rainbow over the Reading Room in Appleton

A day out to York is another great option and just under an hours drive away. Within the city centre, there are the famous Railway Museum, the Jorvick Viking Centre and the York Castle Museum. All with plenty to see and do. We’d also recommend a visit to Clifford’s Tower . There are plenty of shops for a bit of retail therapy as well as lots of cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Outside York is the Designer Outlet Shopping Centre, packed full of famous brands at discount prices. They also have a decent food area with Wagamama, Pizza Express, Five Guys and many other food to go options. At the north side of York, you’ll also find two other shopping centres, Vangarde and Clifton Moor who along with high street retailers also have  two multiplex cinemas and a bowling abbey.

So, whatever the weather, you are still spoilt for choice when holidaying at the Long Barn.