The Local Area


A Wonderful Area to Visit

So much to see and do with such easy access from your comfy cottage at Loand House Court Cottages

Breathtaking Scenery ~ Picturesque Villages ~ Stunning Coastline ~ Delightful Beaches ~ Historic City

Exciting Market Towns ~ Castles & Stately Homes

Whether it's a countryside walk, a shopping trip, a trip down memory lane, fun days with the kids, a day out on your bike, leisurely days out or action packed; Yorkshire will meet all needs!

2020 Local Events Calendar

Find out what's going on in the area during your stay

Please note that many events this year have changed or might be cancelled due to Covid-19 therefore we recommend that you check with individual websites before making your plans


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Thur 30 April - Sun 3 May

Tour de Yorkshire

'The Race' taking in much of Yorkshire's beautiful countryside. 


Sat 9 May

Malton Monthly Food Market

Specialty food stalls, music, chef demos, street food.

Sat 23 May - Sun 24 May

Malton Food Lover's Festival 

A colossal 2-day Yorkshire foodies' party and celebration with 180 stalls all across town, together with family events, live music & much, much more.


Sat 23 May - Mon 25 May

Traction Engine Rally - Castle Howard

A full programme of top steam fair attractions including tractor pulling, steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, classic motorcycles, fairground organs, miniature steam engines, stationary engines and vintage commercials. You will also find an array of trade stands, autojumble, craft and fine food marquee, old time and modern funfair, non-stop arena entertainment, catering outlets and a fully licensed bar.



Sun 24 May

Thornton Dale Spring Gala

A fun day out! Classic cars, Children's entertainment, Stalls, Horse / Pony Fun Day, Dog Show, Cricket, Football.





Sat 13 June 

Malton Monthly Food Market

Specialty food stalls, music, chef demos, street food. 

Sat 6 June - Sun 7 June

Knights of Royal England Jousting - Castle Howard

Witness knights on horseback charging at full tilt and battling in one on one combat! Decide which knight to support and help cheer them to glory!

Wed 10 June

The Pyramid Tour - Castle Howard

Sun 21 June

Fathers Day Motor Show - Castle Howard

Treat the 'Father'. A lovely day of classic cars and fun all in the beautiful setting of Castle Howard

Sat 24 - Sun 25 June

The Brideshead Festival - Castle Howard

Celebrating 75 years of screen and print

Sat 4 July - Sun 5 July

60's Fest - North Yorkshire Moors Railway

 Sat 11 July

Malton Monthly Food Market

Specialty food stalls, music, chef demos, street food.

Sat 25 - Sun 26 July

The Castle Howard Triathlon

Do you have what it takes?

Tue 28 July

Ryedale Show

Not quite as big as the Great Yorkshire Show but a good second!


Sat 8 August

Malton  Monthly Food Market

Specialty food stalls, music, chef demos, street food.

Sat 22 August

Castle Howard - Last Night of the Proms

A fantastic and fun 'Last Night of the Proms' event overlooking the picturesque Castle Howard Lake.


Sun 23 August

Cropton Classic Car & Motorcycle Rally

A great gathering of classic (& vintage) cars and motorcycles collect in the grounds of the village hall. With about 30 cars and 50 bikes there's plenty to see. The local ladies put on some delicious refreshments! Not to mention the usual tombola, book stall, raffle.

Sun 30 August

Marathon Du Malton 

A celebration of the best Yorkshire food and drink!

This fun 10K course starts and finished in the beautiful market place in Malton. Runners are encouraged to take their time and enjoy the delicious local specialities on offer. Delights such as mini lobster brioche buns, award winning craft beer, roast grouse, mini yorkshire puddings with roast beef, artisan gin, macaroon


Sat 12 Sept

Malton Monthly Food Market - Harvest Festival

Specialty food stalls, music, chef demos, street food.

Thurs 17 Sept - Sun 20 Sept

The International Sheepdog Trials - Castle Howard

Fri 25 Sept - Sun 27 Sept

Annual Steam Gala - North York Moors Railway





Fri 9 Oct - Sun 11 Oct

Pickering 1940 Wartime Weekend - Railway in Wartime



Sat 10 October

Malton Monthly Food Market

Specialty food stalls, music, chef demos, street food.


Sat 14 November

Malton Monthly food Market

Specialty food stalls, music, chef demos, street food.



Weekends in December

Santa Special - North York Moors Railway

Dates in December

Northern Lights Express - North York Moors Railway

Travel through a magical forest transformed by a multitude of lights and surprises


Malton Monthly Food Market - Christmas food and gifts

Specialty food stalls, music, chef demos, street food.

Don't forget Castle Howard is magical at this time of year! 

Why not make it even more special with a Christmas Afternoon Tea? Hurry though it's only available until 13th Dec and always gets book up!

Places to visit

Some of our favourite places and recommendations to Visit

Covid-19:  please check individual website before making your plans

Local Walks

Step out from the comfort and cosy warmth of Archways or Cruck and you're soon onto footpath / bridleway leading to the surrounding villages of Cropton, Wrelton, Sinnington, Lastinham. Explore Cropton forest or just a little further and you're onto the beautiful North York Moors.  


Local Villages


A pretty farming village set around its wide high street and ancient well. The name Cropton is Anglo-Saxon for 'hill top farm or hill top settlement' although it is thought that there was a settlement here before that time. About 2 miles from Cropton is the remains of a Roman Military Camp, Cawthorne. 

In the village is the popular Cropton Brewery and New Inn pub serving good pub food and many excellent ales!

The village puts on a number of activities throughout the year but not to be missed is the annual Classic Car &  Motorcycle Rally in August.



Set around its small village green. Wrelton is another pretty farming village. 

The play area with parking at the village hall is a good stop off point for families on their way back to Loand House Court.



A picturesque village set around its large village green with its feature Maypole, village hall (formerly the Sinnington school) and bridge over the river Seven.

The annual May fair is a delightful event with traditional Maypole dancing performed by the village school children (you might even see Zoe, Zac and Izabel perform), refreshment, icecream, stalls, 'wellie whanging' (always fun!) duck race and other fun activities.



The stunning Yorkshire Coastline encompasses some of the most dramatic and rugged yet charming countryside our country has to offer. From sheer cliffs to quaint fishing villages and glorious stretches of sandy beaches.

Runswick Bay

One of our favourites! 

A charming little fishing village nestled into the steep hillside with a hodge podge of narrow pathways leading between the delightful little cottages.   

The sweeping but sheltered bay is perfect for a little paddle - but do check the tide times!



Just round the corner from Runswick Bay is Sandsend with its lovely wide sweeping beach, gift shops and cafes.

Robin Hoods Bay

 Fossil hunting on the 'Dinosaur Coast'! Robin Hoods Bay is 'the' place to go to unearth our Jurassic past.

Also a pretty fishing village but with a smuggler's past too! With narrow cobbled streets and quaint cottages.



There's much more to Whitby than a paddle in the sea and 'fish and chips'. Home to a number of festivals throughout the year. From sailing and fishing to fossil hunting, shopping to history...

Discovery Whitby's history at the Whitby Museum, climb Whitby's 199 steps to Whitby Abbey or maybe a chilling visit to the Dracula Experience.

How about a walk up to the Whale Bone Arch, and then along Skinner Street to Botham's of Whitby for a delicious cake and coffee. You'll find a taste of the delicious Botham's goodies in Archways and Cruck on your arrival!

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Watch 'The Yorkshire Steam Railway: All Aboard' on Channel 5


North York Moors National Park

Some of the finest views in England! Stunning moorland views to sweeping and dramatic coasts the North York Moors are beautiful any time of the year.


The Moors National Park Centre

Set in an idyllic spot on the banks of the river Esk, near Danby. A lovely, very informative and hands on visitors centre, children's play area both outdoor and indoor including climbing wall, woodland or moorland walk and bird watching. Treat yourself to some delicious home cooking or have a relaxing drink in The Woolly Sheep Cafe.

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

The "finest view in England", as declared by vet and author James Herriot. And it is!

Bike, run, walk, climb - there's so much to do on the bank.

Lovely modern visitors centre and cafe, picnic area and fabulous adventure play area using natural landscape features.

Bike Hire - Sutton Bank Bikes


Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest

Enjoy a great day out in 'The Great Yorkshire Forest'. Whether it a walk through the trees, a thrilling bike ride either on forest road or purpose built mountain bike trails, a BBQ or picnic or a paddle in the beck. Dalby forest has every thing to offer with visitors centre, cafe, bike hire and craft shops.

Bike Shops and bike hire nearby Big Bear Bikes Pickering, Dalby Bike Barn Thornton le Dale



Go Ape

Close to the visitor centre in Dalby Forest is the 'Go Ape' course. Trekking through the trees on high ropes, tarzan swings and zip wires, great fun to be had whether you're a Gorilla or Baboon.




Market Day - Mondays

Farmers Market - 1st Thurs of every month


Market Day - Wednesday


Market Day - Friday


Market Day - Saturday

Malton Monthy Food Market - 2nd Saturday of every month


Monthy Village Market - 1st Saturday of the month from February - December with an extra special Christmas Market


National Railway Museum York


Dalby Forest


Go Ape


National Centre for Birds of Prey


Falling Foss 

Lovely tea gardens set in an idyllic location. Waterfall, paddling stream, stepping stones, walk, hermitage.

A great natural palyground for children of all ages.


Flamingo Land


North York Moors Railway


Beck Isle Museum


Captain Barney's

Children's soft play and cafe




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The historic city of York famed by it's huge Gothic Minster, timber houses, cobbled streets and city walls.

York Minster


A narrow cobbled street lined with beautifully preserved Elizabethan buildings. One of the best preserved medieval shopping streets in Europe.

City Walls

Leave the bustle of the city behind and enjoy a walk around the well preserved city walls.

Yorvik Centre

Discover York's Viking heritage.

Cliffords Tower

Beautiful in spring when the daffodils are out!

York Castle Museum

Step back in time!

National Railway Museum

Fun for any age!

For a special treat we recommend afternoon tea in the Countess of York.


Go Ape





  • "Perfect location for so many wonderful attractions" Sonja & Rob, Lancashire

  • "Lazy days on the moors, drinking coffee at Tides on Sandsend beach and handbag shopping in Helmsley! An idyllic mother and daughter holiday. Memories forever." Jane & Jessie Leics

  • "A beautiful location. We visited North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Whitby, Robin Hoods Bay, Dalby Forest and more from here.

    The play area is fab!" Taylors, Herefordshire

  • "It was lovely to meet Zoe, Izzi and Zac who are just great!" Margaret & Keith, Hampshire

  • "So much to see and do!" Charles & Helen, Hampshire

  • "The best of both worlds with the beach and countryside - perfect position!" Angie & Richard

  • "P.S. - If you like visiting churches, take a short ride to St Mary's Lastingham, then pop over the road to the 'Blacksmiths Arms' for coffee, pint or meal." June & Gerald, Staffs