Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Last Minute Availability - August 2012

We have just a few cottages remaining for next week, and we have discounted the prices by 10% in celebration of the Olympics.

Couch Cottage 7 nights from 3rd August 2012 £504, now £454.
Formicary Cottage 7 nights from 3rd August 2012 £504, now £454.
Granary Cottage 7 nights from 3rd August 2012 £765, now £689.

Form Cottage 3 nights from 3rd August 2012 £302, now £272.

Old Byland offer a friendly and informal atmosphere situated in the beautiful surroundings of Helmsley, North Yorkshire. Views from the six cottages are stunning and far reaching over the grazing sheep across the Yorkshire Moors. Friendly, affordable accommodation, Sally will welcome you with tea, homemade cakes & local paper. To make a booking please visit our website www.valleyviewfarm.com or telephone 01439 798221.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Osmotherley Show

On Saturday 4th August the Osmotherley Show will be held at Home Farm, near Northallerton.  This Agricultrual show will include ponies, cattle, sheep, sheep dog trials, horticulture, childrens classes, trade and craft stands.

The Osmotherley Band will be playing at the show and it promises to be a fun family day out.

There are several country fairs which are held throughout North Yorkshire each year.  You can keep track of events by following our blog or checking out our 'What To See & Do' page on our website.  Valley View Farm will give you a taste of farm life when you stay in one of our holiday cottages so why not tie in a visit to a local agricultural fair to get a real feel for the countryside life.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Thornton Le Dale Show


The Thornton Le Dale Show will be held on Wednesday 8th August and promises to be a fun packed day suitable for all the family.

The show is very popular locally and considered to be one of the friendliest of the Country's traditional village shows.  Starting at 9am the show continues well into the evening with shows from working terriers, lurchers, junior show jumping, children's fancy dress, sports, tug of war and many more.  There are long established classes for cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and horses.  Approximately 150 trophies are to be won in over 450 classes. 

Traditional rural crafts feature prominently and Made in Yorkshire will present their popular Craft Marquee.

To find out more visit www.thorntonledale.com.

Valley View Farm is just a 30 minute drive away from Pickering and the show ground for the Thornton Le Dale show.  Why not book a midweek short break and enjoy a great day out at the show.  To find our more about our cottages and check availability visit our website.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Last Minute Availability - 10% Off Olympic Fortnight

The Olympics are here and to celebrate we are offering 10% off our available cottages for the Olympic fortnight so even though you might not be visiting the Olympics you can always enjoy a last minute break away.

From 27th July 2012

Couch Cottage 7 nights from 27th July 2012 £504, now £454.
Form Cottage 7 nights from 27th July 2012 £504, now £454.

From 3rd August 2012

Couch Cottage 7 nights from 3rd August 2012 £504, now £454.
Formicary Cottage 7 nights from 3rd August 2012 £504, now £454.
Granary Cottage 7 nights from 3rd August 2012 £765, now £689.

Form Cottage 3 nights from 3rd August 2012 £302, now £272.
Holt Cottage 3 nigths from 3rd August 2012 £436, now £391.

To book please visit our website www.valleyviewfarm.com or telephone us on 01439 798221.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Tockwith Show - August 2012

The Tockwith Show is a traditional country show with a high reputation within the county.  This year the show will be held on Sunday 5th August.

The main displays will be of working rural crafts alongside a Farmers Market.

To find out more visit www.tockwithshow.org.uk

Old Byland is just a 50 minute drive away from Tockwith and so if you're thinking of having a break away this summer the Tockwith Show may be one of the events you can enjoy.  There's always plenty to do in North Yorkshire to find out more about whats on around us please visit our 'What to See & Do' page on the website.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Outdoor Theatre at Castle Howard presents Black Beauty

Black Beauty will be brought to life at Castle Howard in their contemporary open-air theatre production.  Held on 26 & 27th July it even offers an opportunity to meet a 'real life' Black Beauty in the pre-theatre workshop.

The first 20 minutes of the production will be performed in the promenade, providing a perfect setting to get you into the feel of the story.

To find out more visit www.castlehoward.co.uk

There are always special events running at Castle Howard and they hold several open-air theatre performances each year.  Keep up to date with events on their website or our blog and tie in a visit with a short break at our cottages.  Old Byland is just a 40 minute drive from Castle Howard and so we always recommend it to our guests as a great day out.  To find out more about what we have to offer visit www.valleyviewfarm.com

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

National Parks Events Week. 30th July - 5th August 2012.

Theres loads of fun to be had with the National Parks Events Week.  Heres whats going on at our local centre, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby.

Painting With Watercolours, Monday 30th July.
- Paint the beautiful landscapes around the park centre

Felt Decorated Bags, Monday 30th July
- Decorate a fabric bag using paint, felt and embroidery.

Magnificent Minibeasts, Wednesday 1st August
- Explore the world of mini beasts using special glasses.

Shelter Building, Friday 3rd August
- Work in teams to build shelters and learn about their construction

An Introduction to Bushcraft, Friday 3rd August
- Learn how to make fire and have a safe and responsible campfire

National Park Animalympic Games, Sunday 5th August
- A fun day full of events including egg & spoon and crab scuttle.


The Moors is a beautiful place to visit and if you join the Moors National Park Centre during Events Week there will be plenty to keep your little ones entertained too.  Valley View Farm Cottages make an ideal base for exploring all North Yorkshire has to offer including the Moors.  Why not book a week away and tie in some of the other treats the area has to offer.  To find out more about events and attractions near us visit our What to See & Do page on our website.


Last Minute Availability

We are offering a week stay from 20th July with a late booking discount by 20%

Couch Cottage, 20th July, 7 nights, was £504 now £404
Formicary Cottage, 20th July, 7 nights, was £504 now £404
Holt Cottage, 20th July, 7 nights was, £727 now £582

Old Byland offer a friendly and informal atmosphere situated in the beautiful surroundings of Helmsley, North Yorkshire. Views from the six cottages are stunning and far reaching over the grazing sheep across the Yorkshire Moors. Friendly, affordable accommodation, Sally will welcome you with tea, homemade cakes & local paper.  You can read some of our recent visitor comments in our Guest Book and find out more about our facilities on offer all on our website.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

York Maze - Season Now Open

The York Maze has just opened it's door again for summer.  The Maze is created from over 1 million living growing Maize plants.   It covers an area larger than 10 Wembley football pitches, which makes it the largest Maze in Britain.

As Maize is an annual plant the Maze design is re-designed each year, so visitors will enjoy getting lost again every summer!

There are lots of other fun family activities now on site including an obstacle course, pig racing, water wars, crazy golf, quad bikes and many more.

A visit to York Maze is a great day out to keep children entertained but parents are guaranteed to have a good time too!  To find out more about the site visit www.yorkmaze.com


Valley View Farm is just a 50 minute drive away from York so if you are visiting us this summer you may enjoy a trip to the famous York Maze.  To find out more visit www.valleyviewfarm.com

Friday, 13 July 2012

The Ryedale Show - July 2012

This year will be the 146th Ryedale Show on Tuesday 31st July.  The Ryedale show was established in 1855 and has become renowned for its very high standard of livestock and trade stands that attend in growing numbers each year.

The show offers something for all the family and prides itself on offering great value for money with a full and varied day of entertainment.  There are eight rings running throughout the day exhibiting prime cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, goats and more.  There are around 200 trade stands each year with many having been exhibiting for at least 10 years.

To find out more visit www.ryedaleshow.org.uk

The Ryedale Show is held at Welburn Park which is just a 40 minute drive from Valley View Farm.  If you would like to attend this wonderful traditional country show then why not book a weekend cottage break and turn it into a short break away.  Valley View Farm offers a friendly and informal atmosphere situated in beautiful countryside.  Views from the six cottages are far reaching and stunning, overlooking the grazing sheep across the North Yorkshire Moors.  To find out more about all we have to offer please visit our website www.valleyviewfarm.com




Thursday, 12 July 2012

Yorkshire Welcome Event, July 2012

The Yorkshire Welcome Event was set up to celebrate everything 'Yorkshire'.  Held in Thirsk on 28 & 29th July it is a build up to Yorkshire Day on August 1st.

The event is a great combination of food, drinks and crafts with something for everyone.  There will also be special evening entertainment during the evenings of the 27th & 28th.

To find out more visit www.yorkshirewelcome.co.uk

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Malton Show - July 2012

The Malton Show will run on Sunday 22nd July this year.

The main attractions include a fun dog show, sheep, cattle, horticulture and horses.  The main arena will offer grand attractions and parades throughout the day.  There will be a children's area and crafts stands so all the family will be entertained.

To find out more visit www.maltonshow.com.

Valley View Farm is less than a 40 minute drive to Scampston Park where The Malton Show is held and so our cottages offer the ideal spot to stay if you'd like to visit the Malton Show this year.  We offer 7 night breaks or 3 night breaks, to find out more just telephone 01439 798221.


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Last Minute Availability - Discounted July Breaks

We have some last minute availability this month so you can grab a spur of the moment break away.

We can now offer a week stay from 13th July discounted by 20%

Form Cottage, 13th July, 7 nights, was £415 now £332
Drey Cottage, 13th July, 7 nights, was £600 now £480

We also have availability for a 3 night midweek stay from 16th July now discounted by 20%

Granary Cottage, 16th July, 3 nights was £412 now £337
Holt Cottage, 16th July, 3 nights was £398 now £319

If you feel like a break away to relax and unwind then Valley View Farm is the ideal place to sit with a good book, newspaper or game with the family.  Why not book a last minute break with us and benefit from a discounted rate this summer.  To find out more about our late deals visit our Late Availability page on the website.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Pickering War Weekend 2012 - Book now!


This years Pickering War Weekend will take place on the 12, 13 and 14 October 2012. So get organised as this is a very popular event and accommodation gets booked up quickly.


The Pickering War Weekend gives you the chance to revisit the past and wartime England, learning about Pickering and the surrounding villages in the way they were in the 1940s.

Events begin at noon on Friday when the flag is raised.  Saturday sees processions in the High Street, military vehicles, singers, bands and 40s style evening dresses.  The evenings host nostalgic dancing and musical fun.

The railway stations are taken over with Levisham becoming occupied France and Goathland defended by The Home Guard. It is a popular and fun event which is growing each year.



The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is just a 30 minute drive from Valley View Farm in Old Byland, so why not stay at one of our 4 star self catering cottages and journey back in time to wartime England and learn how the railways played their part in history. 

Click here to book Valley View Farm Cottages

If you would like to book a break at one of the Valley View Farm holiday cottages then you can book online by clicking on the link or alternatively book over the telephone on 01439 798221 .

Friday, 6 July 2012

Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival, Yorkshire - July 2012

The Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival is 9 days of fixtures at various racecourses throughout Yorkshire.

21st - Ripon Racecourse
22nd - Redcar Racecourse
23rd - Beverley Racecourse
25th  - Catterick Racecourse
26th - Doncaster Racecourse
27th - Thirsk & York Racecourses
28th - York Racecourse
29th - Pontefract Racecourse

There are some special extras thrown into the festival as well including a few open mornings, family fun days and a guest performance by McFly at York on 28th July.

To find out more visit www.yorkshire.com/goracing.  Why not tie in a break away and a visit to the races.  Old Byland is just a 20 minute drive to Thirsk Racecourse, and 1 hour to York Racecourse so it's the ideal base for a fun day out.  There's always plenty of things going on in Yorkshire so visit our 'What to See & Do' page to find out more.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Castle Howard July Events 2012

Castle Howard regularly holds special events and activities.  Here is this months list:

10th July - Yorkshire Craft  & Produce Market
18th July - A History of Castle Howard in Twelve Objects
21st July - Castle Howard Revealed, Monumental Tour
22nd July - Castle Howard Triathlon
25th July - Ryedale Music Festival Triple Concert
26 - 27th July - Black Beauty, Outdoor Evening Theatre

Castle Howard is one of Yorkshire's finest historic houses.  Set within 1000 acres of beautiful country the Howardian Hills are marked as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Castle Howard offers much more than a visitor attraction, it's always worth a visit especially when they are holding one of their many special events.

Castle Howard is a 35 minute drive from Old Byland and so if you are joining us for a break away it is a day out not to be missed.   There is plenty to see and do in North Yorkshire and you can find out more about the local attractions by visiting out 'What to See & Do' page on our website.



Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Whats On July - Country Shows - 2012

There are always several good country fairs held in July.  Here's a few you may wish to attend.

Great Yorkshire Show, 10 - 12th July at Great Yorkshire Showground
This famous show returns for the 154th time and expects to welcome around 125,000 visitors.

Malton Show, 22nd July at Scampson Park, Malton
A traditional county show with an array of livestock and tradestands

Yorkshire Welcome Event, 28 - 29th July at Thirsk
An event to celebrate everything 'Yorkshire' including food, drinks and crafts.

Huby & Sutton Show, 29th July, Sutton Park
A traditional show with a variety of rural entertainment and trade stands with something for all the family.

The Ryedale Show, 31st July at Welburn Park
The 146th Ryedale Show offering a great family day out.


Valley View Farm is a working farm with holiday cottages available all year round.  Why not book a short break with us and really get stuck into the countryside by visiting one of the country shows on in the area.  The country shows offer something for all ages from enjoying the livestock to great food, drink and shopping opportunities.  To find out about other attractions in the area visit our 'What to See & Do' page on our website.  If you'd like to find out more about all we have to offer or to make a booking you can do so via our website or by telephoning 01439 798221.


Monday, 2 July 2012

Last Minute Availability - July

Unfortunately we are fully booked from 6th of July, However, we can offer a 10% discount off our 2 remaining cottages for a week stay from 13th July.

Form Cottage, 13th July 7 nights, was £415 now £373

Form Cottage is a delightful one bedroomed ground floor cottage.  Form cottage has a raised patio area facing onto the communal patio.

Drey Cottage, 13th July 7 nights, was £600 now £540

Drey is a bright and sunny two double bedroomed cottage with the added benefit of a private stone walled south facing patio area.


If you feel like a break away to relax and unwind then Valley View Farm is the ideal place to sit with a good book, newspaper or game with the family.  Why not book a last minute break with us and benefit from a discounted rate this summer.  To find out more about our late deals visit our Late Availability page on the website.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

York Markets - July

York often hosts special markets throughout the year.  This July there is a Summer Crafts Market from 12 - 15th July.   This specialist market showcases the best crafts from in and around the city.

Each month there is a Farmers Market where growers or producers from within 40 miles of York come together to sell direct to the public.  All produce sold on the York Farmers market have either been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the smallholder themselves.  This months Farmers Market will be held on 27th July.

The Newgate shoppers market runs 7 days a week with over 100 retailers to provide for all shopping needs.

To find out more visit the York Council website.


Valley View Farm, Old Byland, Helmsley, York YO62 5LG
Tel. 01439 798221 or +441439 798221 mailto:sally@valleyviewfarm.com
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