Quirky Things to Do
Always wanted to? Well now you can! Footplate experience courses available on the magnificent steam engines of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, or on the friendly narrow gauge engines of the Kirklees Light Railway. Both travel through magnificent Yorkshire scenery.
Staintondale, North Yorkshire
Siberian huskies love to run as a team. Pesky Husky Trekking is your chance to become a ‘musher’, an integral part of the team. You can also go try out two wheeled Pawtrekker scooters – powered by two of the strongest huskies. [n.b. The Huskies are used to cool conditions so trekking is from October to the end of March only]
Ever wanted to take part in an excavation, discover real objects and understand how archaeologists work? Then grab a trowel and get your hands dirty in DIG’s specially designed excavation pits. There’s 2000 years of York’s unique history to explore!
A thousand years of ecclesiastical and maritime heritage are hidden in the historic port of Whitby. The Man in Black, the Storywalker, will lead you through secret courtyards and winding alleyways, telling tales of murder, mystery and suspense.
Visit the original dedicated Mountain Boarding Centre. It’s similar to surfing and snowboarding but can be done on any surface, at any time of the year, in any weather. No board? No worries you can hire one!
The highest, longest and deepest canal tunnel in the UK, stretching for over 3 miles. Experience this engineering marvel from a glass topped-boat. Visitor Centre and interesting walks too.
English Heritage’s most modern, most unusual and probably most spine-chilling site. ‘No.20 Group Royal Observer Corps HQ’ is the semi-subterranean bunker which would have monitored nuclear explosions and fallout in the Yorkshire region. Visit the dormitories and control rooms in this 1960s-1990s time capsule.
Let the train take the steam out of your cycling. It’s downhill all the way on these unique rail and bike rides. The cycle company meets you with their bikes at the high points of the Settle-Carlisle Railway so that you can enjoy a breathtaking ride back down. Ah, cycling for softies! They do the tough stuff too…
Masham, North Yorkshire
You don’t have to ride a horse to play polo! Enjoy a stay in this luxury castle hotel and you could try your hand on a sturdy steel steed. Referee and commentator, bicycles, sticks and balls are provided. And, of course, there’s a marquee for tea.