This is Y Magazine 2020

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Above left to right: Tadcaster on the banks of the River Wharfe. Cooks School of Food at Carlton Towers. Summit Indoor Adventure. Below: Selby Abbey.


SELBY DISTRICT Home to Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet, this delightful district is a fascinating mix of bustling market towns and beguiling villages, with medieval history, stunning architecture and beautiful countryside.


ne of the highlights of a visit to Selby is the striking Selby Abbey which sits in the centre of the town’s historic marketplace. Overflowing with heritage and culture, visitors can discover the Washington Window, with its links to the modern day American flag, or follow the Benedict Trail to uncover lots of quirky facts. Enjoy a craft beer at The Doghouse before seeing a show at Selby Town Hall, an intimate performing arts centre that attracts high quality touring artists from across the world. The historic brewery town of Tadcaster is complete with lovely shops and cafes and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Here you can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the River Wharfe taking in the town’s listed 18th century bridge before rewarding yourself with a pint of local ale. The nearby village of Towton wasn’t always such a tranquil spot.


Here you can find the site of the Battle of Towton, that took place during the English War of the Roses and was described as the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil. Find out more at the Information Centre in the grounds of the Crooked Billet pub in Saxton. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to keep the lights on and power the nation, join a fascinating tour of Drax Power Station and see how energy is generated firsthand at the UK’s biggest renewable power generator and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe. It’s also home to the Skylark Centre and Nature Reserve, this unique ecological setting is the habitat for 100 species of wildlife. Carlton Towers has a range of beautiful accommodation and the Stables Tea Room at the Carlton Vineyard serve delicious locally sourced dishes. You can even learn

to cook in the lovingly restored kitchens at the Cooks School of Food under the guidance of a leading chef. The quintessential English country gardens at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens are a joy to explore. The series of cottage style gardens are bursting with colourful blooms and are a haven for nature. Bird lovers should head to the wonderful RSPB Fairburn Ings nature reserve. The landscape of this ex-industrial site has transformed to become an important place for breeding an wintering wildfowl. There are lots of exciting hands-on activities for families to get involved in. For something completely out of this world, children will love the York Solar System Cycleway for a bike ride to discover the planets. Plan your great escape at The Escapologist escape rooms, by solving a series of clues to secure your freedom! If you have a head for heights, take part in a range of flying experiences with Sherburn Aero Club or, if you prefer to keep your feet closer to the ground, alternative activities are on offer at Summit Indoor Adventure, including skateboarding, adventure climb, aerial trek, tenpin bowling and soft play.