Bustling market town Malton with annual agricultural show and weekly Saturday street market sits on the edge of the Vale of Pickering offering easy access into both the North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds to the south. Malton has seen some exciting archaeological finds through the 20th century, both Roman and Medieval and you'll find numerous artefacts from these finds on display at the Malton Museum. Malton is well placed for a choice of superb attractions in the area. Explore the social history of the Second World War at nearby Eden Camp, which was originally the site for holding prisoners of war. One of Yorkshire's best theme parks and zoos - Flamingo Land sits just north of Malton.
The town has increasingly developed a reputation for live music within celebrated venues such as The Shed. Plenty goes on here Malton during the Ryedale Music Festival annually in July. Malton can serve as a good countryside base close to the city of York and stately home Castle Howard and the Howardian Hills are located just west of the town. Malton offers a superb choice of charming B&Bs, country pubs, specialist shops and numerous attractions within and around the town.
Malton nestling between the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Wolds on the edge of the Vale of Pickering has historic roots dating back to the Roman period. A Roman fort was situated here alongside the River Derwent, and many of the Roman artefacts found in the area are on display in Malton's Museum.
Malton is a bustling market town with a popular weekly Saturday street market and annual agricultural show (see Malton Show webguide link right for details). Hub for the annual Ryedale Music Festival, Malton is a centre for live music, especially folk and jazz hosted at renowned venues such as The Shed.
A good choice for a family holiday base, Malton has a number of top family holiday attractions in its surrounds including the award winning Eden Camp Second World War Museum and top Yorkshire theme park and zoo Flamingo Land situated just north of the town.
Malton Tourist Information Centre, 58 Market Place, Malton YO17 7LW. Tel. 01653 600048.
Roman Malton, otherwise known as Derventio is given particular attention in the acclaimed Malton Museum. An outstanding collection of Roman artefacts has been uncovered in the Malton area through the 20th century including Roman pottery, a Roman cheese press, Roman keys, chalk figurines, sandals and more. The restored Malton Roman Goddess painted wall plaster is not to be missed within the Malton Museum Roman collection exhibit.
More important finds, this time Medieval, were also uncovered at Wharram Percy in the Yorkshire Wolds south of Malton. Excavations revealed much about day to day life in Wolds village Wharram Percy and at Malton Museum you'll find a recreation of a village home from this period plus a 'Finds tent' exhibit with interactive displays and numerous Medieval artefacts found on the Wharram Percy site. Malton and the Norton area has proved to be a veritable archaeological treasure trove in recent times!
Malton's museum is centrally placed within the old town hall on bustling Market Place. The Tourist Information Centre is also here. For more details and opening times see the Malton Museum weblink right.
Malton Museum, Old Town Hall, Market Place, Malton YO17 7LP. Tel. 01653 695136.
The site of the fascinating Eden Camp Museum held prisoners of the Second World War captured in North Africa, with mostly Italian and German men held here. The museum digs deep into the work prisoners undertook whilst here, including working on a dam and in local agriculture. The social history of prisoners held at Eden Camp between 1939 to 1945 is comprehensively documented through displays.
Most of the exhibitions are set up in reconstructed huts. On-site too is a music hall where you can join in a 'Sing-a-long'.
For more information on the Eden Camp Museum checkout the museum's superb webguide link right.
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6RT. Tel. 01653 697777.
Malton's rather special music and poetry venue - The Shed - was set up by the sculptor Simon Thackray in 1992 and had continued to grow in popularity.
Recommended by some prestigious media, including the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and Radio 4, audiences can expect the finest programme of modern jazz, blues, folk, country, world and improvised music, drama and poetry.
A small and intimate venue, The Shed is an 'up close to the artist' venue. Checkout The Shed's webguide right for forthcoming artists. The venue often attracts big names.
The Shed, Brawby, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6PY. Tel. 01653 668494.
South of Pickering and north of Malton at Kirby Misperton sits one of Yorkshire's best theme parks Flamingo Land. Also on-site is a zoo and holiday village.
Covering a mammoth 375 acres, Flamingo Land has grown considerably in recent years, incorporating new leisure facilities gym and spa. Dare devil theme park rides and roller coasters at Flamingo Land are impressive. See photos and details via the theme park's website. The park also caters well for younger children with Muddy Duck Tractor Ride, Splish Splash interactive water play area and junior driving school. X-treme Rides include Velocity, the UK's only motorbike launch rollercoaster where you're hurled from 0 to 100 kph in less than 3 seconds - prepare to have your bones rattled!
The Flamingo Land zoo houses more than 1,000 animals, including Siberian Tigers, Bactrian Camels, giraffes, kangaroo, flamingos, Humboldt penguins and hippopotamus. For more information on what's on offer, checkout Flamingo Land's webguide below for details.
Kirkby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX
Tel: 0870 752 8000