Explore some of the amazing things to do during your stay
Steak Wednesdays at Tykes
Book a table in Tykes on a Wednesday and enjoy 2 Yorkshire 8oz steaks, cooked to your liking served with hand cut Tykes chips, tomato and mushroom for £40
Two 8oz Flat Iron steaks £40
or £55 with a bottle of wine
Two 10oz Sirloin Steaks £50
or £65 with a bottle of wine
Chateaubriand for Two £70
with side of tenderstem, side of onion rings & a choice of a sauce
or £85 with a bottle of wine
White -Naonis Pinot Grigio
Red – Mont Gras Merlot
Rose -Bella Modella Pinot blush
The magic of a Georgian Christmas in York, with a special mouse-y twist.
Get ready for an enchanting Christmas experience that’s bigger and better than ever before – with hundreds of merry mice taking over Fairfax House!
A Christmas wonderland like no other, you’ll find mousey guests swinging from the ceiling, bursting out of drawers, and causing general havoc whilst they play amongst the festive Georgian decor.
Be prepared to be charmed, amused, and thoroughly delighted by the antics of the very special (and yes, a tad naughty) town-mouse guests, who will capture the hearts of the whole family.
In true 18th-century style, the house will be dressed magnificently with festive foliage – so don’t miss this wonderful wintertime display celebrating the Christmas traditions of the Georgian townhouse, and the jolly festivities of the Georgian town-mouse.
York is a city with a dark past, its history is rife with tales of guts, gore, torture and ghosts. The International Ghost Research Foundation once even declared York as the most haunted city in Europe due to its bloodstained history and over 500 hauntings within the ancient city walls.
Founded by Romans in 71AD the city’s violent and volatile history – including Viking invasions, the Norman Conquest and the Civil War – makes its sinister legacy easy to understand. Sometimes it seems as though a ghostly figure with a score to settle is in residence in just about every street or ginnel.
York is full of Christmas cheer and a fantastic place to visit at Christmas. From family friendly activities and Santa Sightings to luxury Christmas dinners and traditional services, there is something for everyone!
This year, the hugely popular St Nicholas Fair will return to York. The charming alpine chalets will once again line the streets from 16th November to 22nd December, with local businesses selling everything from handmade gifts to delicious treats.
Sat 25th November 9am – 3pm
Sat 25th November 10am – 8pm
Sat 2nd December 9am – 3.30pm
Sun 3rd December 9am – 3.30pm
Sun 16th December 9am – 3pm
Enjoy a fantastic day out at Castle Howard!
Let off steam with your little ones in the Skelf Island Adventure Playground, get creative with crafty workshops, or try your hand at something new with archery and tomahawk throwing.
Immerse yourself in sweeping parkland dotted with lakes, temples and statues; a formal walled garden and an impressive woodland housing a rare botanical collection, there are endless opportunity to explore! Plus, enjoy Skelf Island, our award winning adventure playground hidden across the Great Lake. Any visit can be topped off with a treat from one of our of cafes, serving the best food and drink from the region, as well as shops, including garden centre and farm shop.
Castle Howard sits in 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland in the Howardian Hills – a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just outside York.
Enjoy a day out at Castle Howard, one of the UK’s finest stately homes and discover a place like no other!’
Sat 25 Nov 2023 – Sun 26 Nov 2023
We’re getting into the Christmas Spirit with our Annual Christmas Charity Fair taking place in our very own Victorian Conservatory and Café.
The fair is organised by The Bothies charity, who are based in the Conservatory in the walled garden, and all proceeds will support their year-round educational and community support programme.
The weekend is packed full of things to see – here’s everything you can expect at the weekend:
* A wide range of stalls selling high quality produce, gifts and crafts in the Conservatory and Café.
* Special visits from Father Christmas, 11am-12:30 pm and 1:30pm-3pm (there will be a small fee for this, gift included). Please note there will be a limited number of Santa tickets available so do remember to book as you arrive at the fair to avoid disappointment.
* The Conservatory and Café will be decorated with all things festive to get us all into the Christmas spirit.
* Refreshments will be available including mulled wine and mince pies, along with a space to sit and enjoy a hot drink.
* Our locally grown Christmas Trees will be for sale near the ticket office.
Plus much more!
No need to pre-book – simply come along on the day!
Little ones are in for a treat with this magical experience! Imagine stepping into a world of enchantment as you and your family join Santa and his team of playful elves on board The Santa Express, to whisk you away on an unforgettable journey filled with laughter, joy, and plenty of holiday spirit.
Starting from either Pickering or Grosmont Station, and get ready for a magical ride like no other where you will create cherished festive memories with your family. Whilst onboard Santa himself will make his way through the heritage carriages, giving kids the chance to meet him. But that’s not all – every well-behaved child will receive a special soft toy present as a token of Santa’s appreciation for being on the nice list this year.
City, Coast and Country
“I can’t explain how clean the place was, how quiet and tranquil with so much wildlife:)
All the mod cons and all the appliances we need.
We took a toddler with us and we had so much to do with him too.
Absolutely perfect hospitality and the customer service is incredible, I dont want to leave…”
Google review, Feb 2023
“Beautiful surroundings, gorgeous, clean and spacious lodges. The staff there are so helpful. I honestly cannot recommend Griffon Forest enough. This was our first stay and we have already booked to return for Christmas.”
Facebook, Jan 2023
“so relaxing and the bird and wildlife was stunning. A variety of birds visited the lodge…as long as the feeder was topped up! 😋 Squirrels galore chomping away at the food too…and the highlight, a nightly visit from the resident Griffon Forest badgers. Can’t wait to return 😁
Google, Nov 2022