Location: CRAYKE, NR EASINGWOLD
(Sunday 7th April 2024, 11.00am to 5.00pm)
Crayke is a unique Village on a Hill, known for its Outstanding Natural Beauty, is a Conservation Area of architectural and historical significance, and is holding a one-day Open Gardens/Village Event to coincide with the blooming of thousands of daffodils which grow on the Village Green.
All day refreshments, a historical exhibition, fabulous Tombola and a children’s Treasure Hunt. Wildflower seeds, seed bombs and wildflower plants, will also be available to purchase.
Adults £5, under 16’s free, dogs on leads welcomed.
Free parking – Sports/Village Hall: YO61 4TZ
Our event is held to coincide with the flourish of thousands of golden daffodils on Church Hill, named as a spectacular ‘Field of Gold’ by the Dalesman, which is adjacent to both St Cuthbert’s Church (on the site of an original church being built around A.D. 685) and Crayke Castle (a Grade 1 listed ‘National Monument’.)
Crayke Village can be viewed from afar; the vast majority sits within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Howardian Hills and a Conservation Area – the latter specifically recognising Crayke’s undoubted special architectural and historical significance.
There is evidence of settlements which span from the Bronze Age through to the Roman occupation, with subsequent influences from Anglo Saxon, Danish, Viking and Norman civilisations.
‘Looking out’ from the Village there are vantage points overlooking the Howardian Hills, including many of the Gardens open to the public, the surrounding countryside, the Vale of York, York Minster, Power Stations and the Menwith Hill Early Listening Centre near Harrogate.
The Village and surrounding area is dotted with Bridle Paths, Footpaths and a network of unique Permissive Paths (with the kind cooperation of Landlords and Farmers) (Dogs under control please)
We are 12 miles from the City of York and just two miles from the Georgian Market town of Easingwold.
Around twelve Private Gardens will be open to the Public showing a diverse range of gardens and thereby the opportunity to enjoy the topography of the Village and its architecture and history.
Also on show will be a Local History Exhibition, a route map of significant architecturally important properties and a recently discovered Saxon Burial ground.
Within the Church, particular attention is drawn to a large-scale tapestry produced by residents – depicting farming and village life over the years, and a recently commissioned stained-glass window created by the award-winning artist Helen Whittaker, which celebrates and illustrates the life of St Cuthbert, to whom Crayke Church is dedicated.
Funds raised on the day will be used to support community projects within the Village which will enable the continued provision of our facilities for residents and visitors.