Crayke Open Gardens

Crayke Open Gardens & Village Event: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April 2020

What’s happening:

In Brief:

Crayke Open Gardens & Village event will be held between the hours of 11.00am & 5.00pm on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th 2020. Entrance to the event will be £5 per adult, (children free) with free parking.

Around a dozen gardens will be open to the public, coinciding with the flowering of thousands of daffodils on the Village Green/Church Hill.

In addition, there will be an exhibition of ‘Weddings through the Ages’, including wedding attire, brides’ dresses, hats! music (organ and church bells) personal memorabilia and recollections/memories, photographs and the changing fashions of wedding flowers. An exhibition of recently discovered photographs of Crayke’s bygone days and the findings of our recently commissioned ecology report. Refreshments will be sale throughout the day. The Village of Crayke is 2 miles from the Market Town of Easingwold and sits on the top of a hill which is both a conservation area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In more detail:

To coincide with our annual flourish of thousands of golden daffodils on Church Hill, listed as a ‘must see’ display by the Dalesman, in its 2019 feature of Yorkshire’s ‘Fields of Gold’, the Village of Crayke is staging an Open Gardens & Village event between 11.00am and 5.00pm on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April 2020. (visit ‘’ for further information)

Open Gardens: there will be around a dozen entries showing a range of diverse gardens with different plants and planting styles to interest both amateur and skilled gardeners alike. These are scattered around the Village and will therefore give the visitor an insight into Crayke’s topography and history and the opportunity to visit the other displays and exhibitions.

On entering the Village visitors will be directed to the Sports Club and Village Hall for safe free parking, the purchase of Open Gardens tickets (at £5 per person – children free) and the opportunity to buy refreshments, sandwiches, cakes and plants.  Whilst in the Hall please take a few moments to look at the recently discovered photographs of Crayke’s history including, for many, past family members and houses and businesses that have changed over the years. Also, on display will be an exhibition of Crayke’s 2019 Ecological Audit, commissioned at the request of villagers and information relating to both the Sports Club and Village Hall facilities and the various sports activities that take part at this venue.

Just down the road is Crayke Primary School, which will open its own unique ‘garden’ for this event. Children are shown how to cultivate and then harvest plants that are either edible and/or aromatic and are encouraged to freely explore and experiment and safely use the tools necessary for such activities; whilst leaning about the natural world around them.

Inside the beautiful and historic St Cuthbert’s Church (at the top of Church Hill),  will be ‘A Weddings through the Decades’ display – including wedding attire, brides’ dresses, hats! music (organ and church bells) personal memorabilia and recollections/memories, photographs and the changing fashions of wedding flowers. Refreshments, sandwiches and cakes will also be on sale in the Church. Please look out for our unique large-scale tapestry designed and executed by the residents of Crayke, to mark the ‘Millennium’, which depicts the history of Crayke over the years, its people, their trades and buildings.

Where is Crayke?

Crayke is situated 2 miles from the market town of Easingwold and 12 miles from the City of York. It is a small village that sits on top of a hill and is surrounded by productive arable fields, sheep and cattle, all managed in a way which preserves the history of the surrounding environment.

Crayke is designated as a Conservation Area and sits within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). There is evidence of settlements in Crayke which span from the Bronze Age through to the Roman occupation and, thereafter, Anglo Saxon, Danish, Viking and Norman influences. Both St Cuthbert’s Church and the Castle can be traced to the 15th Century and earlier.

The topography of Crayke means that the ‘Village on the Hill’, with its Ancient Church and Castle (listed as a Grade 1 ‘National Monument’) can be viewed from afar; a view which changes from each direction. Looking ‘out’ there are spectacular views from the top of Church Hill, the Sports Field and Village Hall and from many parts of the village and the participating Open Gardens. These views include: The Vale of York, The Howardian Hills, the beautiful surrounding countryside and, on a clear day distant power stations and the Menwith Hill early listening centre, which is near Harrogate.

The Village and surrounding areas are populated with Bridle Paths and Footpaths (including the Fosse Way) and a circular ‘Permissive Path’, which offer easy 1/2-mile pub strolls up to a bracing 6-mile walk taking in the whole parish.

The award-winning Durham Ox (gourmet restaurant and accommodation) sits in the centre of the Village and the Dutch House, (Café, gardens and Gallery) is around one mile outside of the village towards Brandsby. So why not spend the day with us?

Funds raised will be used to support community projects such as the Schools outdoor learning facility, the Sports Club/Village Hall to further improve its capacity for events and functions, and St Cuthbert’s Church to repair and extend the existing footpath giving safer access for visitors wishing to view the external features of the church, visit graves or to enjoy the fantastic views and historical landscape.