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Things To Do in Malton, Attractions & Places To Visit

The pretty Yorkshire town of Malton is a fantastic place to visit. Known as Yorkshire’s Food Capital, you can sample the finest local food from artisan producers, explore independent shops or visit one of the many attractions. Here are are our favourite things to do in Malton.

Located north of the River Derwent on the historical boundary between the North and East Ridings of Yorkshire, Malton is a beautiful place to visit to try traditional food from artisan producers. It is known as Yorkshire’s Food Capital. It is a perfect destination for the foodies; there is a monthly food market, Malton Cookery School, and traditional food shops galore. If you are staying in Malton, there is plenty to see and do in the local area. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Malton.

1. Visit Malton’s Monthly Food Market

Visit Maltons Monthly Food Market
Malton Monthly Food Market

Malton Monthly Food Market takes place every second Saturday of the month, hosting specialist food stalls and street food. Popular with foodies from all over the world and set against St Michael’s Church in Malton’s central Market Place, you can get yourself some incredible locally produced food here. The market trades from 9 am to 3 pm, it is free to enter, and there are 2 hours of free car parking nearby.

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2. Visit Malton Cookery School, The Cooks Place

Cooking Classes at Malton Cookery School are a great thing to do in Malton
Malton Cookery School

You will find Malton Cookery School; The Cooks Place is located just off Market Street. It is considered one of the town’s best attractions. The Cook’s Place specialises in seafood and baking and offers a wide range of courses enjoyed by cooks at all skill levels and ages.

Their fin and shell course teaches you to prepare and cook fish and shellfish dishes confidently. The meat courses celebrate the animals around Yorkshire and explore everything from the whole hog to the most delicate fillet. Finally, Malton bakery courses will teach you to prepare tea-time treats to classic pastries, cakes, bread and biscuits.

If you are visiting with children, they offer family-friendly cooking lessons and a great way of bonding with your kids. They host a series of courses to inspire kids in the kitchen, available as a private booking for small groups.

If it’s more of the eating you are after rather than the cooking, then why not enjoy dinner cooked by one of their guest chefs? You can sit back and relax as you watch the chef prepare sensational seasonal dishes. This option is perfect for couples or small groups.

3. Visit Malton Museum

Malton Museum is a great place to visit for families
Malton Museum

Visit Malton Museum to learn about how the past has shaped the towns of Malton and Norton we see today including settlement, roman occupation, monasteries, war, growth, industry, expansion and innovation. This museum is a great option for families and is great for children with plenty of hand on displays.

4. Visit Gin School at Rare Bird Gin Distillery

Gin School at Rare Bird Gin Distillery
Rare Bird Gin Distillery

Rare Bird Gin Distillery is a Mediterranean-inspired Gin Distillery located in Malton, Talbot Yard. The founders share a passion for intense flavours and a love of Gin. They have lived and visited both the wine regions of Bordeaux, France and the rolling Tuscan hills of Italy.

Situated in a Grade II listed, former stable block, they are proud to be part of the growing artisan movement flourishing in this area. They have a Gin School above the distillery which hosts eight people for sessions to make your Gin. At their highly recommended Gin School, they share the knowledge of distilling behind the scenes. Here you can learn all about how they make their Gin on-site. You will make your own bespoke bottle of London dry gin to take home and enjoy.

5. Visit Robert E Fuller’s Gallery and Shop

Visit Robert E Fuller's Gallery and Shop
Robert E Fuller’s Gallery and Shop

Robert E Fuller is a British wildlife artist; his art style is detailed and captivating. From his home in Yorkshire, he spends months in the field studying the character of an animal or bird and has over 100 surveillance cameras filming the nest sites of species such as barn owls, tawny owls, kestrels, stoats, weasels and kingfishers. His paintings sell all over the world.

His gallery showcases his work and is so interesting to view, especially if you love the countryside. On display are paintings, limited edition prints and photographs of wildlife. Up to 7,000 people visit his gallery each year. So pop in next time you are in the area.

6. Visit the Whole Hogg Farm Shop and Tea Room

Visit the Whole Hog Farm Shop and Tea Room in Malton
Whole Hog Farm Shop

The Whole Hogg Farm Shop and Tea Rooms are well known for their seasonal produce, homegrown pick your own pumpkins and Christmas trees. They have everything you could wish for from a farm shop, here you can purchase their produce to cook at home. There’s also a cosy cafe to enjoy, boasting delicious homemade food. You can also meet adorable four-legged friends at the farm, including Shetland ponies. So pop in and say hello they are located on the A169 between Malton and Pickering.

7. Eat at la Trattoria

La Trattoria Italian Bistro Malton
La Trattoria Italian Bistro in Malton

Pizza and cocktails? Yes, please! You must visit this Italian bistro, pizzeria, and contemporary cocktail bar in Malton the next time you visit. They serve food all day, offering a brunch, lunchtime and dinner menu. They also feature a selection of Cicchetti (Venetian Tapas) available all day. The evening menu is our favourite, boasting a blend of traditional and contemporary dishes only using the finest local ingredients. If you are popping in for a drink and light lunch, the wine bar serves an extensive drinks list, including fresh Italian coffee, a hand-picked selection of wines and a choice of house cocktails.

8. Visit Eden Camp

Eden Camp is a fantastic museum to visit near to Malton
Eden Camp Museum

Just 10 minutes from Malton is Eden Camp, a unique museum that is dedicated to military history. The exhibits cover an extensive timeline of events from around 1914 onwards. This is a great place to visit with the family and a wonderful learning experience for people of all ages. In addition, they hold several special event days throughout the year you can enjoy.

9. Visit Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land
Flamingo Land

Only 15 minutes away from Malton is Flamingo Land, which is always a great place for a day out with the family. It is an excellent option for a day out if you are staying in or near Malton. It combines all the thrills of a theme park with a zoo’s awe and wonders.They offer animal encounters, thrilling rides, inspiring shows, and many photo opportunities. You can pre-book online to save money on ticket prices, and they often hold special events here.

10. Visit Dalby Forest

Go Ape in Dalby Forest is a great day out
Go Ape in Dalby Forest

Home to an abundance of wildlife and 8,000 acres of breathtaking views just 40 minutes from Malton, Dalby Forest offers so much. There are plenty of walking or cycling routes to explore. For the adventurous Dalby Activity Centre is a place to get your adrenaline pumping. Go Ape is situated here, too, if you fancy flying through the forest. There is a Gruffalo orienteering course and a Superworm trail for the kids. This area is a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where you can experience the magic of seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye. 

Have you tried any of our suggestions? Please let us know in the comments some of your favourite things to do when in Malton. We love to hear from you. 

Header image credit: Malton and Norton, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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