We have a great time on our informal painting days and aim to choose places that have a variety of subject matter and most importantly parking, toilets and somewhere for refreshments. We meet in the relevant car park at 10 am and usually finish around 3.30 pm. The distances given are from the Memorial Hall in Pickering and entry prices are correct at time of writing (Nov 2019). We are keen to encourage car sharing, so please contact Diana or Lesley (details on your membership information) if you have spaces in your car or would like a lift. Our mobile numbers are Diana Smith 07770 691622 and Lesley Price 07792 952926; at least one of us should be at most venues.


Tuesday 28th April

National Railway Museum Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ 50 mins/27 miles

Entry free, car park £10 per day or use park and ride. We had an interesting day here a couple of years ago. There are many engines, carriages and lots of quirky railway memorabilia, large and small. Refreshments and toilets on site.


Wednesday 13th May

Thornton le Dale Lakeside car park YO18 7RR 6 mins/2.9 miles Meet on the National Park car park, (charges apply) which has toilets. This is a very attractive village, with the lake, a walk by the beck and some pretty old cottages as well as the church. Plenty of options for refreshments.


Friday 5th June

Sandsend Lythe Bank car park YO21 3TD 41mins/23 miles Car park has toilets and charges apply. This location offers fantastic coastal views towards Whitby, pretty cottages, people on the beach, views inland up the valley with its beck and bridge. Several cafes for refreshments.


Monday 29th June

Rosedale Abbey YO18 8RT 18mins /10 miles Please park considerately in the village and meet on the green. Public toilets just past the Milburn Arms, which is not open, but there are a couple of cafes serving snacks and hot drinks. This is a really pretty moors village with a fascinating history - for 70 years up to 1920 it was a thriving industrial area, mining iron ore. It doesn’t have an abbey, but there is a church, old cottages, the river and views over the moors.


Monday 6th July

Staithes Bank Top Car Park TS13 5AD 50mins/32miles Meet on the car park, for which charges apply, toilets are adjacent. Parking by the harbour is extremely limited and not recommended. Please note that there is a steep walk down into Staithes, where there are views over the harbour, boats and other marine features, as well as attractive cottages and usually plenty of people. There are more toilets, several cafes and the Cod and Lobster pub at the bottom.


Thursday 16th July

Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, York YO60 6PB 30mins/18miles Meet in the car park, which is free. Admission £3.50, Senior Citizens £3.00.There are fantastic views, sculpture park, wildflower meadow and the lavender should be in full bloom. Excellent cafe, shop and toilets.


Thursday 13th August –

Painting Challenge Day venue TBC


Tuesday 25th August

Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx, Helmsley YO62 5LB 31 minutes/19.3 miles Meet in the car park, which has toilets. If you do not intend paying for admission to the abbey, please park considerately in the village. Admission to the abbey is free for English Heritage members, £9.50 adults, £8.50concessions. The shop and cafe can be accessed without paying. The river Rye runs through the attractive village and there are expansive views. The abbey ruins are impressive and extensive and present fascinating subject matter for artistic efforts.


Wednesday 16th September

Sutton Bank National Park Visitors Centre, YO7 2EH 31mins/21 miles National Park car parking charges apply. Meet by the entrance to the centre, which has an excellent cafe and shop (toilets are outside). There are fantastic views to the west (voted the best in England) from the path along the bank, which goes in both directions. Closer to hand along the path and around the centre are attractive trees and moorland vegetation. 

Outdoor Painting Programme for 2020

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