Cause for celebration!…

Following the Prime Minister’s confirmation earlier this week, the re-opening of our holiday parks and coffee shop is almost here.

In line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, we are excited to be opening all our North Yorkshire holiday parks from Monday, April 12th.

Read more about the re-opening of our Parks HERE

For The Old Barn Coffee Shop opening times, please click HERE

The first of a series of four painting workshops has been held at The Old Barn Coffee Shop, situated at the entrance to York House Holiday Park near Thirsk.

Eleven adults and children attended the session on January 26th with local artist Rebecca, who passed on her insights and expertise to help them create a winter-themed painting. The workshop included a break for coffee and home-baked cakes provided by The Old Barn.

Rebecca said: “The workshop exceeded my expectations and was thoroughly enjoyed by all the attendees, so much so that five of them have already booked for the February workshop!

“The Old Barn Coffee Shop was a fantastic venue, with the light airy games room next door to the café providing the perfect lighting conditions for painting. And the lovely coffee and cakes was the icing on the cake!”

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Rebecca lives locally and takes her artistic inspiration from the beautiful countryside and nature around her home and the nearby North York Moors. She aims to capture the true miracles of life through the close observation and study of texture, colour, line and tone.

John Reay, park manager at York House Holiday Park, said: “We were delighted to welcome Rebecca to The Old Barn for a very enjoyable painting workshop. Attendees included adults and children who were visiting holiday home at York House, as well as residents of Balk, Bagby and other villages near Thirsk. It was lovely to see the finished paintings, which were all brilliant and interpreted the theme in very different ways.”


Rebecca will be holding more painting workshops at The Old Barn in February (looking at the theme of ‘fantasy world’), March (using mixed media to create images of springtime) and April (painting a dream catcher using tattoo-style images). All workshops include refreshments provided by the coffee shop.

For more information or to book one of Rebecca’s workshops at The Old Barn Coffee Shop near Thirsk, click here.