Driffield – Capital of the Wolds
Fondly known as the Capital of the Yorkshire Wolds, bustling market town Driffield is a hidden gem hosting one of Yorkshire’s best agricultural shows annually. The town centre is brimming with heritage architecture including the tall All Saint’s Church, visible for miles alongside historic inns, pretty becks and streams, a selection of striking Victorian buildings and the famed Driffield Canal. A choice of gentle scenic strolls branch out from the town which makes the perfect base from which to walk and tour the landscapes of the Yorkshire Wolds.
Historic Houses near Driffield
Two spectacular historic houses sit close to Driffield including the magnificent late Elizabethan Burton Agnes and the Yorkshire Wolds’ stately home jewel, the 18th Century Sledmere House and Gardens. Both properties have their own unique charm and character, with Burton Agnes Hall a fine example of Tudor Renaissance architecture and Sledmere House mixing Georgian and Edwardian architecture and furnishings to perfection.
Burton Agnes Hall is a great day out for all the family featuring award-winning gardens, an on-site woodland walk, courtyard cafe and children’s corner. Sledmere is always a popular choice for weddings and a truly enchanting estate featuring the Terrace Cafe, extensive gardens, the Triton Gallery hosting changing contemporary art exhibitions and the little free entry Wagoners’ Museum adjacent to the house entrance relaying the story of the Wagoners’ Special Reserve.
Things to Do in Driffield
Lying near the source of the River Hull, Driffield, East Yorkshire is a scenic Market town characterised by traditional Victorian buildings and a vibrant social calendar. There are always plenty of things to do in Driffield thanks to its picturesque countryside location, historic buildings and busy calendar of summer festivals. The natural beauty of the area is a real pull for tourism, with scenic areas such as the Riverhead, where the town lock was recently restored to its former glory.
The three streams in Driffield travel through the town, with open areas of countryside proving popular with walkers, anglers and birdwatchers alike. Driffield Beck, also known as the Water Forlorns, joins the Driffield Canal having wound under several well-placed bridges dotted around Little Driffield and Great Driffield. Visitors to Cruckley Animal Farm have the chance to see rare animals on a working farm and learn about the strong agricultural identity of the town.
Driffield Agricultural Show & Showground
Located on the southern edge of the town, the Driffield showground is a real hub for East Yorkshire markets, country fairs, agricultural shows and events. Not to be missed is the big annual July Driffield Show at the showground which attracts thousands of visitors and is a real showcase for East Yorkshire farming and produce, as well as featuring lots of fun family entertainment.
The town also hosts a festival week in July featuring a colourful street parade and mid-August annually sees the arrival of the popular driffield Steam and Vintage Rally with over 1000 vintage vehicles including heritage tractors, cars, cycles, caravans and more.