A busy market town, Pocklington sits at the foot of the stunning Yorkshire Wolds, offering plenty of beautiful green space and stunning surroundings for hikes, picnics, cycling and nature watching. It was once the second largest settlement in Yorkshire after York and has the honour of featuring in the Doomsday book. Today, it offers a rich history, a diverse cultural calendar and plenty of amenities and services right on your doorstep.
The town’s skyline is framed by the towers of the 15th century Church of All Saints, a must-visit for history buffs that boasts peaceful gardens and stunning architecture. Close to the toewn centre, Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum provides plentiful green space and is home to the National Collection of Hardy Water Lillies. Millington Wood is also a fantastic outdoor space to explore and Pocklington Canal offers scenic footpaths and walks. The canal has been named one of the top 10 places to see natural aquatic life in Britain. Lovers of culture should visit the Pocklington Arts Centre to experience its mixed programme of film, music, drama, dance, lectures, workshops and exhibitions.
Pocklington also offers a varied calendar of events including an annual beer celebration known as Pocktoberfest and the Flying Man Festival, which remembers Thomas Pelling, the ‘Flying Man of Pocklington’ who made an unsuccessful attempt in the 18th century to fly from the top of a local church using a pair of homemade wings.
With a town centre location this McCarthy and Stone development has a number of amenities right on its doorstep including both Sainsbury’s and Aldi supermarkets, as well as a variety of cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops.
For fans of fitness and health the local Francis Scaife Sports Centre offers a variety of classes and equipment as well as a 20-metre swimming pool. In addition, there are two golf clubs located just outside the town.