WHATEVER you need, you will find it in North Yorkshire. Whether it’s a great day out or a treat for the kids; a venue for a special occasion; something lovely for your home; or specialist equipment to make life easier – you’ll find it all from a local, independent trader.

Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre

The Northern Echo:

Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre at Sion Hill Hall, was set up to ensure that birds of prey would survive to provide the public with a rare opportunity to see and enjoy these beautiful birds.

The birds are flown in three amazing displays each day, with different birds in each display and the chance to get up close and personal in a handling session afterwards - at no extra cost - providing great photo opportunities! 

This award-winning attraction is a  fantastic trip out for all the family, rounded off with a visit to our well-stocked gift shop and snack bar.

Gift vouchers make a great present and are available in £5 denominations. Or what about an Experience Days as a perfect Christmas gift? Prices range from £30 for a Hawk Walk, £50 for an Owl Experience, and up to £130 for a Family Flying Encounter.

Find more details online, and vouchers can be purchased online and by phone, even when the centre is closed for winter.

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Sion Hill Hall, Thirsk YO7 4ET

Tel 01845 587533

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Email: info@falconrycentre.co.uk

Browns of Northallerton

The Northern Echo:

Browns is a family-run firm, based in Northallerton, that offers an exceptionally high standard of quality at affordable prices. They are bespoke bed and mattress specialists, that will design, produce and deliver well-formed and comfortable mattresses and beds.  You’ll find offers of up to 70 per cent off high street prices on items such as pocket-sprung mattresses, cool gel mattresses, memory foam mattresses, orthopaedic, anti-allergy, and much, much, more. We offer free delivery across Yorkshire and the North-East, and you’ll always get service with a smile at Browns.


9 Central Arcade, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8PY

Telephone: 01609 761002

Mobile: 07760 621314

Email: info@brownsofnorthallerton.co.uk

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The Wainstones Hotel

The Northern Echo:

Set in the picturesque village of Great Broughton, The Wainstones Hotel is a quaint and charming hostelry, offering accommodation, a fully-stocked bar, and a restaurant featuring a mouth-watering selection of dishes.

It is the perfect setting to celebrate a wedding, with the stunning Resolution Suite offering a unique and intimate venue for your special occasion. It has its own bar and a large permanent solid wood dance floor, and can accommodate up to 120 guests for a formally seated meal, and up to 150 guests for a more informal buffet. Its flexibility also makes it ideal for all types of private events.

Contact us for more details, or come and visit us to see what we have to offer.


31 High St, Great Broughton, Middlesbrough TS9 7EW

Telephone: 01642 712268

Email: reception@wainstones.co.uk

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The World of James Herriot

The Northern Echo:

For a great family day out, the World of James Herriot, in Thirsk, celebrates the life of the world’s most famous vet. Take the chance to travel back in time and see where James lived, worked, and wrote his series of internationally popular books, based on his experiences as a young Yorkshire vet. Walk through his fully-restored home and surgery, see the car he drove, step into the TV set, try your hand at being a vet, and even experience what it was like to hide in a World War II air raid shelter. Set in the heart of Herriot country, this award-winning tourist attraction is open 7 days a week, all year round, and offers so much to see and do.


23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, YO7 1PL

Telephone: 01845 524234

Email: mail@worldofjamesherriot.com

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Kitchings Beds & Furniture

Kitchings has been established in Bedale for more than 40 years, offering the same high standard of service from one of the most experienced furniture and bed shops in the local area. They carry a huge range of beds, mattresses dining, and bedroom furniture in-store – everything to make your house a home. Well-trained, friendly and helpful staff are on hand, offering excellent advice so that you make the right decision, and everything is available in store to try before you buy. We are aware that everybody’s requirements and budgets are different and our stock range reflects this. With free local delivery, most of our items are available immediately.

We guarantee that we’ll never be beaten on price, and this is one of the reasons that we have so many returning customers.

Proudly Serving Customers in Yorkshire


5 Bridge St, Bedale DL8 2AD

Tel 01677 423127

Email: kitchingsfurniture@btconnect.com

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Dolcie Dessert Emporium

The Northern Echo:

Your sweet tooth will be more than satisfied with a visit to Dolcie’s new ice-cream parlour in Northallerton. The family-run business sells a delicious, award-winning Brymor ice cream, and a tempting selection of desserts, including waffles, crepes, and home-made cakes.  You’ll find it hard to resist the sundaes, milkshakes, freakshakes, and the only Tango Ice Blast machine for miles. You’ll be bowled over by the beautiful, Italian-inspired interior, boasting marble floors and pink leather tables. Although only open since July, Dolcie’s is already becoming a popular venue in the town for parties.

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1 Zetland Street, Northallerton, DL6 1NB

Telephone: 07807 502626

Northallerton Heating Centre

The Northern Echo:

The weather’s getting colder and thoughts are turning to cosy nights in front the fire. You’ll find a warm welcome and everything you need for your home this winter at Northallerton Heating Centre. The showroom has more than 200 wood burning and multi-fuel stoves on display, and the friendly, knowledgeable staff will guide you through the best choices for your home. You can choose from a huge range of fireplaces, fires of all varieties, stoves, and all necessary accessories. Not only do they offer expert advice and service, but there is also a full fitting service available.


County Business Park, Darlington Rd, Northallerton, DL6 2NQ

Telephone: 01609 760909 or 01609 771666

Email: nhc1@live.co.uk

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M D Mobility

The Northern Echo:

Whatever your mobility issue, MD Mobility is ready to help. The specialist mobility supplier has stores in both Northallerton and Guisborough offering a range of services from shoes and slippers, to mobility aids, scooters wheelchairs, etc. They are now delighted to offer the new Empulse R20 push device for wheelchairs –the only foldable, ultra-lightweight, compact and modern powerpack that assists in all situations - whether uphill, downhill or long trips. Owners, Alan and Carol Garner, have more than 20 years’ experience in the mobility sector, and pride themselves on giving you expert, quality mobility advice, before you make any purchase, to ensure that the products will meet your exact requirements.


Telephone: 01609 776484

Guisborough Showroom: Instrument House, Morgan Drive, Guisborough, Cleveland, TS14 7DG

Telephone: 01287 635922

Northallerton Showroom: 10 Garthway Arcade, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 8NS

Telephone: 01609 776484

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Nigel Lightfoot Electrical

For a local service by a qualified contractor, contact Nigel Lightfoot for your electrical, plumbing and lighting requirements. Time-served and with many years of experience, Nigel works in both the rural and farming sectors, as well as dealing with domestic issues. Based in Northallerton, Nigel is only a phone call away. No job is too big or too small, and the work will be carried out to a high standard with all the appropriate safety requirements.


County Business Park, Darlington Rd, Northallerton, DL6 2NQ

Telephone: 01609 778788

Email: enquiries@nigellightfoot-electrical.co.uk