We thought we would just post a few things here in case you were unfamiliar with the area. The most stunning attractions close-by are, in our opinion, Rievaulx Abbey, and a little further away, Fountains Abbey. They do attract an entrance fee, but are well worth the money. More natural attractions are the White Horse at Kilburn; just up Wass bank from the reception venue. Then there is the North Yorkshire Moors National Park with it's myriad of great walks, quaint villages and homely pubs.
For the connoiseur, a little drive away is the Black Sheep brewery at Masham, and the Wensleydale cheese factory in the Dales. Grassington and Bolton Abbey are Russell's favourite places in the Dales, while York is 20 miles south of the area and is a fabulous city; our favourite restaurant is El Piano on Little Petergate, whilst the Tasting Plate, situated opposite it, is beautiful. Beverley demands a visit, if only to wander on the Westwood and go into the Minster; one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe and Russell's previous spiritual home.
Northallerton is a lovely market town and for all those boys needing to hire a dress for the wedding: we are using Crosland's on the edge of the town who seem very reasonable.
Restaurants worth a try are the Pheasant at Harome, the White Swan at Ampleforth, the Worsley Arms at Hovingham and the Abbey Inn at Byland(!) - their web address for anyone wanting more information is www.bylandabbeyinn.co.uk.
Lastly, we must mention the wonderful coastline awaiting a drive to the East; Scarborough is famous for it's seaside rock style attractions, but has a beautiful North Cliff where the Minister who will marry us has his parish. His churchyard contains the grave of Ann Bronte; St. Mary's church, just below the castle. Whitby is famous for the legend of Dracula (it's castle featuring in the story) while Filey is our favourite resort, having the wonderful Brigg and the best fish and chips on the coast in our opinion! Lastly, for ornithologists, Flamborough Head is a paradise and you may see some of the millions of Puffins who make their home there.