Five things to do in Thirsk
Here at Sector, we’re proud of the beautiful market town we’re based in. Home to an estimated 5,000 people and with a history that can be traced back 1,500 years, it’s hardly surprising that there’s plenty going on here!
We’ve put together five great things to do right here…
World of James Herriot
Alf Wight’s books about legendary Yorkshire vet, James Herriot have been read by millions the world over. Based on his own experiences as a vet, the books were televised, and he’s become a hero in the eyes of many.
At world of James Herriot you can explore his fully restored 1940s house, his surgery, even see the car he drove! An award-winning tourist attraction, this is one not to miss.
Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre
Suitable for the whole family, here you can see 70 birds including 30 species.of eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, vultures and owls. The handlers explain why the birds behave in certain ways, how they hunt and where they have come from – all while they swoop and dive around you as you sit in the arena!
Based in the house where Thomas Lord, founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground was born in 1755, here you can explore the history of life in Thirsk. With artefacts, memorabilia, costumes and toys, there is also a set of Saxon Giant bones, and you can learn all about the legendary Busby Stoop chair!
There has been a weekly market held in Thirsk since 1145. With stalls including fruit and vegetables, fish, textiles and more, it’s a busting event that brings people to the town and supports our local economy.
While visiting the market you can also see the stunning clock tower which was erected in 1896 to celebrate the marriage between the Duke of York and Princess May of Teck, later to become King George V and Queen Mary.
Thirsk has a rich history of horse racing, dating back as far as 1740. The racecourse has benefited from considerable investment recently and has an exciting programme of events throughout the year, in addition to traditional race days. This year, there will even be a concert performed by Scouting For Girls!
We love Thirsk – what do you enjoy most about the town? Tweet us your thoughts at @Sectoriaco and we’ll share your comments!