The Beck Isle Museum is of one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets, but now that we’ve let the cat out of the bag, you will definitely have to pay them a visit. This museum has been run by local volunteers since 1967, in an effort to preserve the rich history of Pickering as a rural market town. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the museum, which is now under new management but still utilising the vast wealth of local knowledge that the volunteers themselves bring to ‘season’ the experience. Exhibits include those for agricultural heritage, social history, and trade and industry. They even have a workshop available to children to experience what life in the Victorian era was like for youngsters. They can see a working Victorian printing press and dress up in period costumes, too! Aside from these, there is a range of activities available on their website. A very worthwhile visit, indeed.