The attractive village of Hovingham nestles below the hillside edge of the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The village's palatial hall, stone houses and well-kept greens add to its pleasing character, while you'll see Hovingham at its busiest and best if you come for the well-known monthly farmers' market. Nearby Nunnington also has a lovely historic home, and is making a name for itself as a local arts hub.
Things to see and do
Hovingham Hall is an attractive Palladian house in a beautiful parkland setting. It's open to the public in June. The lawn is used as the village cricket ground, and the hall entrance (a vaulted riding school) is occasionally used for concerts.
At nearby Nunnington Hall – a delightful 17th-century manor house – explore the organic walled garden and spring-flowering meadows.
Nunnington Hall has a changing programme of art and photography exhibitions, while Nunnington itself has two more excellent independent galleries – Gallery Beyond and Nunnington Galleries – that are always worth a visit.
The multi-award winning Hovingham Village Market is held on the first Saturday of each month. It's very popular and lively, and is a great place to seek out fantastic local produce.