The Stream

The Stream is an excellent source of local information published regularly and available online.  Some more significant local links are provided below.

Library and Information Facilities

The Great Ayton Library and Information Centre is now called the Great Ayton Discovery Centre Ltd; also know as the Discovery Centre.  It situated just 50 metres west along the High Street from the High Green.

The Discovery Centre has increased, and continues to grow the facilites for the Village and Visitors.  It is run by a Community Group and is supported by the Parish Council.  It provides access to information on most media and is a channel to other North Yorkshire Libraries . Opening times are:-

Sunday & Monday - Closed;
Tuesday to Saturday - 10:30 - 5:00

105b High Street, Great Ayton, TS9 6NB
Telephone    01642 723268
website   (you may need to paste this link into your browser)

Local Clubs and Societies

Great Ayton Twinning Association.  "Ninety miles from the capital, through the forest of Orléans and just before the banks of the Loire, you will find our twinned village of Ouzouer-sur-Loire ..."

The Great Ayton Community Archaeology Project researches, records information on landscape features and associated local history in the parishes of Great and Little Ayton.  This information is made available to a wider audience through public presentations and exhibitions, guided walks and publications.  The group meets every Wednesday from nine o’clock to half-past four in the Friends’ Meeting House on High Green.  There is no formal membership procedure (if you are interested just join us on any Wednesday) but we do have a constitution, officers and comprehensive insurance.

The Great Ayton Cricket and Football Club has its grounds to the south of the village which can be approached by footpath from either Waterfall Park or Easby Lane.  The club offers opportunity for players and spectators to enjoy the games in summer and winter. 

Great Ayton and Stokesley Fairtrade Steering Committee.  Having achieved Fairtrade status for both Great Ayton and Stokesley in recent years, this group works to continue to fulfil the requirements for the status by encouraging local people and businesses to use Fairtrade  products.  We promote Fairtrade at events such as the Great Ayton Village Fair and the Guisborough Forest Festiival, and organise and support events during the annual Fairtrade Fortnight, including coffee mornings and a promotional stall in Stokesley Co-op.  Two of our members are Traidcraft traders and hold regular events to sell their ethically produced food and gifts.  We are supported by both Great Ayton and Stokesley Parish Councils.  We are a small group and would welcome more members.  If you are interested please contact Jo Tulip on  714644 or Mair Forder on 723718.


Great Ayton is served by Marwood Church of England Voluntary Controlled Infant School (ages 5-7) and Roseberry Community Primary School (ages 4-11).  Typically, when they reach 11 years old, pupils go on to Stokesley School which has an integral sixth form college.  Some pupils prefer to go to Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough for Further Education.

Places of Worship

There are four main places of worship in Great Ayton:-

Christ Church located on Guisborough Road 100m north of the Stone Bridge,
Methodist Church on High Street between High Green and Stone Bridge,
Saint Margaret's Catholic Church in Mill Terrace, and
Friends Meeting House in the eastern corner of High Green.


Great Ayton Health Centre is a modern purpose built building owned by Hambleton and Richmondshire Primary Care Trust. It is conveniently located close to the centre of the village and has ample car parking space for visitors.

Great Ayton Health Centre
Great Ayton

Tel: 01642 723421
Fax: 01642 724575


Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum

The museum is situated west of the Library on the High Street and presents a facinating display of the life and times of Great Ayton's famous navigator Captain James Cook.  More can be found at Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum


Great Ayton is in Hambleton, governed by Hambleton District Council.  Hambleton is a district of North Yorkshire, controlled by North Yorkshire County Council.


Great Ayton is served by Arriva Buses.

  • Service 29, Stokesley to Middlesbrough
  • Service 81/781, Stokesley to Redcar

Great Ayton railway station is on the Middlesbrough to Whitby 'Esk Valley' line.  Timetables for the service can be found on the Esk Valley Railway website.


The government "Neighbourhood Statistics" website contains summary information for the population of Great Ayton Ward from, among other sources, the 2001 Census.  Neighbourhood Statistics for Great Ayton

Other Links 

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