Things To Do, Shops And Places In Bubwith And North Duffield, Yorkshire

The villages of Bubwith and North Duffield may be only a couple of miles apart, but they are located in different counties, with the River Derwent marking the border between East Yorkshire and North Yorkshire.

Both villages have their own character and charm and offer various shops and services to the local resident or those just passing through.

Bubwith Leisure & Sports Centre

Bubwith, East Yorkshire

Bubwith Leisure & Sports Centre

For a small village, Bubwith is extremely lucky to have a facility such as the Bubwith Leisure & Sports Centre. It is a hub for many local groups and associations, with various activities – from karate to Zumba, ballroom dancing to youth clubs – finding a home within the centre’s main hall, which can also be hired for parties and events.

Outside there is a large playing field, which has recently seen plans for a floodlit running track to be added around its permitter. There is also a small playing area for children.

Bubwith Tennis Club

Set within the grounds of the leisure centre, but run entirely separately, is Bubwith Tennis Club. With three artificial grass-style courts, including one which has recently upgraded floodlights, the club is used all year round with a range of social play, coaching sessions, and league matches amongst the busy calendars.

Whilst primarily a members’ club, non-members are welcome to use the West Court for a small fee, payable at the local McColl’s shop. For those with younger kids looking to take up the sport, membership for children on primary school age is free.

The Jug & Bottle

This superb deli describes itself as your “dream treat shop” and few would argue. You’ll find a great range of items to tempt you whether it’s the cakes and sandwiches, or if your head is turned by the wonderful selection of gins and beers.

Chocoholics are well catered for too and it is the ideal place to drop in if you are looking for a special gift – especially around Christmas time. And if deciding what to have is a little too much, then ask the team about their luxury hampers which can be created to match a theme of your choosing.

The White Swan

Of course, no village would be complete without the village pub, and the White Swan is a cracker! Whether you are a foodie or real ale fan, you will receive a warm welcome and will be well catered for.

The bar stocks beers from such local breweries as Old Mill and Copper Dragon, as well as the usual array of gins, ciders and wines. The home-cooked food never disappoints with an extensive, reasonably priced menu supplemented by an ever-changing specials board.

So whether you are celebrating something special or just that it is the weekend, drop by the White Swan.

Cinnamon Restaurant

Bubwith can also boast its own Bangladeshi and Indian restaurant too, with Cinnamon offer both dining-in and takeaway options.

If you should decide to dine in, take your drink of choice with you as the restaurant does not serve alcohol but are happy to bring your own.

However, should you opt for an evening at home, there is an online order facility as well as a local delivery service to bring tasty food direct to your door.

North Duffield, North Yorkshire

North Duffield Junior Dragons

Whilst not been able to offer a leisure centre like its near neighbour Bubwith, North Duffield has a large playing fields area which is home to the North Duffield Junior Dragons.

The Dragons offer football training and matches for children aged as young as three, progressing up to the under 16’s.

Driving past the playing fields on any weekend, you are likely to see a mass of activity with multiple pitches in use at the same time.

There’s even a resident hot dog and burger van on hand for those spectators of need of refreshments or a warming brew!

The Kings Arms

North Duffield’s ‘local’, the Kings Arms, is a central focal point for many of the village’s events – whether that’s on Halloween or the more recent Platinum Jubilee celebrations. But it is not somewhere to visit when there is an event on, beer-lovers are in for a treat an expertly kept pint of Timothy Taylor’s landlord frequently available.

Whilst the food may not be as flamboyant as the White Swan’s, it is good, non-nonsense pub grub that offers more than a decent accompaniment to your drink of choice.

Various local businesses make regular appearances in the pub car park with coffee, fish and chips and Greek food often available from mobile vendors. And, if you are buying food from one of these, you can always take it in to the pub with you and enjoy and drink.

North Duffield Bowling Club

For those looking for a more sedate pastime, North Duffield Bowling Club may be the perfect option – though that is not to say that things here are any less competitive than other sports.

NDBC has been part of the community for over 40 years, tucked in the corner of the village’s sports field, and is open to members of all ages and all abilities.

The club frequently holds open season for anyone wanting to give the sport a try. Beyond that, once you have been bitten by the bowls bug, there are leagues matches and internal tournaments to get stuck into.

Anything else?

As well as the above, both villages have good-sized convenience stores (McColl’s in Bubwith, Morrisons Daily in North Duffield) which also offer Post Office services.

Additionally, you will find a primary school at the heart of each village’s community.

Beyond that, there are lots of local walks and opportunities to cycle. The Vale of York and the surrounding area, so whilst the lack of hills may be a disappointment for some, the long flat areas are a little less demanding for the rest of us.

Just out of Bubwith – the opposite side to North Duffield – you will find the Oaks Golf Club & Spa.

Jug & Bottle, Bubwith

Bubwith Tennis Club is kindly sponsored by The Jug & Bottle at Bubwith