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Information about Great Ayton Discovery Centre including contact details and services offered.

Great Ayton Discovery Centre
105b High Street
Great Ayton

Telephone: 01642 723268

Discovery centre opening hours

Please contact the library directly for the current opening hours.

Finding the discovery centre, parking and access

The discovery centre is on the High Street in the centre of the village, not far from High Green. A bus stop is a short distance away, which is served by Arriva bus services 28a and 81, plus the Abbott's bus service number X80. The train station is a 20 minute walk from the village.

There are few parking restrictions in the village and parking is free. A small car park is available to the rear of the discovery centre building and there are spaces directly in front of the centre. All areas of the discovery centre are accessible to wheelchairs.

Items available from the discovery centre

You can borrow a range of books for all ages in a variety of formats, including large print and audio. Music CDs, DVDs and foreign language titles are also available for loan, as well as micro:bits. You can request any item that is not immediately available.

Information and facilities at the discovery centre 

  • family history
  • free online access to, Find My Past, the British Newspaper Archive and Access to Research
  • free wi-fi
  • help and support using IT
  • internet and computer access
  • jigsaws
  • local studies
  • magazines and newspapers
  • photocopying, printing and scanning
  • tourist information - a wide range of guides, maps, souvenirs, travel information and tourist leaflets for Great Ayton and the surrounding area

Activities at the discovery centre

For further information about any of the activities below, please contact the library.

Under 5's story time

Under 5's story time takes place every Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am. This is a free event.

Art gallery

The art gallery shows art and photography works, which are all for sale, and feature local artists with a focus on local landscapes.

Book clubs

Book clubs are welcome to meet at the centre for a small fee; we currently host a book club which meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Book sales

We sell second hand books at great prices, perfect for holiday reading; second hand books are gratefully received.


We have an excellent selection of crafts for sale, from local crafters ranging from pottery to woodwork, from knitwear to jewellery.

Information technology taster sessions

Individual sessions introducing people to computers and the internet can be arranged.

Jigsaw library

The jigsaw library is run every Tuesday during opening hours; for further information please contact Barbara Evans on 01642 723006.

Knit and knatter

The knit and knatter group meets on Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm. Newcomers are always welcome.


Teddytime story sessions are held for toddlers and pre-school children on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 2.30pm during term-time, featuring fun, stories and crafts.

News and events

You can view news and events for all the libraries in North Yorkshire here.

Room hire

Various parts of the centre can be hired for private use, both during and outside opening hours; details are available on request.

Social media

You can follow North Yorkshire libraries on Library Service Twitter or Library Service Facebook page.


There are a number of opportunities to volunteer at the centre. See the library volunteering page or ask at the centre for further details.