Great Ayton Discovery Centre

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

  • Monday, closed
  • Tuesday, 10.30am to 5pm
  • Wednesday, 10.30am to 5pm
  • Thursday, 10.30am to 5pm
  • Friday, 10.30am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 10.30am to 5pm
  • Sunday, closed

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.

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Items available from the discovery centre

You can borrow a range of books, DVDs, large print books, story tapes, audio books and language courses.

Information and facilities at the discovery centre 

  • family history
  • free wi-fi
  • jigsaws
  • internet and computer access 
  • local studies
  • magazines and newspapers

Activities at the discovery centre

Regular activities on offer at the centre are shown below. Contact us for further information about any activities or for details on other special events, including children's activity sessions in the holidays.

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.

Room hire

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


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.


The library is run by volunteers, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and Great Ayton Parish Council. Anyone wishing to volunteer with us is very welcome. Please contact us by calling into the centre or by phoning us on 01642 723268.

The centre will continue to review and develop the facilities on offer. If you have a suggestion or can contribute to our ongoing success, please call in or contact us.