Stokesley is an elegant market town, peppered with impressive Georgian and Victorian buildings and known as a gateway to the North York Moors. The River Leven, crossed by the ancient Pack Horse Bridge, provides a perfect spot for walking and picnics - not to mention the spectacular views of Roseberry Topping and the North York Moors from the east end of the town, where an ancient mill wheel can also be admired.

In short, Stokesley is a town to be reckoned with, not merely a place on the way to other, perhaps more high-profile, destinations in this part of the county.  For more information, visit the town's website.

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Registered office: Stokesley School, Station Road, Stokesley, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, TS9 5AL.

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Stokesley is an elegant market town, peppered with impressive Georgian and Victorian buildings and known as a gateway to the North York Moors.

A secondary school, Stokesley School,[6] was opened in 1959[7] for pupils between 11 and 18. It was originally categorised as secondary modern and became a comprehensive school in the 1970s. Later a sixth form college was incorporated. It has, at present, about 1,700 pupils. Alumni of Stokesley School include Labour politician Alan Milburn, 1988 Olympics runner Louise Stuart and Sky Sports News journalist and presenter David Jones.

Information technology taster sessionsThe library holds information technology taster sessions to introduce people to computers and the internet.

Gates open for the public from 8.00amImportant Notice – no vehicular movement after 8.30am

Abbott's of Leeming run hourly service 80/89 to Northallerton & Romanby via Osmotherley.

StorytimeStorytimes for pre-school children are held on Friday afternoons from 2.15pm - 2.45pm during term-time only.

Hutchinson's run irregular services 82 (Stokesley-Yarm) and 83 (Stokesley-Seamer & Newby).

Stokesley was originally served by rail and had a railway station and extensive sidings on the Northallerton to Stockton branch. The station closed to passengers in June 1954, pre-dating the large scale closures of the Beeching era. Goods facilities remained until August 1965 when the line closed completely. The station was featured extensively in the British Transport film "A Farmer Moves South" in 1951, and now included in a DVD compilation. The nearest railway station is now at Great Ayton.

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The library is on North Road and forms part of a joint building called Town Close that includes Hambleton District Council offices and an extra care facility. It is a one minute walk from the High Street.

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A four-day fair takes place every September in the town centre. The fair spans the full length of the high street and rides such as the KMG Equinox-Tango, the Extreme, Vertigo and various Crows rides attend. The fair always begins on a Wednesday evening and runs until the Saturday, opening all day on the Saturday due to the annual agricultural show which takes place on the showground.[4]

The inaugural meeting of the Stokesley Agricultural Society was held at the Golden Lion Hotel, now Chapters Hotel, in 1859. This boutique hotel was also used as the local law courts for the area being ideally placed between Middlesbrough and Northallerton. Stokesley Agricultural Show, first held in 1859, is held every year on the third Saturday in September. It is, perhaps, the largest one day show in England.[citation needed]

Stokesley is served by the Arriva service 28a from Middlesbrough every hour and the 81 from Marske Estate every hour.

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Adults - £12.00Family (2 adults 2 children) - £30.00Children (5 - 16 years - £8.00Under School Age - Free

A portal for Year 6 students to explore and learn about life at Stokesley School.

A primary school, Stokesley Primary School, on the current site was created in 1908, and then extended in 1973. It has about 550 pupils.

Principal: Mrs C M Brooker Tel: 01642 710050Fax: 01642 710836Email:

We became an Academy in April 2015 as the founding member of a Multi Academy Trust, taking as our name – Areté Learning Trust.


Activity sessionsChildren's activity sessions are held at the library during school holidays.

Registration servicesRegistration services are available at the library, by appointment only.

Parking is available for visitors to the building and there are two disabled parking spaces. Disc parking is in operation in parts of the town centre and discs are available in many local shops. Additional pay and display parking is available in the town centre at the Showfield car park, which is a five minute walk away. The library has automatic doors and all areas are accessible to wheelchairs. There is also a hearing loop available.

There is a weekly market held on a Friday in the main square called the Plain. A farmers' market takes place on the first Saturday of each month.

Historic schools include the Preston Grammar School in College Square: now a pizza takeaway. This school existed until 1908[citation needed] but was closed for failing to reach the standards of an inspection. In general, children who passed exams at 11 years old, then went to Yarm Grammar School, with some Catholic pupils going to Middlesbrough under the old system.

Police surgeriesPolice surgeries are held at the library, subject to operational commitments.

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward stretches north to Newby with a total population taken at the 2011 Census of 5,537.[5]

We recently consulted on proposals to change how library services are run across North Yorkshire. The consultation has now closed but the information is still available for reference purposes. You can also read a  Stokesley library information sheet [90kb] which gives key facts and figures about this library.

You can borrow a range of books, DVDs, large print books, story tapes and talking books.