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North York Moors - Nature, Parks & Gardens

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The North York Moors National Park is one huge paradise for the nature lover. From its sweeping coastline, home to seabirds, waders, wildfowl and marine animals, across the moors where bird-watchers can spot red grouse, curlew, lapwing and predators including hawks and owls, to the Western reaches with their more pastoral areas, wildlife abounds within the 1,400 square miles of the Park.The moors are home to an important number of Britain’s smallest raptor - it’s believed that around 40 pairs of only 1,300 merlins left in the UK live in the Park.

And, of course, the moors are also home to the colour purple – in the form of the heather that flowers in late summer and early autumn. It’s a valuable habitat for other rare species, including birds such as the golden plover and plants including sundew, and cranberry, juniper, dwarf cornel, bog rosemary and cloudberry.

Keep a careful eye out, too, for adders, Britain’s only poisonous snake, which is common on the moors, but rarely seen.

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Danby

For inside info on the National Park and a fun free day out. There’s an outdoor adventure play area and indoor climbing wall for kids. Interactive exhibits, a café, gift shop and contemporary gallery, Inspired by… with changing exhibitions.

 
 
The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

The Moors National Park Centre

Danby

For inside info on the National Park and a fun free day out. There’s an outdoor adventure play area and indoor climbing wall for kids. Interactive exhibits, a café, gift shop and contemporary gallery, Inspired by… with changing exhibitions.

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley

Towering over the attractive market town of Helmsley, and surrounded by spectacular banks and ditches, Helmsley Castle is an imposing sight with a wealth of history.

Enjoying England's "finest view" at Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

Sutton Bank

For a great day out head to Sutton Bank National Park Centre, less than 30mls north of York. Soak up England’s finest view on easy walking trails or head out on two wheels along the new spectacular Sutton Bank cliff edge family cycle route.

International Centre for Birds of Prey

National Centre for Birds of Prey

Helmsley

International Centre for Birds of Prey Duncombe, is home large collection of exotic and spectacular birds of prey.

Newbridge Park

Newbridge Park

Pickering

Newbridge Park have developed bike trails, improved footpaths and created a family picnic area in a disused quarry and adjoining neglected woodland behind Pickering Castle. Locals and visitors can enjoy family walks in a nice woodland area.

Laburnum arch at Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley

Helmsley Walled Garden, five acres of stunning herbaceous borders, Victorian vine houses, Kitchen Garden, Orchard and other garden rooms.

Plan Your Visit

 

What's on in the North York Moors

Duncombe Park Country Fair

Duncombe Park Country Fair

Duncombe Park, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB

Mon 29 May 2017

A fantastic day out for all the family. Established in 1982 - the original country fair of North Yorkshire in the beautiful grounds of Duncombe Park.

Car Boot

Hutton-le-Hole Car Boot

Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA

Sun 14 May - Sun 20 Aug 2017

Local Car Boot on selected Sundays.

Pickering Car Boot

Pickering Car Boot

Pickering Showground, Malton Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8EA

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 29 Oct 2017

From 1st April 2017, the Pickering Car Boot will be running every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoon from 3pm onwards (weather dependent)

Walkfest 2017

Walkfest 2017

North York Moors National Park, The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley, YO62 5BP

Sat 27 - Mon 29 May 2017

Join us over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend for the return of our walking festival and enjoy a great programme of guided themed walks in some very special places.

Wildlife Photography Competition!

Wildlife Photography Competition

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 1 Apr - Wed 31 May 2017

Show off your skills in our Wildlife Photography Competition!

Wildlife Watching Events

Wildlife Watching Events

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Mon 8 May - Mon 25 Sep 2017

Experience the unique thrill of seeing forest wildlife from a purpose built hide. Sessions will be run by Hidden Horizons and will take place weeky.

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 3 Jun 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Heartbeat Rally

Heartbeat Vehicle Rally

Goathland, Nr Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5LY

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Jun 2017

On Saturday and Sunday there will be an opportunity for fans of Heartbeat and classic vehicles to see some of the cars used on the famous TV series including the Police Mini Van on display in the centre of the village.

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 10 Jun 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

A-Mazing Workshops

A-Mazing Workshops

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sun 11 Jun 2017

The Friends of Dalby Forest are working with Mark Ellis, a local dry stone waller, on creating the world’s largest Dry Stone Wall Maze in the middle of Dalby Forest.

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 17 Jun 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Acrylic Painting Workshop

Acrylic Painting Workshop

The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2NB

Sun 18 Jun 2017

Workshop focusing on acrylic paint.

Yorkshire Modified Car Show

Yorkshire Modified Car Show

Pickering Showground, Malton Road, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8EA

Sun 18 Jun 2017

One of the best car show events in Yorkshire and the North of England, established over 10 years ago.

Rick Astley

Rick Astley

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Fri 23 Jun 2017

Rick Astley is the first artist to announce Dalby Forest date for 2017 as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series promoted by the Forestry Commission.

Elbow

Elbow

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 24 Jun 2017

Since their debut album, 2001’s ‘Asleep At The Back’ their stature has grown with subsequent releases such as ‘Cast of Thousands’, ‘Leaders Of The Free World’, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, ‘Build A Rocket Boys’ and 2014’s ‘The Take Off And Landin

Glaisdale Open Gardens

Glaisdale Open Gardens

Glaisdale, Glaisdale Village, Glaisdale, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 2PN

Sat 24 - Sun 25 Jun 2017

Ten open gardens around Glaisdale raising money for local charities.

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 24 Jun 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Craig David

Craig David

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sun 25 Jun 2017

British R&B singer, songwriter and record producer Craig David will perform with his band for Forest Live at Westonbirt Arboretum and Dalby Forest.

Duncombe Park Steam Fair

Duncombe Park Stream Fair

Duncombe Park, Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5EB

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jul 2017

Duncombe Park Steam Fair

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 1 Jul 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Cober Hill

Animalia Art with Bridget Askew

Cober Hill, Cober Hill, Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 0AR

Fri 7 - Mon 10 Jul 2017

Come and join Bridget Askew for an animalia art course here at Cober Hill. Our tranquil surroundings will enable you to make the most of your creativity. Relax and unwind while meeting new people and discovering hidden talents.

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 8 Jul 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

A-Mazing Workshops

A-Mazing Workshops

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sun 9 Jul 2017

The Friends of Dalby Forest are working with Mark Ellis, a local dry stone waller, on creating the world’s largest Dry Stone Wall Maze in the middle of Dalby Forest.

Parkrun

Parkrun

Dalby - The Great Yorkshire Forest, Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, Low Dalby, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

Sat 15 Jul 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am