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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.

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.

 
 
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.

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.

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.

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

60s Fest 2017

60s Fest 2017

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Pickering Station, Park Street, Pickering, YO18 7AJ

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jul 2017

Join us for our NEW bigger and better 60s Fest where you will get the chance to head back in time to the swinging sixties with events up and down the railway.

A-Mazing Workshops

A-Mazing Workshops

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

Sun 23 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.

Esk Valley

Friday Evening Music Train

Esk Valley Railway, Whitby Station, Langborne Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 1YN

Fri 2 Jun - Fri 25 Aug 2017

Car Boot

Hutton-le-Hole Car Boot

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

Sun 23 Jul 2017

Local Car Boot on selected Sundays.

Pickering Car Boot

Pickering Car Boot

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

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jul 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)

Ryedale Jazz festival

Ryedale Jazz Festival

Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8DY

Sun 23 - Sat 29 Jul 2017

The 5th Ryedale Trad Jazz Festival will take place from Sunday 23rd July to Saturday 29th July 2017.

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.

Cober Hill

Painting with Tony Hogan

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

Mon 24 - Fri 28 Jul 2017

Come and join Tony Hogan for a painting holiday 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.

Ryedale Show

The Ryedale Show

Welburn Park, Welburn, Kirkbymoorside, York, YO62 7HQ

Tue 25 Jul 2017

Be part of a unique celebration in Ryedale by joining in in the Ryedale Show. The Ryedale show offers great value for money, with a full and varied day of entertainment with some wonderful retail therapy as well!

Cober Hill

Willow Weaving with Anthea Firth

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

Thu 27 Jul 2017

Come and join Anthea for another willow weaving workshop this time focusing on Rabbits & Hares.

Parkrun

Parkrun

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

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Pickering Car Boot

Pickering Car Boot

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

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jul 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)

Car Boot

Hutton-le-Hole Car Boot

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

Sun 30 Jul 2017

Local Car Boot on selected Sundays.

Parkrun

Parkrun

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

Sat 5 Aug 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Pickering Car Boot

Pickering Car Boot

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

Sat 5 - Sun 6 Aug 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)

Duck Dash

Dalby Duck Dash

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

Sun 6 Aug 2017

Go quackers for this year’s Dalby Duck Dash!

Car Boot

Hutton-le-Hole Car Boot

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

Sun 6 Aug 2017

Local Car Boot on selected Sundays.

Horses

Thornton-le-Dale Show

Thornton-le-Dale, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7RZ

Wed 9 Aug 2017

Enjoy another really great family day out at the 98th Thornton le Dale Show

Parkrun

Parkrun

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

Sat 12 Aug 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Pickering Car Boot

Pickering Car Boot

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

Sat 12 - Sun 13 Aug 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)

A-Mazing Workshops

A-Mazing Workshops

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

Sun 13 Aug 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.

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, Various locations, North York Moors, North Yorkshire, YO21 1YN

Sun 13 - Sat 26 Aug 2017

A well established and friendly international chamber music festival, celebrating great music within historical buildings around the North York Moors National Park and its coastline.

Parkrun

Parkrun

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

Sat 19 Aug 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Pickering Car Boot

Pickering Car Boot

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

Sat 19 - Sun 20 Aug 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)