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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.

 
 
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Plan Your Visit

 

What's on in the North York Moors

British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition

British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition

Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, Nr Helmsley, York, YO62 5UY

Sat 13 May - Sun 9 Jul 2017

Returning for another year the British Wildlife Photography Awards, celebrates British wildlife, in all its beauty and diversity, through a collection of inspirational photographs.

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.

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary

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

Sat 24 - Mon 26 Jun 2017

Calling all Muggles! Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is offering free entry to all children dressed as witches and wizards from Saturday 24th – Monday 26th June.

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.

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

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)

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.

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

Ryedale Rose Festival

Ryedale Rose Festival

R V Roger Plant Nurseries, Malton Road, PICKERING, North Yorkshire, YO18 7JW

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Jul 2017

The Ryedale Rose Festival in Pickering (8th and 9th July) will be a free rose-filled weekend for the whole family, a blaze of colour and scent with live music, hot and cold refreshments, crafts, displays, and demonstrations.

Cober Hill

Willow Weaving with Anthea Firth

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

Sat 8 Jul 2017

Come and join Anthea Firth for a willow weaving 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.

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.

Garden Open for NGS

Open Garden for Charity as part of the NGS Scheme

Basin Howe Farm Cottages, Cockmoor Road, Sawdon, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO13 9EG

Sun 9 Jul 2017

Enjoy the lovely garden at Basin Howe Farm and help out charity.

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

Acrylic Painting Workshop

Acrylic Painting Workshop

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

Sun 16 Jul 2017

Workshop focusing on acrylic paint.

Truth's Disguise l - Carducci Quartet: Simon Callo

Truth's Disguise l - Carducci Quartet: Simon Callo

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

Sun 16 Jul 2017

This is one of 57 events forming the Ryedale Festival. See ryedalefestival.com

Truth's Disguise at St Mary's Church - Birdsall

Coffee Concert - Truth’s Disguise ll - Carducci

St Mary's Church, Salents Lane, Birdsall, North Yorkshire, YO17 9NT, YO17 9NT

Tue 18 Jul 2017

This is one of 57 events forming the Ryedale Festival. See ryedalefestival.com

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.

Parkrun

Parkrun

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

Sat 22 Jul 2017

Every Saturday 9.00am

Murder Mystery

The Hunt for Pedro - Murder Mystery Evening

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

Sat 22 Jul 2017

Mexican Themed Murder Mystery Saturday 22nd July 7pm To include 3 course evening meal

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.