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This bracing moorland village has attracted visitors since the 19th century, but numbers soared following its appearance (as 'Aidensfield') in the television series 'Heartbeat' and its role in the 'Harry Potter' films.
It's fun to arrive on the trains of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, after which walkers can enjoy lots of local strolls and hikes.

From the North York Moor’s heritage railway station ('Hogsmeade' station from the early Harry Potter films) to Wades Causeway that runs across Wheeldale Moor, you will have many fun filled hours getting to know this little corner of the world. History, Heritage, pubs, restaurants, walks and more…this little town has it all.
This moorland town has pulled in guests since the nineteenth century, yet numbers took off after its appearance (as 'Aidensfield') in the TV arrangement 'Pulse' and its part in the 'Harry Potter' films. It's amusing to touch base on the trains of the North Yorkshire Moors Railroad, after which walkers can appreciate loads of neighborhood walks and climbs.

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What's on near Goathland

Whitby in the Time of Cook

Whitby in the Time of Cook

Whitby (7 miles, 12 km)

Sat 24 Mar - Sun 4 Nov 2018

Exhibition: 'Whitby in the Time of Cook, the Making of a Great Seaman' 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of Captain Cook's first voyage to the Pacific in 1768. As he weighed anchor at Plymouth, what did he take from Whitby?

Ray Kirk

Tea Dances with Ray Kirk

Whitby (7 miles, 12 km)

Mon 26 Mar - Tue 4 Dec 2018

We invite you to put on your dancing shoes and dance the afternoon away on one of Yorkshire's largest dance floors in the wonderful surroundings of The Northern Lights Suite.

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Forest Live

Pickering (9 miles, 14 km)

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott’s latest album ‘Crooked Calypso’ charted at no 2 making it their highest release as a duo to date following on from two further top 5 albums.

Rosedale Walking Festival 2018

Rosedale Walking Festival

Kirkbymoorside (8 miles, 12 km)

Sat 23 - Sun 24 Jun 2018

Themed walks exploring the history, wildlife, photography, sculpture, glassmaking & cake shops of Rosedale.

Cook250 Whitby Festival

Cook250 Whitby Festival

Whitby (7 miles, 12 km)

Fri 6 - Sun 8 Jul 2018

A celebration of the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cooks first expedition to the South Seas. A weekend of discovery and entertainment for the whole family.

The Whitby Bazaar

The Whitby Bazaare

Whitby (7 miles, 12 km)

Sat 7 Jul 2018

An event to showcase the varied artisan, crafters and independent traders of Whitby and surrounding areas.

Blessing of the Boats

Blessing of the Boats

Whitby (7 miles, 12 km)

Sun 8 Jul 2018

Join boaters as we celebrate the beginning of the season with the Blessing of the Boats activities. Events include the Gathering of the Fleet, Memorial Boat Parade, Washing of the Lighthouse, Blessing of the Boats, and Sunday Funday.

Ryedale Summer Festival 2018

Ryedale Summer Festival

York (7 miles, 12 km)

Fri 13 - Sun 29 Jul 2018

The Ryedale Festival brings great music and musicians to the many beautiful places in and around Ryedale, North Yorkshire – an area full of history and natural beauty.

Heartbeat Rally

Heartbeat Vehicle Rally

Whitby (0 miles, 0 km)

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Jul 2018

Heartbeat Vehicle Rally will be held over the weekend July 14th – 15th 2018 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.

Inspired by... gallery

Inspired By ...Gallery

Whitby (9 miles, 15 km)

Thu 19 Jul - Tue 28 Aug 2018

The beautiful Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre hosts changing exhibitions of work by artists and makers who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors.

ParkFest 2018


Danby (8 miles, 14 km)

Sun 22 - Mon 23 Jul 2018

ParkFest, our two-day summer art and music festival is the biggest event in our annual calendar, and marks the start of the UK’s National Parks Week.

Whitby Beer Festival

Whitby Beer Festival

Whitby (7 miles, 12 km)

Thu 26 - Sat 28 Jul 2018

This year’s Whitby Beer Festival held in aid of Whitby & District Lion’s Club is being held from Thursday 26th July until Sunday 29th July.

Whitby Lifeboat Weekend

Whitby Lifeboat Flag Weekend

Whitby (7 miles, 12 km)

Fri 27 Jul 2018

Whitby’s lifeboat weekend commences on Friday 27th July with a fairground organ playing at the bandstand.

Whitby Steampunk Weekend

Whitby Steampunk Weekend

Whitby (7 miles, 12 km)

Sat 28 - Sun 29 Jul 2018

Another action packed exciting Whitby Steampunk Weekend is in store for us with a number of activities, presentations and demonstrations lined up as well as our 'Almost Famous' Steampunk Emporium for your delectation, perusal and amusement.


Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show

Whitby (3 miles, 5 km)

Tue 7 Aug 2018

Egton Bridge, eight miles from Whitby in the North York Moors National Park, is the setting for the oldest surviving gooseberry show in the country, established in 1800.

Esk Valley Theatre

Private Lives by Noel Coward

Whitby (5 miles, 7 km)

Thu 9 - Sat 11 Aug 2018

Esk Valley Theatre presents ‘Private Lives’ A romantic comedy by Noël Coward, directed by Mark Stratton.

Lifeboat Weekend 2018

Lifeboat Weekend 2018

Saltburn-by-the-Sea (9 miles, 15 km)

Fri 10 - Sun 12 Aug 2018

A fun packed family weekend raising money for the RNLI.

NYM Chamber Music Festival

Janus - North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

Kirkbymoorside (9 miles, 15 km)

Mon 13 Aug 2018

Join us for our Tenth Anniversary Season Festival of Classical Music in various churches across the North York Moors.

Danby Agricultural Show

Danby Agricultural Show

Whitby (8 miles, 14 km)

Wed 15 Aug 2018

The Danby Show the oldest agricultural show in the area, attracting around 6,000 people. A great wholesome day out for the whole family!

Danby Argicultral show

Danby Agricultural Show

Whitby (9 miles, 15 km)

Wed 15 Aug 2018

Danby Agricultural Show was started in the mid 19th century and has continued on an annual basis. It is a traditional country show entirely organised by local volunteers.