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Kirkbymoorside is a treasure trove for art and antique-hunters: home to the one of Yorkshire’s quirkiest, friendliest art galleries, Bils & Rye, and also the fortnightly Ryedale Auctions, attracting collectors from across the world. Nearby is the open studio of international glass artists, Gillies Jones, and the town’s pride and joy is its award-winning 200 year-old Brass Band, a star at local events.

The town’s top attraction is Ryedale Folk Museum, with its historic ‘village’ of homes, gardens, workshops and stores – and even a witch’s hovel - providing a unique glimpse into our rural past from the Iron Age to the 1960s. There’s also a museum, animals, orchards, vintage vehicles, a lively programme of events, and nearby workshops including Greenwood Crafts, and the Chocolate Factory.

Kirbymoorside’s market square boasts award-winning, independent shops, and a 760-year-old weekly market that’s still the lifeblood of its community, a friendly place to catch the gossip. It’s also the starting point for one of the most popular and gruelling races in the Yorkshire calendar, the Kirkbymoorside 10k.

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What's on near Kirkbymoorside

Christmas magic

Christmas through the ages

York (5 miles, 8 km)

Fri 6 - Sun 8 Dec 2019

Come and enjoy the house decorated for Christmas through the ages.

Art for Christmas community exhibition

Art for Christmas – Community Exhibition

Helmsley (5 miles, 8 km)

Sat 7 Dec 2019

The Art for Christmas exhibition is a creative platform for artists to showcase a mixed media of work, and celebrates the best arts and crafts from Yorkshire and beyond.

Christmas Lights Switchon

Christmas Lights Switch On

Pickering (9 miles, 14 km)

Sat 7 Dec 2019

The Village Christmas Lights SWITCH ON event is traditionally on the first Saturday in December. This year switch on will be SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER 2019.

Christmas Through Time

Christmas Through Time

Kirkbymoorside (2 miles, 3 km)

Sat 7 Dec 2019

From celebrations during the Iron Age, through to make-do festivities in the Second World War, join us to discover more about the changing traditions of Christmas.

Northern Lights Express

Northern Lights Express

Pickering (6 miles, 10 km)

Sat 7 - Sun 8 Dec 2019

Join us this winter for a trip on our new, Northern Lights Express!

A Winter Challenge

Willow Weaving Workshop: Christmas Decorations

Helmsley (5 miles, 9 km)

Sun 8 Dec 2019

Looking for an innovative way to decorate your home at Christmas?

Ryedale Festival

Ryedale Festival Spring Weekend

Pickering (7 miles, 11 km)

Fri 20 Mar 2020

Join us for three festival events to mark the arrival of Spring on the 20th-22nd March 2020

Duncombe Park Country Fair

Duncombe Park Country Fair

Helmsley (6 miles, 10 km)

Mon 25 May 2020

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.


Thornton-le-Dale Show

Pickering (9 miles, 14 km)

Wed 5 Aug 2020

Enjoy another really great family day out at the 101st Thornton-le-Dale Show in 2020.

Rosedale Show

Rosedale Show

Kirkbymoorside (6 miles, 10 km)

Sat 15 Aug 2020

The Rosedale Show returns in 2020 on the 17th August. Annual Show of Cattle, Hunters, Heavy Horses, Ponies, Jumping, Sheep, Produce, Flowers, Fruit, Vegetables, Rabbits, Cavies, Pigeons, Poultry, Vintage Tractors and Outdoor Sculptures.