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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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2019 Pullman Dining Services Now Available!

NYMR - Afternoon Tea

Pickering (6 miles, 10 km)

Tue 12 Feb - Sat 31 Aug 2019

We are very pleased to announce that our 2019 Pullman Dining Services are now available. Due to the popularity of our dining trains, advance booking is essential. To avoid disappointment book online at

Dark Skies

Dark Skies Festival

Helmsley (5 miles, 9 km)

Fri 15 Feb - Sun 3 Mar 2019

A star-filled sky is one of nature's most natural wonders! But they’re become harder than ever to experience. In an urban area you’ll be lucky to see 20 stars on a clear night but in an area of low light pollution, such as in our National P

Planetarium at Dalby Forest


Pickering (10 miles, 16 km)

Tue 19 Feb 2019

As a part of the Dark Skies Festival, why not experience the Hidden Horizons Immersive Star Dome? Journey to the planets of our Solar System and see them up close, visit our Moon and major satellites of the planets and many more.

Nest Fest at Nunnington Hall

Nest Fest

York (5 miles, 8 km)

Sat 23 Feb - Sun 3 Mar 2019

Head outdoors to follow the ‘Hetty the hibernating hedgehog’ trail, and get ready for spring by making a bird box or building a bug hotel for the smallest of critters in your garden.

Stargazing at Ryedale Folk Museum

Stargazing - Dark Skies Festival

Kirkbymoorside (2 miles, 3 km)

Mon 25 Feb 2019

Enjoy a guided tour of the night sky, focusing on objects that reside far away from Earth within our Milky Way galaxy and even beyond, best observed through a large telescope.

Fossil Hunters at the Beck Isle Museum

Fossil Hunters

Pickering (6 miles, 10 km)

Fri 1 Mar 2019

Do you fancy being a dinosaur detective? Take part in our family fun activities and find out about fossils, search for clues in the ground and learn more about dinosaurs.

Ryedale Festival 2019

Ryedale Festival Spring Weekend

Pickering (6 miles, 10 km)

Fri 15 - Sun 17 Mar 2019

Every year, the Ryedale Festival welcomes outstanding performers from all over the world, both established and emerging, to perform a wide-ranging and distinctive programme in the many spectacular venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

Aris Quartet

Aris Quartet

Helmsley (5 miles, 9 km)

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Haydn – Sunrise Quartet in B flat major (op. 76, no. 4) Janácek – String Quartet no. 1 Kreutzer Sonata Dvorák – Quartet no. 13 in G major (op. 106)

Kirkbymoorside 10k Race

Kirkbymoorside 10k

Kirkbymoorside (0 miles, 0 km)

Sun 5 May 2019

Entries open on Sunday 1st June 2018. Join our mailing list to get updates directly from us.

British Falconry & Raptor Fair

British Falconry & Raptor Fair

Helmsley (6 miles, 10 km)

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jun 2019

Held within the centre on June 29th and June 30th 2019, the fair is the biggest event of its type.

Ryedale Show

Ryedale Show

Kirkbymoorside (2 miles, 2 km)

Tue 30 Jul 2019

The Ryedale Show was established in 1855 and is a traditional Agricultural Show renowned for its very high standard of entries in all Sections and Trade Stands that attend in ever growing numbers each year.

Bilsdale Agricultural Show

Bilsdale Show

Helmsley (10 miles, 16 km)

Sat 31 Aug 2019

In the heart of the beautiful valley of Bilsdale, the 109th Bilsdale Show will be taking place on Saturday 31st August 2019.