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Family Events

There’s always something happening on the Yorkshire Coast whatever the time of year, from tiny village shows to major internationally renowned festivals. In addition to the usual music, food, art, theatre and sport events, here on the coast we can go one better, bringing you angling, sailing, rowing, surfing and maritime history festivals – you don’t get those inland!

Search for events by date and major events at a glance below. Alternatively, visit the individual town and village sections of our website to find out more about what’s going on up and down the coast – we’re confident you’ll find something that feels tailor-made for you.

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Captain Cook Museum

Kamchatka to Krakatoa: the Cook Voyages in Asia

Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby, Grape Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BA

Sat 1 Apr - Sun 5 Nov 2017

It is not often realised that Captain Cook's ships sailed the length of the Asian coast from the icy coasts and smoking volcanoes of Kamchatka in Eastern Siberia, to the sleeping giant of Krakatoa in modern Indonesia.

Kirkham Priory, North Yorkshire - A Monk’s Life

A Monk’s Life

Kirkham Priory, Whitwell on the Hill, Malton, YO60 7JS

Fri 20 - Mon 30 Oct 2017

Meet costumed characters and join them on a walking tour of this beautiful site to learn about its history. Hear about the development of the Priory and find out what daily life was like for those living here.

A New Olympia: Designs on Scarborough

A New Olympia: Designs on Scarborough

Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2PW

Sat 21 Oct 2017 - Sun 7 Jan 2018

The A New Olympia: Designs on Scarborough exhibition explores the fascinating proposals of architect Stanley Davenport Adshead with his plans and photographs of the period.

Halloween Special Event

Half Term Halloween

Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park, Scarborough Road, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9PG

Sat 21 Oct - Sun 5 Nov 2017

Don't miss our Halloween special event

Half Term: Creepy Halloween

Half Term: Creepy Halloween

Castle Howard, Castle Howard Estate Limited., Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA

Sat 21 Oct - Sun 5 Nov 2017

Let your imagination run wild this half term as you explore the haunted East Wing of Castle Howard from 21 October to 5 November

Halloween Trail

Halloween Trail

Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Come and have fun with our spooky house and garden trails and earn a chocolate treat once complete.

Have A Go Holidays

Have-a-go Holidays/Myths and Legends

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Sutton Bank, Nr Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EH

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Join us this Autumn half term for lots of exciting themed events.

Scarborough

Scarborough Food Fair

Scarborough Town Centre, Westborough, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2EN

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Scarborough market - every first and third Saturday monthly on Westborough alongside the Brunswick Shopping Centre.

Sewerby parkrun

Sewerby parkrun

Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA

Sat 21 Oct 2017

Sewerby Parkrun is a free 5k timed run that takes place every Saturday morning at 9am. Parkrun is a community event run by volunteers aimed at encouraging people to keep fit, healthy and active. Runners of all abilities are welcome.

Spooky Half Term

Spooky Half Term

Whitby Abbey, Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT

Sat 21 - Sun 29 Oct 2017

Join us for spooky storytelling and a creepy trail this October half term.

McCain Yorkshire Coast 10k Road Race & Fun Run

McCain 10k Race

Scarborough Spa, South Bay, Foreshore Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HD

Sun 22 Oct 2017

The McCain 10km Road Race & Family Fun Run along the stunning Yorkshire Coast starting at Scarborough Spa.

Byland Abbey, Nr Helmsley - Medieval Falconry

Medieval Falconry

Byland Abbey, Byland Abbey, Coxwold, York, YO61 4BD

Sun 22 - Wed 25 Oct 2017

Watch beautiful birds of prey in close action and discover how birds of the chase featured in the teachings of the medieval church.

Runswick Bay

Runswick Bay Fossil Hunt

Hidden Horizons, Various locations, Please see listings, YO11 2PW

Mon 23 Oct 2017

Join us for a 3 hour fossil hunting trip along Runswick Bay. Each trip is different, but we should find a wide range of fossils from the Jurassic, around 160 million years ago.

Bat Shirts

Bat Shirts

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

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Discover some of the secrets of a bat’s life and hear about how they survive in the National Park. You’ll also make a beautiful bat T-shirt to wear at Halloween.

Fossil Hunting

Boggle Hole Fossil Hunt

Hidden Horizons, Various locations, Please see listings, YO11 2PW

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Join us for a fossil hunting trip along the southern part of Robin Hoods Bay. Each trip is different, but we should find a wide range of fossils from the Jurassic, around 160 million years ago.

Fossil at Beck Isle Museum

Fossil Hunters

Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life, Bridge Street, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8DU

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Fossil fun for the family

Sewerby Hall Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Storytime for under 5's

Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Listen to a story about a friendly, but foolish, witch.

Not Scared of Spiders!

Not Scared of Spiders!

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, Sutton Bank, Nr Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 2EH

Tue 24 Oct 2017

Learn some interesting spider facts, then get ready for Halloween by spinning icing webs to decorate a special spooky biscuit.

Halloween Crafts

Halloween Crafts

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

Wed 25 Oct 2017

It’s that time of year when we come over all spooky! Join in the fun with us, making ghoulish, ghostly Halloween crafts. There are 2 separate sessions, starting at 10:30am and 1:30pm.

Illuminated Abbey

Illuminated Abbey

Whitby Abbey, Whitby Abbey, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT

Wed 25 - Tue 31 Oct 2017

Cast light on a dark history! See Bram Stoker's inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations.