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Christmas events to celebrate the very best of local produce

Christmas Craft Fair at The Moors Centre, DanbyChristmas Craft Fair at The Moors Centre, Danby

Two Christmas shopping events in the North York Moors National Park will celebrate the very best of local arts, crafts and hand-made seasonal gifts.

The Moors National Park Centre’s popular Christmas Fair takes place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November, offering the chance to buy high-quality food, drink and gifts direct from the artists and producers themselves. The free event, which takes place in Danby, will feature over 35 stalls selling festive treats and quirky gifts including ceramics, scented candles, tree decorations, soaps, soft-furnishings and handmade chocolates.

The fair coincides with the WinterArt exhibition at the Centre’s Inspired by… gallery, providing the opportunity to admire and purchase items from a magnificent selection of jewellery, textiles and paintings created by members of local craft association ‘Brigantia’.

For younger visitors, there will be a visit from Father Christmas and craft-making activities available all weekend. The fair is open from 10am-4pm each day.

On Saturday 25 November, the Sutton Bank National Park Centre holds its annual Christmas shopping event, with a wide-range of crafts, books, children’s toys and food and drink on offer. A tasting-table will feature some of the delicacies on-sale and there will be live music and a variety of children’s activities to add to the festivities.

Rita Rudsdale, Visitor Centre Coordinator at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said:

“Many of us want to shop locally and support local artists and tradespeople, but Christmas is such a high-pressure time that this aspiration can go out the window. Our Christmas events bring together a fabulous selection of different producers and make it easy to find unique and personal gifts that you might never have otherwise thought of and won’t find on the high street.”

“The centre cafes will be serving seasonal food and drink and both locations have great family-friendly walks from the door. With something for everyone the events make a lovely day out for all the family.”

Both centres are open daily until 7 January from 10.30am until 4pm apart from Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


Media contacts

Nina Beadle, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority.
Tel: 01439 772700

Michael Graham, Assistant Director, North York Moors National Park Authority
Tel: 01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park Authority  

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.9 million visitors a year.  

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

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