Flowers are blooming and bees are buzzing... summer is very definitely on its way! As the weather warms up, there's plenty of chances to enjoy the great outdoors, from open gardens to Open Farm Sunday, or just chill out in the beer garden of one of the North York Moors' many country pubs.
Find more walking challenges, cycling and mountain biking, and fell and road running events listed in our Enjoy Outdoors pages while there’s a wealth of wildlife, nature and other outdoors experiences waiting to be discovered too. Foodie fans should check out farmers' markets in and around the North York Moors plus Malton Street Food Sundays return this month!
See what's coming up in July too or you can search for events by date here, which includes a list of our free guided walks for the month, or book online.
Family events and activities
Lots of farms across the North York Moors will be throwing open their gates to visitors for Open Farm Sunday (10 June) to highlight life on a moorland farm and the vital role farmers play in looking after the countryside, including Stepney Hill Farm, near Scarborough, Wildon Grange near Coxwold and Stonebeck Gate Farm, Fryup. We'll be at Stonebeck Gate Farm with a 'spot the sheepdogs' trail, a mini beast hunt, craft activities for the kids, become a "Young Ranger" helping with stile and bridge building. Enjoy sheep shearing, sheepdog & gun dog trials, dry stone walling, moorland management, the onsite museum of antiquated farming machinery, plus the all-important tearoom serving homemade cakes and teas, and lots of animals! Drop in any time between 12 noon and 4 pm. Free entry.
Head to Cawthorn Roman Camp with your pooch where we're hosting a Dogs Trust Community Event (23 June) where their Veterinary Nurse will carry out a free basic health check including nail clipping, eyes, ears, teeth and weight, to make sure your dog is happy, fit and healthy plus advice on diet, training and neutering. You'll also receive a responsible dog ownership pack, with handy tips and useful resources. The team will also offer free on-the-spot microchipping for dogs that aren’t yet chipped. No appointment is required, drop in anytime and say hello; please keep your dog on a lead at this event.
Missed out on a night zip during our Dark Skies Festival in February? Don't worry, due to popular demand, Go Ape will be running a number of Night Zip Wire Adventures for those aged 10+ (23-24 June), just don't forget to bring a head torch!
Join East Barnby Outdoor Centre and the National Trust for one of their very popular sea kayaking for beginners (30 June) for anyone 14 years and above. Paddle a sea kayak from Runswick Bay, watch seabirds and discover rockpool life along the way.
Head to Dalby Forest or Guisborough Forest and take a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story. Packs are available from the visitor centre for £3.
Festivals, music events and performing arts
Get a taste of the local folk scene at the Bay Folk Festival (8-10 June), a free weekend of relaxed music sessions and singarounds in and around Robin Hood's Bay.
If you love the Swinging Sixties then head to Whitby 60’s (8-10 June) which celebrates the decade's ground-breaking music, with some of the biggest names lined up, including The Foundations and The Undertakers.
Family friendly Edstone Music Festival returns for one final time (16-17 June) with headliners Holy Moly & the Crackers, the dynamic ‘gypsy folk and roll’ band along with many other acts and entertainment for all the family. Book your tickets here.
You'll find the Willowman Festival (14-17 June) at Hillside Rural Activities Park, Knayton between Thirsk & Northallerton. Headliners include New Model Army and The Majestic, plus more music across four stages with an eclectic mix of ska, punk, clean cut electronica, low key acoustica, classic reggae and trippie techno. Kids can enjoy circus skills, vintage fairground, yoga, drumming workshops and more in T'Other Field.
Don't miss Rosedale Walking Festival (23-24 June) with a great choice of themed walks, including Tea Shop Walk (with cake), Ale Trail, wildlife walks, A Walk in the Land of Iron, a chance to have a go at Nordic Walking plus In Search of Andy Goldsworthy, view the internationally renowned artist's two hidden installations. Running alongside is the Rosedale Local Heritage Festival (23-24 June) with a weekend of heritage events including Fabulous Flora in the village's historic churchyard, a species-rich habitat, with our Land of Iron team (booking essential) on 23 June, exhibition and a family treasure hunt.
The National Centre for Birds of Prey is playing host to the 28th annual British Falconry Fair (23-24 June), the oldest and biggest fair of its kind; expect to find a world class series of ring events with flying demonstrations from the best display falconers and lots more. It's a great day out (or weekend away) for all the family. Camping is also available.
Spend a summer evening in the open air at Hemsley Castle (29 June) and Scarborough Castle (30 June) as The Three Inch Fools perform Hamlet like you've never seen it before.
Ryedale Book Festival returns to Malton (29 June - 1 July), with three inspirational days and events for all ages exploring the concept of a journey from almost every conceivable angle with some of the UK's best travel and nature writers as well as craft workshop, traditional storytelling, and events for children.
Other great events, exhibitions and workshops
‘Prospect Refuge Hazard’ an exhibition by artist Helen Sear, continues at Dalby Forest, Crescent Arts (Scarborough) and Ryedale Folk Museum through to 10 June. Works at Ryedale Folk Museum include 'The Woods will Turn' a series of photographs of felled trees, 'Viewfinder' a series of photographs of haybales and ‘Cateatera Fumus’, a light and image installation, first exhibited at the Venice Biennele in 2015.
Opening 16 June, FarmerFlorist in Ryedale Folk Museum's Art Gallery, explores the new movement for ‘fair trade in flowers’ and celebrates domestic growers in a series of stunning photographs by Tessa Bunney that shed light on the individuals who are contributing to a vibrant, artisan cut-flower industry.
The British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition at Nunnington Hall also runs throughout June. Expect to see some spectacular images from this year's winners while Moor Impressions continues at the Inspired by... gallery in Danby until 18 June showcasing the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists extensive body of work inspired by their annual visits to the North York Moors.
If that all inspires you to have a go yourself, there’s plenty of workshops to choose from. Our gallery hosts artist James McGairy's popular small-group painting workshop (10 June) while printmaker Gill Kirk explains the techniques behind Printing with Stencils (9 June) and Intaglio Printmaking (10 June). Later in the month join workshops on Seascape in Oils (16 June), Acrylic Inks (17 June) and Silk Art (30 June). Booking essential for all.
We're also hosting a 4-week indoor course – suitable for beginners and more experienced painters – led by artist Peter Reynolds at Sutton Bank National Park Centre covering the techniques required to paint the dramatic landscapes and features of the North York Moors in watercolour. Booking essential.
June's the month for getting out to see the beautiful flowers blooming across North Yorkshire
Drop into Scampston Hall's Spring Plant Fair (3 June) and pick up everything you might need from specialist nurseries and garden related stalls. Visit the many hidden and secret gardens in Wass Open Gardens (3 June 12-5pm), Hutton Buscel (10 June), Coxwold (10 June), Kirkbymoorside (10 June), or Sleightholmedale Lodge (27 June). Ampleforth Abbey is running its orchard tours (6, 20 June), including a tour of the orchard and cider mill, plus a chance to taste its ciders. Pre-booking advised.
Continuing the botanical theme, listen to one of the world's foremost botanists, Professor David Mabberley at a talk 'Joseph Banks' Florilegium; botanical treasures from Cook's first voyage' (14 June), as he celebrates the participants in Captain Cook's voyage 250 years ago at Yorkshire Arboretum. The arboretum is also holding a Wildflower Weekend (30 June - 1 July).
Scalby Fair returns on 23 June, one of the few remaining village street fairs in the north of England, with various events organised through the week in the run up to the Fair, including a flower festival and all themed around the “Voyages of Captain Cook”.
Explore the rejuvenated gardens at Mount Grace in Bloom (23-24 June) with garden tours, and new explorer packs suitable for all the family.
Learn more about where to find herbs, how to grow them and their uses past and present on a Hunt for Herbs Afternoon (24 June) at Ley Hall in the pretty village of Lealholm (walking distance from the Esk Valley Railway). Booking essential.
Castle Howard will also be filled with impressive floral displays bringing the wild outdoors inside for the four day A Festival of Flowers (28 June - 1 July), including large installations inspired by the local landscape.