March sees early spring blooms, while the weather is beginning to warm up and daylight is lengthening, with lots of activities to get you out and about this month and with Easter so early this year, there's lots going on, so grab your diary and make the most of these great events.
Find walking challenges and fell and road running events listed in our Enjoy Outdoors pages while foodie fans should check out farmers' markets in and around the North York Moors.
You can search for events by date here, which includes details of our free guided walks for 2018 or book online.
See what's coming up in April too or you can search for events by date here or book online.
Family events and activities (and early Easter fun!)
Celebrate Mother's day by getting crafty at Nunnington Hall (10-11 March).
There's lots of Easter inspired trails to enjoy over the bank holiday weekend and beyond:
Over at Rievaulx Abbey, witness spectacular aerial displays of birds of prey in flight with Medieval Falcony (30 March - 2 April), While at Scampston, sit down and enjoy Fairy Stories in the Garden (30 March) - all children wearing magical costumes can come in for free!
Kick start the Easter holidays with some baking fun with Bake Happy (31 March). From Easter bunny pizzas to themed cupcakes, children aged 6 and above are welcome to join the Kids Easter Baking Event at Helmsley Walled Garden. Booking essential.
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.
Our guided walks programme opens for 2018 on 7 March with a walk in Bilsdale. Our walks are relaxed and friendly and led by our knowledgeable volunteers. View this year's programme here. Don't forget to book your place online early!
National Trust Rangers also run a series of guided walks throughout the year; find out about Industrial Intrigue in Ravenscar (8 March) and coastal woodland on their Hayburn Wyke Wonder (27 March); see their Event's Calendar for dates throughout the year.
Other great events and exhibitions
March sees the last regular stargazing event this winter in Dalby Forest with Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society (8-9.30pm 2 March). Free to attend (charitable donations welcome), these events will return in October.
From 3 March, one of the world’s fastest steam trains 60163 Tornado will spend a week running on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Grosmont to Pickering. Book early as all seats are expected to be a sell out! Note daily running on the heritage line commences from 24 March.
At the Burton Agnes Orchid Festival (3-4 March), admire some of nature's most intriguing flowers while experts will be on hand with specialist advice. Combine with their woodland walk to catch the last few days of the famous snowdrops. Later in the month, pop over to Castle Howard for their annual tree and shrub auction (24 March) where you can bid for native hedging, amenity, forestry and ornamental trees and pick up top tips and advice.
The Dark Skies exhibitions at our Inspired by… gallery continue through to 16 April, and take inspiration from our dramatic night skies, featuring many renowned local and regional artists, photographers and jewellery makes, showcasing a stunning display of the National Park’s dark side.
Our exciting programme of talks and workshops in the gallery also kicks off this month with a chance to hear from three of the artists exhibiting in the gallery; Yorkshire's great landscape artists, Peter Hicks and photographer Joe Cornish will be interviewed by Kane Cunningham (17 March). Tickets for the talk are £5 and advance booking is recommended. While you can make an Easter bunny or hare at our first willow workshop for 2018 with willow expert Anthea Firth (24 March). Book your place on any workshop online.
Our Land of Iron project tells the trailblazing story of ironstone mining and railways in the North York Moors. This year, ‘The definitive history of Rosedale Railway and ironstone mining’ will be told across a four-part lecture programme, Land of Iron: Tales over Tea by leading expert, Malcolm Bisby, beginning on 14 March, at The Moors National Park Centre. Booking not required. Free admission and cake too!
Re-enactment groups will be at Eden Camp for a World War Two Living History Weekend (17 and 31 March) including Northern WWII Association.