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Here's a few new ideas for getting out and about and experiencing the National Park's great outdoors.

  • Make lasting memories on an unforgettable wildlife trip with Yorkshire Coast Nature. Whether you like to spot snakes and badgers or honey buzzards and puffins, there will be a nature safari to suit you.
  • Explore the beautiful North York Moors and experience wildlife photography on another level from the comfort of a high spec 4x4 vehicle on a safari style tour with North York Moors Wildlife Photography Tours. Their high-spec professional photographic equipment and super telephoto lenses will give you an insight into the world of professional wildlife photography.
  • Discover the secrets of the National Park’s coastline, from 180 million year old fossils and dinosaur footprints to today’s seashore teeming with life, on one of Hidden Horizons’ regular fossil hunts, rock pooling trips and dinosaur footprint walks. Take a look at their Top 10 Rock Pooling tips, if you fancy having a go yourself.
  • Local experts deliver birdwatching and wildlife photography courses and many other themed breaks at Cober Hill on the Yorkshire Coast.
  • Gain new skills in rural crafts and smallholding on a Moor 2 Life course at Peat Rigg Outdoor Centre, from bee keeping, pig keeping and sausage making experience to hedgelaying and bushcraft.
  • Meet the bees, done a bee suit and delve into the mysteries of the hive with Garden Manager and bee keeper, Mike I'Anson at Helmsley Walled Garden. There's dates throughout the summer, along with essentials of gardening courses, botanical illustration and Impressionist painting courses.
  • A Footplate Experience on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has to rank on any bucket list for steam train fans. Join the qualified driver and fireman for a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to drive yourself on the footplate of a steam engine, including blowing the engine’s whistle. The railway also offers specialist photography courses focused on trains, stations, people and landscapes along the railway.

You'll find more wildlife experiences, including seal and whale spotting trips, on our wildlife watching webpage, try a guided walk with a difference or how about learning how to survive in the wild with a spot of bushcraft?

Details of our fun events for under 16s and their families, from rockpooling to bushcraft skills and wildlife discovery, are available in our annual Out and About in the North York Moors guide and on our events listings.