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Events in April

Farndale's famous wild daffodils Credit Mike NicholasFarndale's famous wild daffodils Credit Mike Nicholas

The clocks have changed and the weather has warmed up, so there's lots of activities and inspirational events to get you out and about this month. The famous wild daffodils in Farndale are in full bloom this month too; keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter posts for updates and watch our film to find out why they are so special.

Find walking challenges, cycling and mountain biking, 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 also search for events by date here or book online.

Easter holiday fun for all the family!

There's lots of Easter inspired trails to enjoy over the holidays :

Step back in time at Sutton Bank (daily until 15 April) as we learn all about When Dinosaurs Roamed with themed crafts, trails, treasure hunts, walks and talks. There's Little Boots sessions too including Rosie Rabbit and the Easter Egg hunt (4 April) and Discovering Dinosaurs (11 April), booking essential. 

Combine a visit with a spot of biking too, including round 1 of Sutton Bank Bikes' Kids Time Trial (7 April, registration from noon), with four categories starting from balance bikes; £6 per person and prizes for winners. Easter fancy dress too!

Over at Rievaulx Abbey, witness spectacular aerial displays of birds of prey in flight with Medieval Falcony (1-2 April), While at Scampston, sit down and enjoy Fairy Stories in the Garden (2, 5, 10 April) - all children wearing magical costumes can come in for free!

The Moors National Park Centre's jam-packed Easter holiday events' programme includes Lucy the Lamb Escapes and Build a Bird's Nest (both 3 April), Jurassic Park! and Happy Hare Day (both 5 April), Kite Making and Brilliant Birds (both 10 April) plus learn all about geocaching and how to use a compass (both 12 April). 

Join a fossil hunt at Runswick Bay (2 April) and Boggle Hole (3 April) this Easter on one of Hidden Horizons trips. There's plenty of rock pool rummaging going on this year too with the National Trust starting at Robin Hood's Bay (5 April). Learn about amazing anemones, crazy crabs, funny fish and more. Or get wet on one of their Bushcraft and beck scrambling days (10 April).

Beck Isle Museum is running one of its popular Rural Craft Days too (11 April). See traditional skills such as printing on the beautiful Columbian letterpress, butter making, and rag rugging.

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.

Music events, festivals and performing arts

Sci-Fi Scarborough returns for a fifth time for a sci-fi convention (21-22 April). Alongside guests from the worlds of Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Star Wars and Star Trek, they'll be comic book artists and writers, live music, guest appearances, Steampunk, gaming and more. You can also experience all things space as Hidden Horizons bring along their mobile planetarium!

The biannual Whitby Goth Weekend (27-29 April) brings thousands of Goths, Punks, Steampunks, Emos, Bikers and Metallers to town to celebrate Whitby's Dracula connections, with music, events and ever popular Bizarre Bazaar Goth Market. 

Other events and activities

Ampleforth Abbey is running the first of its Orchard Tours (12 April, 2, 9, 16 and 23 May), including a tour of the orchard and cider mill, a tasting session of its ciders and lunch. Pre-booking essential.

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 moors and coastal landscapes are set to play a strong role in new exhibitions opening on 19 April. Shoreside to Moorside sees artists Pam Scott, Ian Nicholas, Sally Nicholas and Anthony Cos find diverse inspiration in the North York Moors, while Heather Burton's palette knife paintings capture the changing moods and character of our landscape in From Coast to Country. There's a chance to meet the artists on 21 April.

The definitive history of Rosedale Railway and ironstone mining lecture programme, Land of Iron: Tales over Tea by leading expert, Malcolm Bisby, continues on 11 April, at The Moors National Park Centre. Booking not required. Free admission and cake too! While our workshops in the gallery continue with the return of artist James McGairy's popular small-group workshops focusing on acrylic paint on 22 April.

There's a rare opportunity to see inside the amazing hidden gem of Scotch Corner Chapel, near Sutton Bank on 22 April. Come along and talk to the relatives of artist and sculptor John Bunting, who built the chapel.

Interested in leading groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions? Join Teesoutdoors for a two-day Lowland Leader training course (28-29 April), covering navigation techniques, group safely and how to manage a walk 

Eden Camp's Escape Lines Memorial Society Reunion & Service (28 April) will honour all those who escaped or assisted in the escape of Allied service men in occupied Europe during World War.