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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 on their progress.

Plus don't forget the Tour de Yorkshire makes its third visit to the North York Moors (28 April) passing through some of our most iconic landscapes. 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.

Go Ape marks a decade of adventure in Dalby Forest (1-2 April)

Join their big birthday party weekend and enjoy 20% off any activity using code DAL20VIP. Take the opportunity to experience a Forest Segway ride or take to trees for the Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of Obstacles and Crossings – all finishing on a high (literally) with the wind-in-your-face epic zip wires.

Plus if you're a visiting 10 year old, any booking that weekend with a paying adult will get a refund for the child when you turn up at the cabin with their proof of age. These offers are only valid for activities at Go Ape Dalby Forest on 1-2 April 2017. Refunds will be for the child’s place only with proof of age. Please check the website for details of supervision ratios and restrictions.

Brocken Spectre at Rievaulx Abbey

Brocken Spectre at Rievaulx Abbey Credit English HeritageDon't miss the sound and light spectacle Brocken Spectre at Rievaulx Abbey (12-15 April), transformed by artist Charles Monkhouse over four nights bringing a unique phenomenon to the majestic ruins. 

Witness your individual Brocken Spectre and wander the dramatic ruins whilst you enjoy audio installations. This is a ticket-only event with limited availability - early booking recommended.

Easter holiday fun for all the family!

The Moors National Park Centre's jam-packed Easter holiday events' programme includes The Great Stick Hunt and Marvellous Mammals (both 11 April), Amazing Owls and our annual Worm-Charming Champs (both 13 April), a Teddy Bears' Picnic (18 April), Happy Hare Day and Minibeast Monsters (both 20 April). Plus join the launch of our new storybook ‘The Woodlings and the Wish Dragon’ (12 April), make your own Woodlings and dragons to take home and meet our new giant dragon who has taken up residence in our grounds.

Spring into action any time at Sutton Bank (8-24 April) as we celebrate the arrival of spring with themed crafts, trails, treasure hunts, walks and talks. Combine a visit with a spot of biking too, including round 1 of Sutton Bank Bikes' Kids Time Trial (15 April 2pm), with four categories starting from balance bikes; £3 per person and prizes for winners.

East Barnby Outdoor Centre will be running their supervised Family Activity Days (£40 pp) during the Easter holidays. Aimed at 9 to 16 year olds, activities on offer range from canoeing down the Esk, sailing, surfing, mountain biking, climbing, bushcraft to geocaching and orienteering. They're also running a Guided Mountain Bike Weekend (8-9 April). For details and bookings, call 01947 893333 or see their website.

Wellies are essential on exciting fossil hunts at Boggle Hole (11 April) or Runswick Bay (13 April) and exploring the seashore from Scarborough (11 April) with the experts from Hidden Horizons. There's plenty of rock pool rummaging going on this year too with the National Trust starting at Robin Hood's Bay (13 April). Learn about amazing anemones, crazy crabs, funny fish and more.

There's lots of chocolate inspired trails to enjoy over the Easter bank holiday weekend and beyond:

  • Cadbury's Easter Egg hunts at Nunnington Hall, Rievaulx Terrace, Old Coastguard Station (Robin Hood's Bay) and Ravenscar Visitor Centre. All from 14 April, but please check finish dates with individual sites as theseo vary.
  • Both our centres at Danby and Sutton Bank have Easter Egg Hunts to enjoy (14-17 April), complete the challenge to claim your Easter treat!
  • There's Easter Adventure Quests at Scarborough Castle (14-17 April). Find characters from the past to help you crack the clues and seek out your chocolate reward.
  • Have a go at making a pom pom animal or follow Beck Isle Museum's Easter trail (8-23 April) to win a chocolate treat.
  • The Easter Bunny has hidden a giant golden egg somewhere on Burton Agnes Hall's Easter Egg Trail (8-23 April) and there are chocolate eggs to be found on the Easter Egg Hunt (16-17 April). 

There's more Easter Family Fun (14-17 April) at Castle Howard; meet lots of animals with a visit from a mobile petting farm while Scampston are celebrating the arrival of a new fairy trail with a chance to Meet Scamp's Fairy Friends (14 April) and enjoy a day of story-telling, crafts, games and fairy cakes. Or how about making a miniature scarecrow to take home at Nunnington Hall (16-17 April)?

Book your tickets now for the Fantastic Beasts Easter Camp-Out (15 April), a pop-up cinema where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of J.K. Rowlings prequel to Harry Potter in Dalby Forest then stay overnight at the campsite next to the cinema field.

Beck Isle Museum is running one of its popular Rural Craft Days too (19 April). See traditional skills such as printing on the beautiful Columbian letterpress, butter making, and rag rugging.

Download the Gruffalo Spotter app at home, then head to Dalby Forest where Gruffalo and other characters will come to life on the new Gruffalo Spotters Trail and augmented reality app. Look for clues which lead to footprint marker posts - point the app at these and watch Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and the Gruffalo appear before your eyes!

Music events, festivals and performing arts

A special Easter Festival launches the Ryedale Festival this year, featuring an evening performance from the Busch Piano Trio at St Peter's Church in Norton (21 April), followed by The Sixteen (22 April) and Lesyn Davies (23 April).  The full festival programme will be available from 21 April.

Sci-Fi Scarborough returns for a fourth time for a sci-fi convention (8-9 April). Alongside guests from the worlds of Doctor Who, Star Wars and Star Trek, they'll be comic book artists and writers, live music, guest appearances, Steampunk, gaming and more.

The biannual Whitby Goth Weekend (21-23 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

The 46100 Royal Scot, one of the world's greatest steam engines will be found running on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Grosmont to Pickering (1-2 April). Book early as all seats are expected to be a sell out! Note daily running on the heritage line commences from 3 April.

Ampleforth Abbey is running the first of its blossom tours (12 April, 10 May and 14 June), including a tour of the orchard and cider mill, a tasting session of its ciders and lunch. Pre-booking essential.

This Exploited Land of Iron continues at the Inspired by... gallery in Danby until 10 April. Then myth and wild landscapes are set to play a strong role in new exhibitions opening on 13 April. Poetry and Myth sees artist Maggie Moore explore the role of animals in mythology, religion, poetry and literature, while sculptor David Mayne offers a response to the wild landscapes in Field of Vision and Keith Blessed's vibrant paintings bring the moors and coast alive in Fusions of Light and Colour. There's a chance to meet the artists on 15 April.

Our exciting programme of small-group workshops in the gallery continues with a glass workshop with glass artist Judith Gill (8 April), ceramics with Penny Hunt (9 April) and artist James McGairy's focusing on acrylic paint (23 April). There's also a chance to spend a weekend learning masking and stenciling techniques of screen printing with Gill Kirk (29 and 30 April).

There's a rare opportunity to see inside the amazing hidden gem of Scotch Corner Chapel, near Sutton Bank on 15 April. Come along and talk to the relatives of artist and sculptor John Bunting, who built the chapel.

Eden Camp's WWII Living History Bank Holiday Weekend (15-16 April) sees re-enactments from UK Homefront and the Frontline Association groups while Escape Lines Memorial Society Reunion & Service (29 April) will honour all those who escaped or assisted in the escape of Allied service men in occupied Europe during World War.

Join a heritage or nature guided walk at the Rosedale Local Heritage Festival (22-23 April). Over the weekend Rosedale's Reading Room will also host an exhibition and arts and crafts displays. Our This Exploited Land of Iron team will be on hand on Rosedale's village green to let you know what's on and when. Drop in and have a chat about the project.

The annual Beadlam Charity Tractor Run returns on 30 April, with around 200 tractors trundling around the 50-mile route and taking in many of the traditional villages of the North York Moors including Gillamoor, Hutton le Hole, Spaunton, Cropton and Newton-upon-Rawcliffe. The event starts and finishes at Beadlam Farm Shop.

The National Centre for Birds of Prey is playing host to the 27th annual British Falconry Fair (30 April - 1 May), 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.