For something completely different, book a ticket for Comedy in the Dark (27 January) and step into a magical night of comedy in a unique setting, the pitch black darkness of a converted chapel in the heart of Robin Hood’s Bay. Expect a stellar lineup of comedians too!
Events in January
January is a great time to get out and enjoy the North York Moors without any crowds. Find winter walking and biking ideas plus which attractions are open at this time of year and when on our Winter page. You can also search for events by date here or book online.
New Year, new challenges
Get your New Year off to an active start with a trail race - the Hardmoors 15 and Hardmoors 30 are both held on New Year's Day. The 15 and 30 miles-ish loops take in Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and Ravenscar.
For those that prefer a shorter distance, the No Ego Torch Challenge is a 5 mile evening race around Dalby Forest on 27 January. Don't forget your head torch! Or how about Dalby's weekly Saturday 5km timed parkrun, daylight guaranteed.
Or take on the first challenge walk/run of the year; Back 'A Ayton (10 January) at 17 miles, takes in the National Nature Reserve, Forge Valley and some of the North York Moors' many forests while the Redcar and Cleveland’s Winter Walking Festival begins on 29 January and runs through to 4 February, with plenty of walks to pick, from 2 to 9 miles.
For the little ones, head to Dalby Forest and plot your way through the trees on the Gruffalo themed orienteering course - there's 12 Gruffalo markers to find! Purchase the trail for £1.50 from the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre or Dalby Activity Centre.
Find more challenge walks, sportives and trail runs for 2018 right across the year, you're bound to find one that suits you.
Other great events and exhibitions
Fans of folk music should head to Robin Hood's Bay and Whitby for Normafest (5-7 January), where Eliza Carthy has pulled together an impressive line up of folk singers headlined by DERVISH along with Lisa Knapp & Gerry Diver, Topette!, Banter, The Gift Band Acoustic (featuring Norma Waterson), Bright Phoebus Band, Thomas McCarthy. Eddie Jay, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Ian Clayton.
There's panto fun at Whitby Pavilion Theatre (15-20 January) with classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty while Pickering's The Kirk Theatre has everyone's favourite Goldilocks and the Three Bears (12-20 January).
The Goathland Plough Stots (13 January tbc) is a traditional long sword dancing team who perform around the village for the 'Day of the Dance' every year on the Saturday following Plough Sunday (the first Sunday after epiphany). There'll be dancing from 10am until about 4.30pm ending up in Beck Hole.
At the Inspired by... gallery, running until 21 January (daily until 7 January, then weekends only), Brigantia's artists and craftmakers showcase the best art, sculpture, textiles, carvings and ceramics.
Join us for the Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend (27-28 January) at Sutton Bank National Park Centre! Help with our daily bird count, enjoy children’s crafts and nature trails plus discounts on bird food and bird products. You'll also find more birdy fun at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby. The Big Garden Birdwatch is part of the RSPB’s “Giving Nature a home campaign”.
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