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Events in June

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Flowers are blooming and bees are buzzing... summer is very definitely on its way! As the weather warms up, there's plenty of chances to enjoy the great outdoors, from open gardens to Open Farm Sunday, or just chill out in the beer garden of one of the North York Moors' many country pubs.

Find more walking challenges, cycling and mountain biking, and fell and road running events listed in our Enjoy Outdoors pages. Foodie fans should check out farmers' markets in and around the North York Moors.

You can also search for events by date here, which includes a list of our free guided walks for the month, or book online.

Family events and activities

Half-term fun continues  at Beck Isle Museum's Easy-peasy printing (1 June) with the chance to try your hand at some basic printing techniques and see the beautiful Columbian letterpress. Over at The Moors Centre, our wearable art exhibition Absolutely Buzzing continues and we're joining in the fun with a whole host of creepy-crawly crafts and activities with Brilliant Beetles and Dazzling Dragonflies (both 1 June). Find out all about our magical moorland with A Taste of the Moors any time at Sutton Bank  which continues with themed crafts, trails, treasure hunts, walks and talks everyday until 4 June.

Lots of farms across the North York Moors will be throwing open their gates to visitors for Open Farm Sunday (11 June) to highlight life on a moorland farm and the vital role farmers play in looking after the countryside, including Botton Social Farm, near Danby, Stepney Hill Farm, near Scarborough (don't miss the pig racing!) and Stonebeck Gate Farm, Fryup. We'll be at Stonebeck Gate Farm where we'll be highlighting our work with farmers to look after the North York Moors, alongside dry stone walling, sheep shearing, sheep dog trials, a museum of antiquated farming machinery, a tearoom serving homemade cakes, sandwiches and teas, plus lots of animals!

Join East Barnby Outdoor Centre and the National Trust for one of their very popular sea kayaking adventures (24 June) for anyone 14 years and above. Paddle a sea kayak from Boggle Hole to Ravenscar, watch seals and seabirds, and discover rockpool life along the way.

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

Music events, festivals and performing arts

Catch the Esk Valley Railway every Friday evening during summer (Fridays from 2 June) and you'll find yourself on one of its Music and Ale Trains. Spectacular scenery, real ale bar on board and live music on the train, plus the chance to sample one on the many classic pubs along the line.

Get a taste of the local folk scene at the Bay Folk Festival (9-11 June), a free weekend of relaxed music sessions and singarounds in and around Robin Hood's Bay.

If you love the Swinging Sixties then head to Whitby 60’s (9-11 June) which celebrates the decade's ground-breaking music, with some of the biggest names lined up, including The Searchers and Marmalade.

You'll find the family friendly Willowman Festival (15-18 June) at Hillside Rural Activities Park, Knayton between Thirsk & Northallerton. Headliners include Soul II Soul and Aswad, plus more music across four stages with an eclectic mix of ska, punk, clean cut electronica, low key acoustica, classic reggae and trippie techno. Kids can enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, funfair and bouncy castle.

Early booking is recommended for the annual music gigs Forest Live (23-24 June), with top artists, Rick Astley and Elbow playing in the middle of Dalby Forest.

Accompanying one of our standout exhibitions of the year, Absolutely Buzzing, don't miss The Show (24 June), an evening extravaganza featuring the work of milliner Bridget Bailey, plus some of the region’s best textile designers. Enjoy wild-food canapés and insect-inspired ‘mocktails’ (courtesy of Tree Top Press) and be in with the chance to win a wearable piece of Bridget Bailey art. Advance booking essential. The exhibition runs daily until 26 June.

Pack your picnics, chairs (and a brolly) as the four-strong all-male HandleBards return to Howsham Mill to perform A Midsummer’s Night Dream (28 June), see Shakespeare’s play as you’ve never seen it before - fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle-powered.

Other great events and exhibitions

North Yorkshire Open Studios makes a welcome return  this month (3/4 and 10/11 June), giving you a chance to visit artists’ studios and purchase high quality artwork across the North York Moors and beyond.

If that inspires you to have a go yourself, there’s plenty of workshops to choose from. Our gallery hosts a willow weaving workshop with Anthea Firth (10 June), artist James McGairy's popular small-group painting workshops (18 June) and Flight of the Bumblebee (25 June), covering textile and millinery techniques. Booking essential for all. Elsewhere you can learn how to Carve your Initials into a stone (12 June), under the expert guidance of Charles Smith in Dalby Forest.

June's the month for getting out to see the beautiful flowers blooming across North Yorkshire. Visit the many hidden and secret gardens in Wass Open Gardens (4 June 12-5pm), Hutton Buscel (11 June) or Glaisdale (24-25 June). Drop into Scampston Hall's Spring Plant Fair (4 June) and pick up everything you might need from specialist nurseries and garden related stalls. Discover a unique garden sculpture trail, inspired by nature from stone carver Jennifer Tetlow at Nunnington Hall - Naturalithic runs from 6 June to 16 July while over at Rievaulx Terrace discover metal sculptures inspired by woodland wildlife hidden amongst the bluebells and wild garlic (daily until 18 June).

Ampleforth Abbey is running one of its blossom tours (14 June), including a tour of the orchard and cider mill, a tasting session of its ciders and lunch. Pre-booking essential. Castle Howard will also be filled with impressive floral displays created by special guest arrangers for the four day Castle Howard in Bloom (29 June - 2 July), along with expert demonstrations and workshops.

Book your free place on an evening's Bat Walk (16 June) and discover more about these fascinating creatures, as a Wildlife Bioblitz at Grosmont begins! On the Saturday you can take part in the Grosmont Extravaganza of Heritage and Wildlife Recording (17 June), a day of survey and recording at one of the most fascinating sites in the Land of Iron - Grosmont Ironworks. If you would like to volunteer to help with the survey work please contact landofiron@northyorkmoors.org.uk or to find out more just turn up on the day. You'll find us in the National Park car park.

Scalby Fair returns on 17 June, one of the few remaining village street fairs in the north of England, with various events organised through the week in the run up to the Fair.

Don't miss the fifth Rosedale Walking Festival (24-25 June) with a great choice of themed walks, including Tea Shop Walk (with cake), a ‘Little Boots’ walk for children, A Walk in the Land of Iron, a chance to have a go at Nordic Walking plus In Search of Andy Goldsworthy, view the internationally renowned artist's two hidden installations.

Scampston Hall hosts A Day with Ryedale Book Festival (25 June), an action-packed day of poetry and nature writing with stars from the world of poetry and children's literature. They'll be workshops and lectures, as well as children's crafts and a Poetry Promenade.