Events this month
March sees early spring blooms, while the weather is beginning to warm up and daylight is lengthening, with lots of activities and inspirational events to get you out and about this month.
Family events and activities
March sees the last regular stargazing event this winter in Dalby Forest with Scarborough and Ryedale Astronomical Society (8-9.30pm 3 March). Free to attend (charitable donations welcome), these events will return in October. Hidden Horizons will also be celebrating our spring night sky, with an evening of Celestial Exploring, see deep sky objects including nebulae, star clusters and galaxies in constellations (3 March, from 7.30pm) while there's a family-friendly Stargazing and Night Time Nature Walk (4 March) at Rievaulx Terrace with York Astronomical Society.
Celebrate Mother's day by getting crafty with pottery painting at Nunnington Hall (25-26 March) while over at Rievaulx Abbey, witness spectacular aerial displays of birds of prey in flight with master medieval falconers, Raphael Falconry (25-26 March).
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!
Our guided walks programme opens for 2017 on 1 and 5 March with walks to Cod Beck Reservoir, Farndale, Cawthorn Camp and Cropton. We're also showcasing our new easy access route at Sutton Bank on 5 March, a 5 mile route designed for wheelchairs, buggies and mobility scooters. Our walks are relaxed and friendly and led by our knowledgeable volunteers and specialist guest leaders. View this year's programme here. Don't forget to book your place online early!
National Trust Rangers also run a series of guided walks throughout the year; find out about Ravenscar - The Town That Never Was (2 March) and see their Event's Calendar for dates throughout the year.
Other great events and exhibitions
The 10th anniversary celebration at the Inspired by... gallery continues until 12 March with Past and Present, a blockbuster of a show featuring many renowned local and regional artists. Our exciting programme of workshops in the gallery also kicks off this month with a chance to make a small owl at our willow workshop with willow expert Anthea Firth (11 March). Artist James McGairy's popular small-group workshops focusing on acrylic paint return on 26 March. Book your place on any workshop online.
At the Burton Agnes Orchid Festival (4-5 March), admire some of nature's most intriguing flowers while experts will be on hand with specialist advice. Combine with their woodland walk to catch the last few days of the famous snowdrops. Later in the month, pop over to Castle Howard for their annual tree nursery auction (18 March) where you can bid for native hedging, amenity, forestry and ornamental trees and pick up top tips and advice.
Come and celebrate the launch of our new National Park project – This Exploited Land of Iron – with IronFest, a fun-filled activity day (18 March) at The Moors National Park Centre, talks, geocaching and barn owl box-building. Concurrently, a new exhibition opens at the Inspired by... gallery and runs until 10 April; This Exploited Land of Iron sees photographer and writer Ian Macdonald reflect upon the past industries of the North York Moors.
Re-enactment groups will be at Eden Camp for a World War Two Living History Weekend (18 March) including Northern WWII Association.
From 25 March one of the world’s greatest steam engines 46100 Royal Scot will spend a week running on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Grosmont to Pickering. Book early as all seats are expected to be a sell out! Note daily running on the heritage line commences from 3 April.
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