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.
See what's coming up in May too or you can 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 :
- Easter Holiday fun at Castle Howard (until 15 April)
- Easter Trails at Yorkshire Arboretum (until 15 April)
- Cadbury's Easter Egg hunts at Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Terrace (until 15 April)
- Tudor ‘Eastertide’ (until 15 April) - follow Ryedale Folk Museum's Tudor Nursery Rhyme Egg Hunt
- Easter Quiz Trail at Dalby Forest (until 15 April), hunt down all the bunnies to collect your prize
- Have a go at springtime craft activities or follow Beck Isle Museum's Easter trail (until 8 April) to win a chocolate treat.
- The Easter Bunny has hidden a giant golden egg somewhere on Burton Agnes Hall's Easter Egg Trail (until 8 April).
There's plenty of Easter Holiday Fun at Ryedale Folk Museum where you can experience life as a Tudor crofter or join in the egg rolling challenge (various dates in April).
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!
At Scampston, sit down and enjoy Fairy Stories in the Garden (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).
There's plenty of rock pool rummaging going on this year 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).
Pull on your wellies and join the Howardian Hills AONB for a Junior Ranger Day (11 April) with lots of indoor and outdoor freshwater habitat activities. Based at Helmsley Town Hall, it's suitable for 4-11 year olds and costs £7.50. Booking essential by email. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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
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 Danby Village Hall (YO21 2LZ). Booking not required. Free admission and cake too!
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 and a tasting session of its ciders. Pre-booking recommended.
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 (drop in anytime) while the following day sees the return of artist James McGairy's popular small-group workshops focusing on acrylic paint. Booking essential.
The latest exhibition at Ryedale Folk Museum's art gallery, Moor Colours, runs until 29 April and features Sue Slack's colourful landscapes of the North York Moors.
We're celebrating World Fish Migration Day at Nunnington Hall (21 April). With free admission, get a taste of what our Ryevitalise project is all about, with live river bed sampling and identification, learn about the migration of some of our amazing fish species that make the Rye their home, join a mayfly or river life talk, plus plenty of crafts, such as willow fish weaving, garden trails and games for all the family.
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.
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.