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Living History Group at ParkFest Credit Ebor ImagesLiving History Group at ParkFest Credit Ebor Images

National Parks Week (23-29 July 2018) 

During National Parks Week people all over the UK get a chance to explore, discover and celebrate the special qualities of our National Parks. We're one of 15 UK National Parks and every summer we join up to offer a week's worth of events and activities. 

As always we launch things with a bang with our one-day bonanza event, ParkFest, before ending the week with our annual moorland event MoorFest. Why not come along with your family and friends and try something new in the North York Moors?


ParkFest (Sunday 22 July, 11am-4pm)

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, YO21 2NB

ParkFest,is the biggest event in our annual calendar, and marks the start of the UK’s National Parks Week. Join us for our ever-popular free family fun day, when we showcase local food, moorland crafts and culture, wildlife and conservation, and National Park projects. There are all sorts of events, workshops, family attractions and children's activities all in the beautiful grounds of The Moors National Park Centre.

Get a sneak preview here of what we've planned!

History and heritage
  • Rosa Mundi – the living history and reenactment group, join in medieval spear practice, candle-dipping, solider drill, crafts, games, food and cooking demonstrations
  • Land of Iron – the trailblazing story of ironstone and railways in the North York Moors – build a bridge, go on a mini-dig, learn about industrious Victorians
Outdoor activities and the outdoors
  • Join Whitby Company of Archers for have-a-go archery (charges apply)
  • Teesoutdoors Climbing Tower (charges apply). As well as climbing the tower under the expert guidance of the qualified instructors, pick up climbing tips and find out the best places to climb in the National Park 
  • Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team
  • Guided walks – Join our walk leaders on a short 30 minute guided walk
  • Meet the National Park Young Rangers for a spot of bridge building while or build a stile with our Apprentices
  • Whitby & District Astronomical Society - Celebrating Danby's Dark Sky Discovery Site status, view the sun through correctly filtered telescopes, take part in constellation games
Wildlife, nature and conservation

Meet the National Park Volunteer Service. There are sheep-shearing demonstrations throughout the day too.

  • Askham Bryan College – Discover how to identify different heather varieties and all about moorland management
  • gwk woodshed – have a go at den building using only recycled materials
  • Hawk & Owl Trust – find out all about Fylingdales Moor, managed by the Hawk and Owl Trust, its wild beauty, open space and varied wildlife.
Art and crafts

From face painting to metal sculpture and crafts activities for the kids, there’s plenty to watch and join in with. Highlights include:

  • Feral Metal: sculptures crafted in metal influenced by nature and organic in form
  • Keith Blessed (artist) – Keith’s specialty is building mood and atmosphere into his soft pastel paintings of landscapes, seascapes and animal/birds.
  • Face Painting at ParkFest by Chris J Parker


MoorFest (Sunday 29 July, 11am-4pm)

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, YO7 2EH

Enjoy a whole host of free activities at our annual moorland event in and around Sutton Bank National Park Centre. It’s a celebration of country life, culture and heritage. Here’s a taste of what’s happening.

  • Askham Bryan College – Discover how to identify different heather varieties and all about moorland management
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project – Sutton Bank is home to a number of our smallest European dove, but they are in big trouble, with massive population declines across Europe. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, find out how this project is helping these birds across the National Park and Howardian Hills AONB.
  • Westfields Honey Farm, Fadmoor - find out more about bees and see the working hive and skeps
  • See felt demonstrations
  • Meet the National Park Volunteer Service
  • Go out on our 'Ranger Patrol Trail'
  • Guided walks – Join our walk leaders on a short 30 minute guided walk