Arts, crafts, trails and adventure

5 April 2023

Events to suit every member of the family are taking place in the North York Moors National Park this Easter. Coinciding with Discover National Parks Fortnight, the activities aim to encourage more people to experience these very special places and learn more about the landscapes, habitats and heritage that can often be found on their doorstep.

Family fun at Danby Lodge National Park Centre, credit Dependable Productions

In the north of the National Park, you can join a family friendly walk on Wednesday 12 April up to the Lordstones - an iconic part of our region - before continuing along the route to take in panoramic views of Middlesbrough, Roseberry Topping and Cook’s Monument. On the same day is a family navigation challenge at Danby Lodge National Park Centre, near Whitby. Drop in in anytime between 11am and 3pm and use map, compass and geocaching skills to help solve the challenges.

Those who have visited Danby Lodge before will be familiar with the famous Wish Dragon sculpture, but unfortunately, she’s misplaced her eggs all over the grounds! Between 7-17 April we’re inviting children to track down the eggs in exchange for a small prize. Drop in anytime to collect your trail sheet for £3.

Discover the North York Moors at the Danby Lodge National Park Centre, credit Dependable Productions

Something fishy is also going on… Empty seashells have been found and the creatures inside have been eaten alive! What were these creatures and who could have fed on them? Children can use their crime notebook to solve this ‘whodunit’ and claim their reward. The Murder on the Seashore trail celebrates the Year of the Coast 2023 and runs at Danby Lodge National Park Centre until September.

Remember that Danby Lodge is home to the Inspired by… gallery, which is currently hosting a three-month preview exhibition of this summer’s North Yorkshire Open Studios event. The exhibition, entitled Moors, Coast, Forest, Dale and Beyond, brings together more than 140 artists, including sculptors, ceramicists, painters, jewellery makers. Visitors can vote for their favourite pieces as part of an audience choice award.

Sally Ann Smith, curator of the Inspired by… gallery, said: “This is such a fantastic opportunity for artists to showcase their work to new audiences, and for visitors to the gallery to immerse themselves in all the creativity and originality that North Yorkshire has to offer.”

At Sutton Bank National Park Centre, children can help unravel the mystery of the missing bird eggs. This trail runs from 7-17 April and costs £3 per child, with a prize at the end. Sutton Bank is also the perfect spot for a family bike ride this Easter, with stunning routes suitable for wheels of all sizes!

For a full list of exhibitions and events taking place in the North York Moors National Park, including booking information for our guided walks programme, please visit


Media contact

Nina Beadle
Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
01439 772577

The North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952, it become Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres) the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 7.7 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, Danby Lodge National Park Centre and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

To view other press releases and for further information about the North York Moors National Park, please explore this website.

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