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Major festivals and events

Plan ahead. Enjoy our spaces. Share with care.Plan ahead. Enjoy our spaces. Share with care.
Due to COVID-19, this section of our website may not have the latest updates regarding externally-run events. Some events are now able to go ahead following Government guidance.

We will endeavour to remove cancelled events and add new dates where events are rearranged as soon as we are made aware of changes. If an event you are due to attend is not run by the National Park Authority, please contact the event organiser directly.

If you're visiting the North York Moors, please follow our guidelines for accessing the National Park responsibly.


From Railway in Wartime to music, food and art festivals, join in one of the many events held throughout the year across the North York Moors and Yorkshire Coast.

Traditional Yorkshire country shows are an integral part of summer, one of the finest being the Ryedale Show, Kirkbymoorside, always held on the last Tuesday in July. We’re talking sheep-dog trials, shire horses, champion cattle, ferret roulette and improbably large vegetables – with similar events at another dozen or so local shows to follow throughout August and September.

More art than agriculture? Then head to Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage in September, where picturesque fishing cottages become pop-up galleries and cafés for the weekend while we play host to a series of popular creative workshops at the Inspired by… gallery throughout the year. Or head into the heart of Dalby Forest for Forest Live, atmospheric summer gigs featuring big names from across the music world.

Guided walks 2021

Our popular guided walks programme resumed in June 2021. Pre-booking is essential.

Major events 2021

Outdoor challenge events are not included below; you'll find walking, cycling and mountain biking, and fell and road running events listed in our Enjoy Outdoors pages. Do also take a look at the monthly farmers' markets in and around the North York Moors, and Food & Beer Festivals for more foodie ideas.

See Discover Yorkshire Coast for more major events in Scarborough, Filey, Whitby and along the coast.

July

We've also got family treasure hunts, nature adventure days and plenty of fun activities for children to do throughout the summer holidays at our two National Park Centres based at Sutton Bank and Danby. Drop in any time to find out more and pick up a trail. Some activities may need pre-booking.

August
September
October
November
  • 13 – 3 January 2022 Christmas in Narnia, Castle Howard. Journey through the grand state rooms and experience installations inspired by the C.S. Lewis novels, as the historic house is turned into the wintery, magical land of Narnia.
  • 13 – 16 January 2022 Brigantia's Bounty, Inspired by... gallery, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby (weekends only from 5 January)
  • 27 – 28 Christmas Shopping Weekend, Sutton Bank National Park Centre
December