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Wood Life postponed until 2021

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have postponed all North York Moors National Park events and activities until 31 July 2020. We plan to reschedule Wood Life for July 2021. For a flavour of what we had planned, please see below.


With trees now on the frontline of the fight against the climate crisis, we’re putting woodlands, and the many ways you can enjoy them, at the heart of our events programme.

We’re focusing on the vital relationship between woods, trees, wildlife and people, culminating in our summer ‘Wood Life’ Festival and the outdoor immersive theatre performance The Lost Words: Told in Gold, an adaption of the award-winning book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

An accompanying exhibition at the Inspired by… gallery will draw attention to the positive contribution of woodland in tackling the climate crisis and highlight the beauty of ancient trees, from canopy to root, apt as the National Park is home to one of their largest concentrations in northern England.

You can also find out more about our work to improve and increase woodland – including ancient woodland restoration and our tree planting targets, which will increase woodland cover from 23% to 25% of the National Park.

Bookings and information

Some events require advance booking unless otherwise stated.

No refunds will be given unless the event is cancelled or there are exceptional circumstances. For further information, call 01439 772738.

Dogs are welcome at our Wood Life Festival, and some of our other events and guided walks, but must be kept on a short fixed lead at all times. See below for further details.

Wood Life programme schedule 2020


Family activities and events
The Lost Words: Told in Gold

The Lost  Words: Told in Gold (Friday 24 July to Monday 27 July) POSTPONED
A magical immersive outdoor theatre performance, adapted from award-winning book ‘The Lost Words’ by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. 
Featuring music from the album ‘Spellsongs’, and a huge goldfinch-nest theatre, Told in Gold is a stunning experience – join the cast and fly with the goldfinches, setting the world alight with gold and glitter.
Cost: Adult: £12.50; Child: £7.50 Limited availability, booking essential.
Time: Three performances of one hour each per day 
Friday: 12 noon; 2:30pm; 4:30pm 
Saturday – Monday: 11am; 1:30pm; 3:30pm
Location: The grounds of The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Tree-shirts (Friday 24 July) POSTPONED
We’ll start by identifying trees in the woods and then you’ll print your own amazing t-shirt using woodland leaves. 
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £6.00; minimum age: 5. Booking essential. 
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Natural recycling & paper-making (Friday 24 July) POSTPONED
Learn how everything in nature is recycled and then make your own recycled paper.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50; minimum age: 6. Booking essential.
Time: 2pm – 3:30pm
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Wood Life Festival (Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July) POSTPONED
It’s a tree-sized jamboree this weekend where we join forces with experts, specialist groups and enthusiasts from the wonderful world of woodland.
* Woodcraft artisans, wood-turning, charcoal-making, willow-weaving and art demos
* Chill-out zone with ‘Gins and Strings’ featuring folk singers and wood instrument musicians
* Children’s corner, meet the ‘Woodlings’ of Crow Wood, stories, trails and activities
Dogs welcome in the grounds on a short lead (except in Crow Wood). Wheelchair accessible.
Cost: Free entry and many activities are FREE
Time: 10:30am – 4pm For all the family, drop in any time
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

The Lost Words Mini Expedition (Saturday 25 July and Sunday 26 July) POSTPONED
Look for the lost words, learn their meaning and enjoy fun games and activities in our gorgeous grounds.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50; minimum age: 4. Book to guarantee your space or drop in on the day to check availability
Time: Sessions at 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3pm
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Trails and tales (Monday 27 July) POSTPONED
Fun themed activity sessions for all the family, including park trails, storytelling and crafts with a woodland twist.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50; for ages 2-7. Booking essential.
Time: 11:00am – 12.30pm or 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Wild Days Out: The Wild Adventure (Thursday 30 July) POSTPONED
Drop your young explorers off for a day of wild adventure! Learn bushcraft, fire-lighting and shelter-building skills and use them out in the wild, and navigate using traditional and modern means.
Cost: Child: £10; minimum age 8. Booking essential.
Time: 10:30am – 2:00pm
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Wonderful Woodland Treasure Hunt (Monday 3 August)
Explore the woodland and find the clues. Will you solve them all to claim your prize? Wheelchair accessible.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £3; for all the family. Drop in any time.
Time: 10:00am – 4.00pm
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Tuesday Trails and Tales (Tuesday 4 August)
Fun, themed activity sessions for all the family, including park trails, storytelling and crafts with a woodland twist.
Time: 11am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50; for ages 2–7. Booking essential.
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Wondrous Woodland (Sunday 9 August)
We’re not just moorland and coast! You might be surprised to learn that woodland and forest covers over a fifth of the National Park. Come and find out more about our fantastic woodland and the wildlife found within it. Wheelchair accessible. Dogs welcome on a short lead. All children to be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: Free; for all the family.
Time: 10:00am – 4.00pm. Drop in any time.
Location: Sutton Bank National Park Centre, YO7 2EH

Keeping it Green! (Sunday 16 August)
Celebrate all things green at a special family fun day packed with events and activities. We try to ‘keep it green’ at the National Park, and will be sharing our tips and ideas so that you can too! Wheelchair accessible. Dogs welcome on a short lead. All children to be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: Adult: Free Child: Free; for all the family.
Time: 10:00am – 4.00pm Drop in any time.
Location: Sutton Bank National Park Centre, YO7 2EH

Little Boots Wednesdays: Wildlife Safari (Wednesday 19 August)
‘Little Boots Wednesdays’ are for anyone aged 3 to 7 to enjoy, with activities and games every Wednesday morning in school holidays. Discover more about our wonderful wildlife. Do you know who lives among the trees and on top of the moors? 
Cost: Adult: Free Child: £4.50. Booking essential.
Time: 11:00am – 12.30pm
Location: Sutton Bank National Park Centre, YO7 2EH

Exhibitions and workshops

Woodland Watercolours Workshop (Saturday 18 April and Saturday 18 July) POSTPONED
Join artist Peter Reynolds to develop your watercolour and acrylic painting techniques, using woodland landscape and wildlife as your inspiration.
Cost: Adult: £45; minimum age 18 Booking essential.
Time: 10:30am – 4.00pm
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Wood Life evening reception (Friday 24 July - 6pm for 6.30pm) POSTPONED
With Sir William Worsley, Forestry Commission Chair. Also features the artists and actors from the immersive theatrical experience The Lost Words: Told in Gold. Music by harpist Sarah Dean. Free but registration required.

Wood Life (Saturday 25 July – Tuesday 1 September) POSTPONED
Each tree is a world within itself, teeming with life, while ancient woodland is rooted in memory and mindfulness. This special celebration of the importance of woods and wood life in all its guises features watercolourist Peter Reynolds, contemporary artist Paul Green, fine metalwork artist and designer Marcus Steel, artist and sculptor Carolyn Smith, photographer Glenn Clarke, wire sculptor Chris Moss, printmaker Jo Barry and contemporary textile artist Amanda Cobbett.
Cost: Free entry
Location: Inspired by… gallery , The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Beyond the Tree POSTPONED
Saturday 25 July – Tuesday 1 September
Anthony Ratcliffe’s woodcut prints often interpret the existence of the lone tree in challenging environments. In new work, based on the North York Moors, he looks at the seasonal lifecycle of trees, exploring how they play an integral part in the identity of our northern landscapes.
Cost: Free entry
Location: Inspired by… gallery, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Willow Weaving Workshop
Join expert willow weaver Anthea Firth on one of her relaxing and informative workshops where you will learn the techniques required to produce your own sculptures. Learn how to make:
* Hedgehog (Saturday 1 August) - booking essential.
* Owl (Saturday 15 August) - booking essential.
Cost: Adult: £50 including materials; minimum age 18
Time: 10:30am – 3.30pm
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Young Artist Workshop: Looking at Trees (Thursday 20 August)
Our children’s art workshop starts with a walk in the woods to observe and sketch trees. We will also take bark rubbings and make observational drawings using charcoal. All materials supplied, just bring your imagination!
Cost: £7.50; for ages 7-12. Booking essential.
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm or 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Wire and Wood Workshop: Making Art Inspired by Nature (Saturday 22 August)
Chris Moss shows us how to use wire, tin and wood to make small artworks that reflect nature. Wheelchair accessible.
Cost: Adult: £48; minimum age 16. Booking essential.
Time: 10:30am – 4.30pm
Location: The Moors National Park Centre, Danby

Wild about Woodland Walks

Enjoy some ‘forest bathing’ with our programme of wood-based walks.

Duncombe Park Walk (Wednesday 15 April) POSTPONED
A 4-mile walk exploring both the history of this stately home and its woodland estate. Find out about woodland species and how the estate provided a training ground for WWII personnel. Dogs welcome on a short lead. 
Cost: Free but booking essential.
Time: 1.00pm – 4.30pm
Location: Duncombe Park Bird of Prey Centre YO62 5EB (OS Grid Ref: SE 603 832; what3words - ///slang.excusing.fails)

Two in the Bush (Wednesday 6 May) POSTPONED
Join us on a 4½-mile walk as we listen out for and (we hope) spot the elusive cuckoo and other spring birds. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Free but booking essential.
Time: 9:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Anya’s Wood, 2 miles north of Hawnby, Osmotherley Road (OS Grid Ref: SE 529 928; what3words - ///imply.brushing.automatic)

Dawn Chorus (Sunday 10 May) POSTPONED
A refreshing early-morning 3-mile walk around the woods and escarpment of Sutton Bank, listening to the dawn chorus and (we hope) spotting some wildlife. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Free but booking essential.
Time: 5:30am – 8:00am
Location: Sutton Bank National Park Centre, YO7 2EH

Falling Foss for Tea? (Wednesday 27 May) POSTPONED
Join us on a 6½ mile wander through bluebell woods, over moorland, past waterfalls and various historic sites, finishing at a charming hidden woodland tea garden. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Free but booking essential.
Time: 10:00am – 1:30pm
Location: Falling Foss car park (OS Grid Ref: NZ 888 035; what3words - ///helpfully.position.realm)

Appleton Woodland Wander (Sunday 5 July) POSTPONED
Explore the semi natural ancient woodland of the 12th-century village of Appleton le Moors on this 3-mile wander down Hell Bank and walk through Howlgate Head Wood. Sorry, no dogs.
Cost: Free but booking essential.
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Location: Appleton le Moors Village Hall YO62 6TE (OS Grid Ref: SE 735 877; what3words - ///unsigned.disbelief.lovely)

Arnecliff Wood in Eskdale (Wednesday 29 July) POSTPONED
Explore East Arnecliff Wood on a 2.5 mile walk along an ancient trod above the River Esk, as you hear about management of the wood. You’ll also see ancient Beggar’s Bridge, the site of a romantic tale. Dogs welcome on a short lead.  
Cost: Free but booking essential.
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Location: Beggar’s Bridge, Glaisdale YO21 2QL (OS Grid Ref: NZ 784 055; what3words - ///capers.storybook.bulletins)

Dalby Forest Walk (Wednesday 5 August)
A 2.5 mile walk through Dalby Forest hearing about woodland species and their management. Find out how rabbits were farmed as well as seeing the Nissen Hut sculpture. Dogs welcome on a short lead.
Cost: Free but booking essential .
Time: 1.00pm – 4.30pm
Location: Thornton le Dale, National Park car park (OS Grid Ref: SE 835 829; what3words - ///customers.keep.chief)

Relax and Meditate (Wednesday 9 September)
Buddhist nun Ani Tselha takes you along quiet, shady woodland paths and through a hay meadow that lend themselves perfectly to her peaceful meditations and mindful observations on this ¾-mile walk. Dogs welcome on a short lead. 
Cost: Free but booking essential
Time: 11:00am – 1:30pm
Location: Raincliffe Gate car park, Raincliffe Woods, Scarborough, YO12 5TD (OS Grid Ref: SE 995 888; what3words - ///snowballs.panicking.snapping)