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North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Credit Graham StaplesNorth Yorkshire Moors Railway - Credit Graham Staples

Many businesses in the North York Moors are currently closed or not operating as they once were. We want to show that resourcefulness and determination can prevail, showcasing individuals behind the businesses, how they're adapting and how it's still possible to provide your support.

Perhaps you'll be ready to take a short break in the new year or surprise someone with an experience voucher for Christmas. By making a donation or purchasing a gift, your generosity and showing you care, will undoubtedly make someone smile, whether that’s the business or recipient.

For the foodies in your life, take a look at our food suppliers map. It's brimming with gift ideas to fill a hamper or to start gathering Christmas treats.

Gift vouchers, online shopping and donations

  • Artisan Whitby are a pop-up community initiative who've created an online market square to support local artists, artisans and craft producers.
  • BOBHolidays issue gift certificates for their day trips from York. Give the perfect Christmas or birthday present with a family trip to explore the North York Moors.
  • The Craft Room is an online shop consisting of products lovingly made by the Esk Valley Camphill Community. There's hand-knitted woollen hats and socks, recycled wax candles and greetings cards to name a few!
  • Eden Camp have a GoFundMe appeal to 'Save Your Heritage'. Their new online shop offers gifts, WW2 replicas and the opportunity to buy advance admission tickets.Gillies Jones glass by Tony Bartholomew
  • Gillies Jones have just re-opened their glass studio. If you can't visit in person, find a special gift via their website shop or order by phone for delivery direct to your door.  A local 'click' and collect service will be available too.
  • Greenwood Crafts in Hutton le Hole provide vouchers for woodturning, ceramic and glasses courses, as well as having an online shop selling their wares.
  • Gumboots and Wellingtons, situated in the peaceful valley of Ellerburn, allow 18 months validity when purchasing a gift voucher to stay in The Hut or The Den.
  • Holme Lea Country Interiors offer free postage with online orders as well as a click and collect option. Local doorstep drops are available to Helmsley residents.
  • Ley Hall Virtual Christmas Market was set up following the real event being cancelled. You can still support crafts people in the Esk Valley by scrolling through the Facebook page and browsing the posts.
  • Libby Butler Jewellers has a selection of items via their website, Facebook and Twitter. Phone or email to order with free delivery locally and nationwide.
  • Light Up Helmsley Arts Centre is an appeal asking for donations to cover losses during their closure this year. You can become a shining light to ensure they survive and thrive for local creative communities.
  • Saltbox Gallery in Helmsley has a collection of their items online. Contact the gallery to arrange delivery or safe collection. The team are happy to keep items until December.
  • ShopAppy is a digital platform encouraging you to shop locally to become more aware of what's on your doorstep. You can collect your products or have them delivered. Meet your local businesses and services in Whitby, Pickering and Scarborough.
  • The Yorkshire Arboretum is looking to raise vital funds to continue their work to complete the Tree Health Centre. Their flagship development will inform and train people about the issues caused by tree disease. Another exciting project includes the creation of a red squirrel enclosure.

Experiences - virtual and in person from 3 December

  • Adventures for the Soul specialise in the calming benefits of being in the natural world. They're offering a range of online courses, downloadable mindful walks and dusk, dawn and dark sky experiences in December.
  • Hidden Horizons offer outdoor experiences for people passionate about the natural history, geology, dark skies and coastline on our doorstep. Join a stargazing session or Fossil Roadshow in December or January. If fossils are your thing- check out their online Fossil Shop.
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway will be operating two services throughout December. Enjoy a festive feast on the Christmas Moorlander and help the Railway save Christmas on Santa's Reimagined service.Wildlife watching with Yorkshire Coast Nature by Fridge Productions
  • Pascal's Cookery School teach you how to make their infamous sourdough bread during an exclusive stay at their Bed & Breakfast accommodation.
  • Ryedale Folk Museum have created #MuseumfromHome for you to explore the stories of the museum and the North York Moors from the comfort of home.
  • Yorkshire Coast Nature lead the way when it comes to wildlife tours and workshops. No matter the season, wildlife watching doesn't end. In December and January you can take part in photography sessions and discovery days on the coast.

We’d love to add more businesses so please get in touch by emailing: