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Major festivals and events

Dark Skies Fringe Festival - Milky Way over Ravenscar by Steve Bell, North York Moors National ParkDark Skies Fringe Festival - Milky Way over Ravenscar by Steve Bell, North York Moors National Park
Due to COVID-19, this section of our website may not have the latest updates regarding externally-run events.

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.


We've also got family treasure hunts, nature adventure days and plenty of fun activities for children to do throughout the October half term holiday 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.


Major events 2022

It's a big year for the North York Moors as the National Park celebrates its 70th birthday in 2022!