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Creative breaks © VisitBritain/Sam BarkerCreative breaks © VisitBritain/Sam Barker

If your idea of time out is to absorb yourself in learning a new skill or hobby then you’re in luck as the National Park has long been a magnet for talented artists and craftspeople who like nothing better than sharing their experience.

Capture the colours of the sea

Staithes Art School Workshops Credit Ceri Oakes

Where better to learn the art of painting seascapes and coastal scenes than in the beautiful fishing village of Staithes. Here Staithes Art School runs residential weekends for all abilities, from new artists to proficient painters.

Staying in the elegant Georgian maisonette above Staithes Gallery or in their newly restored apartments in the Wesleyan Chapel, spend your days honing those brush skills before eating together in the evening with a dinner prepared by award-winning chef Lisa Chapman.

Speak to Al about upcoming weekends and book your place. You've got to be quick, they fill very quickly!

Inspired by the North York Moors

Collecting materials for a workshop at the Inspired by... gallery

Inspired by… gallery at The Moors National Park Centre near Danby, runs a packed programme of workshops and courses throughout the year.

Experience the healing powers of nature and work with local artists to create your own artwork inspired by the North York Moors. Gain a great appreciation of the natural world and the National Park by listening, seeing and creating with a programme that includes acrylic and watercolour workshops and art history days.

With the help of the beautiful landscape surrounding the gallery and the expertise of talented artists, your creativity can reach new levels, whether it’s producing a woven willow sculpture of a heron or hedgehog; reproducing natural finds such as leaves and twigs using wire and tin; or writing poems inspired by nature.

See all the ways you can spark your artistic flair.

Whitby Sculpture Trail

Whitby Sculpture Trail Credit Tony Bartholomew As you wander the old streets of Whitby keep an eye out for nine striking steel wire sculptures created by local artist Emma Stothard that portray some of the significant characters in the town’s maritime history.

From the Herring Girls who would help the fishermen bring shoals of fish ashore, through to the Crow’s Nest sculpture depicting William Scoresby’s role as captain of the whaling fleet, the heritage trail is a must-do during a visit to Whitby.

Discover the characterful streets of Whitby, learn about its history and meet the characters behind the trail.

Workshops at Ebberston Studios

Ebberston StudiosLearn a new craft or try your hand at drawing or painting at Ebberston Studios, which are housed in a converted barn in picturesque surroundings.

Run by a talented band of craftspeople and artists, the studios hold regular weekly classes and workshops on everything from stencilling and felt-making through to willow weaving and upholstery.

Find out more about upcoming classes and courses.

Creative coastal breaks

Creative break on the coast Credit Daniel Wildey Photography

Immerse yourself in a new skill or art project during a residential creative break or day course at Cober Hill.

The hotel’s creative holidays cover topics as diverse as dark skies photography through to lacemaking and multi-media art.  With sea views and 11 acres of grounds to wander through the hotel is also a great place to simply relax between classes.

View their programme by clicking on the Creative Holidays tab on their website.

Want more?

Join Zoe Taylor on Sandsend beach and create a painting inspired by on what you see and hear around you. It's a holistic experience and one that aims to ground yourself in nature, shed the stresses of everyday life and calm the mind. To book a class contact Zoe via email.

See the world-renowned work of Gillies Jones at their studio and workshop in the village of Rosedale Abbey. Partners in life and art, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones have been making contemporary blown glass together for over 20 years. Time it right and you'll be able to watch their traditional methods in person. A rare sight as few glass makers across the world still practise this way. Plan your visit.