The clocks have changed and the weather has warmed up, so there's lots of activities and inspirational events to get you out and about this month. The famous wild daffodils in Farndale are in full bloom this month too; keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter posts for updates and watch our film to find out why they are so special.
Find walking challenges, cycling and mountain biking, and fell and road running events listed in our Enjoy Outdoors pages while foodie fans should check out farmers' markets in and around the North York Moors.
See what's coming up in May too or you can search for events by date here or book our events online.
Easter holiday fun for all the family!
There's lots of Easter inspired trails to enjoy over the holidays :
Combine Easter with a spot of biking too, including round 1 of Sutton Bank Bikes' popular Kids Time Trial (27 April, registration from 11am), with five categories starting from balance bikes; £6 per person and prizes for winners. Easter fancy dress too! There's a Little Boots session at Sutton Bank too including Teddy Bear's Picnic (24 April), booking essential.
Over at Rievaulx Abbey, witness spectacular aerial displays of birds of prey in flight with Medieval Falcony (19 - 22 April), while at Scampston, enjoy Easter Fun day (26 April) where kids will get the chance to get creative, inspired by spring plants and animals.
Join the Hidden Horizons team for a day of bushcraft activities throughout April at Dalby Forest. This family oriented day will include a range of activities, such as animal tracking, plant and tree identification, shelter building, fire lighting, outdoor cooking, sourcing fresh water and foraging.
Head to Dalby Forest or Guisborough Forest and take a journey with Zog and all the characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story. Packs are available from the visitor centre for £3.
Discover National Parks (6 - 21 April)
This year we're celebrating the 70th anniversary of the UK's National Parks for Discover National Parks fortnight. You can discover more during this annual spring family festival, which combines events across the length and breadth of the UK's 15 National Parks. Here in the North York Moors we have a week's worth of walks, workshops, children's activities and special events - so come along and join in the fun!
Get closer to nature at Sutton Bank as Trailblazer Wildcraft join us for Tremendous Trees on 14 April. Enjoy a guided walk to identify and understand the trees around Sutton Bank, there'll be fire by friction demonstrations and learn to light a kelly kettle and make a pin needle tea. Follow this up with Tree-mendous and Natural windows (both 17 April).
The Moors National Park Centre's jam-packed events' programme includes The Great Stick Hunt (16 April), Mini bug hotels and Minibeast Monsters (both 25 April), plus the all new Holiday Club: The Wild Adventure (18 April), where parents can drop off their young explorers for a day of wild adventure where they'll learn bushcraft and navigation skills.
Music events, festivals and performing arts
Sci-Fi Scarborough returns for a sixth time for a sci-fi convention (6-7 April). Alongside guests from the worlds of Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Star Wars, they'll be comic book artists and writers, live music, guest appearances, Steampunk, gaming and more.
The biannual Whitby Goth Weekend (12-14 April) brings thousands of Goths, Punks, Steampunks, Emos, Bikers and Metallers to town to celebrate Whitby's Dracula connections, with music, events and ever popular Bizarre Bazaar Goth Market.
Other events and activities
The latest exhibition at Ryedale Folk Museum's art gallery, The North York Moors, runs until 7 April and features over 60 works of art showcasing the people, places, landscapes and wildlife of the majestic North York Moors.
Our Inspired by… gallery opens its spring exhibitions on 4 April. Rivers of Light sees John Creighton's charcoal drawings, mixed-media works and oil paintings explore the drama and mystery of the North York Moors. Inspired by the purity and ephemeral nature of North Yorkshire's light, Sue Morton's paintings highlight our landscapes, both new and familiar in Pure Light, Bright Water.
Head to Helmsley Walled Garden for its first Wildlife Weekend (6-7 April) "Birds, beasts and bugs" where you'll find RSPB, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Bumble Bee Conservation Trust with information and activities for all. Then join Scampston Hall's Community Weekend Wildlife Day (14 April) with Natural England, Green Underwing and other conservation organisations and enthusiasts to celebrate the wildlife. There'll be mini-beast hunts, pond dipping and bird ringing demonstrations.
New for 2019, young artists can explore their creative potential in our Inspired by... Art Young Artist Workshop: Spring Green Shopper (17 April). Fire up your creative imagination and responses to nature by exploring the grounds of The Moors National Park Centre, looking for signs of new growth and colour before returning to the gallery, to learn techniques on ‘paint mixing’ and ‘lino cutting’ to create your own spring inspired eco shopping bag to take home. Booking essential.
Eden Camp's Escape Lines Memorial Society Reunion & Service (27 April) will honour all those who escaped or assisted in the escape of Allied service men in occupied Europe during World War.
Year of Green Action
2019 is the Year of Green Action – a 12 month drive to get more people from all backgrounds involved in projects to improve the natural world. Throughout 2019 there will be events and activities across the North York Moors aiming to help people connect, protect and enhance nature.
Join in the events and activities we have planned across the National Park.