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Living History Group at Escape to the Moors Credit Ebor ImagesLiving History Group at Escape to the Moors Credit Ebor Images

This summer is all about adventure and discovery and we've got a jam packed programme of events coming up; from a new visitor experience, to family fun days, outdoor activities and festivals. Why not come along with your family and friends and try something new in the North York Moors?

Find out what else is going on during the week in our events calendar here. All events are accessible unless otherwise stated.

Escape to the Moors! (Sunday 21 July, 11am - 4pm)

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, YO21 2NB

Escape to the Moors marks the launch of our brand new immersive visitor experience in The Moors National Park Centre. It will tell the story of the history and habitats of the North York Moors. Interactive displays and a Land of Iron themed marble-run will entertain the youngest of moorland explorers, and demonstrate how millions of tons of ironstone were hewn from the local hills and valleys to help build the Industrial Revolution.

Join us for our popular free family fun day to celebrate moorland people and heritage, not to mention the fun to be had in the great outdoors! There are all sorts of events, workshops, family attractions and children's activities all in the beautiful grounds of the Centre. Accessible by wheelchair.

Get a sneak preview here of what we've planned!

History and heritage
  • Rosa Mundi – the living history and reenactment group, join in medieval spear practice, candle-dipping, solider drill, crafts, games, food and cooking demonstrations
  • Land of Iron – the trailblazing story of ironstone and railways in the North York Moors – build a ironstone foam bridge, go on a mini-dig, learn about industrious Victorians and handle artefacts, tackle the 3D jigsaw puzzle or make a badge. Plus our young archeology club will be there to tell you all about the fun and fascinating days they get up to. 
  • Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum - whilst the Museum is closed for refurbishment the team will be bringing their pop up museum to the Centre. Celebrate the history of a long lost industry and the stories of the everyday people involved.
  • Rosedale History Society – learn all about how this small and sleepy medieval village drastically changed as it thundered into life during the industrial revolution as ironstone mines and calcining kilns popped up around the Rosedale hills and valleys. Now known for its bulolic countryside beauty and isolation, Rosedale was once a beating heart of British industry on the international stage.
  • Adrian Glasser – be dazzled into submission as Adrian introduces his amazing Time Sliders where historic photographs blend into the modern landscape, learn all about 3D modelling with an introduction to photogrammetry and how this incredible technique is capturing key Land of Iron monuments
  • Cleveland Fibre Arts – learn all about this fascinating group and how ironstone helps to give wool and felt-making distinctive colours and patterns.
Outdoor activities and the outdoors
  • Join Whitby Company of Archers for have-a-go archery (charges apply)
  • Teesoutdoors Climbing Tower (charges apply). As well as climbing the tower under the expert guidance of the qualified instructors, pick up climbing tips and find out the best places to climb in the National Park 
  • Experience the Grosmont velocipede around the centre grounds  -  have you ever rode on a velocipede before? Why not give it a whirl at the Centre on a 100ft of rail track and a stunning RNLI-influenced carriage as members of the team push you around.

Adventure on the Bank! (Sunday 18 August, 11am - 4pm)

Sutton Bank National Park Centre, YO7 2EH

Enjoy the great outdoors and try out some new skills, including bushcraft, biking and climbing. Accessible by wheelchair.

Trailblazer Outdoors - drop in to their bushcraft sessions in the morning and afternoon to learn all about bushcraft and survival skills to enable you to develop a better understanding and relationship with the natural world.

Teesoutdoors Climbing Tower (charges apply). As well as climbing the tower under the expert guidance of the qualified instructors, pick up climbing tips and find out the best places to climb in the National Park

Rhythm and Brews (14 - 15 September)

Join us for our first Rhythm and Brews festival coming soon at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby. Two days of beer, live music, food stalls and children's activities for all the family to enjoy. Held in the centre grounds, come and taste delicious food from over 12 local producers, sample the finest local beers from 15 breweries, enjoy cooking demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, children's entertainment and the funkiest live music on Saturday night to get you in the festival spirit.

Here’s a few treats you can expect to enjoy:

  • Music acts from: Fat MedicineMitch Laddie Band and Joe Below
  • Breweries including:  Brass Castle, Wold Top, Three Brothers Brewery, Ampleforth Brewery and more 
  • Clown/juggling workshop by Marko
  • Fly Casting Competition
  • Puma Dance Troop